Pop music

The Maccabeats do Purim: Raise Your Glass

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

Remember the Maccabeats' Chanucah version of Candlelight. Well, the band from New York are back with a song for Purim, to the of Pink's hit Raise Your Glass.

Full coverage of Purim here

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Jessie Ware: Running

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

Former JC reporter Jessie Ware releases her new single Running on March 26. The Londoner has been tipped as "Most likely to win a Brit award" by the Guardian.

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Grammy for Jewish Sesame Street singer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

A Jewish singer and songwriter who specialises in making music for children walked away with one of the few Grammy awards not snapped up by Adele at Sunday's ceremony.

Barry Louis Polisar's song Town of Round was one of the tracks on a compilation called All About Bullies Big and Small.

The album won the award for Best Children's Recording.

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Whitney Houston mourned by Winehouse family

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

Amy Winehouse's father has expressed sorrow over the death of singer Whitney Houston.

The star was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday, after years spent battling a crack cocaine addiction.

The singer, who won six Grammy awards during her career, was 48.

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Israelis: no attack on Iran until after Madonna gig

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

Israeli fans of Madonna have appealed to Benjamin Netanyahu to postpone action against Iran until after her Tel Aviv concert.

Fans of the singer, who announced this week that she will open her global tour with a show in Israel, launched a campaign on Facebook.

They are asking the Israeli Prime Minister to say "no to war with Iran" until after the May 29 gig.

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Madonna to launch world tour in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2012

The Queen of pop is to launch her world tour in Tel Aviv.

Madonna, whose devotion to Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) is well known, will perform in Israel on April 29. It will be her first global tour in three years.

She has played in the country twice before, including to a crowd of 50,000 people in Hayarkon Park in September 2009.

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Lady Gaga's Poker Face - with a Jewish twist

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Pop star Lady Gaga isn't known for her kosher habits - remember the dress made of meat - but that hasn't stopped Shlock Rock from giving her music a makeover. Watch her hit "Poker Face" reinvented as "Kosher cake".

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James Blake performs in Israel despite boycott campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2012

British musician James Blake performed in Tel Aviv this weekend despite a concerted effort by anti-Israel campaigners for him to cancel the show.

Mr Blake, a runner-up in BBC's Sound of 2011 poll and a nominee for last year's Mercury Music Prize, was the latest target of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

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'Nazi' song was not Mungo Jerry built

By James Brewster, January 26, 2012

The frontman for the 1970s rock group Mungo Jerry has denied any links to a venomous "campaign of harassment" against his former manager whose company he is suing for alleged unpaid royalties.

Ray Dorset, lead singer for the band whose classic hit was In the Summertime, is in bitter conflict with his one-time friend and manager, Eliot Cohen, over claims of "under-accounting".

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Amy Winehouse posthumous album on the way

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

Unreleased songs by Amy Winehouse will form part of a memorial album to be released this winter.

Island Records said the posthumous collection would feature 12 tracks, including Body & Soul, the song she recorded with Tony Bennett just weeks before she died last summer.

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