Stories by Mesfin Fekadu

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

Swift signs exclusive video deal with Apple

Taylor Swift, whose past criticism of Apple's music policies led to changes by the company, is releasing a live concert special from her star-studded "1989 World Tour" exclusively on Apple Music.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

Popular 'Serial' podcast expands reach with Pandora

NEW YORK - The top-rated and popular podcast Serial, which became a white-hot success on iTunes last year, is expanding its reach to streaming service Pandora this year.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ariana Grande apologizes for saying 'I hate America'

Ariana Grande says she's sorry for saying "I hate America" in a recent video that leaked of her in a doughnut shop.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Imagine Dragons embarks on second arena tour

Grammy winners Imagine Dragons will launch their second headlining arena tour this week, but they remember the days when they opened up for anyone - including a mime.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rucker hoping for hip-hop collaboration

NEW YORK - Nelly and Florida Georgia Line. Ludacris and Jason Aldean. Darius Rucker and Jay Z? The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman-turned-country singer says he's hoping to jump on a song with ...
By Mesfin Fekadu

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Perry, Elliott part of energetic halftime show

Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show Sunday, with its eye-popping, stunning and colorful visual effects, illusions and lights was a success mainly because of others - including the energetic ...
By Mesfin Fekadu

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

Musicians keep going strong after reaching 90s

NEW YORK - A recent concert at Baruch College had nothing to do with students. The performers were in their 90s, and one was even older than the Manhattan school founded in 1919.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sometimes it takes an army of muses to craft a special song

NEW YORK - How many people does it take to write a hit song? If you're Pharrell, one. If you're Pitbull or Jason Derulo, probably eight - or more.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Mars ready to brave the cold

NEW YORK — Everyone is in Bru­no Mars’ ear about one thing when it comes to the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold?
By Mesfin Fekadu

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Singing or sinking? Bieber hits a low

LOS ANGELES - For more than a year, Justin Bie­ber has had more tabloid hits than Billboard hits: The singer's music career has taken a backseat to his wild antics.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Cyrus gaining in popularity with rap stars

While Miley Cyrus has a batch of critics, there is a group rallying behind her and praising her as a vital talent: rappers.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Monday, Aug 26, 2013

Miley Cyrus talk of MTV award show

NEW YORK - It may not be a good thing for her, but Miley Cyrus had the most memorable moment at the MTV Video Music Awards.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Sunday, July 1, 2012

BET Awards become Bleep Awards

The BET Awards became the Bleep Awards on Sunday, as entire segments of performances were muted out due to foul language. Still, censors failed to catch many vulgarities ...
By Mesfin Fekadu

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008

Pop singer able to shift focus for book of photos

NEW YORK --- To record his third studio CD, Jason Mraz withdrew from the music industry so he wouldn't be affected by album sales and charts. Instead, the pop singer went to his hometown of San ...
By Mesfin Fekadu
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