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N.Y. Met Opera threatens to lock out musicians in labor dispute

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:28
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera said it will lock out its musicians and other unionized employees next week if a new contract agreement is not reached, in an escalation of a labor dispute that threatens to derail an entire opera season. Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, wrote a letter to chorus members, orchestra players, stagehands and other employees on Wednesday saying they should prepare for a work stoppage if a new agreement is not reached when current contracts expire on July 31. The Met, which says it has an annual operating budget of over $300 million, has blamed a drop in its revenues since 2011 on dwindling audiences for opera worldwide.
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Justin Bieber teases new music on Instagram

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:52

Canadian singer Justin BieberJustin Bieber enticed fans on Wednesday by sharing several short clips from his recent time in the studio. The Canadian pop star posted a total of 11 clips, seemingly from as many new songs, and captioned the first "Cold waters," presumably a track name. In each of the seconds-long videos, Bieber simply focuses the camera on a studio soundboard and moves it to the beat of the music. The only other clue is a tweet from Bieber on the same day that read, "Great night in the studio."


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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:11

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending July 21, 2014:


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Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:31

FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Library of Congress on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 said Joel, whose hits include "Piano Man" and "Uptown Girl," will receive its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.


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'Weird Al' on his weirdly successful week in music

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:05

In this July 17, 2014 photo, “Weird Al” Yankovic poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Billboard reported that Yankovic's “Mandatory Fun” debuted at No. 1 this week with more than 80,000 units sold. That’s almost double the amount his last album, "Alpocalypse," sold in its debut week in 2011. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.


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Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and David Guetta at 8th iTunes Festival in London

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:50

Pharrell Williams will perform in London on September 10, 2014 at the iTunes Festival.Apple has just announced the headliners of the next iTunes Festival London, which will take place throughout the month of September and feature performances by Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, Beck, Blondie, Jungle and David Guetta, among others. Throughout the month of September, the Roundhouse in London will host a series of exceptional performers. Apple has now announced the dates for concerts by Beck (September 2), David Guetta (3), 5 Seconds of Summer (4), Kasabian (5), Robert Plant (8), Pharrell Williams and Jungle (10), Maroon 5 (11), Blondie and Chrissie Hynde (16) and Kylie Minogue (27).


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Sam Smith, Maroon 5 on tap for iTunes Festival

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:18
NEW YORK (AP) — Last year Sam Smith says he was a spectator at the iTunes Festival. This year, his view will be much improved — he'll be on stage.
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Beyonce, Eminem, Azalea lead MTV Video Music Awards nods

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:00

Beyonce performs "Drunk In Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Beyonce and rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea led the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, one of the industry's top televised showcases, the cable TV network said on Thursday. Beyonce garnered eight nominations and will go up against Azalea in the coveted Video of the Year category at the Aug. 24 awards show, which attracts a young audience prized by advertisers. Eminem and Azalea, an Australian rapper who has broken out internationally this year with the hit "Fancy," each scored seven nominations. ...


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Beyonce, Eminem, Azalea lead MTV Video Music Awards nods

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:00

Beyonce performs "Drunk In Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Beyonce and rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea led the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, one of the industry's top televised showcases, the cable TV network said on Thursday. Beyonce garnered eight nominations and will go up against Azalea in the coveted Video of the Year category at the Aug. 24 awards show, which attracts a young audience prized by advertisers. Eminem and Azalea, an Australian rapper who has broken out internationally this year with the hit "Fancy," each scored seven nominations. ...


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Dance music label sues YouTube star over copyright

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 03:02
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michelle Phan has garnered millions of adoring Internet fans for teaching them how to look like Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie or even Barbie, but a popular dance music record label is not one of them. Ultra Records LLC and Ultra International Music Publishing LLC are suing Phan for copyright infringement, alleging she used songs and compilations from some of the world’s biggest dance music DJs and groups in her creative videos without a license.
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2014 Video Music Awards: Complete List of Nominees

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 22:59
Beyoncé leads the pack with eight nominations, but find out who else got nods!
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Route 91 Harvest country music fest set for Vegas

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 22:30
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A country music extravaganza featuring some of the biggest names in the genre will descend on Las Vegas this fall, taking a cue from the massive rock, pop, electronic dance music and indie festivals that have recently made Sin City home.
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Beyonce leads MTV Video Music Awards with 8 nods

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 22:09

Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour at the Georgia Dome on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)NEW YORK (AP) — Doing a visual album has paid off for Beyonce: She's the leading nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards.


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Drake Disses Macklemore At The ESPYS, Mocks His Music And Grammy Win

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:54

Drake Disses Macklemore At The ESPYS, Mocks His Music And Grammy WinDrake hosted the ESPY Awards Wednesday night, July 16, and took the opportunity to publicly diss Macklemore in an original song called "Honorable Mentions/Side Pieces." As you may recall, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept the rap categories at the Grammy Awards last January, picking up statues for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album, which pissed a lot of people off. Macklemore followed up his wins with a text to Kendrick Lamar, which he then posted on Instagram for the world to see, saying that Lamar was "robbed" and should have won Best Rap Album.


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David Bowie says new music on the way

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:02

David Bowie's latest album "The Next Day" was released in 2013.In a statement read aloud at a fundraising event for the Terrance Higgins Trust in London, David Bowie announced that he would soon release new music, NME reports. After the critical and commercial success of his latest record, Bowie could soon return with new tracks. While waiting for this new music, fans will soon be able to see "David Bowie Is Happening Now," a documentary film on the Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibit on the artist's career. 


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First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:26

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014. Obama says every arts organization in the country should embrace the mission of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which focuses on education. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama says every arts organization in the country should embrace the mission of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which focuses on education.


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7 Moments in Paris Hilton's Music Video That Will Make Tweens Drool

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 03:56
The 33-year-old just released a video for "Come Alive" and it's pink. Very pink.
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