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Guitar Center, the largest retailer for musical instruments in the US, has filed for bankruptcy

View of a Guitar Center store in Hollywood, California. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images Guitar Center, the largest musical instrument retailer in the US, has filed for bankruptcy. The company announced Saturday it was entering the Chapter 11 restructuring process, during which it'll stay in business. Guitar Center said it expects to finish up the process by the end of the year. Like other physical retailers, Guitar Center has felt the negative impacts of consumers' increasing reliance o...
Tags: Music, News, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Bankruptcy, New York Times, Retail, Afp, Guitar Center, Hollywood California, Lord Taylor, Valerie Macon, Paige Leskin, Getty Images Guitar Center, US Guitar Center

The BET Awards celebrate 20th anniversary amid pandemic and protests against systemic racism

Back in April, BET Networks’ president Scott Mills and the producers of the annual BET Awards recognized they’d have to cancel its popular four-day BET Experience and free fan fest at L.A. Live due to the continued spread of coronavirus, but they were adamant that the actual awards ceremony would be presented in some capacity. The crew swiftly pivoted the BET Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, to a virtual broadcast without a live audience. The show will be hosted by comedi...
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Mory Kanté: Guinean musician dies aged 70 from chronic health problems

The Yé Ké Yé Ké singer’s son said he was unable to travel to France for his usual treatment owing to coronavirus-related restrictionsThe Guinean musician Mory Kanté has died aged 70. His son Balla Kanté told the AFP news agency that his death was the result of untreated chronic health problems.“He suffered from chronic illnesses and often traveled to France for treatment, but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus,” said Balla. “We saw his condition deteriorate rapidly, but I was still...
Tags: Music, France, Africa, World news, Culture, Guinea, Afp, Kante, Balla, Mory Kante, Yé Ké Yé Ké, Balla Kanté, Conakry Continue

Christophe, celebrated French pop balladeer, dies aged 74

Tributes paid to chanson singer by Jean-Michael Jarre and Christine and the Queens after death from emphysemaChristophe, the French singer who was one of the most celebrated performers of the country’s chanson style of pop ballad, has died aged 74.According to his wife, speaking to AFP, he died of emphysema. Last month, French newspaper Le Parisien reported that he had been hospitalised with coronavirus, but that was not confirmed by his family or management. His family made no mention of corona...
Tags: Europe, Music, France, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Queens, Afp, Christine, Le Parisien, Christophe, Jean Michael Jarre

Forget The Selfies, Cannes Will Set Up A Sexual Harassment Hotline

A sexual harassment hotline will be set up at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with the help of the French government in the hopes of discouraging and combating sexual misconduct at the prestigious event.On Thursday, French equality minister Marlene Schiappa explained that the hotline is meant for the protection of all people working in and around the industry, French news outlet AFP reports. “One of the rapes that Harvey Weinstein is accused of happened at Cannes, and so the festival cannot no...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Time, Harvey Weinstein, Kate Middleton, Lars von Trier, Hitler, Thierry Fremaux, Woody Allen, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Afp, Variety, French Riviera, Weinstein, Sofia Coppola

Famous French Women Defend Men's Right To "Hit On Women"

Some news stories are just so frustrating that you can't even be bothered to engage with them, but engage we must, because it's often through free and open debate that we kill off outdated, misguided views. So, here we are.On Wednesday, a group of 100 influential French women, including legendary actor Catherine Deneuve, 74, and other writers, performers and academics, penned a letter in the newspaper Le Monde denouncing the wave of accusations sparked by claims that the Hollywood producer Harv...
Tags: Fashion, Music, UK, Hollywood, Time, Barack Obama, Bbc, Harvey Weinstein, Norway, Yougov, Angela Lansbury, Le Monde, Catherine Deneuve, Afp, BBC Radio, Deneuve

Four In Jail Following Game Of Thrones Leaks

It would be in your best interest to never ever cross HBO or anyone involved in the creation of it's prize series, Game of Thrones.The network and series has fallen victim to a couple major breaches of security, most recently resulting in the fourth episode, "Spoils of War" being leaked early thanks to hackers in India. And now, justice is being served. Entertainment Weekly via Agence France-Presse, reports that four people have been arrested in India after being linked to the leaks. News of th...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hbo, India, Cnbc, Afp, Entertainment Weekly via Agence France Presse, AP News, Akbar Pathan, EpisodeBarack Obama

You Can Now Go To College To Become A Social Media Star

A Chinese university is offering a degree on how to become a social media star, reports Mashable.As part of the course, Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YWICC) near Shanghai has classes like "Makeup modeling," "Fashion and aesthetic ability," and "Public relations etiquette, cultural literacy." Students who complete three years get the equivalent of an associate's degree (and millions of likes, of course).While it may sound unconventional, it's a logical choice for many who may have majo...
Tags: Fashion, Music, China, United States, Shanghai, University of Florida, Afp, Wang, Zhang Yi, Social Media Star, Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College YWICC, Wang Ruhan, Jiang Mengna, iiMedia Research Group

George & Amal Introduced Their New Twins To His Parents On Skype

George Clooney's parents were at home across the pond when he and Amal's twins, Ella and Alexander, were born in London. But thanks to the wonders of Skype, Nick Clooney and Nina Warren met their grandchildren just two hours after their birth. They're completely smitten, and the couple has already begun debating which baby looks more like George.“They are gorgeous. Nina swears they have George’s nose,” Clooney, 83, told Cincinnati WXIX anchor Tricia Macke from their home in Kentucky. “Not both ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, London, Kentucky, George Clooney, Beirut, Skype, Afp, Alexander, George, Clooney, Ella, Nina, Amal, Nick Clooney, Baria

Touching Images Show People Leaving Flowers On London Bridge Following Attack

Shortly, after last night's terrorist attack in London, people started leaving flowers on London Bridge the site where three men in a white van ran down pedestrians before stabbing others at the crowded Borough Market. The attack left seven dead and at least 48 injured.The flowers were a sign of unity from a city that has seen three terrorist attacks already this year. This latest coming less than two weeks after the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.  In a video by the internati...
Tags: Fashion, Music, London, Manchester, Southwark Crown Court, London Bridge, Metro, Afp, Westminster Bridge, Agence France Presse AFP, Thames Path, Frank Augstein, Joe Pike, Vincent McAviney, LondonBridge, Southwark Street

Diane Kruger Has To Get This Tattoo Now Because She Lost A Bet

Diane Kruger is about to get inked thanks for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The actress just received a big honor at this year's festivities, but with the news likely came a rush of panic as she realized she needed to follow through on a previous bet she made, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. (Hint: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy made a similar bet while filming The Revenant.)The 40-year-old actress received a top honor at the festival, winning best actress at the film festival for her ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy, Cannes, Afp, DiCaprio, Hamburg Germany, Diane Kruger, Kruger, Fatih Akin, ScreeningsMillie Bobby Brown

The Cannes Film Festival Revealed Its 2017 Poster & Twitter Is Not Having It

The Cannes Film Festival revealed its 2017 poster yesterday, and people were none too happy with it.Twitter was quick to point out that the festival's official poster featured a heavily photoshopped image of Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, as Elle U.K. notes.For those who weren't sure whether or not Cardinale's image had been retouched, one Twitter user shared a GIF of the original 1959 photo morphing into the Cannes poster. As it clearly shows, Cardinale's waist has been taken in and a part...
Tags: Twitter, Fashion, Music, Paris, Thierry Fremaux, Cannes film festival, Federico Fellini, Cannes, Mediterranean, Afp, Anna Rose Holmer, Fremaux, Claudia Cardinale, Elle U K, Cardinale, John J Johnston

These K-Pop Stars Got $90,000 Worth Of Plastic Surgery — For A Music Video

As big as the market for plastic surgery is here in America, it’s even bigger in South Korea. The nation of 50 million has been called the world’s “capital” of cosmetic enhancement, with some reports indicating that more than 60% of young women in their late 20s have undergone some form of plastic surgery. An obsession with physical appearance is an intrinsic part of the culture, and it’s not exactly kept under wraps, either: Seoul’s subway stations are littered with ads for the procedures, dra...
Tags: South Korea, Fashion, Music, America, Seoul, Justin Trudeau, Afp, SOA, Kim Il Woong, SixBomb, Dain

Kal Penn Channels Kellyanne Conway In This Hilarious Photo

Kellyanne Conway set the internet on fire when she was captured in an insanely casual pose during a meeting between Donald Trump and presidents of historically Black universities and colleges (HBCUs) at the Oval Office.Conway was checking her phone after snapping a photo of Trump and the HBCU presidents, but her seeming disregard for the Black men in the room ignited a firestorm of controversy. Here's the photo in question, if you haven't already had it seared into your memory.Kellyanne Conway ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, White House, Donald Trump, Dslr, Black, Penn, Trump, Kal Penn, Afp, Conway, Oval Office, Kellyanne Conway, Kal Penn Channels Kellyanne Conway, Oval Office Conway, Kal E Anne

Roger Waters Eyes "The Wall" Protest Concert On U.S. - Mexico Border

Roger Waters is considering staging a performance of Pink Floyd's 1979 classic "The Wall" on the US-Mexico border as a protest against the immigration policies of US President Donald Trump.  Waters has previously used the album as a protest tool, famously performing the work in Berlin in 1990 to commemorate the end of the Berlin wall in the previous year. Speaking to the Agence France-Presse news agency in London late last week, Pink Floyd co-founder Rogers noted that he felt the message...
Tags: Music, London, Mexico, Berlin, US, Pink Floyd, Wall, Rogers, Music Business, Live & Touring, Trump, Bruce Houghton, Afp, State, Agence France Presse, Goldenvoice

Madonna Has Reportedly Adopted Twins From Malawi

Madonna has added two children to her family, Reuters reported Tuesday. The singer has adopted twins from Malawi, which required permission from the country's High Court because non-residents aren't usually allowed to adopt Malawi children.Madonna has previously adopted two other children from Malawi, Mercy James and David Banda. She also has two other children, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco. She also created the nonprofit organization Raising Malawi, which helps provide the country's children...
Tags: Fashion, Music, David, Madonna, Malawi, James, Gigi Hadid, Reuters, Afp, Esther, David Banda, Lourdes

Hollywood Icon Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies At 99

Gerard Decaux/REX/Shutterstock Zsa Zsa Gabor, an icon of a bygone Hollywood era, has died at 99. The Hungarian-born Gabor moved to the United States during World War Two, debuted in Hollywood in 1952, and appeared in more than 70 films during her lifetime.Frederic von Anhalt, fighting through tears, told AFP that his wife had died surrounded by friends and family."Everybody was there," he said. "She didn't die alone."Anhalt was her ninth spouse, but Gabor counted only eight-and-a-half, sayin...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Budapest, United States, Hilton, Paris Hilton, Chris, Afp, Gabor

A Half-Japanese Woman Won The Miss Japan Pageant — & The Reactions Are Shocking

On Monday, Priyanka Yoshikawa (a badass elephant trainer and kickboxer, according to The Guardian) was crowned Miss World Japan. She will go on to represent her country in the Miss World competition this December in Washington, D.C. However, Yoshikawa, who is half Indian, has also been the subject of some unfortunate — and frankly, racist — controversy.Yoshikawa, who was born to an Indian father and a Japanese mother, is considered a "hāfu," the Japanese term for people who are ethnically half ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Japan, Washington, India, Tokyo, Fda, Afp, Miyamoto

The Time For A Copyright Small Claims Court Is Now

While major stars like Robin Thicke and Zeppelin can afford to combat massive lawsuits, the average artist may have a tough time footing the bill for a bitter and protracted court battle. This could change however, should a recently introduced  small claims alternative bill end up passing into law. __________________________________ Guest post from the Future Of Music Coalition When legal battles about copyright infringement make the news, they tend to concern big stars. big hits, a...
Tags: Publishing, Music, Congress, America, Getty Images, United States, Guest Post, Getty, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Robin Thicke, Music Business, Afp, Zeppelin, House Judiciary Committee, U S Copyright Office

A 70-Year-Old Indian Woman Just Gave Birth With Help From IVF

Photo: Getty Images. Daljinder Kaur, 70, and her husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, aren't your usual candidates for IVF. And they faced some serious skepticism in making their dream of having a child come true. But, AFP reports, the couple had some remarkable success: Kaur gave birth to a healthy baby boy last month.Although the doctors at the National Fertility And Test Tube Baby Centre in Haryana, India weren't totally on board at first, tests showed that Kaur ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Afp, Kaur, Haryana India

Key Suspect In Paris Terror Attacks Charged

Photo: REXUSA. Update: April 27, 2016: Salah Abdeslam, the key suspect in the November Paris attacks that killed 130, has been charged with terrorist murders, possession, and use of bombs and weapons, according to The Associated Press.Frank Berton, Abdeslam’s lawyer, said that preliminary charges have been laid against his client. Abdeslam, purported to be the last surviving member of the terrorist group that carried out the November 13 attacks on Paris, is alle...
Tags: Fashion, Music, France, Islamic State, Syria, Bbc, Paris, Belgium, Argentina, Associated Press, Brussels, Charlie Hebdo, Salah Abdeslam, Afp, Abdeslam, Fleury Merogis

Pierre Boulez, classical music's maverick, dies aged 90

The composer, conductor, writer and performer had been ill for some timePierre Boulez, one of contemporary classical music’s most acclaimed, controversial and important figures, has died at the age of 90, Le Monde and AFP have reported. Boulez had been too ill to participate in the celebrations of his 90th birthday during 2015, and died on Tuesday 5 January.Boulez was a composer, conductor, pianist and writer, who helped steer contemporary music in radical new directions in the years following t...
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One Direction top US charts

One Direction topple Taylor Swift at the top of the American music charts [Author: AFP and Telegraph Reporters] [Link to media]
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, US, Billboard, Sales, America, Pop, One, Charts, Four, Taylor, Swift, `1989, Album, Direction, Afp

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