Western Asia

  1. Lollapalooza Coming to Israel in 2013

    August 06, 2012 1:56 PM EDT Lollapalooza continues to broaden its international horizons. Festival organizers announced Saturday it would hold Lollapalooza Israel in Tel Aviv next year, in what will be the country's first large-scale international music festival. Israel ...

  2. Beirut Explores Global Sound on Third Album

    September 01, 2011 7:34 AM EDT Zach Condon, the songwriter and mastermind behind Beirut, may be just as famous for his music as for the cultures that have influenced it. Beirut's debut, 2006's Gulag Orkestar, played like an old-world village party in the Balkans. Fo ...

  3. IPads Set For Official Israeli Launch

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Israeli importer of Apple products said it would begin selling iPads in Israel in a few weeks, four months after the government lifted a ban on people bringing the device into the country. Israel's government stoked public anger in April ...

  4. Boney M Asked To Skip Hit In West Bank Gig

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The lead singer of the iconic 1970s disco group Boney M says the band was asked to skip one of its biggest hits in a West Bank concert this week. Maizie Williams says Palestinian concert organizers told her not to sing "Rivers of Babylon.&quo ...

  5. J.Lo Cancels Controversial North Cyprus Show

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez called off a controversial birthday show in the breakaway north of Cyprus, provoking celebrations Friday by Greek Cypriots while Turkish Cypriots denounced the move. The furor over a luxury hotel inauguration showed how easily bitte ...

  6. Letter To The Editor: EA Exec Calls For Continued Dialogue On Israel

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the recent article "Line Of Fire" by David Prince , Billboard reported on the growing - and alarming - trend of artists canceling performances in Israel in protest of actions in the West Bank and Gaza. While the piece represented both ...

  7. Pixies Calls Off Israel Concert

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pixies has canceled a concert in Tel Aviv in the wake of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The group's Tel Aviv promoter, Shuki Weiss, relayed a statement from the band announcing the cancellation "with great regret ...

  8. Briefs: S1 Songs, Performance Royalties Act, Spotify

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- S1 Songs has acquired the catalogs, and futures, of songwriters Brett Beavers, Shaye Smith and Don Rollins and an interest in “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson. ( Music Row ) -- Opposition to th ...

  9. Arab-Israeli Orchestra Stops Shows in Qatar, Egypt

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and his orchestra of Arab and Israeli musicians say they are canceling performances in the Middle East this weekend because of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Instead, they will play in the German capital. Bar ...

  10. Cocker To Headline New Israel Fest

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Israel has a new summer festival. Organizers have booked Joe Cocker to headline the inaugural Gilboa Co-existence Festival, which begins Aug. 26 at the 6,000-capacity Charod Springs Amphitheatre in the Gilboa municipality of northern Israel. The t ...

  11. Jordan Opens Up To Live Biz

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Middle Eastern Kingdom of Jordan will host a month-long music and arts festival this summer. Mika, Diana Krall and Placido Domingo are just some of the artists confirmed to play the Jordan Festival, to be held July 8-Aug. 9 at Amman Petra, in ...

  12. AMRA To Collect For ACUM

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Israeli mechanical rights society ACUM has signed an agreement for American Mechanical Rights Agency to handle licensing and royalty collections for the organization in the United States. ACUM represents Israeli writers and publishers of music ...

  13. SA Culture Minister Jordan Kicks Off Moshito

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South Africa's minister of arts and culture Dr Z. Pallo Jordan has promised his ministry's help in setting up "state-of-the-art" studios for South African musicians. The politician made his pledge Aug. 22 when he delivered the ...

  14. Queen Of Israeli Song Damari Dies

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Shoshana Damari, considered by many in the Jewish state to be the queen of Israeli song, died on Tuesday (Feb. 13) after a short illness, her family said. She was 83. Shoshana Damari, considered by many in the Jewish state to be the queen of Israe ...

  15. Madonna To Play Classics On Spring/Summer Tour

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST CCE outing to hit North America, Europe, Israel. CCE outing to hit North America, Europe, Israel. News ...