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Malaysia Cancels Concert by Ke$ha

It would be a religious and cultural insult, declares government

(Newser) - Malaysia has deemed Ke$ha unfit for public consumption. The government yesterday declared that her concert planned for today in Kuala Lumpur won't take place after all because she's too risque for the mostly Muslim country, reports AP . Promoter Livescape said Ke$ha had promised to be a little less... More »

Broke Music Lovers' Savior: Kid Rock?

Tickets to his summer concerts cost just $20

(Newser) - Kid Rock is taking a stand against the ridiculously high cost of attending a big concert, by charging fans just $20 to attend the shows on his summer tour. "I'm lucky enough that I can afford to take a pay cut," he explained when making the announcement.... More »

Fan Storms Bieber Onstage in Dubai

Piano flips as security pounces on rogue fan

(Newser) - Justin Bieber was unharmed after being grabbed by a stage invader at a Dubai concert today, though his piano came away worse for the wear. The star was at the piano playing "Believe" when a youth tackled him from behind, the Nation reports. Bieber's piano was overturned and... More »

Nelson to Play Benefit for Blast Victims—His Neighbors

He grew up few miles away in Abbott, Texas

(Newser) - Willie Nelson will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. Nelson still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles north of West, which was rocked by last night's explosion that... More »

McDonald's to Close for Morrissey's LA Concert

In a first, Staples Center will go vegetarian

(Newser) - Morrissey managed to convince the Staples Center to go meat-free, an achievement even Paul McCartney couldn't accomplish. At Morrissey's sold-out March 1 concert, the LA venue will only offer vegetarian food, for the first time ever. That means all the McDonald's outlets there will be closed, Billboard ... More »

UN Accidentally Applauds Genocidal Serbian Song

...then swiftly apologizes

(Newser) - The UN issued an apology yesterday, after Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials gave a standing ovation to the Serbian song "March on the Drina" at a concert this week—apparently unaware that it was the unofficial anthem of the Serbian troops who massacred Bosnian civilians in the 1990s.... More »

Madonna Has Meltdown Over Smoking Fans

Threatens to halt performance, storms off stage

(Newser) - Take note, Madonna fans: The Material Girl is very, very anti-smoking. TMZ reports that during a sound check before an open-air concert in Chile Wednesday night, Madonna was apparently perturbed by secondhand smoke coming from fans with cigarettes near the stage. "No smoking!" she said. "If you'... More »

Stars Rock '12-12-12,' Raise $30M for Sandy

Springsteen, McCartney, Bon Jovi come together for storm relief

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West were just a few of the music and screen legends who raised millions for Sandy relief last night. Appearing on TV, radio, the Web, and in movie theaters, the 12-12-12 concert had a potential audience of some 2 billion, USA ... More »

World Marks 12-12-12

Triple date celebrated in dozens of ways

(Newser) - If 12 is your lucky number, today is as good as it gets. This is 12-12-12, the last repeating date of its kind any of us are likely to ever see, and the superstitious are marking it in a lot more than 12 ways, the AP reports. Huge numbers of... More »

Scalpers Are Selling Sandy Concert Tickets for ... $60K?

They're trying to, anyway, and Chuck Schumer is livid

(Newser) - With names like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones , and Kanye West appearing in the upcoming "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief," tickets cost anywhere from $150 to $2,500. Officially. Unofficially, however, online scalpers are asking as much as $60,000, raising an outcry against those looking... More »

Elton John's Shout-Out Could Get Him Barred From China

Singer dedicated entire show to dissident Ai Weiwei

(Newser) - Chinese Elton John fans who missed his sold-out show in Beijing last night may never get another chance to see the superstar. In a move certain to infuriate authorities, the singer dedicated his "whole show" to dissident artist Ai Weiwei, the South China Morning Post reports. A murmur of... More »

Sandy Relief Concert Hauls in $23M

Springsteen, Bon Jovi & Co. rake in cash for storm victims

(Newser) - NBC says its star-studded benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims raised a hefty $23 million for Red Cross relief efforts, in an explosion of website and phone traffic that the Red Cross says topped telethon activity from the previous five years combined. The one-hour broadcast featured New Jersey sons... More »

'Free Pussy Riot Fest' Flouts Officials' Warnings

Band's lawyers set for interrogation over earlier protests

(Newser) - St. Petersburg officials warned against it, but supporters of Pussy Riot held a fundraising concert in the band's honor anyway. Some 1,000 people attended the "Free Pussy Riot Fest" in Vladimir Putin's native city, even after firefighters said they'd shut down the hall over safety... More »

Rapper Kicks Fan Out of Concert for Critical Tweet

Then issues tearful apology on YouTube

(Newser) - Nerdcore rapper MC Chris landed himself in hot digital waters this week, after kicking a fan out of one of his shows for a critical tweet about his opening act. Mike Taylor had been unimpressed with opener Richie Branson, and tweeted, "Dear nerd core rapper opening for Powerglove/mc chris.... More »

One Dead in Radiohead Stage Collapse

At least 3 hurt; Toronto show canceled

(Newser) - A stage under construction for a Radiohead concert in Toronto collapsed today, killing one person and injuring at least three, the Globe & Mail reports. Workers were hanging screens on the stage when it fell, according to a beer tent worker: "Apparently the band was supposed to practice just... More »

Usher Wants You to Be His Back-up Dancer ... Sort Of

Choreograph your own avatar for London concert

(Newser) - Usher is playing a big show in London next week, and he wants you to join him onstage. Kind of. Concert sponsor American Express has set up a website where anyone can choreograph a dance sequence using an avatar. Submit the sequence, and it could be chosen for display during... More »

Michelle Obama, Kids Hit Beyonce Show

Singer making return to stage in Atlantic City

(Newser) - Michelle Obama was with the single ladies this weekend, joining 5,500 fans at a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City. The first lady took daughters Sasha and Malia to Revel Resorts, where Beyonce performed two dozen songs last night. No sign of the president, but Gov. Chris Christie was among... More »

Tupac Ready for Tour

'This is just the beginning, says creator

(Newser) - The wildly popular virtual Tupac that debuted at Coachella is ready to hit the road. Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are discussing plans for a concert tour involving the rappers and Tupac, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . A tour might only include the trio, or could involve... More »

Length of World’s Longest Concert? 639 Years

John Cage piece will reach its conclusion in 2640

(Newser) - You can currently catch a performance of John Cage's "Organ²/ASLSP(As SLow aS Possible)" in Halberstadt, Germany—and your great-great-great-(OK, do that 15 more times)-grandchild will be able to catch the end of it. The Washington Post takes a look at the most unusual concert, currently in its... More »

Lady Gaga Channels Marilyn at Clinton Fete

Usher rips his pants, Bono sings opera, the usual

(Newser) - In perhaps a case of history repeating itself, a blonde bombshell serenaded a notoriously libidinous Democratic president last night: But this time it was Lady Gaga sending up Bill Clinton, so things wouldn't have been complete without some extra raunch and an F-bomb. Appearing at last night's "... More »

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