North Korean bands rock China’s borderland

Jul 23, 2015

North Korean bands rock China’s borderland

Like many Chinese hotels, the Kunlun International hotel has rock bottom prices. It also boasts rooms with round beds and dance poles, and an all-female North Korean rock band who belt out “Anthem of the Worker’s Party” and other socialist classics every night. Young ...

Controversial rockers Laibach to be first to tour North Korea

Jul 15, 2015

Controversial rockers Laibach to be first to tour North Korea

Slovenian retro-avantgarde rock group Laibach has said it will become the first foreign rock outfit to perform in North Korea this August, as the nation marks 70 years since liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Founded in 1980 in former Yugoslavia, Slovenia’s best-known music export ...

Jul 10, 2015

Israeli gets 14 months for stealing Madonna's songs

An aspiring singer who auditioned for Israel’s top TV song competition was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison after he was convicted of stealing and selling unreleased songs by international pop star Madonna. Adi Lederman was arrested earlier this year and after confessing, ...

AC/DC's Rudd given home detention for threatening to kill

Jul 9, 2015

AC/DC's Rudd given home detention for threatening to kill

A New Zealand judge sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to eight months of home detention Thursday after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer ...

Jul 9, 2015

Joni Mitchell making 'remarkable progress' towards recovery

Folk legend Joni Mitchell is making “remarkable progress” towards an expected full recovery three months after being rushed to the hospital, her lawyer said in comments released Wednesday. The assessment came as a judge in Los Angeles extended a conservatorship over Mitchell, noting that ...

Jun 28, 2015

Joni Mitchell loses speech after aneurysm: Crosby

Folk legend Joni Mitchell lost her ability to speak after suffering a brain aneurysm, fellow artist and former boyfriend David Crosby said. The account offered rare detail on the condition of the 71-year-old Canadian singer and guitarist, who was rushed to a Los Angeles ...

Composer for 'Titanic,' 'Avatar' dies in plane crash: report

Jun 23, 2015

Composer for 'Titanic,' 'Avatar' dies in plane crash: report

James Horner, the celebrated composer for some of Hollywood’s smash-hit films, including “Titanic” and “Avatar,” died Monday in a plane crash at the age of 61, U.S. media reported. Hollywood trade magazine Variety reported the composer died when his personal aircraft crashed in Santa ...