Music en Poles can't take a Polish joke? Chopin comic causes a fuss. <p> Poles still have little ability to poke fun at themselves or at their national symbols.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music World War II Czech Republic Entertainment Europe Germany Culture & Lifestyle Poland Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:50:48 +0000 Jan Cienski 5631169 at Peru's national anthem: a colossal bummer? <p> LIMA &mdash; Peru&rsquo;s dirge-like national anthem invokes slavery, humiliation and horror &mdash; all in the first stanza.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Americas Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:04:39 +0000 John Otis 5635862 at Colombian town rocks out <p> PUERTO WILCHES, Colombia &mdash; How a traditional Colombian town came to love rock music.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Conflict Zones Entertainment Offbeat Colombia Fri, 06 May 2011 10:02:00 +0000 Nadja Drost 5639629 at Eurovision becomes cool again in Germany <p> BERLIN &mdash; The reasons for Eurovision&#39;s redemption might say as much about Germany as it does about the music and the costumes.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Entertainment Europe Germany Culture & Lifestyle Sat, 14 May 2011 12:25:11 +0000 David Wroe 5644612 at From punk rock to techno, alternative music surges in Mexico <p> MEXICO CITY &mdash;&nbsp;Alternative Latin music is making new strides into the US, with Mexican bands packing venues from coast to coast.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Entertainment Mexico Tue, 17 May 2011 10:24:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5645040 at India: new life for old-school folk music <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; Two music lovers scoured India&#39;s small towns, looking for what might have been India&#39;s last generation of genuine folk performers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Entertainment India Technology Sun, 29 May 2011 12:42:11 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5646084 at At Glastonbury gig, U2 faces protest over dodging Irish taxes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Art Uncut activists bring huge balloon to muddy music event, saying "U Pay Your Tax 2," but they are tackled and scuffles break out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Ireland&#39;s most-successful band U2 and its frontman Bono were accused of <a href="">dodging taxes</a> in their home country by protesters at the group&#39;s first performance at England&#39;s Glastonbury Festival, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.</p> <p> As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage at the huge, muddy outdoor <a href=";lid=ARTICLE_16017864_Glastonbury_U2_Tax_Demo_Threatened_By_Activists_Art_Uncut_Telling_Bono_To_Pay_Up">music festival</a>, activists from the direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20-foot balloon emblazoned with the message &ldquo;U Pay Your Tax 2,&quot; Sky News reported.</p> <p> As the activists tried to release the <a href="">balloon</a> over the crowd of about 50,000, security personnel wrestled them to the ground and deflated the balloon, sparking angry clashes with about 30 protesters, with several of them pinned against a fence near the stage, according to the Telegraph. There were no arrests.</p> <p> One of the Art Uncut group members said: &ldquo;That was totally over the top. He threatened to hit me.&rdquo;</p> <p> U2 was criticized in 2006 when the band reportedly shifted most of its <a href="">business affairs</a> from Ireland to the Netherlands, where royalties on music incur virtually no tax, after the Irish government cut tax breaks for income earned from &quot;works of artistic merit,&quot; CNN reported.</p> <p> Bono, guitarist The Edge, bass player Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen are among Ireland&#39;s wealthiest residents, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Forbes magazine estimated the band earned $195 million last year.</p> <p> Art Uncut says that while Bono campaigns against poverty in the developing world, his very wealthy group has run out on paying Irish taxes at a time when the country desperately needs the money. Ireland, which has received an international bailout, is dealing with difficult spending cuts, tax increases and unemployment as it tries to pull its debt-burdened economy out of danger of bankruptcy.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ireland Music United Kingdom Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle Ireland United Kingdom Weird Wide Web Sat, 25 Jun 2011 05:03:38 +0000 News Desk 5655106 at Kate Moss wedding shuts down UK villages (VIDEO) <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tight security and road closures around supermodel Kate Moss's wedding to rocker Jamie Hince angers villagers. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Supermodel <a href="">Kate Moss</a>&rsquo;s rustic village wedding has infuriated local residents because of a security clampdown that some compared to that of a British royal event.</p> <p> For the <a href="">wedding of Kate Moss</a> to rockstar Jamie Hince in the Cotswolds area of the U.K., roads were shut, movement restricted and villages guarded by a heavy police presence.</p> <p> The couple is continuing to celebrate their union on Friday with a three-day, festival-themed party centered on Moss&rsquo;s <a href="">luxury farmhouse</a> in the village of Little Faringdon.</p> <p> Local residents and wedding guests had to use permits to enter the villages of Little Faringdon, Oxfordshire, and Southrop, Gloucestershire, the BBC reports. There was a large police presence throughout the area.</p> <p> Some residents were warned they would be arrested if they walked through the village in the hours before the ceremony, the Daily Mirror reports.</p> <p> Villagers were upset that Moss was being treated like a member of the royal family, the tabloid says.</p> <p> Moss, 37, wore a sleeveless ivory <a href="">wedding dress</a> by recently disgraced fashion designer John Galliano, with a long veil and a floral headband for her wedding in the village of Southrop. Hince, 42, a guitarist with rock band The Kills, wore a pale grey suit.</p> <p> Mario Testino photographed the couple, reportedly as part of an exclusive deal with Vogue magazine, to appear in the September issue. Testino, one of the world&rsquo;s most famous photographers, also took the engagement photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> fashion Music Travel/Tourism Entertainment United Kingdom Weird Wide Web Sat, 02 Jul 2011 14:35:00 +0000 News Desk 5668119 at Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral shot dead in Guatemala <p> Cabral became famous in the 1970s as a protest singer in Argentina, and in 1996, Unesco declared him a &quot;world messenger of peace.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Argentina International Crime Music Americas Sat, 09 Jul 2011 20:10:37 +0000 News Desk 5669981 at Texan Dale Watson pens Tiger Airways tune of discontent The budget airline charged him a $500 excess baggage fee for a box of CDs worth $3000 which it then lost<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Music Down Under Wed, 20 Jul 2011 01:24:00 +0000 News Desk 5670886 at Swedish man gets disability benefits for heavy metal "addiction" <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A metal head in Sweden had his heavy metal music habit declared an addiction requiring state disability payments. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> In Sweden, a headbanger has succeeded in having his <a href="">heavy metal</a> music obsession declared an addiction that requires state disability benefits.</p> <p> <a href="">Roger Tullgren</a>, 42, a heavily tattooed metal head who works as a dishwasher in southern Sweden, said he consulted three psychologists to receive statements testifying to the extent of his heavy metal music dependency, reports the Local, a Swedish news website.</p> <p> &ldquo;I have been trying for 10 years to get this classified as a handicap,&rdquo; he told the Local.</p> <p> &quot;I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against.&quot;</p> <p> <strong>(More Sweden news from GlobalPost: <a href="">No &quot;boys&quot; or &quot;girls&quot; at gender-neutral preschool in Sweden</a>)</strong></p> <p> Tullgren, who is described as having long black hair, tattoos and a collection of skull and crossbones jewelry, said his <a href="">heavy metal addiction</a> caused him to attend nearly 300 concerts last year that left him unable to hold down a job, and forced to go on welfare.</p> <p> His new part-time job as a dishwasher at a restaurant in the city of Hassleholm will be supplemented by disability benefits.</p> <p> &quot;I signed a form saying: &#39;Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labor market. Therefore he needs extra financial help&#39;. So now I can turn up at a job interview dressed in my normal clothes and just hand the interviewers this piece of paper,&quot; Tullgren said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle Offbeat Weird Wide Web Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:31:54 +0000 News Desk 5671500 at Protests after Senegal arrests rapper who criticized President Wade (VIDEO) <p> Omar Toure helped launch &quot;Y&rsquo;en a Marre,&quot; slang for &quot;Enough is Enough,&quot; a movement led by young rappers that encourages young people to register for the elections.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Music Politics Culture & Lifestyle Senegal Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:33:00 +0000 News Desk 5671510 at Dan Peek, co-founder of America, dies <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Entertainment United States Wed, 27 Jul 2011 05:52:00 +0000 News Desk 5671532 at Nicole Kidman's hubby attacks paparazzo's car outside U.S. restaurant <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nicole Kidman's husband, country singer Keith Urban, has been accused of attacking a paparazzo's car outside a U.S. restaurant </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="">Nicole Kidman</a>&#39;s husband, country singer <a href="">Keith Urban</a>, has been accused of attacking a paparazzo&#39;s car as he was leaving a restaurant with her in <a href="">Tennessee</a>.</p> <p> Celebrity photographer Willem Pieterson told police Urban punched and kicked his car after he took pictures of him and Kidman walking to their car on July 27, Radar Online reports.</p> <p> Pieterson claimed Urban drove up to his vehicle in the wrong lane before getting out and yelling at him, according to the reports.</p> <p> He alleged the singer banged on the car window, hit the car with his fist and kicked the rear passenger door.</p> <p> A spokesman for Metro Nashville Police Department, Don Aaron, said police could not see any damage on the paparazzo&#39;s car door and the incident had been classed as &quot;intimidation&quot;.</p> <p> Police are still investigating the incident.</p> <p> Kidman, now 43, announced earlier this year that she had a second daughter, this time born to a <a href="">surrogate</a>. She has adopted two children with former husband, Tom Cruise, Isabella and Connor, who live with their father by their choice.</p> <p> Kidman and Urban - who married in the Sydney suburb of Manly in 2006 - named their second baby Faith Margaret Kidman Urban. She was born on December 28 at the Centennial Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, where the couple had booked out the entire top floor of the hospital.</p> <p> After Kidman gave birth to Sunday Rose in July 2008, the couple tried to conceive again naturally, but failed.</p> <p> They tried again through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but were not successful. The couple were then advised by doctors to use a surrogate instead.</p> <p> Kidman credited her first daughter&#39;s unexpected appearance to her swimming in the waters of a small Australian outback town during the filming of Australia.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Film Music Entertainment Culture & Lifestyle Down Under Wed, 03 Aug 2011 01:16:00 +0000 News Desk 5672051 at Hollyworld: Meet Morocco's starmaker <p> RABAT &mdash; His hope is that one day Morocco will also offer up an international superstar, like Colombian Shakira or Spanish Enrique Iglesias.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Hollyworld Music Entertainment Morocco United States Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:13:39 +0000 Aida Alami 5676494 at