Samsung on Friday unveiled a free music service for users of its Galaxy smartphones, entering a crowded market that includes Pandora, Spotify and Apple's iTunes. The service dubbed "Milk Music" will offer some 200 ad-free radio stations to US customers with Samsung Galaxy devices. "Milk introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences," said Gregory Lee, president and chief executive of Samsung Telecommunications America. "We're offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle."
What was supposed to be an exciting year for Lea Michele turned tragic when her longtime love, Cory Monteith, died suddenly in July 2013. Turning to music to help her through, Lea headed back into the studio with revered songwriter and performer Sia to both celebrate the love she had with Cory, and grieve his loss. AccessHollywood.com sat down with Lea at a "Louder" listening party in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where Lea previewed her new music and shared details of her process.
Songwriters need to make more money when their music is played on online services like Pandora and elsewhere, according to a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday by a Republican congressman. The measure, introduced by Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, would give songwriters more leeway in arguing for higher royalties before a special court that mediates disputes over payments. The proposal is supported by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI), which license about 90 percent of music heard online on services, in restaurants and on television. "There are a lot of powerful interests that use music but don't like the idea of paying songwriters a fair market value," said David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers' Association, which also backs the bill.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Barefoot and dressed in donated clothes, 12-year-old Renaldo Brown methodically plays scales on a flute under the canopy of trees at a Jamaican vocational school renowned for nurturing many of this music-steeped island's top instrumentalists.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With less than a week to go before the Academy Awards, the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood is on lockdown. Guards stand at every door, and handlers with walkie-talkies keep a close eye on any visitors.
(Reuters) - Maria von Trapp, a member of the Austrian family whose escape from Nazi Germany and subsequent musical career inspired the famed musical "The Sound of Music," has died at the age of 99, according to newspapers quoting her brother. Von Trapp died Tuesday but the news was confirmed Saturday by her half-brother Johannes von Trapp, according to the New York Daily News. Von Trapp died of natural causes at her home in Vermont, the paper reported. No one was immediately available to comment at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, or at the original family home, Villa Trapp, in Austria.
By Alissa de Carbonnel SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Protest group Pussy Riot published their first music video since two members were freed from jail, mocking President Vladimir Putin's hosting of the Olympics as a public relations stunt papering over human rights violations in Russia. Filmed in Sochi, where the February 7-23 Winter Games are being held, the video shows five group members being beaten by Cossacks with a whip as they try to perform a song beside a wall covered in the Sochi Games logos. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who spent nearly two years in prison for protesting against Putin in a church, performed in the video released on Thursday, titled "Putin will teach you how to love the motherland." "Sochi is blocked - Olympic surveillance / Special forces, weapons, crowds of cops," read the song's lyrics.
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Elton John and Kanye West will be among the acts during this summer's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, organizers announced on Wednesday. The Bonnaroo festival will be held June 12-15 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville, where about 80,000 "Roonies" descend annually to enjoy 150 musical acts, dozens of comedians, arts and film. The 2014 concert lineup announced on Wednesday also includes Ice Cube, the Avett Brothers and Lionel Richie. Bonnaroo is among the top live music gatherings of the year, much like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California and the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in Britain.
By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Indie quartet Arctic Monkeys picked up the coveted best album award and triumphed over boy band One Direction to be named best group, prompting their lead singer to claim a victory for rock-and-roll at British pop's show of the year. That rock-and-roll, it seems like it's fading away sometimes, but it will never die," Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner said as he received the band's second gong of the night for the Mastercard British album of the year. The best group prize at London's BRIT Awards on Wednesday was the only head-to-head between Sheffield-born Arctic Monkeys and One Direction, the five-piece band formed in 2010 on the TV singing contest The X Factor. "There's that fifteen quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain," Turner joked as Arctic Monkeys picked up the BRIT for best group.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations — one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain's language regions enable that musical back-and-forth much like a spoken conversation.