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iTunes in March: 'The Imitation Game,' 'Wild,' 'The Last Man on Earth' and More

Yahoo! Music News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 04:23
Apple's store is also offering Adam Sandler's latest 'The Cobbler' and Ethan Hawke's 'Cymbeline' and free episodes of big March series premieres, including ABC's 'Secrets and Lies' and 'American Crime,' CBS' 'Battle Creek' and TV Land's 'Younger.'
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Epic Celebrity Falls: Music Edition

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:05

Madonna falls as she performs on stage for the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London -- Getty ImagesMadonna took a hard tumble at the BRIT Awards (we feel for ya girl) and we couldn’t help but take a look back at some of the best spills, tumbles and trips in music.


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Music industry moves to Friday global album release

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:39

Key groups representing music retailers, record companies and artists said that they would coordinate album releases to go out everywhere each Friday at one minute past midnight local timeThe music industry has announced an agreement to release albums globally on Fridays, ending divergences among regions that have fueled piracy in an age of instant music. Thursday's decision, after nine months of consultation, is expected to go into effect by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, said Frances Moore, chief executive officer of the music industry's global body IFPI. "What is absolutely clear is that there is nearly unanimous agreement that a global release date is a good thing," Moore told AFP. Under longstanding traditions, albums are generally released on Monday in Britain and France, Tuesday in the United States, Wednesday in Japan and Friday in Australia and Germany.


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Music streaming: free is the key

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:56

 free is the keyCompeting music streaming services are beginning to discover that the best way to get consumers to sign up and to start paying a monthly subscription is to offer a free tier, too. On Wednesday, Google announced that Google Play Music subscribers can now upload and store 50,000 tracks to the cloud free of charge that they can then stream via a smartphone, tablet or even desktop whenever they've got an internet connection. The offer's interesting partly because it recognizes that older consumers already have a record collection that they value and want to listen to -- therefore making its streaming and music downloading services more attractive propositions -- but also because over at Apple, customers are only currently able to upload 25,000 tracks to iCloud for streaming and they have to pay $24.99 a year for the privilege. A year ago, that number stood at 12 million and the huge jump, according to Spotify vice president of North American advertising Brian Benedik, is because the company now offers a free tier of its streaming service across mobile devices as well as on the desktop.


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Ed Sheeran wins best British record at top UK music awards

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:22

Ed Sheeran celebrates after receiving the British Album of the Year award at the O2 Arena in LondonBy Liisa Tuhkanen LONDON (Reuters) - The top British music awards went to young men on Wednesday as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith bagged the most important trophies in a star-studded Brit Awards show in London. English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was the biggest winner of the night, walking away with two of the four Brit Awards he was nominated for. "I didn't expect it... It's been a very good year for British music", he said. Soul singer Sam Smith, who was nominated for five Brits and competed with Sheeran for the best album, topped off his recent four Grammy wins with a Global Success award and British Breakthrough trophy.


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Thalassa Space Grows Up with Craft Beer, Live Music

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:00

Thalassa Space Grows Up with Craft Beer, Live MusicThe former pool hall will become a full bar, restaurant and live music venue by the end of the year. Berkeley's nightlife scene continues to evolve (and possibly mature), with the reconfiguration of the former Thalassa space as a music venue and craft beer garden. As a result, the 12,000 square-foot space, will transform from a pool hall into a full bar and full-service restaurant, with a large stage for live music and an outdoor beer garden with separate entrances for the restaurant and music venue. Berkeleyside reports that Alex Popov of Liquid Entertainment (the company in charge of the live venue) wants to create a "flexible space" for bands, DJs and special events, similar to setup at The Chapel in San Francisco.


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Sam Smith aims for victory at British music's Brit Awards

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:15

Sam Smith poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2015 at the 02 Arena in London, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)LONDON (AP) — Sam Smith could follow victory at the Grammys with triumph on home soil at Britain's most prestigious music awards.


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McCartney to headline Firefly music festival in Delaware

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:39
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Organizers of the Delaware's Firefly Music Festival say former Beatle Paul McCartney will headline this year's event.
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Leaks and surprise albums: new ways of releasing music

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:49

Drake surprised the music world earlier this month by releasing the unannounced album "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."Earlier this month, Canadian rapper Drake set the internet abuzz with the release of an unexpected new album via SoundClound, complete with free unlimited streaming. The move echoes the surprise release of Beyoncé's self-titled record in 2013. The latest victims are of course Björk and Madonna, whose respective albums were recently leaked to the internet ahead of their official release dates. For her part, Björk decided to advance the release date of "Vulnicura," sharing the album in its entirety on iTunes.


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Why Isn't 'Empire's' Music Topping the Billboard Charts?

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:00
Fox's 'Glee' was a big player in its heyday, but network execs are still hoping 'Empire' — which has been a ratings juggernaut — turns into a multiplatform success.
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'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens With Jurors Discussing Racy Music Video

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:24
Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and members of the Marvin Gaye family were on hand at a Los Angeles federal courtroom for the start of the copyright infringement trial.
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Despite free album furor, U2 tops iTunes listening

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:58

Members of the band U2U2 faced such a backlash over its free album that the band apologized, but the Irish superstars claimed vindication Tuesday as research showed its music dominated iTunes listening. U2's "Songs of Innocence" was automatically sent to the world's half billion iTunes customers as a promotion for the new iPhone 6, leading to so many complaints that Apple set up a special webpage on how to delete the album.


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Despite free album furor, U2 tops iTunes listening

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:00

U2 in Berlin, Germany, on November 13, 2014U2 faced such a backlash over its free album that the band apologized, but the Irish superstars claimed vindication Tuesday as research showed its music dominated iTunes listening. U2's "Songs of Innocence" was automatically sent to the world's half billion iTunes customers as a promotion for the new iPhone 6, leading to so many complaints that Apple set up a special webpage on how to delete the album. U2 on Tuesday seized on the survey, saying the figures showed that the band's strategy had been proven right.


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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:59
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending February 23, 2015:
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Music Monday (2/23): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:19

Music Monday (2/23): 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 Blur, Sleater-Kinney, Alt-J, and U2, plus brand new streaming music from the likes of Swervedriver, Death Cab for Cutie, and Of Montreal. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


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The Darkness drops music video 'Barbarian'

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:25

The Darkness as they appear in the official video for "Barbarian"The first single from fourth album, "Last Of Our Kind," leverages a graphic novel style for its music video.


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Lady Gaga in moving 'Sound of Music' Oscars tribute

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 17:03

Lady Gaga in moving 'Sound of Music' Oscars tributeStarring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, the cinematic tale of the musical von Trapp family in Austria and their mischievous governess is a Hollywood classic. In contrast to her own flamboyant concerts, Lady Gaga was all about the voice as she sang highlights from the beloved 1965 movie to the accompaniment of a string combo and a choir.


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Oscars 2015: Lady Gaga's 'The Sound of Music' Medley Dominated Social Media

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 13:00
Graham Moore's moving speech also lit up Facebook, Shazam's top-queried performance was Adam Levine's "Lost Stars" and Twitter's most mentioned movies were 'Birdman' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'
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Oscars 2015: Lady Gaga's 'Sound of Music' Medley Dominated Social Media

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 13:00
Graham Moore's moving speech also lit up Facebook, Shazam's top-queried performance was Adam Levine's "Lost Stars" and Twitter's most-mentioned movies were 'Birdman' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'
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Oscars 2015: 'Sound of Music' Soundtrack, "Glory" Get a Boost on Spotify

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 13:00
Lady Gaga's 'Sound of Music' medley and 'Selma's' "Glory" saw a big jump on the music-streaming site post-Oscars.
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