Mozart letter fetches $217,000 at auction

Oct 16, 2015

Mozart letter fetches $217,000 at auction

A rare letter written by Mozart to a close friend and renowned Austrian botanist has sold for $217,000 at auction in the United States, the auctioneers said Thursday. The one-page signed note in German, believed to have been written in July or August of ...

Elton John offers to meet Putin for gay rights talks

Sep 13, 2015

Elton John offers to meet Putin for gay rights talks

British pop star Elton John said he would like to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the country’s attitude to gay rights. “I’d say, come on. Gay people are not the problem here,” the 68-year-old told BBC television in an interview released Saturday. ...

Bon Jovi shows in China canceled for 'unforeseen reasons'

Sep 9, 2015

Bon Jovi shows in China canceled for 'unforeseen reasons'

Bon Jovi’s concert tour in China next week has been abruptly canceled because of what promoters said were “unforeseen reasons.” AEG Live Asia declined to give the reason for the cancellation, but said in a statement Tuesday that refunds will be offered for shows ...

Seoul rides pop to top of Asia's fashion market

Sep 7, 2015

Seoul rides pop to top of Asia's fashion market

Move over Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. Seoul is emerging as Asia’s new fashion showcase, with the world’s top luxury firms seeking to cash in on the regional trend-setting popularity of South Korean pop culture. Fast-growing Asia is a key market driving the global ...

Aug 11, 2015

China bans 120 'harmful' songs online

China has ordered 120 songs be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled “Don’t Want to Go to School” and “All Must Die” because they promoted sex, violence or “incited law-breaking,” authorities said Monday. No individual or organization is allowed to provide the songs, ...

Singers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale to divorce

Aug 4, 2015

Singers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale to divorce

Singer Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from rock star husband Gavin Rossdale after 13 years of marriage, several news reports said Monday. In her divorce petition, Stefani, 45, cited irreconcilable differences and asked for joint custody of the couple’s three children, 9-year-old Kingston, ...

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, ...