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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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Jury reaches verdict in trial over whether hit song 'Blurred Lines' copied Marvin Gaye's music

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 05:18
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jury reaches verdict in trial over whether hit song 'Blurred Lines' copied Marvin Gaye's music.
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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 03:33
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending March 9, 2015:
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The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:09
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending March 9, 2015:
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Emmylou Harris, Evelyn Glennie win 2015 Polar Music Prize

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 00:56

Emmylou Harris performs on October 14, 2009 in Nashville, TennesseeUS country legend Emmylou Harris and Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie have won Sweden's Polar Music Prize, organisers said Wednesday. The musicians were seen as fringe picks for an award founded by Swedish super pop group ABBA's late manager Stig Anderson and previously won by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney. "As a singer, (Harris) has an unmistakable voice that carries so many emotions it can almost feel unbearable," chairman of the prize committee Alfons Karabuda told reporters.


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Julie Andrews Can't Believe It's the 50th Anniversary of 'The Sound of Music'

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 22:27
The British actress discusses the famed musical.
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Polar Music Prize Laurates for 2015: Emmylou Harris and Evelyn Glennie

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 20:06

Evelyn GlennieSinger-songwriter Emmylou Harris and Evelyn Glennie, a deaf percussionist from Scotland, have been named the 2015 Laureates of the Polar Music Prize which recognizes exceptional achievements in music. Harris of Birmingham, Alabama, is credited with charting the history and topography of America in her songs, painting the “contours of the American landscape” through her music. Likewise, “No one in the history of popular music has harmonised like Emmylou Harris,” judges say. Deaf since the age of 12, Glennie is credited with widening the world’s understanding and scope of music as a successful solo percussionist, releasing more than 30 solo albums and playing with some of the world’s top orchestras and artists.


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Emmylou Harris and Evelyn Glennie share Polar Music Prize

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 19:57

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 file photo of Emmylou Harris as she performs during the Americana Honors and Awards Show on in Nashville, Tenn. Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris and Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie have won the 2015 Polar Music Prize, a prestigious Swedish music award founded by the manager of ABBA. They won Tuesday March 10, 2015 and they have been invited to collect their awards — including a cash prize of 1 million kronor ($120,000) each — from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm on June 9. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Fil3)STOCKHOLM (AP) — Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris and Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie on Tuesday won the 2015 Polar Music Prize, a prestigious Swedish music award founded by the manager of ABBA.


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Paris Fashion Week: This is the Band That Did Saint Laurent's Cool Catwalk Music

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:00
Jessica Chastain and Salma Hayek got into the tunes at Hedi Silmane's latest offering of punk-fueled clothes.
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