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.
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."
U.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.
Pharrell 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.
Music by Irish rock group U2, jazz musician Art Blakey and rock-'n-roll singers the Everly Brothers are among 25 sound recordings being added this year to the U.S. Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, preserves the best existing version of each recording on the registry. "These recordings represent an important part of America's culture and history," Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said in a statement. "As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation's aural legacy is protected." The list includes U2's 1987 album "The Joshua Tree," the Everly Brother's 1960 hit "Cathy's Clown," Blakey's "A Night at Birdland" album from 1954, and the original 1979 recording of the musical "Sweeney Todd" by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.
Music streaming platform Spotify has taken on a new design, all in black, and added a new feature allowing users to save and organize their favorite content. The music streaming platform has also added a My Music section, designed to make it easier for users to manage their personal music library.
Frankie 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.
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.