• Deborah Dugan Stands by Neil Portnow Accusation: He ‘Does Not Even Deny That an Allegation of Rape Was Made’
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    Deborah Dugan Stands by Neil Portnow Accusation: He ‘Does Not Even Deny That an Allegation of Rape Was Made’

    Ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan is calling out former Grammys chief Neil Portnow for saying her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination complaint is “filled with inaccurate, false and outrageous and terribly hurtful claims” against him, saying she stands by her “EEOC charge 100%.”“Mr. Portnow’s statement is only the most recent in a series of defamatory attacks aimed at Ms. Dugan because she is a women who has shown the courage to stand up for what is right,” Dugan’s attorneys, Douglas H. Wigdor and Michael J. Willemin, said in a statement to TheWrap Wednesday. “When read carefully, it is clear that Mr. Portnow does not even deny that an allegation of rape was made, although the statement appears wordsmithed to leave the false impression that there was no allegation. We and Ms. Dugan stand behind her EEOC charge 100%.”“Mr. Portnow denies ‘demanding’ $750,000 for a consultancy,” the statement continues. “However, Ms. Dugan’s charge does not allege that he made such a demand. What Ms. Dugan knows is that the then-Chair of the Recording Academy’s Board, John Poppo, requested that she hire Mr. Portnow as a consultant and pay him $750,000, before she was ever told about the rape allegation. Moreover, Ms. Dugan does not believe that the full Board had even been told about the proposed consultancy or the rape allegation at that time.”Also Read: Former Grammys Chief Neil Portnow Blasts 'False and Outrageous' Rape Accusation in EEOC ComplaintRepresentatives for the Recording Academy and Portnow did not immediately respond to request for comment In her EEOC complaint filed Tuesday, Dugan, who replaced Portnow last May to become the first woman to lead the Recording Academy, said that Portnow “allegedly raped a female recording artist, which was, upon information and belief, the real reason his contract was not renewed.”Earlier Wednesday, Portnow issued a statement responding to Dugan’s complaint, which he said was “filled with inaccurate, false and outrageous and terribly hurtful claims against me.”“Here is what is true: The allegations of rape are ludicrous, and untrue,” Portnow said. “The suggestion that there was is disseminating a lie. The baseless complaint about my conduct referenced in the EEOC filing was immediately brought to the attention of the Board of Director’s Executive Committee. An in-depth independent investigation by experienced and highly regarded lawyers was conducted and I was completely exonerated. There was no basis for the allegations and once again I deny them unequivocally.”Also Read: Deborah Dugan's Push for Grammy Voting Reform Rattled Recording Academy's 'Boys Club'“I fulfilled the terms and responsibilities of my contract during my 17 years as President and ultimately Chief Executive Officer,” he continued. “Consistent with my pledge to ensure that there would be the appropriate amount of time for the Academy to organize and execute an efficient and transparent transition, I determined far in advance of the Grammy telecast in 2018 that I would not seek a further extension of my contract scheduled to end July 31, 2019. I informed the then Board Chair and Executive Committee of my decision.”Dugan did not name the artist in her complaint or offer many details about when the alleged incident might have occurred. According to her complaint, Dugan learned of the accusation last May while attending a three-day meeting of the Academy’s Board at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel after taking the job. “Ms. Dugan was hauled into a conference room and told — for the very first time — that a foreign recording artist (and member of the Academy) had accused Mr. Portnow of raping her following a performance that she gave at Carnegie Hall,” the complaint states.In her complaint, Dugan said the accusation was presented to her as if the Board had just learned of it but “in reality, they were well aware of the allegation at the time Ms. Dugan agreed to take the CEO position, but never told her.” Dugan also said the Recording Academy pressured her into rehiring Portnow as a consultant for the “hefty sum of $750,000,” which she said she refused to do.Also Read: 4 Female Recording Academy Trustees Push Back on Deborah Dugan's 'Boys Club' Criticism“At no time did I ever demand a $750,000 consulting fee,” Portnow said in his statement Wednesday. “After making the ‘step up’ comment during the 2018 telecast, for which I have apologized and deeply regret the offense caused, and understanding the power of listening and lessons learned, I took action. I proposed, and the Academy created an independent Task Force to review the state of diversity & inclusion across the organization. After presenting the Task Force plan and proposed study of the organization to the board, the group was created to implement change. Task Force Chair Tina Tchen made a presentation to the full Board during a May 2019 meeting. The repetition of these falsehoods against me, and others referenced within the EEOC filing are a diversionary tactic and will not convert them to truth. I will vigorously defend all false claims made against me in this document. I would like to wish all the 2020 nominees and those in our creative community well and sincerely hope that they will celebrate their art and accomplishments this weekend at the GRAMMY Awards telecast and during the many Grammy Week events ahead.”Last week, Dugan was placed on administrative leave by the Academy’s executive committee, just days before the 2020 Grammys, which take place this Sunday.Interim boss Harvey Mason Jr. revealed in a letter that was sent to membership Monday that Dugan was being investigated following accusations of misconduct made by a staff member and was accused of creating a “toxic and intolerable” and “abusive and bullying” environment toward her staff.Then Dugan, via the complaint filed by her attorneys Douglas Wigdor and Michael Willemin on Tuesday, accused the Recording Academy of voting irregularities, financial mismanagement and other conflicts of interest involving the Academy’s board members. That complaint also contained Dugan’s claims against Portnow and an accusation that Joel Katz, the general counsel for the Recording Academy, had sexually harassed her in a private meeting last year — an allegation he denies.The Recording Academy issued this statement in response to Dugan’s complaint:“It is curious that Ms. Dugan never raised these grave allegations until a week after legal claims were made against her personally by a female employee who alleged Ms. Dugan had created a ‘toxic and intolerable’ work environment and engaged in ‘abusive and bullying conduct’. When Ms. Dugan did raise her ‘concerns’ to HR, she specifically instructed HR ‘not to take any action’ in response. Nonetheless, we immediately launched independent investigations to review both Ms. Dugan’s potential misconduct and her subsequent allegations. Both of these investigations remain ongoing. Ms. Dugan was placed on administrative leave only after offering to step down and demanding $22 million from the Academy, which is a not-for-profit organization. Our loyalty will always be to the 25,000 members of the recording industry. We regret that Music’s Biggest Night is being stolen from them by Ms. Dugan’s actions and we are working to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.”Read Dugan’s full EEOC complaint here.Read original story Deborah Dugan Stands by Neil Portnow Accusation: He ‘Does Not Even Deny That an Allegation of Rape Was Made’ At TheWrap

  • Former Grammys Chief Neil Portnow Blasts ‘False and Outrageous’ Rape Accusation in EEOC Complaint
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    Former Grammys Chief Neil Portnow Blasts ‘False and Outrageous’ Rape Accusation in EEOC Complaint

    Neil Portnow, the former CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that oversees the Grammy Awards, is denying an accusation he raped an unnamed female recording artist, an allegation which was made in a discrimination complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan on Tuesday.In the complaint, Dugan, who replaced Portnow last May to become the first woman to lead the Recording Academy, said that Portnow “allegedly raped a female recording artist, which was, upon information and belief, the real reason his contract was not renewed.”“This document is filled with inaccurate, false and outrageous and terribly hurtful claims against me. Here is what is true: The allegations of rape are ludicrous, and untrue,” Portnow said in a statement obtained by TheWrap on Wednesday, the day after the complaint was filed. “The suggestion that there was is disseminating a lie. The baseless complaint about my conduct referenced in the EEOC filing was immediately brought to the attention of the Board of Director’s Executive Committee. An in-depth independent investigation by experienced and highly regarded lawyers was conducted and I was completely exonerated. There was no basis for the allegations and once again I deny them unequivocally.”Also Read: Recording Academy Lawyer Joel Katz Denies Deborah Dugan's Sexual Harassment Accusation“I fulfilled the terms and responsibilities of my contract during my 17 years as President and ultimately Chief Executive Officer,” he continued. “Consistent with my pledge to ensure that there would be the appropriate amount of time for the Academy to organize and execute an efficient and transparent transition, I determined far in advance of the Grammy telecast in 2018 that I would not seek a further extension of my contract scheduled to end July 31, 2019. I informed the then Board Chair and Executive Committee of my decision.”Dugan did not name the artist in her complaint or offer many details about when the alleged incident might have occurred. According to her complaint, Dugan learned of the accusation last May while attending a three-day meeting of the Academy’s Board at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel after taking the job. “Ms. Dugan was hauled into a conference room and told — for the very first time — that a foreign recording artist (and member of the Academy) had accused Mr. Portnow of raping her following a performance that she gave at Carnegie Hall,” the complaint states.In her complaint, Dugan said the accusation was presented to her as if the Board had just learned of it but “in reality, they were well aware of the allegation at the time Ms. Dugan agreed to take the CEO position, but never told her.” Dugan also said the Recording Academy pressured her into rehiring Portnow as a consultant for the “hefty sum of $750,000,” which she said she refused to do.Also Read: Grammy Drama: 7 Most Explosive Accusations by Ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan“At no time did I ever demand a $750,000 consulting fee,” Portnow said in his statement Wednesday. “After making the ‘step up’ comment during the 2018 telecast, for which I have apologized and deeply regret the offense caused, and understanding the power of listening and lessons learned, I took action. I proposed, and the Academy created an independent Task Force to review the state of diversity & inclusion across the organization. After presenting the Task Force plan and proposed study of the organization to the board, the group was created to implement change. Task Force Chair Tina Tchen made a presentation to the full Board during a May 2019 meeting. The repetition of these falsehoods against me, and others referenced within the EEOC filing are a diversionary tactic and will not convert them to truth. I will vigorously defend all false claims made against me in this document. I would like to wish all the 2020 nominees and those in our creative community well and sincerely hope that they will celebrate their art and accomplishments this weekend at the GRAMMY Awards telecast and during the many Grammy Week events ahead.”Representatives for the Recording Academy and attorneys for Dugan did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Portnow’s statement Wednesday.Last week, Dugan was placed on administrative leave by the Academy’s executive committee, just days before the 2020 Grammys, which take place this Sunday.Interim boss Harvey Mason Jr. revealed in a letter that was sent to membership Monday that Dugan was being investigated following accusations of misconduct made by a staff member and was accused of creating a “toxic and intolerable” and “abusive and bullying” environment toward her staff.Also Read: Former Recording Academy Chief Neil Portnow Accused of Raping Female Recording ArtistThen Dugan, via the complaint filed by her attorneys Douglas Wigdor and Michael Willemin on Tuesday, accused the Recording Academy of voting irregularities, financial mismanagement and other conflicts of interest involving the Academy’s board members. That complaint also contained Dugan’s claims against Portnow and an accusation that Joel Katz, the general counsel for the Recording Academy, had sexually harassed her in a private meeting last year — an allegation he denies.The Recording Academy issued this statement in response to Dugan’s complaint:“It is curious that Ms. Dugan never raised these grave allegations until a week after legal claims were made against her personally by a female employee who alleged Ms. Dugan had created a ‘toxic and intolerable’ work environment and engaged in ‘abusive and bullying conduct’. When Ms. Dugan did raise her ‘concerns’ to HR, she specifically instructed HR ‘not to take any action’ in response. Nonetheless, we immediately launched independent investigations to review both Ms. Dugan’s potential misconduct and her subsequent allegations. Both of these investigations remain ongoing. Ms. Dugan was placed on administrative leave only after offering to step down and demanding $22 million from the Academy, which is a not-for-profit organization. Our loyalty will always be to the 25,000 members of the recording industry. We regret that Music’s Biggest Night is being stolen from them by Ms. Dugan’s actions and we are working to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.”Read Dugan’s full EEOC complaint here.Read original story Former Grammys Chief Neil Portnow Blasts ‘False and Outrageous’ Rape Accusation in EEOC Complaint At TheWrap

  • Award-winning xinyao lyricist Jo Heng dies aged 59
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    Award-winning xinyao lyricist Jo Heng dies aged 59

    Award-winning xinyao lyricist Jo Heng, who wrote songs for singers like Eric Moo and Jacky Cheung, has died from cancer at the age of 59.

  • Hydeout Music Festival adds J. Balvin, Tinashe to line-up in Singapore
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    Hydeout Music Festival adds J. Balvin, Tinashe to line-up in Singapore

    Hydeout Music Festival, which is scheduled to run across two weekends at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on 10-11 April and 17-18 April 2020, has unveiled its third phase of artistes

  • Lawsuit That Accused Miley Cyrus of Copyright Infringement Is Settled
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    Lawsuit That Accused Miley Cyrus of Copyright Infringement Is Settled

    Miley Cyrus and Jamaican composer Michael May, aka Flourgon, have come to an agreement that brings an end to a $300 million 2013 lawsuit in which he accused her of ripping off one of his songs from 25 years earlier.May had filed the suit in a federal court in New York in March 2018, saying that Cyrus’ 2013 song “We Can’t Stop” replicated a reggae song he wrote in 1988 called “We Run Things,” which became a No. 1 hit in Jamaica, and “was additionally met with great acclaim in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America.”May’s song contains the phrase “We run things. Things no run we.” Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” meanwhile, contains the chorus hook “We run things. Things don’t run we.”Also Read: Miley Cyrus Lawsuit: Listen to the Jamaican Song 'We Can't Stop' Is Accused of CopyingIn documents filed in a Southern District of New York court on Dec. 20, the two parties — along with Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Michael Thomas, Michael Len Williams II aka Mike Will Made It / Mike Will and Larry Rudolph – have agreed that “this action shall be discontinued with prejudice…with each party to bear its or his own costs and attorneys’ fees.”“Discontinued with prejudice” is a final judgment that bars the plaintiff from bringing an action on the same claim.“We Can’t Stop” — which is about partying and recreational drug use — was released by RCA Records in June 2013 as the lead single on Cyrus’ fourth studio album, Bangerz. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.Read original story Lawsuit That Accused Miley Cyrus of Copyright Infringement Is Settled At TheWrap

  • Surviving R Kelly: Aaliyah was like a ‘sacrificial lamb’ in abuse ‘cover-up’, says music boss Damon Dash
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    Surviving R Kelly: Aaliyah was like a ‘sacrificial lamb’ in abuse ‘cover-up’, says music boss Damon Dash

    Music boss Damon Dash has spoken out about R Kelly’s relationship with then-underage singer Aaliyah in clips from the forthcoming documentary Surviving R Kelly Part II: The Reckoning.The record executive and former manager of Jay-Z was interviewed for the follow-up to the 2019 documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against R Kelly.

  • We Chat With: Anna of The North
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    We Chat With: Anna of The North

    SINGAPORE – Oslo-based Norwegian singer-songwriter Anna of The North recently performed for fans at the Alex Blake Charlie Sessions last December 2019. She dropped by Yahoo Lifestyle SEA office to share with us the inspiration behind her new album, why she continues to dabble in graphic design and how she finds Singapore so far.

  • Why you need to know homegrown acapella group, MICappella
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    Why you need to know homegrown acapella group, MICappella

    As their group name suggests, they belt out their songs purely using their vocals, with no instrumental accompaniment.

  • INTERVIEW: Charlie Lim, Joanna Dong join The Great Singapore Replay Season 2
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    INTERVIEW: Charlie Lim, Joanna Dong join The Great Singapore Replay Season 2

    Yahoo Lifestyle SEA interviewed Charlie Lim and Joanna Dong to find out what attracted them to take on TGSR and what they are hoping to bring to the table. 

  • Mariah Carey Releases New Festive 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Music Video 25 Years After the Original
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    Mariah Carey Releases New Festive 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Music Video 25 Years After the Original

    Twenty-five years after the chanteuse released her first winter wonderland music video, she shared a brand new one with her fans.

  • Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You tops charts for first time since release
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    Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You tops charts for first time since release

    Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has finally risen to the top of the charts, 25 years after its release.Billboard announced on Monday that the holiday hit had officially become number one on its Hot 100 chart.

  • REVIEW: Taiwanese singer Eric Chou is close to being a 'full package' idol
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    REVIEW: Taiwanese singer Eric Chou is close to being a 'full package' idol

    He dressed for the part, delivered amazing vocals and danced at his concert.

  • REVIEW: Prog-metal legends Opeth's eclectic Clarke Quay show a treat for die-hard fans
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    REVIEW: Prog-metal legends Opeth's eclectic Clarke Quay show a treat for die-hard fans

    SINGAPORE — It’s always refreshing when a band keeps you guessing whether they’ll come back for an encore.

  • Women In Music Launches Diversity and Inclusion Council
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    Women In Music Launches Diversity and Inclusion Council

    Women In Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering women across the globe in the music industry, has launched a new diversity and inclusion council comprised of industry executives.The council, which was announced on Tuesday, includes Concord’s Chissy Nkemere, Atlantic Records’ Nikisha Bailey, Pandora’s Sonja Kim, Asylum Records’ Michael Adams Jr., and the Music Business Association’s Nick Maiale, as well as Nevarez PR’s Mayna Nevarez and Northwestern Mutual’s Jeff Hammer.“Our goal in creating the Diversity & Inclusion Council at Women In Music is to make sure we are being intentional in all of our work, and to meet the needs of underrepresented groups that too often go unaddressed under the larger gender equity umbrella,” Nicole Barsalona, president of Women In Music, said in a statement. “We want to open up the conversation in a real and impactful way — for women of color, for the LGBTQ community, for our male allies, and more — to create a safer, more inclusive and more equitable music industry for all.”Also Read: The Biggest Earners in Music in 2019, From Taylor Swift to Drake (Photos)Women In Music is also creating a series of educational events in eight different countries. As part of the organization’s 50/50 initiative, which aims for equal representation in the music industry, Women In Music will be inviting underrepresented speakers and performers to its conferences.“Since the start of my career, I’ve contributed my time and words to achieving collective social justice and equality — in and out of music,” Nkemere, who will chair the diversity and inclusion council, said in a statement to The Wrap. “As a young black woman and the daughter of immigrants, I am a walking expression of how diverse our business has yet to become. There is a full range of creativity in young talent that we have yet to foster and empower past entry-level through to executive leadership.”Read original story Women In Music Launches Diversity and Inclusion Council At TheWrap

  • It Must Have Been Love: Roxette's power ballad is a masterpiece of pain
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    It Must Have Been Love: Roxette's power ballad is a masterpiece of pain

    It Must Have Been Love: Roxette's power ballad is a masterpiece of painBy following the Motown blueprint of blending ecstatic music with agonised lyrics, Roxette created the ultimate breakup song – and the late Marie Fredriksson delivered it perfectly * News: Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61

  • Marie Fredriksson, Roxette Singer, Dies at 61
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    Marie Fredriksson, Roxette Singer, Dies at 61

    Marie Fredriksson, singer in the pop duo Roxette, died on Monday morning following a 17-year battle with cancer. She was 61.“Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams,” Fredriksson’s partner in Roxette, Per Gessle, said in a statement. “And what a dream we eventually got to share!“Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything,” Gessle continued. “You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colours. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I’m proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.”Also Read: Juice WRLD, Rising Chicago Rapper, Dies at 21Fredriksson was born in 1958 in the south of Sweden. She and Gessle met in the ’80s, and after their individual careers gained traction locally the two formed Roxette in 1986. Soon, the world took notice.The duo’s crossover success came from hits like “It Must Have Been Love,” which was featured in the Richard Gere-Julia Roberts movie “Pretty Woman,” “Listen to Your Heart,” “The Look” and “Joyride.” Roxette sold more than 80 million records worldwide.Fredriksson was first diagnosed with a severe brain tumor in 2002. Aggressive treatment was successful enough to allow her to return to touring in 2009. In 2016, her doctors advised her to stop.Also Read: Caroll Spinney, Big Bird's Longtime Puppeteer, Dies at 85Fredriksson is survived by her husband Mikael Bolyos and two children Josefin and Oscar. Fredriksson’s management company, Dimberg Jernberg Management, said that services with “only Marie’s closest family present” will be held.Read more about Fredriksson’s life and career from her Dimberg Jernberg Management obituary here.Watch the official music video for Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” here:Read original story Marie Fredriksson, Roxette Singer, Dies at 61 At TheWrap

  • Eric Chou will be 'grown up' in 4th album that will be released by end of 2019
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    Eric Chou will be 'grown up' in 4th album that will be released by end of 2019

    Yahoo Lifestyle had a chat with the singer when he was in Singapore ahead of his concerts here to hold a fan meeting.

  • REVIEW: Hits and 'Bono-isms' aplenty at U2's first Singapore show
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    REVIEW: Hits and 'Bono-isms' aplenty at U2's first Singapore show

    SINGAPORE — U2’s first-ever concert in Singapore was certainly a night to remember; and not just for the impossibly long queues at the beer stands.

  • We Chat With: Honne
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    We Chat With: Honne

    It's not the first time British electronic music duo Honne has set foot in our region; the band has been touring around Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta and Bangkok, in support of their latest album Love Me/Love Me Not . Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore sat with James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck to find out what makes their music so universally appealing and if potential collaboration with K-pop acts are on the cards. Oh, and since they love our food so much, we test their pronunciation on the spot. READ MORE: INTERVIEW: Mumford & Sons' significant connection to Singapore and why reflecting back as a band is so important INTERVIEW: Ronny Chieng on Singaporean and Malaysian comedians, "they're amazing"

  • INTERVIEW: Honne is open to a collaboration with Rose of Blackpink
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    INTERVIEW: Honne is open to a collaboration with Rose of Blackpink

    British electronic music duo Honne always receives warm reception when in Asia, that they’ve been touring around the region numerous times since 2017. As part of Neon Lights Festival 2019, Honne returned to Singapore, where they played on Saturday (24 November) for their adoring fans.

  • INTERVIEW: Mumford & Sons' significant connection to Singapore and why reflecting back as a band is so important
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    INTERVIEW: Mumford & Sons' significant connection to Singapore and why reflecting back as a band is so important

    Making a pit stop in Singapore as part of Neon Lights Festival 2019, Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore reels in the members for a quick tête-à-tête. 

  • Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya is married and Japanese fans are not happy about it
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    Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya is married and Japanese fans are not happy about it

    There has been a whirlwind of events happening for Japanese idol group Arashi recently.

  • 'Batman' composer Danny Elfman says turning down Prince was 'most stressful gamble' of his career
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    'Batman' composer Danny Elfman says turning down Prince was 'most stressful gamble' of his career

    Elfman revealed that Michael Jackson and George Michael were also in talks for the soundtrack.