The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to expand to Japan this year

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plans to expand — into the House of the Rising Sun.

The Cleveland-based museum has announced plans to create a permanent presence in Tokyo. A short-term exhibit will open in September.

Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris says, “Japan is the second-largest music market in the world, making it the perfect place for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s first international expansion.”

The hall opened its doors on the shores of Lake Erie in 1995 and estimates it has had more than 10 million visitors. It houses everything from a Kurt Cobain guitar to gloves worn by Iggy Pop.

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Lorde has apologized for likening her friendship with Taylor Swift to having “very specific allergies”.

The 20-year-old musician is a close friend of the ‘Blank Space’ hitmaker, but her remarks were perceived to be insensitive to the disabled and those suffering from autoimmune diseases – and she has now issued an apology.

Writing on Twitter, Lorde said: “I f**ked up & that was really insensitive. I’m sorry. (sic)”

The row erupted after Lorde discussed her relationship with the blonde beauty in an interview published over the weekend.

The ‘Green Light’ hitmaker tried to explained the unique challenges of being friends with someone as famous as Taylor.

Lorde said: “It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies. There are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do.

“There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship. It’s like having a friend with an autoimmune disease.”

The controversy arrived shortly after Lorde admitted she’s “not a good famous person”.


Demi Lovato regrets being a child star.

The 24-year-old singer starred in children’s television show ‘Barney and Friends’ when she was just eight years old, and she has now said she wishes she hadn’t taken up the job offer at such an early age, as it made it difficult for her to become a “mainstream artist”.

Demi – who also starred in Disney’s musical movie franchise ‘Camp Rock’ – said: “I wouldn’t start that young if I could do it over again. It was a difficult transition from child star to transform into a mainstream artist.

“You have to find your identity. For so long you’ve been molded and then you’re expected to figure out who you are in front of the whole world.”

The ‘Confident’ singer also thinks being a child star has made her life seem longer than it is, because she was forced to grow up so quickly.

Speaking to Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s head of original programming, Demi said: “I’m turning 25. It’s a quarter of a life. I’m looking at my future and my past and I want to share it with my fans. I feel like I’ve lived a lot longer than I actually have.”