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Rising artists kick off Coachella ahead of headliners Outkast

Yahoo! Music News - 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?

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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

Yahoo! Music News - 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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2014 Academy of Country Music Awards - Complete Winners List

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 21:36
The stars shined Sunday night at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 49th annual awards didn't disappoint, as Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw all took home awards with George Strait taking home the big win for Entertainer of the Year.
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YouTube's music streaming service delayed

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 19:12

The launch of YouTube's music streaming service has been delayed.The world's favorite video platform had been expected to enter the music streaming market at the start of the year. However, according to Billboard, it now looks as if the service, which is expected to offer videos rather than simply audio tracks, won't be pumping through a stereo near you until the summer, because it's not good enough yet.


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George Strait wins top entertainer at Country Music Awards

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:12

George Strait released his most recent studio album, "Love is Everything," in 2013.Veteran singer George Strait won the Entertainer of the Year award late Sunday at the star-studded Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The event, full of performances by country music's top stars and some surprise cross-genre guest appearances, is an annual show where fans vote for the winners. Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban -- husband of Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman -- both won three awards each. Colombian pop diva Shakira made a splash when she sang the hit country tune "Medicine" in a duet with Blake Shelton, her co-star on the popular TV talent show "The Voice."


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Springsteen closes out Final Four music festival

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:08

Bruce Springsteen walks onto the stage before performing with the E Street Band during the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival - Capital One JamFest, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Dallas. (Photo by Matt Strasen/Invision/AP)DALLAS (AP) — Bruce Springsteen took the stage holding basketball on the last day of a three-day music festival in Dallas for the NCAA Final Four.


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Factbox: Winners at the Academy of Country Music awards

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:35
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The Academy of Country Music awards were handed out in a televised ceremony on Sunday in Las Vegas. Following are a list of winners in key categories handed out during the show. ...
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Springsteen closes out NCAA music festival

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:23
DALLAS (AP) — Bruce Springsteen has taken the stage on the last day of a three-day music festival in Dallas for the NCAA Final Four Tournament with a basketball in his hand.
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Springsteen to close out NCAA music festival

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:29
DALLAS (AP) — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are closing out the last day of a three-day music festival in Dallas for the NCAA Final Four tournament.
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Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc tops UK music chart

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:07

Aloe Blacc performs at the 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los AngelesU.S. singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc claimed his first solo UK number one on Sunday when his track "The Man" topped the British singles chart, the Official Charts Company said. The track by 35-year-old Blacc, whose real name is Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, pays homage to the chorus melody of Elton John's first UK top 10 single "Your Song". Blacc made his UK charts debut in 2011 with "I Need Dollar", which peaked at number two, and last summer provided guest vocals for Avicii's chart-topping track "Wake Me Up", the Official Charts Company said.


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Blake Shelton On Pharrell: 'I Love His Music & His Hat'

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:11

Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton -- NBC/Getty ImagesPharrell Williams is coming to "The Voice," Season 7, and he already has big fans among the coaches. "Pharrell [is] very exciting to be working with," Blake Shelton told Access Hollywood's Liz Hernandez on Thursday night. But, Blake couldn't miss getting in a little quip about Pharrell's recent red carpet and award show look. "I love his music and his hat," Blake said.


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