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MTV Video Music Awards to return to Los Angeles

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 02:00

Justin Timberlake poses with his multiple Moonman awards during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkThe annual MTV Video Music Awards, one of the music industry's top televised showcases, will return to Los Angeles this summer from New York City, the U.S. cable channel said on Wednesday. The show, popular among MTV's young viewers prized by advertisers, will take place on August 24, the day before TV's Emmy Awards, at the Forum in Inglewood, California, about eight miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. The Video Music Awards, which hand out "Moonman" statuettes of an astronaut planting an MTV flag, can be crucial exposure for singers and bands and is best known for its unscripted and often provocative moments. And just as last year's show helped unveil the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, this year's show will also help relaunch Madison Square Garden Co's recently renovated Forum, an arena which had been bypassed by major events since the Staples Center opened in downtown Los Angeles in 1998.


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Music Review: Spidey enhanced by Zimmer soundtrack

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 01:20

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows the original motion picture soundtrack for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Records)Various Artists, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack" (Columbia Records/Madison Gate Records)


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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:53

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 21, 2014:


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'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:22

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2009, file photo, acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz is seen in Santa Barbara, Calif. Schwartz is asking musical theater fans to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, “Wicked,” wants people to know that it’s stealing. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)NEW YORK (AP) — By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter.


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Milsap, Wiseman, Cochran get call from Country Music Hall of Fame

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 01:46

Ronnie Milsap performs during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville(Reuters) - Ronnie Milsap, who scored a handful of crossover hits in the 1970s and 1980s, bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman and songwriter Hank Cochran are this year's inductees into the County Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Association said on Tuesday. Milsap, the singer of hits such as 1977's "It Was Almost Like a Song," 1981's "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" and 1982's "Any Day Now," broke ground as a blind country music star and helped the genre win over pop music fans. Milsap started his career as a rhythm and blues performer in the 1960s and served a session musician for Elvis Presley. In 1972, he was discovered by country star Charley Pride who convinced Milsap to move to Nashville and focus on country music.


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Music Review: Kelis remains versatile on 'Food'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 02:23

This CD cover image released by Ninja Tune shows "Food," the latest release by Kelis. (AP Photo/Ninja Tune)Kelis, "Food" (Ninja Tune)


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Music Review: Iggy Azalea's debut shows promise

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 01:37

This CD cover image released by Island Def-Jam shows "The New Classic," by Iggy Azalea. (AP Photo/Island Def-Jam)Iggy Azalea, "The New Classic" (Def Jam/Grand Hustle)


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Music Review: G. Love keeps grooving on 'Sugar'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:43

This CD cover image released by Universal Republic shows "Sugar," the latest release by G. Love & Special Sauce. (AP Photo/Universal Republic)G. Love & Special Sauce, "Sugar" (Brushfire Records)


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Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:28

This image provided by Sue Veldkamp shows a book cover of Kevin Sharp. Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, died Saturday April 19, 2014 in Fair Oaks, Calif. He was 43. (AP Photo/Sue Veldkamp)FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.


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Canada's Kiesza grabs top spot in British music charts with debut

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 02:49
Female Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza grabbed the top spot in Britain's music charts on Sunday with her debut single "Hideaway", which sold more than 136,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said. Calgary-born Kiesza is a classically-trained ballerina and a former codebreaker in the Royal Canadian Navy where she says she began writing songs. In the albums chart, Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini snatched the top spot with his new album "Caustic Love", the fastest-selling album of the year so far. The Official Charts Company said the release, Nutini's third studio album, had sold more than 109,000 copies over the last seven days and was the 27-year-old's second UK number one album.
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Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 23:25

FILE - In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 file photo, Coachella festival goers Justin Gibbs and Olivia Hansen of Los Angeles relax on the Empire Polo Field during the third day of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The Coachella crowd may be there to listen to music under the hot desert sun, but the retailers are there for the celebs and the crowd, which is young, hip and with money to spend. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)INDIO, Calif. (AP) — When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for one weekend.


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Prince reaches agreement with music label

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:55

FILE - In this Aug. 6 2011 file photo, American singer and songwriter Prince performs on the Isle of Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prince now owns the rights of the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label. Warner Bros. announced Friday, April 18, 2014, that it reached an agreement with the pop icon. Prince was signed to label from 1978 to mid-1990s, during which he released key projects like “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Around the World In a Day.” The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. (AP Photo/Polfoto/Jakob Joergensen, File) DENMARK OUTNEW YORK (AP) — Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label.


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Music films hit distinct note at annual Tribeca Film Festival

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 22:15

Robert De Niro waves upon arriving for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival opening night screening of 'Time Is Illmatic' in New YorkBy Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and movies played together even before sound revolutionized film during its infancy, and so it is at the Tribeca Film Festival where the documentary lineup is heavy on musical subjects, from hip hop star Nas to shock rocker Alice Cooper. And while documentaries have traditionally comprised as much as half of Tribeca's scores of offerings, films about musicians Bjork, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, James Brown and others have lent this year's festival a decidedly tuneful air. "We never program to an agenda," said Tribeca's director of programming, Genna Terranova.


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U.S. music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:35
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major U.S. music companies sued Pandora Media Inc on Thursday, accusing the online streaming service of cheating them out of royalties by playing thousands of pre-1972 recordings without paying royalties. The music in question, from musicians such as the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Marvin Gaye and Fleetwood Mac, is "some of the most iconic music in the world," the lawsuit said. The plaintiffs include Vivendi SA's Capitol Records Inc and UMG Recordings Inc, Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp and ABKCO Music & Records Inc. Pandora did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Guitarists still making memorable music with Strat

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 05:18

An original 1954 Fender Stratocaster head stock, left, is shown next to a 2014 model, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at a studio in Scottsdale, Ariz. April 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the very first Stratocaster ever sold. (AP Photo/Matt York)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jimi Hendrix made it shriek. Buddy Holly made it swing. Stevie Ray Vaughn made it snarl.


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Salsa music great José 'Cheo' Feliciano, 78, dies in car crash

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 01:28

File picture shows Puerto Rican salsa singer Jose "Cheo" Feliciano embracing Panamanian singer Ruben Blades in San JuanBy Ana Martinez-Santiago SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rican singer José Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, who performed with some of salsa's top stars, was killed in a car crash in San Juan early Thursday morning, police said. Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla declared three days of mourning for the widely admired salsero. Feliciano died shortly after 4 a.m, according to Axel Valencia, a San Juan police spokesman. The El Nuevo Dia newspaper said his Jaguar hit an electricity pole.


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Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:24

Jay-Z, also known as Shawn Carter, left and Mayor Eric Garcetti clasp hands as they announce the Made in America Festival from the steps of City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries.


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Rapper Jay Z brings 'Made in America' music fest to Los Angeles

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:18

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti shakes hands with rapper Jay Z during a news conference after they announced that the "Made in America" two-day music festival will be held at Grand Park in front of City Hall over the Labor Day weekend in Los AngelesBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Jay Z joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday to announce that his music festival, "Budweiser Made in America," will be coming to downtown Los Angeles in August, giving the annual music bash a second venue. Grammy-winning Jay Z launched the "Made in America" festival in 2012 in Philadelphia with Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser beer brand and concert company Live Nation Entertainment in an effort to bring together diverse musical acts such as hip hop, pop, rock, country and others. "Putting together a music festival that blurred those lines of genres and all walks of life and all people can come, and it's in this city, it's not some far-off place that you can't get to," the 44-year-old rapper said. Garcetti touted the positive economic impact the inaugural festival, which featured performances by Pearl Jam, Drake, Rita Ora and Jay Z himself, had on Philadelphia, bringing in more than $10 million for the local economy and helping the hotel occupancy rate increase to more than 90 percent.


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Jay-Z to bring Made in America music fest to L.A.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:13

FILE - This April 12, 2014 file photo shows Jay Z at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Jay-Z is bringing his Made in America music festival to Los Angeles. The music mogul was joined by the city’s mayor Wednesday, April 16, at Los Angeles City Hall to announce the two-day concert, which is planned for Labor Day weekend. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z is bringing his Made in America music festival to Los Angeles.


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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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