Saudi Arabia

Rapper Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia

Saudi government accused of hypocrisy after announcement by organisers of the Jeddah Season cultural festival.

Rapper Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia this month

Asia Pacific

South Korean singer quits as K-pop sex scandal widens

Spycam videos, which involve men secretly filming women and sharing content, are growing epidemic in South Korea.

South Korean singer quits as K-pop sex scandal widens

South Korea

Japan TV station cancels K-Pop stars BTS over atomic-bomb T-shirt

T-shirt shows a mushroom cloud created by an atomic bomb with the words: 'Patriotism OurHistory Liberation Korea'.

Japan TV station cancels K-Pop stars BTS over atomic-bomb T-shirt

Middle East

Lana Del Rey postpones Israel concert following backlash

Singer was due to appear at a festival in northern Israel but pulled out of the show following pressure from activists.

Lana Del Rey postpones Israel concert following backlash

Pop Music

Emmerson: The pop star challenging Sierra Leone's presidents

'If I go into politics, who would be doing what I'm doing? We need me,' says Emmerson Bockarie.

Emmerson: The pop star challenging Sierra Leone's presidents

Theresa May

UK PM responds to artist's scathing Grenfell rap

Rapper praised for challenging government's lack of support to victims of deadly fire as Number 10 goes on defensive.

Stormzy to Theresa May: Where's the money for Grenfell?

Pop Music

Lorde target of 'bullying' after dropping Israel show

New Zealand singer cancelled concert after letter by BDS activists highlighted Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

Lorde 'bullied' after dropping Israel show

Pop Music

Rock & roll pioneer Chuck Berry dies aged 90

An original inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Berry inspired a long list of artists who later covered his songs.

Arts & Culture

Second Palestinian wins popular Arab Idol contest

Yacoub Shaheen, 23, follows in the footsteps of Mohammed Assaf who won the televised singing competition four years ago.

Arts & Culture

Ukraine wins Eurovision with 'political' hit song

Song by Jamala about strangers coming to "kill you all" seen as allusion to Stalin's deportation of Tatars from Crimea.

Ukraine's Jamala wins Eurovision contest with 1944

Arts & Culture

'Congo rumba king' Papa Wemba dies

Musician's death after collapse on stage in Ivory Coast declared a "great loss for his country and all of Africa".

Reporter's Notebook

Texas residents not in tune with international festival

South by Southwest helped Austin become a capital of cool but hastened the process of displacing many.

Reporter's Notebook

K-pop star rocked by Taiwan flag row

Teenage singer Chou Tzuyu forced to apologise on air after posing with a Taiwanese flag and triggering a backlash.

K-pop star rocked by Taiwan flag row

Europe

M.I.A: Nothing negative about multiculturalism

The artist, musician and rapper comments on her latest song, Borders, and its accompanying video, an ode to refugees.

Arts & Culture

British music legend David Bowie dies, aged 69

Entertainer dies surrounded by his family following an 18-month battle with cancer.