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Met Opera extends lockout deadline in musicians' labor dispute

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:30

Union orchestra musicians and chorus members of New York's Metropolitan Opera gather at a rally near Lincoln Center in New York CityTalks between New York's Metropolitan Opera and its musicians and other unionized employees will resume this week after the opera company agreed to extend its deadline for a threatened lockout by another week, federal mediators said on Monday. The contract negotiations, the most contentious at the Met since a previous lockout in 1980, had been suspended for a week while an independent analyst studied the Met's finances. The analyst's review is "nearing its completion," the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said in a statement on Monday, adding that the Met had agreed to extend its deadline to Sunday, Aug. 17. A lockout could derail the new opera season, which is set to open next month.

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Film, TV and music stars among Emmy presenters

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:19

FILE - This May 12, 2014 file photo shows actress Julia Roberts at the premiere of HBO Films' "The Normal Heart" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Roberts, Bryan Cranston, and Gwen Stefani are among a group of presenters announced for the Emmy Awards on Aug. 25. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film stars Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Halle Berry are among the first presenters announced for this month's Emmy Awards ceremony.

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Age is not a cage: 90-year-old musicians go strong

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:38

Composer Irving Fields, 99, clarinetist Sol Yaged, 91, and comedian Fyvush Finkel, 91, left to right, rehearse at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, in New York, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — There's an upcoming concert at Baruch College, but it has nothing to do with students. The performers are in their 90s, and one is even older than the Manhattan school founded in 1919.

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NYC music festival to require anti-drug video

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:27
NEW YORK (AP) — Attendees at the New York City music festival where two people died last year will be required to watch an anti-drug video before admission this year.
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Beyonce to be honored and perform at MTV Video Music Awards

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 00:11

Beyonce performs "Drunk In Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los AngelesU.S. pop star Beyonce, currently on a U.S. tour with rapper husband Jay Z, will receive a special award and perform at the MTV Video Music Awards this month, the cable TV network said on Thursday, Beyonce, who received eight nominations, will be awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the show, one of the industry's top ceremonies that will be aired live from California on Aug. 24. "As a performer, Beyonce has delivered some of the most memorable performances in VMA history," MTV said in a statement. Beyonce, 32, earned nominations for best video and best collaboration with Jay Z for her hit "Drunk In Love," and will compete for Video of the Year against Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. The Video Music Awards began in 1984 and helped propel the cable channel, now owned by Viacom Inc, as a player in the entertainment industry.

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Mesfin Fekadu named AP music editor

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:02

Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu poses in New York on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Fekadu, 27, was named music editor on Thursday, overseeing the news agency’s content for music across platforms. He has written about music since he joined the AP as an entertainment producer in 2008 after graduating Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. Since then, he has interviewed countless performers and written key trend stories and scored major exclusives. He also was an integral in coverage of major news events including the deaths of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Lessard)NEW YORK (AP) — Mesfin Fekadu, a music writer for The Associated Press, has been named the AP's music editor.

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Music Review: A forlorn Sinead O'Connor

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:00

This CD cover image released by Nettwerk Records shows "I'm Not Bossy. I'm The Boss," by Sinead O'Connor. (AP Photo/Nettwerk Records)Sinead O'Connor, "I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss" (Nettwerk)

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StubHub Music app takes on Live Nation in concerts

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:12

This product image provided by StubHub shows the company's StubHub Music app. The app, currently only for Apple iPhones, launched in San Francisco in June and expands to major cities nationwide Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The app scans your music library and recommends upcoming shows by your favorite artist. (AP Photo/StubHub)LOS ANGELES (AP) — StubHub, the ticket reselling subsidiary of eBay Inc., is launching its StubHub Music app nationwide as it goes after core music fans in a challenge to Live Nation in the concert business.

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The Civil Wars music duo announce formal breakup

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:48

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, John Paul White, right, and Joy Williams of The Civil Wars perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, in Austin, Texas. Williams and White issued a statement on their website Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 announcing the decision to split, which comes nearly two years after the duo pulled out of a world tour over irreconcilable differences. The duo met on a songwriting project for a put-together country act and had instant chemistry as songwriters. Their self-titled first album went gold and they won four Grammy Awards (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The members of folk duo The Civil Wars have made it official: They're breaking up.

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One on One: Country Strong: Kaylee Rutland Talks Music and Shopping

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:08

 Kaylee Rutland Talks Music and ShoppingImage via Kaylee Rutland For sure, Kaylee Rutland is a rising young country music star. The 18-year-old Flower Mound native was recently named a Billboard Top 10 Country Artist to Watch and her videos on YouTube have generated more than...

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Music Monday (8/4): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 04:44

Music Monday (8/18): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming albums and tracks from Sinead O'Connor, JJ, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Beck, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monáe, BANKS, and Sam Smith. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

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Canada's Magic! tops British music chart with debut single

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 02:05

Members of the band Magic! arrive on the red carpet at the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA) in TorontoLONDON (Reuters) - Canadian band Magic! moved up one place to top the British singles charts on Sunday with their reggae-infused debut track "Rude", the Official Charts Company said. The single toppled Cheryl Cole's "Crazy Stupid Love" to take the number one spot, boosted by internet streaming which was added to the charts data last month alongside physical sales. In the albums chart, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran continued his run at number one, topping the bill for a sixth week with "X", while Dolly Parton's "Blue Smoke - The Best Of" remained in second place. ...

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Mozart's Salzburg finds big business in 'Sound of Music'

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 01:32

Tourists stand in front of the Leopoldskron Palace where part of the film 'Sound of Music' was shot, in Salzburg, Austria on August 1, 2014For almost 50 years, "The Sound of Music" has captured the imagination of movie-goers and musical fans with its catchy tunes and lovable characters set against the stunning Austrian Alps. While Mozart and classical music remain the city's main tourist attractions, half of all visitors who come here every year from the US, Britain, Canada and Asia make the trip because of "The Sound of Music", according to the tourism office. "Three-hundred thousand visitors who come to Salzburg almost exclusively because of 'The Sound of Music', that's just a great story, a success story," Herbert Brugger, managing director of Salzburg Tourism, told AFP.

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Museum celebrating 'Big Bang' of country music opens in Virginia

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:34
By Verna Gates BRISTOL Va (Reuters) - A museum celebrating 10 days in 1927 that helped introduce the mountain music of Appalachia to mainstream America opened in Virginia on Friday. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum tells the story of record producer Ralph Peer, who offered $50 to "hillbilly" musicians willing to come to a makeshift studio in Bristol, Tennessee, and play into his modern microphone.   The result, which launched the careers of such luminaries as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, was dubbed by music historian Nolan Porterfield as "the Big Bang of country music" and hailed by Johnny Cash as the genre's most important moment.
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Alzheimer's documentary 'Alive Inside' pushes for music therapy

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:41

Director Rossato-Bennett poses for a portrait while promoting the documentary "Alive Inside" in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Rossato-Bennett initially thought it was the worst job he had ever taken. When Rossato-Bennett started filming three years ago he met Henry.

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Verbier Festival draws the elites - and music lovers too

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:39

Festivalgoers look at a noticeboard listing details of the day's events at the Verbier FestivalBy Michael Roddy VERBIER Switzerland (Reuters) - There are thousands of music festivals around Europe every summer, but only one lays claim to being held at the highest altitude and that's the one in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, sometimes called the Davos of the music world. Argentine-born piano star Martha Argerich is a regular, and this year the big names have included Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin, British cellist Steven Isserlis and American violinist Joshua Bell. The three-week-long Verbier Festival, which runs from July until August 3, draws the moneyed elites and big corporate sponsors. George Clooney's smiling face is a fixture around the town as the brand ambassador for food giant Nestle's Nespresso coffee line, while Swiss private banker Julius Baer is another sponsor.

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Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:28

FILE - This Aug. 4, 2013 file photo shows a Lollapalooza balloon at the Lollapalooza Festival in Grant Park in Chicago. Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. Lollapalooza became the basis for the modern festival culture and circuit that has evolved since, including events like Bonnaroo, Coachella and a legion of smaller multi-day parties. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.

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Correction: Music-Eric Clapton story

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:32
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story July 24 about Eric Clapton's new album "The Breeze," The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of singer Don White.
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Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:29

FILE - In a Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin looks up while seated on stage during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin, the Queen of Soul says she's looking forward to tracking down one of the powdered sugar-covered confections while she's at the Ohio State Fair to perform on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food.

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Hilary Duff Releases First Music Video in Six Years

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:52
Spoiler alert: The "Chasing the Sun" singer would be a terrible cubemate.
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