Music

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Tom Petty: US rock musician dies aged 66

Frontman of the Heartbreakers died on Monday night in Los Angeles after he suffered a cardiac arrest Tom Petty, the rock musician whose hits included American Girl and I Wont Back Down, has died in California aged 66 after suffering cardiac arrest. Petty was reportedly rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica hospital after being found

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AI and music: will we be slaves to the algorithm?

Tech firms have developed AI that can learn how to write music. So will machines soon be composing symphonies, hit singles and bespoke soundtracks? From Elgar to Adele, and the Beatles or Pink Floyd to Kanye West, Londons Abbey Road Studios has hosted a storied list of musical stars since opening in 1931. But the man

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The summer afternoon Frank Sinatra tried to beat me up

Its 1952, a blisteringly hot day on the Hudson River, and David Mayer, a 24-year-old US Army film-maker has the misfortune to get on the wrong side of Ol Blue Eyes I was 24 in the summer of 1952, and had recently completed the US Armys Signal Corps Officer Candidate School. I was assigned to

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Are music festivals doing enough to tackle sexual assault?

Reports of rape and other attacks are on the rise but, from grassroots groups to industry efforts, measures are being undertaken to keep attendees safe Festival season is a time of joy, sunburn and sloshing about in muddy fields. However, this booming industry which attracts millions of attendees each year and convicted of attacking two

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Justin Bieber banned from China for 'bad behaviour'

Beijings culture bureau says star has caused discontent among the public and his exclusion is needed to purify arts I just need one more shot, second chances, Justin Bieber sings on Purpose World Tour with shows scheduled in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. But Beliebers in mainland China look set to be

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The day Taylor Swift held my hand for a photo shoot

Its summertime, New York City, 2014 and a starstruck reporter interviews the charismatic singer at a restaurant. Then its time to go On a Tuesday afternoon three years ago, I entered a Manhattan restaurant where I had been told Taylor Swift would be, waiting to be interviewed. It seemed astonishing that there she was indeed: