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  • Will Prince's control of his music extend from the grave?

    Will Prince's control of his music extend from the grave?

    The late pop star Prince was known in life as an artist fiercely protective of his intellectual property, but how much others may profit from his legacy, including a large body of unreleased songs, hinges on how astute he was in arranging for...

  • Prince’s albums become top sellers

    Prince’s albums become top sellers

    Within hours of Prince’s death being confirmed, fans channelled their grief by buying, downloading and streaming music from his extensive back catalogue. By the early hours of yesterday, the top bestselling physical albums on Amazon.co.uk all...

  • Bond director dies

    British film director Guy Hamilton, who worked on four James Bond movies, has died at the age of 93 in Majorca, the BBC reported on Thursday. Hamilton directed Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever and Roger Moore in Live and Let Die...

  • ‘Reading for pleasure crucial for cultural well-being’

    The role of school libraries is being increasingly transformed to champion literacy initiatives and to provide a wide array of high-appeal, age-appropriate reading materials. We recognise the increased importance of digital reading as screen print...

  • Cause of Prince's death may not be revealed for weeks amid overdose reports

    Cause of Prince's death may not be revealed for weeks amid overdose reports

    The cause of Prince's death may not be made public for weeks, officials said, as it was reported that the pop superstar overdosed on a powerful painkiller six days before he died. The American musician was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park...

  • Stage set for Shakespeare’s anniversary celebrations

    Stage set for Shakespeare’s anniversary celebrations

    The stage is set for Shakespeare’s birthplace to welcome “the world and his wife” for a special 400th anniversary celebration of his life and works. The picturesque streets of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire are to play host to a colourful...

  • Louis Armstrong film discovered

    Louis Armstrong film discovered

    The only known film of jazz great Louis Armstrong in a recording studio has been acquired by a New York museum – after it was discovered in a storage facility. The 33-minute film captures Armstrong recording his 1959 album Satchmo Plays King...

  • Adele tops young musicians’ rich list

    Adele tops young musicians’ rich list

    Adele’s bestselling album 25 added £30 million to the London-born singer’s fortune, putting her top of the Sunday Times newspaper’s Young Musicians 2016 rich list for performers under 30. The worldwide hit released last November boosted the...

  • When Elvis met Nixon

    When Elvis met Nixon

    The most requested photo in the US National Archives is not the first moon landing or the burning twin towers after the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is actually a picture of president Richard Nixon shaking hands with Elvis Presley in the Oval...

  • AC/DC singer not retiring

    AC/DC singer not retiring

    AC/DC singer Brian Johnson says he is not retiring from music after doctors told him that he risks substantial hearing loss if he continues to perform in large arenas and stadiums. Johnson said in a statement that he intended to continue to record...

  • Teen wolf director Rod Daniel dies at 73

    Director Rod Daniel, who was behind the camera in comedies such as Michael J Fox’s Teen Wolf, has died at his home in Chicago. Daniel, 73, began his Hollywood career in television, where he produced and directed several episodes of the CBS sitcom...

  • Tragedy of transgression

    Tragedy of transgression

    TheatreOscarSt James Cavalier While history has been prolific in its share of artists and writers whose sexuality was not heteronormative, the “love that dare not speak its name” was, as the quotation from Lord Alfred Douglas’ poem Two Loves,...

  • This week at the cinema

    This week at the cinema

    The Jungle Book (2016)Genre: FantasyCertification: PGDuration: 105 minutesDirected by: Jon FavreauStarring: Neel SethiVoices of: Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken KRS...

  • Fan sues Kanye West, Jay Z’s company, Tidal

    Fan sues Kanye West, Jay Z’s company, Tidal

    A Kanye West fan sued the rapper and a company owned by Jay Z,saying they tricked people into subscribing to the music streaming service Tidal by fraudulently claiming it was the only way to buy West’s album The Life of Pablo. In a proposed class...

  • Pearl Jam, Boston cancelled shows

    US rock bands Pearl Jam and Boston have cancelled shows in North Carolina over a new state law they call discriminatory against transgender people, the groups said. The cancellations are the latest entertainment acts to take a stance against the...

  • I'm not retiring, says AC/DC singer Brian Johnson

    AC/DC singer Brian Johnson says he is not retiring from music after doctors told him that he risks substantial hearing loss if he continues to perform in large arenas and stadiums. Johnson said in a statement that he intends to continue to record...

  • Axl Rose beats Malta’s Storace as frontman for rest of AC/DC tour

    Axl Rose beats Malta’s Storace as frontman for rest of AC/DC tour

    Maltese rock artist Marc Storace, who was in the frame to take over as frontman of AC/DC for the remaining dates of the band’s tour, did not make the cut. Storace, who is currently the frontman, lead singer and songwriter of Swiss hard rock band...

  • Jungle Book opens to $103.6 million

    The Jungle Book dominated the weekend box office, grossing a massive $103.6 million, and extending the Walt Disney Co.’s success in making live action versions of its classic animated features. Moreover, that ranks as the second biggest April...

  • ‘Bio-banding’ could help cut injury in young ballet dancers

    ‘Bio-banding’ could help cut injury in young ballet dancers

    Grouping young ballet dancers by their biological rather than chronological age could help lower their risk of injury, a study has suggested. The technique, known as bio-banding, is growing in prominence for other sports including football and...

  • 'Sad day' as stars turn out for Ronnie Corbett's funeral

    'Sad day' as stars turn out for Ronnie Corbett's funeral

    Grandees from the golden age of British television have arrived to pay their respects at the funeral of Ronnie Corbett. The entertainer died last month aged 85 having been diagnosed with a suspected form of motor neurone disease. A service...

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