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K-pop star Moonbin, from boy band Astro, dies at 25

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Steph Deschamps / April 20, 2023

South Korean K-pop star Moonbin, a member of the group Astro, died on Wednesday at the age of 25, according to his label Fantagio and the national police, prompting a wave of emotion among his fans.
 
The singer was found dead at his home in southern Seoul late Wednesday, a South Korean police spokesman told AFP, adding that there was no evidence of foul play. Moonbin’s record label, Fantagio Music, issued a statement Thursday confirming his death, without mentioning a suspected cause: “On April 19, Astro Moonbin member left our world unexpectedly, becoming a star in the sky,” the label wrote in Korean on its official Twitter account.
 
The statement asks everyone to “refrain” from “speculative and malicious” comments so that his family can pay tribute and honor him in peace. Behind the glamour and glitz, the K-pop industry is known for its ruthless competition, lack of respect for artists’ privacy, online harassment and constant pressure to maintain a flawless image at all costs. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed police officer, reported that authorities believe Moonbin’s death was clearly a suicide.
 
Moon Bin, known by his stage name Moonbin, was a member of the group Astro and also played in a subgroup called Moonbin & Sanha. After acting and modeling, he joined the Fantagio label’s training program at a young age before debuting in February 2016 with Astro, which then had six members.
 
Several rising K-pop stars have died in recent years, including two alleged suicides in one month in 2019. Singer Goo Hara reportedly committed suicide after being the victim of “revenge porn” by a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, a month after her friend Sulli, another K-pop star, took her own life after attacks that included accusing her of not wearing a bra. In 2017, star Jonghyun also took her own life after struggling with depression.
 
South Korea has one of the highest suicide death rates in the world, which is among the leading causes of death for people under 40, according to recent figures from the South Korean government.

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Carice van Houten, “Melisandre” in Game of Thrones, arrested in the Netherlands

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Steph Deschamps / May 29, 2023

Dutch actress Carice van Houten, best known for her role in the “Game of Thrones” series, was arrested on Saturday during a climate action organized by Extinction Rebellion in the Netherlands, according to local media.
 
The 46-year-old actress was part of a group of activists blocking the Utrechtsebaan section of the A12 freeway in central The Hague to protest against Dutch fossil fuel subsidies.
 
The police, who used water cannons to disperse the activists, announced on Twitter in the course of the afternoon that they had made arrests. Ms. Van Houten, who had previously indicated her presence at the scene on her Instagram account, “was taken away” in one of the buses chartered to evacuate the arrested individuals, the Dutch news agency ANP reported.
 
In a video she posted on the social network, the actress – who plays Melisandre in “Game of Thrones” – can be seen wearing a red poncho, getting wet from the water cannons.
 
This was the seventh action organized in recent months by the Extinction Rebellion movement on this stretch of road in The Hague. Several Dutch celebrities took part in these actions.

 

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The music world mourns: Tina Turner was “simply the best ».

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Steph Deschamps / May 28, 2023

ina Turner died on Wednesday at the age of 83. One of the greatest voices in American music is gone. Her life, punctuated by tragedy, was not a long, quiet river.

 

Singer Tina Turner has died at the age of 83. Her spokesperson announced the news on Wednesday evening, sending shockwaves around the world. Tributes soon poured in from all over the world. “Tina Turner was an icon and her death is an immense loss,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday, learning of the death of the “Queen of Rock” in the middle of a press conference, and revealing that she was “a very big fan” of the singer. She’s obviously not the only one, and it’s a safe bet that on Wednesday evening, the singer’s music was playing over and over again on phone playlists…

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Tina Turner was ill. “She passed away peacefully after a long illness at her home in Kusnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland,” reads a press release from her manager. She had obtained Swiss nationality a few years ago. “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model”, comments the star’s entourage.

 

Tina Turner was one of the last great ladies of American music, a true legend. On stage, with her firecracker hair and feline gait, she was a veritable lioness, earning the respect and admiration of the greats, such as Mick Jagger, who once explained that it was by copying Tina Turner’s body language that he had developed his own stage act! A fine compliment indeed…

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Tina Turner, real name Anna Mae Bullock, was known not only for her insane charisma, inimitable voice and incredible energy, but above all for her many hits. Her hits include Simply the Best, What’s Love Got to Do with It, I Don’t Want to Lose You, Pivate Dancer, We Don’t Need Another Hero, Goldeneye for the Jambes Bond soundtrack, and many more. Tina has often sung duets with other stars: Bryan Adams, Eros Ramazzotti, David Bowie, to name but a few. It’s impossible not to hum the lyrics when you hear one of her hits on the radio! Which is likely to be the case a lot in the days to come…

 

A few words about his career. Her career really began in 1957. She was 17 when she met a certain Ike Turner, a small rhythm and blues musician with big aspirations, whom she eventually married five years later. With Tina by his side, Ike began to achieve the fame he had always sought. The two formed the duo Ike & Tina Turner Revue. A worldwide hit. But Ike is violent. Tina paid the price more often than not. In 1978, she found the strength to separate from her husband and mentor to pursue a solo career.

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She does well. If she was already a success with Ike, her solo career literally exploded. She signed a contract with Capitol Records. Her first solo album, “Private Dancer”, released in 1984, was a huge success. She became a worldwide superstar, adored everywhere, selling records by the truckload and filling stadiums wherever she went. She was also seen in films, notably Mad Max. Over the course of her career, the “lioness of rock” won eight Grammys, the American music awards. But despite her success, her life has also been peppered with drama. In 2018, her son Craig shot himself in the head. And last year, his other son, Ronald, died of cancer.

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Andy Rourke, iconic bassist of the Smiths, has died at the age of 59

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Steph Deschamps / May 19, 2023

The bassist of the Smiths Andy Rourke died of pancreatic cancer, announced Friday Johnny Marr, the ex-guitarist of this band flagship of English indie rock of the 1980s.
 
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a long illness, pancreatic cancer,” wrote Johnny Marr on his Twitter account, linked to his official website.
 
“Those who knew him will remember Andy as a kind and beautiful soul, fans as an extremely gifted musician,” he added on Instagram. Hailing from Manchester, in the north of England, the band formed in 1982 and notably made a name for themselves with their album “The Queen is Dead”, released in 1986. 
 
Plagued by heroin addiction and financial difficulties, Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce had sued Johnny Marr and singer and lyricist Morrissey in a dispute over the distribution of their royalties after the band split in 1987.
 
An agreement had finally been found and the friendship between the bassist and the guitarist had survived. Morrissey has adopted an increasingly reactionary speech – he had performed in 2019 in an American show with a badge of a British far-right party. He was virulent towards his former comrades, before adopting a more conciliatory tone in his autobiography published in 2013.
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