Music

Morrissey of Smiths fame returning to Israel in August

(JTA) — Morrissey, the British singer-songwriter best known for his involvement in The Smiths, will perform two concerts in Israel this summer.

The 57-year-old solo musician will play Tel Aviv on Aug. 22 and Caesarea two days later, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Morrissey sold out his most recent...
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Led Zeppelin did not steal ‘Stairway’ anthem from Jewish rocker, jury rules

(JTA) — The British rock band Led Zeppelin did not steal the famous anthem used in “Stairway to Heaven” from another rock band, a federal jury decided Thursday.

The verdict on a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the late Randy Wolfe, aka Randy California, the Jewish frontman for the...
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Maroon 5’s Adam Levine offers to pay funeral expenses for slain singer Christina Grimmie

(JTA) — Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine has offered to pay for the funeral for slain singer Christina Grimmie.

Grimmie’s brother, Marcus, announced Monday in a post on his Facebook page that Levine — Grimmie’s coach on the sixth season of “The Voice” — had offered to pay for the...
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Israel finishes 14th in Eurovision

(JTA) — Israel finished in 14th place among the 26 nations competing in the 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, which was won by Ukraine.

Australia came in second and Russia third in the contest that ended Saturday. The final was broadcast live in the United States for the first...
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Matisyahu embarks on Hillels-sponsored college tour with Arab-American artist

(JTA) — Matisyahu has launched a U.S. college tour co-sponsored by Hillel chapters with a musician born to an Egyptian-Palestinian father and American-Jewish mother.

The formerly Hasidic reggae artist, who kicked off the tour with special guest Nadim Azzam on Sunday at Boston University’s Metcalf Ballroom, has said the decision...
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6,000 Bob Dylan artifacts going to University of Tulsa

(JTA) — A collection of more than 6,000 Bob Dylan artifacts, including a notebook with handwritten lyrics and his first music contract, is headed for the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

The university announced Wednesday that The Bob Dylan Archive was acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the...
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Variety pulls pro-BDS ad accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’

(JTA) — The entertainment magazine Variety refused to publish an advertisement that says “Don’t endorse Israeli apartheid.”

Jewish Voice for Peace, or JVP, a group that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, announced Monday that the magazine initially accepted payment for the group’s ad, but then said...
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JNF Canada withdraws event sponsorship over Israeli singer Noa

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) — The Jewish National Fund of Canada has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Jewish Federation of Vancouver’s Yom Ha’atzmaut event over the federation’s decision to feature the controversial Israeli pop singer Achinoam Nini, known as Noa.

“Due to the views of the entertainment booked for this year’s...
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Jennifer Lopez to make debut performance in Israel 

JERUSALEM (JTA) — American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez reportedly will perform in Israel for the first time.

Lopez agreed to hold a concert this summer in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, the Ynet news website reported Monday.

She is among several high-profile artists and bands who are scheduled to...
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David Bowie was into kabbalah and other Jewish facts about the late icon

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — It was clear long before the Internet swelled with heartfelt tributes to David Bowie that the late musician was an artistic legend. The 69-year-old Englishman, who died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, reinvented himself countless times in a music career that spanned more...
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