Music

Israel wins Eurovision song contest

(JTA) — For the fourth time in its four decades of participating in the Eurovision song contest, Israel has won the international competition.

The song “Toy” by Netta Barzilai, 24, secured Israel’s victory at the Eurovision contest this year at the Finals Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal. The victory means Israel...
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Artists return German music award over rappers’ Holocaust lyrics

(JTA) — Several artists have returned their Echo Awards in Germany to protest the award won by two rappers whose lyrics boasted of having “bodies more defined than Auschwitz inmates.”

In response to the award controversy BMG, which distributes releases by Kollegah and Farid Bang, has announced a campaign...
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Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist saved by an old bar mitzvah gift

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Bruce Springsteen’s longtime guitarist Nils Lofgren found himself in a pickle on Friday night: Just hours before a sold-out solo show in Dallas, he discovered that his four vintage guitars had been stolen.

Lofgren, who has also toured with Neil Young and Ringo Starr, tweeted that...
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Paul Simon says his upcoming tour will be his last

(JTA) — Paul Simon says he is going to stop touring, save for the “occasional performance” for charity.

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling,...
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Leonard Cohen and Carrie Fisher win posthumous Grammy Awards

(JTA) — After more than a dozen albums and a little more than a year after his death, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen won his first Grammy.

Cohen posthumously won the award for best rock performance at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards in New York City.

The winning tune is the title track...
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Ringo Starr to play Israel in June

(JTA) — Ringo Starr will perform this summer in Israel more than 50 years after the nation’s government stopped the Beatles from performing there.

The upcoming tour for the ex-Beatle drummer’s group Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band includes a June 23 concert in Tel Aviv. Other stops on the tour, which...
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Lorde cancelled her concert in Israel. Here’s what 5 other artists did this year

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN   (JTA) — Pop star Lorde’s decision to cancel her scheduled concert in Israel has sparked some fierce reactions, even if most of them were expected.

The 21-year-old New Zealand native’s move earned praise from proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, who said she was taking a...
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Lorde cancels Tel Aviv concert after pro-Palestinian fans’ backlash

(JTA) — Pop star Lorde has canceled a summer concert in Tel Aviv announced less than a week ago after pro-Palestinian fans in her native New Zealand criticized her.

Israeli concert organizers announced the cancellation Sunday night, according to local media, including the Hebrew-language Ynet, and said ticket sales would be refunded.

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Lorde thanks pro-Palestinian fans who are urging her to cancel Israel concert

(JTA) — Pop star Lorde is considering canceling her upcoming concert in Tel Aviv after pro-Palestinian fans in her native New Zealand criticized her.

New Zealanders Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs — the former Palestinian and the latter Jewish — wrote an open letter on Thursday on the website The...
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Valerie Sassyfras to release new CD at One-Eyed Jacks Dec. 10

Valerie Sassyfras, the multi-talented performer and composer will be releasing her latest compact disc at One-Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse Street, tonight, Monday, December 11, at 10 p.m.

Her latest CD, “Blast Off! A Cosmic Cabaret” is made up of songs that each have an outer space theme. With songs like...
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