Music

Glen Campbell was a practicing Messianic Jew for over two decades

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Glen Campbell, the country music star who died at 81 on Tuesday from Alzheimer’s, grew up in rural Arkansas. The man who sang hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get To Phoenix” was raised a Baptist in a family of 12.

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Tchaikovsky’s Jewish problem

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – While researching his latest one-man show, “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” Hershey Felder — a playwright, actor and composer who has brought the loves, torments and soaring music of some of the world’s greatest composers to the stage — faced a moral question.

Does towering...
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ADL expresses ‘concerns’ about Jay-Z Jewish lyric

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern about a Jay-Z lyric that “Jewish people own all the property in America,” but emphasized that it did not believe that the rapper intended to promote anti-Semitism.

“The lyric does seem to play into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money,” said...
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Britney Spears mobbed at Western Wall ahead of Tel Aviv concert

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Britney Spears was mobbed by fans during a visit to the Western Wall.

The American pop star arrived Sunday in Israel ahead of her concert scheduled for the following evening at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. It was her first visit to Israel.

Excited fans mobbed Spears,...
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Paul Shaffer’s post-Letterman act: Touring with ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Band’

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with music memorabilia, including a signed Curtis Mayfield single and a plaque presented by...
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‘Wonder Woman,’ big-name concerts upstage cultural boycott of Israel

By ADAM ABRAMS

(JNS.org) — As Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” film heads toward $400 million in earnings after debuting in early June, and numerous big-name musical acts line up to perform in Israel this summer, the influence of the BDS movement’s cultural boycott of the Jewish state appears...
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Drake breaks record with 13 honors at Billboard Music Awards

(JTA) — Drake continued his record-breaking ways, taking home 13 honors at the Billboard Music Awards, including as top artist.

The Jewish rapper also won as top male artist, top Billboard 200 artist and top rap artist on Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the way to...
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What if the Nazis won? This is what American pop music would sound like

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Let’s imagine, for a moment, that the Nazis won World War II and occupied the United States. If that had happened, what would postwar American pop music have sounded like? Would music have even been created in the forms we know today?

Those...
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Britney Spears concert spurs postponement of Labor party leadership

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Britney Spears is proving to be “Toxic” to Israel’s Labor party.

Leaders of the left-wing party announced Wednesday that they are postponing the planned leadership primary on July 3, the same day of the American pop singer’s concert in Tel Aviv, over fears that voters would have...
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Bob Dylan gets his Nobel Prize in Stockholm ceremony without media

(JTA) – American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has received his Nobel diploma and gold Nobel medal in Stockholm.

On Saturday, the Swedish Academy with Dylan in a private ceremony in order to present him with the trappings of his Nobel Prize for Literature, according to a blog post the following day...
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