Music legend Stevie Wonder will perform with South Korean singing star Hyolyn at one of K-pop's biggest events in Hong Kong Friday, as the genre garners increasing numbers of international fans. The global success of Psy's "Gangnam Style" put K-pop on the map around the world in 2012, with the accompanying video featuring his now-famous horse-riding dance soaring to become YouTube's most popular of all time, with more than 1.8 billion views. Millions of K-pop fans will tune in to the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Expo Arena on Friday night, which will be broadcast to 94 countries. American socialite Paris Hilton will also make an appearance in her new incarnation as a DJ, though she wasn't on the radar for some of the K-pop stars at the launch event.
Online music-streaming service Spotify has raised $250 million in a new funding round, making it one of the world's most richly capitalized start-ups. The new funding round was led by Technology Crossover Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture-capital firm, a person familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity because the deal is private. The cash can help the Swedish music service bolster its U.S. business, which trails services such as Pandora, and launch in other countries such as Japan. The newest financing brings the value of Spotify to more than $4 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the funding round on Thursday.
Are you surprised? Don't be. According to Forbes' latest roundup,Madonna made a whopping $125 million in 2013. "The bulk ofMadge’s millions this year come from the tail end of her MDNATour, which grossed $305 million," explains Forbes. Add to thatheavy "merchandise sales at concerts as well as her Material Girlclothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance," and you've got a clearwinner. Her runner-up, Lady Gaga, trails behind with a "mere" $80million. The tour she cut short due to her injury, explains Forbes,still grossed $168 million. Bon Jovi lands in third place with
For a man who touts high art and stops by Harvard's Graduate Schoolof Design on a whim, Kanye West sure dropped a dud on us with themusic video debut of "Bound 2" Tuesday (Nov. 19). The pulpy,embarrassingly earnest video features reality star (and West'sfiancée) Kim Kardashian topless and gyrating atop a motorcycle,her blank visage superimposed against a green screen of Dalí-esquedesert and galloping horses. The whole thing is reminiscent of anEd Hardy T-shirt. But it makes us wonder what's happened to West'sonce-eclectic taste. After all, this is the man who chose Takashi
In the Pixies' new music video for "What Goes Boom," the camerashifts between shots of rock formations, barren gorges andguitarist Joey Santiago listlessly stumbling through the desert forabout 98 percent of the song. The other two percent are explosivelyfantastic, as Santiago spontaneously vaporizes after a quick glanceat the camera. Pulled from their latest release, 2013's "EP1,""What Goes Boom" calls back to the Pixies' harder roots, featuringriffs that teeters towards the chugs of stoner metal. ...
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival has announced thesecond slate of artists who will be performing at the 28th editiontaking place from March 11 through March 16 in Austin, Texas. Thisbilling brings the total number of confirmed acts to over 500, butonly encompasses a small portion of what is to come in this year'sfestival, says Elizabeth Derczo, SXSW publicist. A quick glancereveals standout artists such as electronic music trailblazer GaryNuman, the bluesy strummings of G. Love, electronic rock duoPhantogram, and the lyrically-endowed Talib Kweli. ...
By Natasha Baker AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Musicians in the digital age are turning to apps to woo fans and also engage them in the creative process to create new music and art. Apps featuring indie rock band Metric, pop sensation Lady Gaga and the late John Lennon were released last week that allow fans to re-mix tracks, create music-inspired art or access rare recordings. Toronto-based Metric's new app, METRIC Synthetica, available on iOS devices, lets fans interact with music from the band's new album using finger gestures to re-mix tunes and create their own music. "Music in the modern day is about a lot more than just the music itself," said James Shaw, the lead singer of Metric and producer of the album.
Each release was either a bloated, masturbatory "meh" (Gaga, Timberlake), a bland retread aimed squarely at third graders (Perry), or a bafflingly mixed bag of roaring promise and faux-controversial poppycock (The fair Cyrus bird).
Lea Michele spent Sunday filming her first-ever music video. The"Glee" star, whose debut album is coming out soon, posted photosfrom the shoot to her Twitter and Instagram accounts. No word yeton Michele's first single or the album's title, though it wasrevealed that her record will include a tribute song to CoryMonteith. Check out Michele's photos below. SO EXCITED SHOOTING MYVERY FIRST MUSIC VIDEO TODAY FOR THE FIRST ALBUM SINGLE!pic.twitter.com/PWdntTpITE— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) November17, 2013 #MusicVideoShoot pic.twitter. ...
Almost six months later than planned, the search giant's music storage, matching, streaming and internet radio service has launched for the iPhone and iPad. The app (which launched for Android devices back in May) may offer a number of the features that many iPhone users who subscribe to iTunes Match already take for granted, such as storing and streaming their music libraries from the cloud or wirelessly accessing songs they own but haven't uploaded. However, it also boasts a number of features that Apple is yet to roll out beyond the US. When iTunes Radio goes global, iDevice and iTunes users will be able to curate and listen to ad-supported radio stations free of charge, curated by genre, era or artist, and will be able to access albums before they're released.