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'Godfather' of house music Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:37

DJ Frankie Knuckles attends the 2003 Emery Awards at the Capitale in New York City on December 4, 2003Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer of house music who also mixed records for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 59, news reports said early Tuesday. The death of a man dubbed the "godfather" of Chicago house music was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported. Dunson said Knuckles died unexpectedly at home. The cause of death for Knuckles, who over the weekend deejayed at the Ministry of Sounds' club in London, was not immediately known.


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House music legend Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:39
CHICAGO (AP) — Frankie Knuckles, a Grammy-winning Chicago disc jockey known as the "Godfather of House Music" who worked with artists including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, has died at age 59.
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House music legend Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:10

Frankie Knuckles' 1991 album "Beyond the Mix"Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer of house music who mixed records for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 59, news reports said early Tuesday. His death was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported. Besides developing the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles mixed records for performers like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode, the Tribune said.


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New music coming from Michael Jackson estate

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:46

FILE - This May 31, 1997 file photo shows U.S. Popstar Michael Jackson performing during his "HIStory Tour Part II" across Germany and Europe at the Weserstadion in Bremen, North Germany. The first posthumous release of Michael Jackson music is on the way. Epic Records and the late pop singer's estate will release "Xscape," an album of material that's been updated by producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon and McClain, on May 13. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A new posthumous album of previously unreleased Michael Jackson music comes out May 13.


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Miami officials seek to end annual Ultra music fest, cite 'chaos'

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 04:56
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The mayor and other Miami officials are calling for the end of the annual Ultra electronic dance music festival after a security guard was trampled and rushed to the hospital with brain injuries when gate-crashers broke through a security fence during the three-day event. "I think we should not have Ultra next year here," Miami mayor Tomas Regalado told the Miami Herald over the weekend. More than 160,000 people attended the festival, now in its 16th year, according to Ultra spokeswoman Alexandra Greenberg. Authorities are also investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who collapsed after attending the Ultra festival on Saturday, according to a Miami police spokesman.
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Australia's '5 Seconds of Summer' debuts in top spot in UK music chart

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:07
Boy band "5 Seconds of Summer" shot to the top of Britain's music charts on Sunday with their debut single "She Looks So Perfect", the first time a group from Australia has been number one here for 14 years, the Official Charts Company said. The group, whose average age is 18, came to global attention after posting two cover versions of other people's tracks on YouTube. The Sydney band's success pushed last week's number one - dance track "I Got U", by Duke Dumont and Jax Jones - into second place. The album has sold nearly 73,000 copies in the last seven days, the Official Charts Company said, making it the fastest-selling album of 2014.
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Twitter partners with Billboard as part of new music strategy

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:32

Twitter is partnering with Billboard to create a real-time music chart.Collaboration will see the creation of a real-time music chart that tracks music-based conversations and buzz.


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Report: Twitter to launch another music service

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:16

Twitter is partnering with Billboard to create a real-time music chart.The microblogging and social media platform might still be in the process of shutting down its initial music streaming app #Music, but that doesn't mean it's walking away from the market or from music lovers. According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter's second attempt to break into the music business could be unveiled as soon as Friday. Pretty much every mainstream musician in the world has a Twitter presence, and, according to the report, Twitter is planning to build on this access with video clips, access to music sharing services and, potentially, some sort of tie-in with Beats Music. As well as the recently launched Beats Music service, YouTube and Apple are both hotly tipped to be launching their own rival services in 2014.


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Book Talk: Roddy Doyle on music and language in 'The Guts'

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 22:47

File photo of Irish author Roddy Doyle posing at the Soho Grand Hotel in ManhattanBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle brings a few of his earliest characters back in his latest book, "The Guts", an achingly funny novel about some of life's more serious issues. Doyle is on his familiar Dublin turf in the book about Jimmy Rabbitte, the former manager of an Irish soul band who appeared in his first book "The Commitments" in 1987. "The Commitments" has also been adapted for the stage and opened in London in October. The former secondary school teacher who won the Booker Prize in 1993 for "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha," spoke to Reuters about writing novels, middle age and returning to old friends.


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Eminem, Outkast top 2014 Lollapalooza lineup

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:42

FILE - This April 15, 2012 file photo shows Eminem performing at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Eminem and Outkast will headline this year’s Lollapalooza music festival on Aug. 1-3, 2014, in Chicago. Festival founder Perry Farrell announced the lineup of more than 130 acts on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year's three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane's Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday.


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Aretha Franklin wishes for a little more music on 72nd birthday

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 09:09

Aretha Franklin performs onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner TheatreBy Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) - On her 72nd birthday on Tuesday, soul singer Aretha Franklin is hoping her next year brings a new album for herself and record deals for the musical members of her family. Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul" for her powerful voice and range, celebrated the milestone at a star-studded birthday party in New York over the weekend, attended by Denzel Washington and record label executive Clive Davis. The singer forged her career as a towering figure of popular music during the 1960s and 1970s, with a long string of hits including the empowered anthem "Respect" and funk-infused "Chain of Fools." Franklin talked to Reuters about her love for New York City, whether she'll take the Broadway stage and what she gave to U.S. President Barack Obama around the time when she sang at his first inauguration. But he's also in 'After Midnight' with Toni Braxton so we're just waiting for him to finish so he can finish my tracks.


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Houston Daughter Bobbi Kristina Says Music Career Coming

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:39
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown might try and be a singer like her mother. On Twitter, the daughter of the late, great Houston has revealed her desire to pursue music. After one fan wrote, "omg I can't wait to here some of your music," Brown responded with "I can't wait for you all to hear it either ! L O V E." She continued with a tweet implying she inhereted her mother's greatness.
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Watch: High School Musical Star Lucas Grabeel Releases Hot New Music Video

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:58
Lucas Grabeel's "135N8" heats up the charts.
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