Jennifer Lopez concert: Morocco TV channel escapes censure

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A Moroccan TV channel has escaped sanctions after broadcasting a controversial Jennifer Lopez concert.

The country's Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane ordered an investigation following Lopez's "sexually suggestive" performance at a music festival which aired on public television channel 2M.

He said the show violated Morocco's laws, and called for sanctions against the channel's management.

But the media regulator said the request was outside its remit.

The American pop star's show at Mawazine festival in Rabat on 29 May sparked controversy among local media in the highly conservative Muslim country.

Writing to the president of High Audiovisual Communication Authority (HACA), Mr Benkirane demanded the regulator "take legal measures against those responsible".


Apple Music to pay royalties during free trial: 'We hear you Taylor Swift'

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Apple will pay royalties to music labels and publishers during the three-month free trial of its Apple Music streaming service, the company has confirmed, after protests from independent labels and musician Taylor Swift.
Swift appears to have been the tipping point in the row that had been rumbling all week, after she published a blog post – To Apple, Love Taylor – calling on Apple to abandon its plans for no payouts during the trial period.


Ace Gospel singer to organise programme for flood victims

Ace Ghanaian Gospel female Singer, Mrs Bernice Ansah is organising a National Believers All Night Programme, to pray and raise funds for victims of the twin disaster that struck Accra on June 3.
The event to take place at Accra International Conference Centre on June 19 at 8pm in Accra, would parade a host of renowned Ghanaian artistes and men of God including the UK based Dr Lawrence Tetteh, an International Evangelist, as the Special Guest Speaker.
Mrs Ansah known for hit singles such as “Turning Around,” “Gbenze Gbenze,” and “Who has the final say,” told Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Accra that the event expected to attract people from all walks of life devoid of ethnicity or political backgrounds, is to seek the face of the Lord for the flood victims as well as those who died or got injured in the explosion that struck the GOIL filling station at Kwame Nkrumah Circle.


German singing 'Superstar' Seeger admits card scam

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The newly-crowned winner of a German TV singing contest has admitted in court to defrauding pensioners.
Severino Seeger won €500,000 (£360,000; $530,900) on the show, Germany's Quest for a Superstar (DSDS) last month.
The 28-year-old was accused of being part of a gang that tricked victims, mainly elderly women, out about €19,000 using a bank card scam.
Reports say the court hearing in Frankfurt was delayed until after the DSDS final.
Mr Seeger appeared before a judge on Tuesday as the court was due to hear testimony from several elderly witnesses.
Local media showed images of fans crowding around the building, some wearing T-shirts with the slogan "Superstar 2015: Prince of hearts".


How indie rock changed the world

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Two decades before a bunch of geeky American boys messing around on computers created social media, an earlier generation of geeky kids (mostly boys) messing around on guitars created another sort of social network. At its heart was the kind of music you wouldn’t hear on commercial radio or, except in the wee hours of Monday mornings, on MTV. It came on the heels of 1970s punk rock, and while it owed something to punk’s velocity and sneer, the spirit was experimental, as if all the old rules had been swept away. Ragged guitar riffs, ferocious decibel levels, and unpredictable song structures were its trademarks, but the sounds—from the percussively headlong to the distorted and depressive—proliferated as fast as the labels for them.


BB King's death investigated after poison claims

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US authorities are investigating the death of blues legend BB King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned.
Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician was given "foreign substances to induce his premature death" by his business manager Laverne Toney.
Lawyers for King's estate said the claims are unfounded and disrespectful.
Nevada's Clark County Coroner said it would investigate with the Las Vegas Police Department's homicide division.
"At this point, we don't have evidence that these allegations of foul play will be substantiated," Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said.
"However, we are taking them very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation.
"We are co-ordinating our investigative efforts with the homicide division of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. I expect the investigation will take a minimum of six to eight weeks."


Have faith in Lorde: she knows what she's doing

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Lorde’s decision to split from the manager who turned her ‘from schoolgirl to superstar’ has prompted patronising questions about her judgment. But her success has always been her own
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Eurovision: Finland's PKN fail to make final

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Finnish Punk band PKN, the first Eurovision act to all have learning difficulties, have been knocked out of the contest in the first semi-final.
They are one of six entries going home, along with Danish boyband Anti Social Media - the first time Denmark has failed to get to the final since 2007.
Ten acts - Russia, Serbia, Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Albania, Romania and Georgia - are all through to Saturday's final in Vienna.
Netherlands also made a surprise exit.
Last year their act, The Common Linnets, came second in the contest.
Fans of PKN (Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat) reacted angrily to news they had not been voted through to the final, after they ranked among early favourites with bookmakers.
George Parry tweeted: "Finland didn't make it through to the #Eurovision final. Tantrum time. #sodisappointed."


Jessica Springsteen: Boss' daughter born to jump

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She was born to jump.
Jessica Springsteen, daughter of rock legend Bruce and E Street Band alumnus Patti Scialfa, is edging closer to joining the U.S. Olympic showjumping team.
A year out from the Rio Games, Springsteen is among America's 10 leading riders -- and tells CNN she is breaking through at the top.
"Last year was the biggest breakout year for me," says the 23-year-old. "I proved I could be competitive against these top riders."
Springsteen beat Olympic champions and jumping legends to win at Dublin's RDS Arena last August -- a venue her dad had played two years earlier.
This time he was in the crowd, leaving his daughter to sample the stadium atmosphere she remembered from trips on tour as a child.
"The arena there is absolutely massive. It's huge, and there were thousands and thousands of people," she recalls of her successful trip to the Dublin Horse Show, where she won the Anglesea Stakes from a field of 52 international riders.


Taylor Swift dominates Billboard music awards

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Pop star Taylor Swift has swept the board at the Billboard music awards, winning eight of the 14 categories in which she was nominated.
Among her prizes were best female artist, best streaming song for Shake It Off and the ceremony's top honour, artist of the year.
British star Sam Smith won best new artist - and accepted his trophy using flash cards after having vocal surgery.
But Kanye West was booed as he closed the show with a medley of hits.
Audience members jeered as the rapper's sisters-in-law, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, introduced his set; and the booing continued during his performance.
Surrounded by pyrotechnics and largely in the shadows, West's delivery on All Day and Black Skinhead was angry and intense. And while some disapproved, other fans could be seen pumping their fists to the tracks.


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