Pop music

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware nominated for Mercury Prize

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has been nominated for the prestigious Mercury music prize.

Ms Ware, a former intern at the JC, is on the 12-strong shortlist for the album of the year award alongside leading industry names including Plan B, Richard Hawley and The Maccabees.


Review: Leonard Cohen

By Jenni Frazer, September 13, 2012

Ten years after he came down from his mountain-top Buddhist monastery, Leonard Cohen embarked, for financial reasons, on a series of concert tours whose astonishing success must have exceeded even his wildest expectations. From Tel Aviv to Tokyo, he plundered his back catalogue and played to ecstatic critics and audiences.


Jewish John Lennon hits the West End

By Anna Sheinman, September 11, 2012

Let It Be is not the first musical tribute show to hit the West End. It’s not even the first to star Birmingham born Reuven Gershon, who before joining the Fab Four at the Prince of Wales Theatre played Buddy Holly in the imaginatively named Buddy. But the actor says there is no danger of audiences getting bored.


Jessie Ware - Running

August 24, 2012

Former JC intern Jessie Ware's single Running


Jessie Ware reveals her secret ambition

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

When a young intern arrived at the JC offices looking for a career in journalism, no-one knew she had a secret ambition — to be the one we were writing about.

Four years on the 26-year-old has got her wish, and in a way no-one could have imagined.

Jessie Ware, the young graduate cutting her teeth as a web reporter, looks set to become Britain’s next big pop star.


Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga cheer for Aly Raisman after gold medal win

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2012

For teenage gymnast Aly Raisman and her US teammates, winning gold made for a day they would never forget – and the excitement didn't end there.

After the quartet won the medal on Tuesday evening, they found themselves being congratulated by some well-known figures in the entertainment world.


Drake — the rap star who performs at barmitzvahs

By Paul Lester, July 26, 2012

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is one of the world's most successful performers, and without doubt the most popular Jewish rapper/singer - his father, Dennis Graham, is an African-American musician from Memphis, but his mother, Sandi, is a Jewish Canadian.


Madonna sued by National Front's Marine Le Pen

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

The Queen of Pop is facing legal action from France's far right leader over a controversial stunt in her current world tour.

Madonna has staged a scene in her current MDNA show in which a photograph of Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, is shown with a swastika superimposed over it/

Others who come in for the same treatment include the pope, Sarah Palin and Hitler.


'Rebbe': Justin Bieber's 'Baby' with a Jewish spin

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2012

The "Shepsalach" version of the teenage singing sensations hit song.


Amy Winehouse - father Mitch sets the record straight

By Simon Round, July 6, 2012

When Amy Winehouse was found dead in her bed on July 23 last year, the rumours started immediately. Some believed that she had committed suicide, others that she had died of a massive drugs overdose. It was said that she was depressed and that her life was in a mess.