Pop music

Amy Winehouse found dead at age 27

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2011

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27.

The Jewish musician, whose hits included Rehab and Back to Black, was found in her Camden flat on Saturday afternoon. The Metropolitan Police said her death was unexplained.

The star, who won five Grammy awards, three Ivor Novello awards and several Brit awards, received critical praise throughout her career.


Bristol grit may see Zara through to sing Hallelujah

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Most people come back from gap years with souvenirs and a suntan. Bristol teenager Zara Tobias returned from her time in Israel with a place in an international singing competition.

Zara, 19, is one of 30 hoping to be named the next Jewish star at Israel's Hallelujah contest next month.


Hippest Jewish music label in world shuts

By Ellen Tumposky, July 21, 2011

The Jewish music label and events promoter JDub is shutting down - a victim of the recession and lack of donations.

In a letter on its website, founder Aaron Bisman expressed sorrow over the decision, saying: "The challenges facing our business model are too great to overcome."


Massive Attack urge fans to support Palestine song

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

Massive Attack have directed the attention of their fans to anti-Israel causes for the second time.

The British duo used their Facebook page to publicise a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

They posted the link to OneWorld's 'Freedom for Palestine' single and said they believed the project engaged with "a lot of the important issues."


Egyptians want Shakira boycott after Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

Shakira may have vowed "Whenever, Wherever" with the first hit of her career, but if protesters have their way she will have to take Cairo off her list.

The musician is the subject of a Facebook campaign to stop her performing in Egypt in November, launched after she spoke at President Shimon Peres's conference in Jerusalem.


The Saturdays wish a barmitzvah boy Mazel Tov

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011
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Stars from Louise Redknapp to Olly Murs and the girlband The Saturdays have helped make sure Scott Simon's barmitzvah will be an unforgettable event. Find out who else wished the Stanmore schoolboy a hearty mazel tov on this special occasion.

The video was made by Scott's aunt, filmmaker Lucie Hass.


Cullum sets tone for £3.7m dinner

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Brit award winning pop and jazz singer Jamie Cullum sang the praises of Jewish Care at its campaign dinner on Monday, which raised a record £3.7 million.

Addressing almost 1,000 guests at Grosvenor House in central London, Cullum said he had been "absolutely blown away" by a visit to the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl campus in Golders Green, where he spoke to residents.


Beautiful? James Blunt's Poland joke angers fans

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

James Blunt has been criticised by thousands of fans for making what has been interpreted as a joke about Auschwitz.

The British singer and former soldier was in Poland for a concert when he was photographed in front of a building near the infamous Nazi death camp.

Mr Blunt, 37, posted the image on his public Facebook page with the caption "Uh, this is my hotel in Poland".


Shakira: education key to peace in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

The pop star Shakira has expressed hope that the world "can act as a team" to educate future generations while at a conference in Jerusalem.

The Colombian musician, who launched an education charity in 1997, was speaking to some of the 1,700 guests at the third annual Presidential Conference. She said the Holy Land was the "perfect place to talk about how urgent it is to invest in education."


Whenever, Wherever: Shakira to meet Peres in israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is to take part in a meeting with a Colombian representative next week – the pop star Shakira.

The singer will join Nobel Prize winners, politicians, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and US comedian Sarah Silverman at the annual Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.