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This Is Why You Should Watch the American Music Awards

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 02:13

This Is Why You Should Watch the American Music AwardsThe American Music Awards gives out awards to artists based on fan interactions, sales, song play and social activity. But we all know the real reason you tune in: the performances.  Sunday's ceremony is jam-packed with performances from today's hottest stars, in addition to some old classics (LYLAS, Fergie Ferg and Mary J. Blige). Read More >


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YouTube goes online for second Music Awards

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 01:17

YouTube goes online for second Music AwardsThe YouTube Music Awards are undergoing an overhaul for their second edition next year, scrapping a star-studded gala and instead looking at videos' online buzz.


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Billboard to include music streams, digital sales in chart

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:17
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Billboard's weekly compilation of the 200 top-selling albums in the United States will incorporate streaming music and digital sales, the publication and music tracker said on Wednesday, in a move to reflect modern music consumption habits. The Billboard 200 list of albums has been compiled by Nielsen SoundScan tracking album sales figures since 1991. The new chart, making its debut on Dec. 4, will reflect streaming data from services such as Spotify, Beats Music and Google Play. ...
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Library honoring Billy Joel with pop music prize

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:57

Billy Joel holds up the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the end of a concert in his honor at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday.


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Mario Kart 8's take on F-Zero's music is the best thing ever

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:40

Mario Kart 8's take on F-Zero's music is the best thing everMario Kart 8's DLC includes a track based on F-Zero's own "Mute City" track, and the swinging version of that game's music is one of the high points of the content. Nintendo has been killing it when it comes to the soundtracks to its latest games, and it's great to see how much of the music is played live by actual musicians.


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Apple to offer Beats music service in iPhone, iPad: FT

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:11

A logo of Apple is seen in an illustration photo in Sarajevo(Reuters) - Apple Inc will bundle the subscription music service it bought from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, the Financial Times reported. The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update, which would instantly make it available on millions of iPhones and iPads, could happen as early as March, the daily reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The move will mark the company's first big push into subscription music, at a time when downloads from its iTunes are in decline, the paper said. ...


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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 17, 2014:
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Google Play Music All Access streams into Brazil

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:51

Google Play Music All Access BrazilGoogle's subscription-based music streaming service is now live for all Brazilian Android and iOS device owners.


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Music Monday (11/17): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:05

Music Monday (11/17): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from Cursive, Eminem, The Smashing Pumpkins, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like David Bowie, Azealia Banks, and Deerhoof. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


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Decades in the grave, Louis Armstrong tells Dr John: 'play my music'

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:44

File photo of musician Dr John gesturing to the crowd during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New OrleansBy Jeremy Gaunt LONDON (Reuters) - You can't get much more New Orleans than Dr John and Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong -- so when the former plays the latter, it's enough to get Big Easy fans sitting up. Especially if, as voodoo jazz and blues king Dr John says, it was all Armstrong's idea, more than 40 years after he died. "He came to me in a dream. He said do my music, but do it your way," Dr John, a.k.a. Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack or "The Nite Tripper", told Reuters in an interview at the weekend. ...


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Google will combine music streaming services

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:11

YouTube Music Key launched in beta on Friday with free access to Google Play Music.The search giant has cleared up any confusion and confirmed that Google Play Music subscribers will get free access to YouTube's new music streaming service, too.


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Pink Floyd top British album charts for first time since 1995

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 03:34

Advertising for the new Pink Floyd album "The Endless River" is installed on a four sided billboard on the South Bank in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - British progressive rock group Pink Floyd topped the album charts for the first time in nearly 20 years on Sunday with "The Endless River", the Official Charts Company said. The newly-released album, which the band says will be their last, became the third fastest-selling by a single group or artist this year after shifting more than 139,000 copies during the last week. A tribute to the band's keyboardist Rick Wright who died in 2008, it is their sixth British number one album and their first since "Pulse" in 1995. ...


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Warner Music in first big label music deal in China

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 19:00

Warner Music in first big label music deal in ChinaWarnerMusic announced a partnership Thursday with Chinese Internet company Tencent that will include streaming, in the first such deal for a major global record label in the huge market.


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A history of US music, the Foo Fighters version

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:03

Frontman Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 6, 2012.The history of rock 'n' roll has been attempted in exhaustive compilations and encyclopedic guides. The Foo Fighters are trying the feat in a 42-minute album.


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Warner Music in first big label music deal in China

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:12

The Warner Music logo is seen on the company's building on September 6, 2006 in ParisWarner Music announced a partnership Thursday with Chinese Internet company Tencent that will include streaming, in the first such deal for a major global record label in the huge market. The Warner Music Group, whose roster of artists ranges from Prince to Coldplay, said the deal would let it distribute to Tencent's platforms across China including QQ Music, a start-up streaming service similar to Spotify. The deal is the first for one of the three global label conglomerates in China, where international companies have long complained that rampant piracy has slashed revenues for creators of everything from music to software. The deal is the latest expansion into Asia for the Warner Music Group, which earlier this year bought Hong Kong-based Gold Typhoon, which both signs local artists and runs the China operations for international stars including Japanese girls group sensation AKB48.


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Rihanna teases new music at Virginia military base

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:41

Rihanna holds the pregnant belly of Spc. Ariel Evans during an event promoting her Rogue Man cologne at Ft. Belvoir Exchange on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 in Ft. Belvoir, Va. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Rihanna won't say when she plans to release new music but she is confident about what it sounds like.


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Era of Free Digital Music Wanes

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:01

Lucian Grainge speaks during The Evolution of Music and the Music Consumer session at the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly HillsEnjoy the free tunes while you can: The party may be winding down as the music industry prepares to make fans pony up.


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Music streaming under fire, but soaring

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 21:05

Billboard's chart overhaul indicates that the music industry is expecting a permanent role for streaming services.Taylor Swift has unleashed a debate on streaming by pulling her music from Spotify, but plenty of others are rushing to join in, rather than trying -- in the singer's words -- to shake it off.


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YouTube debuts subscription music service

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:11

Youtube Music KeyYouTube on Wednesday introduced a long-rumored subscription music video service with ad-free access to tunes in a challenge to Spotify, Pandora, Apple and others.


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China's Tencent, Warner Music partner for music streaming

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:09

Dancers perform underneath logo of Tencent at Global Mobile Internet Conference in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese fans of Linkin Park and Jason Mraz will be able to stream licensed music from Tencent Holding Ltd after the internet firm said on Thursday it had signed a distribution deal with Warner Music Group (WMG). In a statement, the two companies said the deal would help music companies and artists by giving consumers better access to licensed music. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. ...


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