Lady Gaga joins line-up of performers for MTV Video Music Awards 2020

Lady Gaga is ready to just dance at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards with her first performance at the event in seven years. MTV announced on Thursday that Gaga, who is tied as this year’s most nominated act alongside Ariana Grande, will perform at the event, which is set to take place on Su

Canadian singer The Weeknd donates $300,000 to victims of Beirut blast

Canadian singer The Weeknd donated $300,000 to victims of the Beirut explosion that ripped through the city last week, killing over 200 and injuring thousands.  Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur Wassim Slaiby, who is the CEO of record label XO and the manager of The Weeknd, announced

YouTube Music makes collaborative playlists available to everyone

Google has been working to give YouTube Music a more robust set of features now that it’s only a few months away from shutting down the Play Music app. Back in March, 9to5Google spotted collaborative playlists in a YouTube Music APK. Now, the feature has started rolling out to all users on A

Exo's Lay gets his own 100-page bespoke magazine and you can order it in the UAE

Exo’s superstar Lay Zhang is getting a magazine issue dedicated to him, and he’s helped to curate the entire thing.The singer, danger, writer and actor is the first Asian artist to get a bespoke edition of Tmrw Magazine. The 100-page collaborative project will feature pages of content

‘I am lucky to be alive' Nervecell drummer Bachir Ramadan on Beirut blast ordeal

 One thing's for certain about the regional metal community: they know how to rally.When UAE group Nervecell announced that drummer Bachir Ramadan was one of the many badly injured in the Beirut port explosion on August 4, fans flooded the band’s social media pages with messages of suppor

The Addictive Joy of Watching Someone Listen to Phil Collins

This August—normally a bountiful month in which tomatoes ripen on the vine, hydrangea bushes sag with extravagant blooms, and the sunsets can be nearly psychedelic—I have found it difficult to hold on to a good feeling. For a lot of Americans, this particular summer has been a season o

Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram to perform concert on TikTok

Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram announced on Monday that she will be hosting a live virtual concert on the viral social media app TikTok.The “magical show”, which is set to take place on Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. (Saudi time), is to celebrate the star joining the application.    

MTV’s VMAs to honor coronavirus shutdown music

Pop stars Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga led a girl power list of nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, which added two new categories to reflect how musicians are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.  Grande and Gaga got nine nominations each, mostly from their dancey collaboration &ldq

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Rasha Nahas ‘Tea Song’ The Palestinian artist’s latest single — an elegiac slow-burner with a killer guitar line — has attracted plenty of attention since its release on July 10, with Nahas being featured as Apple Music’s New Artist of the Month and seeing her

Kuwaiti artist +Aziz preps new record with his US-based band

Traversing cultural boundaries, social commentary and musical exploration, a Kuwaiti artist is creating a new vision of Arab and Khaleeji music can be seen.Plus Aziz (stylized as +Aziz) formed Kuwaisiana four years ago when he decided to leave his brand strategy job in New York (where he had been

Ed Sheeran: 'I'd binge eat until I was sick'

Ed Sheeran has revealed how his "very addictive personality" led him to binge on food and alcohol during the early days of his success. Speaking at an online summit on anxiety and wellbeing, the star said he had suffered panic attacks and hated the way he looked after becoming famous. He hit a p

Kanye West Posts ‘Donda’ Album Cover

Donda didn’t arrive as planned this week, but Kanye West has at least delivered the album cover. “DONDA ALBM CVR,” he captioned the Twitter update giving a look at the colorful Donda art on Saturday night (July 25). Last week, West announced the new project would be released on

'Dare'...Lebanon's Cabriolet Film Festival Kicks Off

In the open air, with social distancing measures in place, the Cabriolet Film Festival, which will screen short films from Lebanon and abroad, was launched on Friday. The Gemmayze Stairs near downtown Beirut, a heritage site, will host the festival, as is the case every year. The program, which r

Coronavirus: Germans to study COVID-19 spread by organizing concert for 4,000 people

Researchers at the University Hospital Halle in Germany are to conduct an experiment to study the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus by organizing a concert for 4,000 people. Dubbed the “Restart-19” experiment, German researchers will closely follow and observe how the virus spreads i

Encore! Saudi opera singer performs at Arab News French launch event

Saudi opera singer Sawsan Al-Bahiti added a French twist to the virtual launch event of Arab News en Français on July 14 by singing “La Vie En Rose,” the iconic song popularized by legendary songbird Edith Piaf.It was a natural choice for the Kingdom’s first professional ope

Coronavirus: Vanilla Ice concert on July 4 sparks viral concerns over COVID-19 spread

Tommy Hilton The rapper Vanilla Ice's decision to hold a concert for thousands in Texas despite a jump in coronavirus cases across the US has sparked criticism and comment online. Texas is one of the new hotspots for COVID-19 in the US, which reported a nationwide jump of 50,000 cases in a single

Beirut-based musician Maya Aghniadis: ‘It’s all about going with the flow’

“You have to surrender and release,” Maya Aghniadis — aka Flugen — cryptically declares. Throughout the conversation about her enchanting new album “Poupayee,” it’s clear just how much of an ethos this is for the Lebanese multi-instrumentalist, singer and co

Lebanon’s Baalbeck Festival will stream its 64th edition

Lebanon’s Baalbeck International Festival is set to take place this month on July 5 despite the ongoing coronavirus, organizers announced this week. The renowned arts and culture event, however, will have no audience. It will broadcast live concerts from the heart of the Bacchus Temple, an an

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