Music

Lana Del Ray cancels appearance at Meteor Festival (after all)

By ILANIT CHERNICK

(TPS.ogr) — Following weeks of pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Lana Del Rey has canceled her performance at the Meteor Festival.

The festival is scheduled to kick off next week at Kibbutz Lehavot HaBashan in the Galilee.

In a statement on Twitter,...
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Lana Del Rey says she ‘will be visiting Palestine’ after pushback on Israel concert

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Singer Lana Del Rey said she “will be visiting Palestine” in addition to a planned appearance in Israel following a public relations campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

Earlier this week the American performer announced that she would stick to her decision to perform in Israel in the face of calls...
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How a Jewish producer helped unleash Aretha Franklin’s genius

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at the age of 76. Her death reverberated so deeply that an incredible array of people from around the world, from Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama to musicians Paul McCartney and Diana Ross, took to social media...
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Rappers Tyga, Fat Joe cause cancelation of Israeli music festival

(JNS.org) — American celebrity rappers Fat Joe and Tyga, who were slated to headline the Shaka music festival in Rishon Letzion on Thursday, August 9, canceled suddenly on Sunday, August 5, citing the “security situation.”

The pair were set to be joined by a lineup of Israeli hip-hop artists.

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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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