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Blues legend B.B. King, 89, mourned by music world

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:31

US singer and guitarist B.B. King in 2009Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp but powerful guitar licks made him among the instrument's greatest masters and a towering influence over generations of musicians, has died at 89. King had maintained a touring schedule that put to shame much younger artists until late last year when his health declined. "The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend," said President Barack Obama, who recalled once being persuaded to sing "Sweet Home Chicago" at the White House with King. "There are not many left that play it in the pure way that B.B. did," said rock-blues guitarist Eric Clapton, who thanked King for his inspiration in a short video that drew five million views on Facebook in its first hours.


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'Blues can never die': B.B. King reigned but music lives on

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:14

FILE - In this June 20, 2008 file photo, musician B.B. King performs at the opening night of the 87th season of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. King died Thursday, May 14, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89, his lawyer said. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that "as long as people have problems, the blues can never die."


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Beatles guitar headlines NY music auction

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 13:43

George Harrison's Mastersound Electric Guitar.A guitar played by George Harrison in the Beatles' early days, previously on display in a British museum, goes on auction in New York Friday, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. The electric guitar is the two-day auction's star item, amid hundreds of possessions once owned by rock 'n' roll's biggest stars, which auctioneers hope will rake in millions. Harrison borrowed the guitar while his was under repair and was photographed and filmed playing it at concerts, said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions. "It was played by Harrison in the Cavern Club in the early 60s," said Nolan, referring to a Liverpool nightclub that gave birth to the world's biggest band.


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Beatles guitar headlines NY music auction

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:42

The Beatles (from left to right), Paul McCartney (bass), George Harrison (guitar), Ringo Starr (drums) and John Lennon (guitar) perform on stage during a concert in 1965 in LondonA guitar played by George Harrison in the Beatles' early days, previously on display in a British museum, goes on auction in New York Friday, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. The electric guitar is the two-day auction's star item, amid hundreds of possessions once owned by rock 'n' roll's biggest stars, which auctioneers hope will rake in millions. Harrison borrowed the guitar while his was under repair and was photographed and filmed playing it at concerts, said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions. "It was played by Harrison in the Cavern Club in the early 60s," said Nolan, referring to a Liverpool nightclub that gave birth to the world's biggest band.


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South Africa's Bala Brothers set sights on U.S. music market

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 21:49
By Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) - With their mix of gospel and R&B songs, the classically trained Bala Brothers are stars at home in South Africa but Loyiso, Zwai and Phelo have set their sights on a new international audience and are planning a tour in the United States. Growing up in Kwa-Nobuhle township outside Port Elizabeth, the brothers have been known at home since the eldest, Zwai, broke the color barrier of South Africa's famed Drakensberg Boys Choir by becoming its first black member in 1988. In February, U.S. broadcaster PBS aired a special concert featuring the trio, which the brothers, who sing in English and the Xhosa language, say exposed them to a new audience. "We really hope that it will take us beyond (where) any other South African or African actor ever stepped.
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Sarah Silverman Joins Andy Samberg in Lonely Island Music Comedy (Exclusive)

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:00
Judd Apatow is producing the musically-inclined comedy with Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Samberg.
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Andy Samberg's Lonely Island Begins Production on Music Comedy

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:00
The project takes aim at the fluffy music documentaries of recent years such as Justin Bieber's 'Never Say Never' and Katy Perry's 'Part of Me.'
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Ex-music producer gets 10-year sentence in Ponzi case

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 01:00
NEW YORK (AP) — A former music producer who helped launch acts like Kenny G and Whitney Houston has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
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Carrie Underwood leads nominations for CMT Music Awards

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:24

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2015 file photo, Carrie Underwood performs during the funeral service for Little Jimmy Dickens in the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Underwood is the top contender for the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations. CMT announced Wednesday, May 13, that Underwood scored two nominations for video of the year with the Grammy-winning “Something in the Water” and “Somethin’ Bad,” her duet with Miranda Lambert. Underwood also earned two nominations for female video of the year with “Something in the Water” and “Little Toy Guns." (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood is the top contender for the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations.


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Music City Food and Wine Announces Their 2015 Lineup

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:16

Music City Food and Wine Announces Their 2015 LineupTickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today.


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Music Review: 'Pitch Perfect 2' soundtrack not so perfect

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 21:05

This CD cover image released by Universal Music Enterprises shows the original motion picture soundtrack for "Pitch Perfect 2." (Universal Music Enterprises via AP)Various artists, "Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Universal Music Enterprises)


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Female African musicians unite in 'Poverty is Sexist' campaign

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:01
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leading African female musicians have recorded a video of songs and instrumental music, joining a "Poverty is Sexist" campaign to put women and girls at the center of the global drive to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Investing in women and closing the gender gap could reduce hunger, cut maternal and child deaths and boost economies in the world's poorest countries, according to the ONE Campaign, co-founded by Irish rocker Bono to end extreme poverty and disease. The video, released on Wednesday, features seven musicians from seven African countries, including Kenya's Victoria Kimani, South Africa's Judith Sephuma and Mozambique's Gambela, alongside Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. "But when we invest in women and girls, we increase and accelerate the chances of overcoming extreme poverty." The ONE campaign has also invited people including teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, to take a "#Strengthie", a selfie in the pose of Rosie the Riveter, face of the famous "We can do it" poster, and post it online in support of girls and women.
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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:35
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending May 11, 2015:
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The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:31
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending May 11, 2015:
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Stephen Hawking to appear at Glastonbury music festival

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:03
LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking is a scientific superstar. Now he's going to mix with rock stars, taking the stage at the Glastonbury Festival.
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Kanye West added to Billboard Music Awards show

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 22:32

US singer Kanye West at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on February 20, 2015Multi-award winning musician Kanye West is to close out the Billboard Music Awards in a May 17 ceremony hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen.


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Warner Music Group says streaming is gaining steam

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:40

Music streaming is gaining ground.Warner Music Group has announced a major uptick in recorded music streaming, as the industry continues to look beyond downloads to paid subscriptions. The company announced on Monday that its recorded music division had received more revenue from streaming than paid for digital downloads in the quarter ending March 31, an unprecedented announcement from any of the major music labels. Overall, recorded music streaming revenue increased by 33 percent, giving more support to the idea that even with its various issues, streaming is the future for music consumption. "This is an important milestone, and impressive considering the strong double-digit growth is coming on top of an increasingly significant base," Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper said.


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Billboard Music Awards: Kanye West to Close Show

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:00
The awards show will air live May 17 on ABC.
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Music Monday (5/11): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:10

Music Monday (5/11): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like The Chemical Brothers, Panda Bear, and Mark Ronson, plus brand new streaming music from the likes of Faith No More, Hot Chip, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


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Berlin Phil's musicians can't decide upon Rattle successor

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:04
BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin Philharmonic's musicians were unable to agree Monday on a new chief conductor and artistic director to succeed Simon Rattle, who will leave in 2018, the orchestra said.
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