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Trip Tips: New York City for music lovers

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:41

File photo of a man playing an erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument, in the subway following the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade in New YorkNew York is a center for blues, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, punk, classical and other musical styles played in its world-class concert halls, dive bars, parks and museums. The city that never sleeps moves to the beat of many different drummers, from the timpani player at the New York Philharmonic to the street performer skillfully pounding the bottom of an overturned plastic bucket. Many of New York City's 8.4 million residents were born in another country, which means the typical subway rider has likely commuted to the sounds of an Andean harp, a West African kora, a Chinese erhu or a Caribbean steel drum being played at rush hour as part of the Music Under New York program (http://web.mta.info/mta/aft/muny/). Fans of the late American composer Leonard Bernstein swear certain subway trains sound the first few notes of his "West Side Story" hit "Somewhere" when they pull out of the station.


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Q&A: Anna Kendrick on modeling, movies and music

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:32

In this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 photo, Anna Kendrick poses for a portrait at Chateau Marmont during an interview in West Hollywood, Calif. Kendrick is in the holiday spirit. Her red, sleeveless party dress is from Kate Spade New York’s holiday collection is featured in the company’s upcoming advertising campaign starring Kendrick. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit.


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Streaming music service Deezer expands into talk radio with Stitcher deal

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:09
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Online music service Deezer is acquiring radio and podcasting app Stitcher, adding a vast catalog of talk radio programs that the company hopes will make it stand out in a crowded streaming music market. Deezer said the acquisition will give it access to roughly 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including popular talk radio programs such as This American Life and BBC. Deezer did not disclose financial terms of the deal for Stitcher, which was founded in 2008 and has raised nearly $19 million in funding, according to media reports. Stitcher’s service is built-in to 50 different car models, according to Deezer.
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First Look: HBO's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown Highlights the Music Legend's Activism

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:10

 Emilio Grossi/HBOPapa's got a brand new documentary. HBO's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown chronicles the singer's journey from his early days at the Apollo Theater to his height as... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Mick Jagger Alex Gibney Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown


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Xbox Music free streaming ends Dec. 1

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:30

Xbox Music free streaming ends Dec. 1Xbox Music users will no longer be able to stream music for free effective Dec. 1, according to Xbox Support. Microsoft currently offers ad-supported free streaming music and radio on the web and Windows 8 devices in 15 countries. Once December rolls around, users on those platforms will have to pay for an Xbox Music Pass, which costs $9.99 per month;


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U2 album stumbles in Billboard chart after free iTunes debut

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:26

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands with Irish rock band U2 as he speaks during an Apple event announcing the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch at the Flint Center in CupertinoBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U2's controversial free album on Apple's iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. Country group Florida Georgia Line far outperformed the Irish rockers by selling 197,000 copies of "Anything Goes" in its first week for the top spot on the chart, compared with U2's 28,000 units sold, according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. "Songs of Innocence," the 13th studio album from U2, became the largest album release in history after being made available for free in September on Apple Inc's iTunes online store to half a billion iTunes users. Billboard does not count sales of albums priced under $3.49 for its weekly album chart listings.


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SXSW Music reveals first round of acts

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:39

The Outdoor Stage at Butler Park during South by SouthwestWith the next registration deadline looming, organizers of South by Southwest have revealed more than 170 musical acts to perform at the 2015 festival.


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Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:11

This product image provided by Google shows the mood music feature on the web version of Google Play. The new feature is being released Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in an update to Google Play’s music subscription service, “All Access,” which costs $10 per month. (AP Photo/Google)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.


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Tejal Rao Digs the Chicken for Two, Hates the Music at Dirty French

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:40

Tejal Rao Digs the Chicken for Two, Hates the Music at Dirty FrenchThe much buzzed about chicken is good, but not without fault. Tejal Rao stops by Dirty French and despite her typical disdain for dishes that are served "for two," she enjoys the elaborate chicken presentation, which comes for two, in two services:The chicken and crepes dish for two ($72) at Dirty French is something else. You will need a large table to comfortably hold the setup. The breast meat has been roasted and sliced beautifully, laid over some kind of creamy mustard sauce....The legs, which arrive separately, are poached slowly in chicken fat, then grilled. ...


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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:38
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending October 20, 2014:
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Let's talk Fantasia: Music Evolved on our game review podcast Quality Control

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:44

 Music Evolved on our game review podcast Quality ControlIn each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?


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Fantasia: Music Evolved review: note for note

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:01

 note for noteFantasia: Music Evolved is the most demanding rhythm game I've ever played. The problem with Fantasia is that it takes those cylinders — catchy songs, even catchier remixes and even entire game mechanics — and holds them hostage behind a frustrating, over-padded slog of a campaign. Harmonix nails the hard part of making a modern rhythm game Harmonix actually managed to nail the hard part of making a modern rhythm game: The studio found a new, intuitive way to interact with music.


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Pitbull to host American Music Awards on Nov. 23

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:30

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2013 file photo, host Pitbull speaks on stage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Pitbull is set to host the 2014 American Music Awards again. Dick Clark productions announced Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, that the platinum-selling rapper will also perform at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, to air live on ABC. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Pitbull will host the 2014 American Music Awards.


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Music Monday (10/20): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:43

Music Monday (10/20): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Sleater-Kinney, Shabazz Palaces, Foxygen, and Thurston Moore. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


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Report: American Music Awards Producers Say Sinead O'Connor Lied About Pope Duet

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:37

 CorbisThe American Music Awards producers say a duet between Sinead O'Connor and  Pope Francis was never going to happen. In a lengthy post on her official website, O'Connor said that she was approached to perform at the American Music Awards — but that her invitation was rescinded after Dick Clark Productions couldn't get the Pope to agree to come on stage with her. According to TMZ, the producers say the singer's claims are completely made up. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Saturday Night Live Sinead O'Connor Pope Francis


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Meghan Trainor tops UK music chart for third week running

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 02:06

Meghan Trainor (C) performs during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las VegasLONDON (Reuters) - U.S. singer Meghan Trainor topped the British singles chart for a third consecutive week on Sunday with her catchy pop tune "All about that Bass", the Official Charts Company said. Trainor's three-week stint at number one is the longest by any female artist in 2014 and the second-longest reign at the top by any act in 2014. "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift rose to second place while British boy band One Direction entered in third place with "Steal my Girl" . ...


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Florida man sentenced to life plus 90 years in rap music murder

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 01:19

Defendant Dunn reactsBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 90 years, by a Florida judge on Friday for killing an unarmed black teenager in an argument over loud rap music. Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified at his murder trial last month he thought he was defending himself from an armed threat when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four teens at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot, killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012. ...


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PS4 firmware 2.0 to add music playback, dashboard customization, library sorting, more (update)

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:01

PS4 firmware 2.0 to add music playback, dashboard customization, library sorting, more (update)The list of features in PlayStation 4 system software update 2.0 continues to grow, with new elements now including further customization options for the dashboard and better sorting for your game library, Sony announced today. Firmware 2.0 is codenamed "Masamune," presumably for the renowned swordsmith from feudal Japan. The update is led by Share Play, which Sony detailed during Gamescom 2014 in August.


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In the Mood for a Melody? 8 D.C. Restaurants and Bars With Live Piano Music

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:00

In the Mood for a Melody? 8 D.C. Restaurants and Bars With Live Piano MusicWhere to hear piano music with a drink in hand, from sing-alongs at Mr. Smith's new Georgetown location to old-school dining rooms with live jazz. Mr. Smith's of Georgetown's big move from M Street to K Street created a little schism in D.C.'s piano bar scene. Not only did Mr. Smith's end up continuing the Billy Joel sing-alongs in a new location in the former Chadwicks space at 3205 K St NW, but former Mr. Smith's staffers ended up opening a piano bar of their own called Georgetown Piano Bar.


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U2's Bono says 'Oops, sorry' for iTunes album download

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:45

Singer Bono speaks at the European People's Party (EPP) Elections Congress in DublinBy Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - U2 lead singer Bono apologized on Wednesday to iTunes users who objected to receiving an automatic download of the Irish rock group's latest album in September in conjunction with the launch of new Apple iPhones. The release of the band's 11-track "Songs of Innocence" free into an estimated 500 million iTunes accounts was a classic case of a publicity stunt backfiring, when thousands of users complained they did not want the album and that it took up precious storage space. ...


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