July 26th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Lady Gaga's new label mates: Cloistered nuns from an ancient order

Chart-topper Lady Gaga has some surprising new label-mates: a group of cloistered nuns.

After a worldwide search of 70 convents to find the best female singers  of Gregorian chant, Decca Records, Universal's classical music label, signed a group of French Benedictine nuns on Saturday.

The new chart hopefuls from the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation–located near Avignon, France–are ordinarily cut off from the outside world.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Art • Catholic Church • France • Music

July 26th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Hillsong Live, long popular in church, tours the U.S.

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If you told your friends you were going to a Hillsong Live concert, worship leader Ben Fielding would have a good-natured correction for you.

“We’d probably err to call it a performance,” he said during the band’s second U.S. concert stop in Johns Creek, Georgia over the weekend. “We see these nights as being about people coming out to worship. We don’t just want to play our songs to people; we want people to take hold and to encounter God. That first night ... we saw a lot of people give their lives to Christ.”

With more than 11 million records sold, Hillsong is one of the most popular worship groups in the world.


- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Faith • Jesus • Music

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