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Sam Smith achieves UK music charts double

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 03:07

Sam Smith receives the award for British Breakthrough Act at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, LondonBritish singer-songwriter Sam Smith secured a UK music charts double on Sunday, topping both the singles and album chart simultaneously, the Official Charts Company said. Smith's collaboration with John Legend, "Lay Me Down", in aid of charity Comic Relief, debuted at number one in the singles chart, his fourth chart-topping track in less than two years.


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Junos 2015: Kiesza, Arkells, The Weeknd Big Winners at Canada's Music Awards

Yahoo! Music News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:00
Leonard Cohen in an upset won for best album of the year for 'Proper Problems.'
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Music giant Boulez turns 90 with legacy growing

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 05:33

French musician Pierre BoulezHailed as one of the greatest living composers, Pierre Boulez is earning worldwide praise as he approaches 90, even as he sometimes suffers in his native France from the idea that he is stern and dogmatic. Ahead of his birthday on March 26, the Philharmonie de Paris -- the brand-new, ultra-modern concert hall that was conceived in no small part by Boulez -- is seeking to dispel that notion with a new exhibition. "The cliche is that his music is severe and that he became a dictator, an ayatollah or even the fuhrer from the moment he moved to Germany," said Laurent Bayle, the director of the Philharmonie de Paris and disciple of Boulez. Boulez emerged as a forceful presence after World War II by championing serialism, a rigid version of Arnold Schoenberg's atonality that defied traditional classical conceptions of setting music in keys.


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Music giant Boulez turns 90 with legacy growing

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 03:49

French composer Pierre Boulez reheares with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on March 16, 2010 in ViennaHailed as one of the greatest living composers, Pierre Boulez is earning worldwide praise as he approaches 90, even as he sometimes suffers in his native France from the idea that he is stern and dogmatic. Ahead of his birthday on March 26, the Philharmonie de Paris -- the brand-new, ultra-modern concert hall that was conceived in no small part by Boulez -- is seeking to dispel that notion with a new exhibition. "The cliche is that his music is severe and that he became a dictator, an ayatollah or even the fuhrer from the moment he moved to Germany," said Laurent Bayle, the director of the Philharmonie de Paris and disciple of Boulez. Boulez emerged as a forceful presence after World War II by championing serialism, a rigid version of Arnold Schoenberg's atonality that defied traditional classical conceptions of setting music in keys.


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Percy's Expanding Brunch to Saturdays with Live Music, Menu Changes

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:25

Percy's Expanding Brunch to Saturdays with Live Music, Menu ChangesPercy’s & Co’s Chef Derek May tells Eater the always-packed bar will start slinging brunch on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an hour of normal service after before getting crazy with a 4 p.m. happy hour. The live music popular on Sundays will also make an appearance, and the brunch menu for both days will get a little overhaul.


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Listen to Xenoblade Chronicles X's divisive battle music

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 05:16

Listen to Xenoblade Chronicles X's divisive battle musicNintendo released a new video highlighting the battles of role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles X to its YouTube channel this week, offering a look at some of the monster-slaying action coming in Monolith Soft's game. While it sounds inline with Xenoblade Chronicles X's announced soundtrack — you can hear some other tracks on the game's official Japanese website — it's not confirmed that this is the music we'll be hearing during each and every encounter. Xenoblade Chronicles X is coming to Wii U in Japan on April 29. The role-playing game is expected to hit other regions sometime in 2015.


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Watch Björk’s new 'Lionsong' music video

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:49

"Vulnicura" Bjork album coverThe video was created in collaboration between Björk, Inez & Vinoodh and the visual effects production house Framestore, according to its credits.


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Motherhood hits home for Kelly Clarkson, in life and music

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 21:42

American singer and songwriter Kelly Clarkson poses for a portrait in promotion of her forthcoming album "Piece by Piece" at the Sony Club, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Giving birth to her first child — and watching her husband tend to their daughter — made Kelly Clarkson realize how much her father wasn't around when she was growing up.


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'New York Spring Spectacular' Music Revealed: Beyonce, Pharrell, Madonna (Exclusive)

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 12:00
Director-choreographer Warren Carlyle breaks down the Rockettes' first major new spring show since 1997, and the first to get them kicking to current chart-toppers.
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Apple's iTunes, App Stores back online after unusually long outage

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:03

An Apple logo is seen during Black Friday in San FranciscoBy Joseph Menn and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iTunes and App Store came back online on Wednesday afternoon after an unusually long service disruption that the company blamed on an internal technical error. Apple updated its status page at 5:04 pm ET to show that the disrupted services, including the Mac App Store and iBooks, were now functioning normally. The App Store and iTunes are a source of pride for the world's largest tech company and form the centerpiece of its mobile user experience. Revenue from services, which encompasses everything from iTunes and the App Store to licensing, amounted to almost $4.8 billion in its fiscal first quarter, or more than 6 percent of overall sales.


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Apple says iTunes, App Stores down for all users

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:10

Apple to increase Canadian app store prices"Customers may be unable to make purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store," the company said on its website. Apple said on Wednesday that its iCloud Mail and iCloud Account & Sign In were also affected until about 9 a.m. ET. The other services went off line at about 5 a.m. ET, a timeline on Apple's website showed.


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Going on a musical trip with Harmonix Music VR

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 23:30

Going on a musical trip with Harmonix Music VRVirtual reality is all about presence, the concept of transporting you to another world and making you forget about where your body actually is. "Trippy" seems a pretty apt term to describe that very idea, and Harmonix is leaning into it with an app the studio is currently calling Harmonix Music VR. It's a music visualizer, analyzing the songs on your hard drive and turning them into wild worlds that you can play with just by moving your head. Two settings are currently available, Tropical Beach and Martian Ruins.


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'Blurred Lines' verdict likely to alter music business

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 23:08

Marvin Gaye's daughter, Nona Gaye, left, and his ex-wife, Jan Gaye, take questions from the media outside Los Angeles U.S. District Court, after a jury awarded the singer's children nearly $7.4 million after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create "Blurred Lines," Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was read and was hugged by her attorney. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A verdict saying Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye's music to create their hit song "Blurred Lines" could ripple across the music industry, potentially changing how artists work and opening the door to new copyright claims.


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Spotify, a music streaming service going for broke

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 22:11

Spotify, a music streaming service going for brokeSince US pop empress Taylor Swift pulled her catalogue from the service, Spotify has regularly trumpeted its self-reported payout (1.8 billion euros) to the music industry over the past seven years. The money has turned music executives from sceptics into believers in a model -- based on free music access coupled with paid subscriptions for an ad-free service -- that record labels rebuffed when Spotify started pitching it to them in 2007. "We explained we wanted to give the music away for free and they thought we were crazy," Jonathan Forster, now Spotify's vice president for Europe, told AFP before returning to the much-touted figure.


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Spring Music Preview: 40 Notable Upcoming Albums

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 20:54

 40 Notable Upcoming AlbumsWe look at some of the most notable albums arriving between now and May, including new releases from Blur, Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Hot Chip, Mumford & Sons, Faith No More, Death Cab for Cutie, Passion Pit, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


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Spotify, a music streaming service going for broke

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:36

A timeline of Spotify accomplishments is pictured on a wall at the entrance to the company headquarters in Stockholm on February 16, 2015Since US pop empress Taylor Swift pulled her catalogue from the service, Spotify has regularly trumpeted its self-reported payout (1.8 billion euros) to the music industry over the past seven years. The money has turned music executives from sceptics into believers in a model -- based on free music access coupled with paid subscriptions for an ad-free service -- that record labels rebuffed when Spotify started pitching it to them in 2007. "We explained we wanted to give the music away for free and they thought we were crazy," Jonathan Forster, now Spotify's vice president for Europe, told AFP before returning to the much-touted figure.


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ACM Awards: Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton to Perform at Country Music Show

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:00
Florida Georgia Line and Kenny Chesney will also take the stage at the AT&T Stadium for the 50th anniversary of the awards show.
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SXSW: McDonald's to Pay Performers at Its Music Showcase

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:00
Ex Cops' Facebook post proved to be a lightning rod for media chatter about the latest pain point about the ever-growing trade-offs between artists and brands.
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'Idol' Judges Joke on 'Kimmel': Who's Most Likely to Make Love to Their Own Music?

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:00
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. rat each other out.
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Top 5 Music Moments From 'Zoolander'

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:00
Hansel. So hot right now. Hansel.
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