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China to build a new Conservatoire in Lebanon – for Maher Zain?


Lebanon’s Ministry of Culture “has signed an agreement with China for a grant of $35 million to develop the National Conservatoire for Music in Dbayeh, including several music halls for training purposes, as well as an amphitheater for concerts, with a capacity of 1,400 seats.” What a wonderful news! The first time I learnt something … Continue reading

Hong Kong music: Clockenflap and PUSH collaborate on new project


Last Saturday marked the launch of a new dance music series titled ‘Electriq,’ birthed by the creative heads over at Clockenflap and Hong Kong’s leading dance music promoters PUSH. The project was set to launch last month but with the recent events of Occupy Central, it proved that Hong Kong was not in a festive mood, and … Continue reading

China’s ‘Carrier Style’ parody of Gangnam Style demonstrates national pride in military growth


Since South Korean musician ‘PSY‘ released his ‘Gangnam Style’ song earlier this year it has gone viral around the world. Parodies have sprung up in virtually every country, ranging from individuals in their back gardens, to students from the highly prestigious Eton College in the UK. But now China is competing for the top spot … Continue reading

April 6 1974 ABBA Wins Eurovision Contest


On April 6th 1974, in Brighton, England, at the 19th Eurovision Song Contest, the tiny nation of Luxembourg was devastated when it failed to secure a third consecutive win at the pan-European musical event. The judges did the rest of the world a favour, however, by selecting the Swedish entry as the winner instead. The … Continue reading

April 1 1984 Marvin Gaye Killed By Father


On April 1st 1984, the day before his 45th birthday, soul singer Marvin Gaye’s life came to a tragic end, when he was shot and killed by his own father after a violent physical fight. At the peak of his career, Marvin Gaye was the Prince of Motown; the soulful voice behind hits as wide-ranging … Continue reading

March 24 1958 Elvis Presley Inducted Into Army


On March 24th 1958, after several deferments, Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was finally inducted into the United States Army. In effect, he started the day as the King, but ended it as a lowly army private. After turning 18 on January 8, 1953, he fulfilled his patriotic duty and legal … Continue reading

Fiction Family by Fiction Family (2009)


Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins have set out to restore dude love’s lost notoriety with Fiction Family. The resultant self-titled record has plenty of charm despite lacking any “super band” qualities. Those who became enamored with Foreman’s folky acoustic solo project will eat Fiction Family right up. The record isn’t … Continue reading

21st Century Breakdown by Green Day


Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown won’t land in stores until May, but it’s worth waiting for this revival of political punk. Here’s a sneak peek at what Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt have been cooking up with legendary producer Butch Vig at the same California studio they recorded the Grammy-winning American Idiot, … Continue reading

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