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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 02:29

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 14, 2014:


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'War Horse' musicians lose legal bid

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:03
LONDON (AP) — Musicians who performed in the London production of "War Horse" have lost a legal bid to stop the National Theatre from replacing them with a recorded soundtrack.
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Country Music Museum grows to match genre

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:01

In this April 10, 2014, photo, a visitor looks at an exhibit in a new section of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. A $100 million expansion has added more than 200,000 square feet of space to the existing building. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits.


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Arcade Fire brings in Debbie Harry to close Coachella, slams VIP policy

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:10

Lead vocalist Win Butler of rock band Arcade Fire performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in IndioBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only. Arcade Fire kicked off its set with "Reflektor," the title song from last year's album of the same name, and led into songs such as ""Flashbulb Eyes" and "Rebellion (Lies)." "We've been coming here for many years now, so it's an honor to be headlining," said the band's frontman, Win Butler. But Butler took a moment on stage to criticize Coachella's VIP area, saying "people are dreaming to get in there, but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it." The band then played its nostalgia-infused track "The Suburbs," changing part of the lyrics to sing "in a field full of freaks and my friends," eliciting cheers from the audience. The band were later joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry, who performed her classic 1979 hit "Hearts of Glass" with Arcade Fire's frontwoman Regine Chassagne, and the band's song "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." Arcade Fire ended with "Wake Up," joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.


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Arcade Fire brings in Debbie Harry to close Coachella, slams VIP policy

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:10

Lead vocalist Win Butler of rock band Arcade Fire performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in IndioBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only. Arcade Fire kicked off its set with "Reflektor," the title song from last year's album of the same name, and led into songs such as ""Flashbulb Eyes" and "Rebellion (Lies)." "We've been coming here for many years now, so it's an honor to be headlining," said the band's frontman, Win Butler. But Butler took a moment on stage to criticize Coachella's VIP area, saying "people are dreaming to get in there, but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it." The band then played its nostalgia-infused track "The Suburbs," changing part of the lyrics to sing "in a field full of freaks and my friends," eliciting cheers from the audience. The band were later joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry, who performed her classic 1979 hit "Hearts of Glass" with Arcade Fire's frontwoman Regine Chassagne, and the band's song "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." Arcade Fire ended with "Wake Up," joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.


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For Mexico's hottest drug balladeer, music has a cost

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:12

Mexican singer Alfredo Rios, aka "El Komander", performs during a concert in Texcoco, Mexico State, on April 5, 2014Texcoco (Mexico) (AFP) - "El Komander" struts on stage, pours expensive whisky into a fan's mouth and sings about grenade launchers -- just another wild night for a Mexican singer who has faced bans for eulogizing drug lords. Wearing a black leather jacket and military fatigue pants, Alfredo Rios took his show to 5,500 people in Texcoco, in the state of Mexico, a region of 15 million people enduring a spike in murders this year. Rios appeared in the US documentary "Narco Cultura," which describes the cross-border fascination with Mexico's drug culture. More recently, he was banned from performing on Friday in another region beset by a surge in violence, the central state of Morelos south of Mexico City.


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Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:49

Big Boi of Outkast performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in IndioBy Piya Sinha-Roy INDIO, California (Reuters) - Hip hop duo Outkast reunited for the first time in eight years a the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, and brought a taste of old school hip hop with them to the stage. Outkast, formed by Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, kicked off the anticipated set with "B.O.B" from the duo's 2000 album "Stankonia," before taking it back to the 1990s with singles such as "ATLiens" and "Skew It on the Bar-B." "It's good to be back," Big Boi, real name Antwan Andre Patton, said on the Coachella stage against the backdrop of the Southern California desert lit up at night.


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Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:28

Big Boi, left, and Andre 3000 of Outkast perform behind a screen during their headlining set on the first day of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year.


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Rising artists kick off Coachella ahead of headliners Outkast

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:44

Danielle Haim of rock band Haim performs at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CaliforniaBy Piya Sinha-Roy INDIO, California (Reuters) - A slew of rising artists and bands kicked off the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, ahead of the much anticipated reunion of hip-hop duo Outkast headlining the first night of the three-day festival. Grammy-winning Outkast, formed by Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, last worked together on 2006 album "Idlewild." But ahead of their headlining set late on Friday, music lovers watched artists such as Ellie Goulding, Grouplove, ZZ Ward and Aloe Blacc perform in the open field of the festival, against the backdrop of the Southern California desert. Coachella is the first major festival of the summer live music scene, and is often an important stop for an artist on the rise, as the festival has helped launch artists into the U.S. mainstream industry. Recent success stories include Florence + The Machine, and electronic music DJs Skrillex and Calvin Harris, the latter two both returning this year.


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Is iTunes about to go high-resolution?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:57

iTunes RadioOn Wednesday, Billboard reported that Apple was set to radically overhaul its music store in order to better compete with music streaming sites and internet radio stations. But as well as offering competing on-demand services and even an Android version of the iTunes app, a new report came to light on Friday that claims that Apple is about to go high resolution.


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Music industry joins legal battle against Megaupload

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:06

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks at Bowen House in Wellington on July 3, 2013The major US music labels joined the legal battle against file-sharing website Megaupload, with a copyright infringement lawsuit against the site shut down by US authorities. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced the civil lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment and Capitol Records. The RIAA suit says Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom "actively and intentionally encouraged their users" to upload illegal copies of "the most popular entertainment content, including plaintiffs' sound recordings, for the purpose of distributing those copies to millions of other users." The latest lawsuits would add civil damages to the case against Megaupload and Dotcom, who is currently free on bail in New Zealand and has started a new file-sharing venture called Mega.


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Music industry joins legal battle against Megaupload

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:06

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks at Bowen House in Wellington on July 3, 2013The major US music labels joined the legal battle against file-sharing website Megaupload, with a copyright infringement lawsuit against the site shut down by US authorities. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced the civil lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment and Capitol Records. The RIAA suit says Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom "actively and intentionally encouraged their users" to upload illegal copies of "the most popular entertainment content, including plaintiffs' sound recordings, for the purpose of distributing those copies to millions of other users." The latest lawsuits would add civil damages to the case against Megaupload and Dotcom, who is currently free on bail in New Zealand and has started a new file-sharing venture called Mega.


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Music labels follow movie studios in suing Megaupload

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:03

Megaupload founder Dotcom arrives at the New Zealand Court of Appeals in WellingtonFour music labels filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Thursday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom, three days after several major movie studios did the same. The lawsuit says that Megaupload, Dotcom and other defendants "engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music," according to a statement issued by the Recording Industry Association of America. The plaintiffs are Warner Music Group Corp, a unit of Time Warner Inc, UMG Recordings Inc, a unit of Vivendi SA, Sony Music Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corp and Capitol Records, also owned by Vivendi, and all RIAA members.


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Imagine Dragons, Lorde lead Billboard Music Award finalists

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 23:26

Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds performs during the Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home concert in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - American alternative rock group Imagine Dragons and New Zealand singer Lorde were named Billboard Music Award finalists in 12 categories each, followed by singer Justin Timberlake with 11 and pop star Katy Perry with 10, organizers said on Wednesday. Rapper duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was not far behind with nods in eight categories, and will vie with Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, One Direction and OneRepublic for the top duo/group prize. ...


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Coachella unveils full weekend schedule

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 20:31

Coachella 2014 posterThe Pixies and Julian Casablancas of the Strokes have been added to the schedule for the Coachella Festival's first weekend, which runs April 11-13 and will stream live on YouTube. Coachella released the list of set times late Tuesday, revealing those new additions alongside previously announced headliners Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire and other acts including Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Broken Bells, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey and Beck.


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Journey's Pineda plans to launch own music

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:09
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American rock band Journey's lead vocalist Arnel Pineda said he's been putting together an album of his own compositions in his own voice which he plans to release this year.
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CBS dominant in ratings with music awards, finale

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:04
NEW YORK (AP) — A country music awards show, a series finale and the network's usually sturdy regular schedule led CBS to a dominant performance in the weekly television ratings competition.
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Music service Rhapsody hits 1.7M paid subscribers

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:19
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music subscription service Rhapsody International says its paying subscribers have grown 63 percent to 1.7 million over the past year.
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Strait, Lambert lead winners at Academy of Country Music awards

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:54

Miranda Lambert accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las VegasBy Robert Galbraith LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Country music veteran George Strait and singer Miranda Lambert led the winners at the 49th Academy of Country Music awards, while the genre's biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and Keith Urban, sang their hits. Strait, 61, won the night's top prize of Entertainer of the Year, beating out Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.


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