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Barbershop singers try to update their image
If the sound of barbershop harmony invokes Norman Rockwell images of white men singing vaudeville-style songs in straw hats, organizers of the Barbershop Harmony Society are trying to update that image.
 
A Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in its national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming "All Lives Matter" during its pregame performance at the 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday.
 
Asian Organists' Competition kicks off
The Taiwan chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting the first ever Asian Organists' Competition (第一屆亞洲管風琴大賽) this year, with the continent's greatest players flocking to the island for the opportunity to play in front of great audiences and revered judges. With registration running parallel with the competition until Dec. 31, a rigorous judging process will produce six finalists. Early rounds will be judged by esteemed organists like George Ritchie, Nigel Potts and professor Chen Mao-Sheng (陳茂生), all with storied résumés in the realm of musical achievement.
 
Red Hot Chili Peppers autograph Metallica items after airport mix-up
Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea says he ended up autographing some Metallica items following a mix-up at an airport in Belarus.
 
When Jay-Jay Johanson's gloomy voice first seduced fans, CDs were king. Hailing from the streaming industry's epicenter of Sweden, Johanson has watched the music business transform firsthand -- and he likes what he sees.
 
Amid police tensions, Ice Cube leads rap defiance
Ice Cube co-wrote one of the defining protest songs against police brutality and, at a moment of soaring tension with US law enforcement, the rap legend did not hold back.
 
Energetic, joyful Garth Brooks returns to NYC after 19 years
Garth Brooks entered Yankee Stadium like a school kid on the playground: He ran laps around the venue and yelled loudly as screaming fans cheered on the country music king, who returned to New York on Friday after 19 years.
 
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams has said he plans to retire after the current tour, becoming the latest member of the high-decibel band to bow out and cloud its future.
 
So who's bigger, Peter Gabriel or Sting? In a business full of towering egos, the two rockers seamlessly shared a stage as they opened Quebec City's sprawling summer music festival.
 
50 Cent, rapper gone broke, receives court approval to get out of bankruptcy
Rapper 50 Cent, whose once-extravagant lifestyle crumbled after a failed business deal and a lawsuit over a sex tape, received court approval Wednesday to get out of bankruptcy.
 
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