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Overseas pop acts need a funny bone

Jun 22, 2017

Overseas pop acts need a funny bone

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The first half of 2017 hasn't produced much in the way of compelling music stories in Japan. By this time last year, we were coming down from the Enon Kawatani-Becky affair, and behind-the-scenes intrigue was bubbling up around SMAP (who broke up at the ...

Asian-American band win top court consent for racially charged name

Jun 20, 2017

Asian-American band win top court consent for racially charged name

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed an Asian-American band to trademark its name The Slants, which had been rejected because it was deemed a racial slur. The ruling is expected to benefit other organizations whose monikers have caused controversy, notably the Washington Redskins football ...

The cultural legacy of <em>erhu</em> artist WeiWei Wuu

Jun 13, 2017

The cultural legacy of erhu artist WeiWei Wuu

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When erhu artist WeiWei Wuu took to the stage at Shanghai Concert Hall on April 30, she delivered a show that could be described as out of the ordinary. The Chinese audience likely expected to see a woman playing the traditional instrument while seated, wearing ...

Taylor Swift returns to Spotify after almost three-year boycott

Jun 9, 2017

Taylor Swift returns to Spotify after almost three-year boycott

Taylor Swift is releasing her entire catalog on all streaming services, ending the pop star's boycott of Spotify Ltd. over her ability to limit her songs to paying subscribers. The albums will become available at midnight New York time Thursday night, Swift's management said on ...