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Music industry begins global Friday release of new albums

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 06:35

A woman listens to a music CD in a shop in Hong Kong on June 17, 2012Big record stores, streaming services and hit charts adjusted longtime practices as the music industry Friday began a coordinated global release for new albums. For the first time most new albums will be released in all formats on Fridays everywhere in the world, ending regional divergences that industry players found increasingly anachronistic in the age of instant digital music. The IFPI, the industry's global body, is championing "New Music Fridays" both to curb piracy and to stimulate sales as shoppers start their weekends.


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The year's best rhythm-based roguelike is coming to PS4 and Vita with remixed music

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 05:30

The year's best rhythm-based roguelike is coming to PS4 and Vita with remixed musicCrypt of the NecroDancer, the roguelike that you play like a rhythm game, is on its way to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, developer Brace Yourself Games announced today.


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Ant-Man fights dance music itself in ridiculous new clip

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 03:30

Ant-Man fights dance music itself in ridiculous new clipAnt-Man often seems to be more of a comedy than a straight-up action film, and the latest clip direct from Marvel drives home that idea, as the titular hero has to survive both a dance club and the vacuum cleaner.


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Rockers Gang of Four to lead Chinese music fest in US

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:52

Ariel Pink will perform at the Modern Sky Festival.Post-punk band Gang of Four and the eclectic singer Ariel Pink will play at the second US edition of China's expanding Modern Sky Festival. Gang of Four, a veteran British group, takes its name ironically from the clique of powerful hardliners during China's Cultural Revolution, although the name's connection to the communist nation appeared to be coincidental for the festival. The Beijing festival, which started in 2007 and has rapidly grown amid a boom in live music in China, will for the second year put on a version in New York's Central Park, on October 4.


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Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj to Perform at Inaugural Event

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:00
The Weeknd, Skrillex and Lil Wayne also are among those headed to Jones Beach.
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Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj on Lineup for Inaugural Event

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:00
The Weeknd, Skrillex and Lil Wayne also are among those headed to Jones Beach.
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Global record industry makes Friday new music release day

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:43
By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) - Singles and albums will be released on Fridays from now on, harmonizing when fans around the world can purchase new music. In a borderless business that has grown increasingly digital as artists promote their music on social media platforms, singers, record labels and retailers are aligning distribution, with July 10 marking "New Music Fridays." Music release days have varied across countries - Mondays in Britain and France, Tuesdays in North America, Wednesdays in Japan and Fridays in Australia, Germany and Ireland, according to music trade body British Phonographic Industry (BPI). "It makes sense to consider the time of the week when interest in entertainment, digital activity and physical footfall is building towards its peak." The move is also aimed at fighting music piracy.
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Country music acts quietly abandon Confederate flag

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:41

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2009 file photo, John Rich of the musical group, Big & Rich, performs at a rally for 23rd Congressional District candidate, Doug Hoffman, in Watertown, N.Y. Mainstream country music has been quietly distancing itself from the Confederate flag for years, but as the debate reignites following a massacre at a black church in South Carolina on June 17, country artists still struggle to articulate their feelings about the flag’s history and symbolism. Rich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he agreed with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Confederate flag was once a familiar symbol in country music, representing the rural South and the renegade spirit of artists such as David Allan Coe and Hank Williams Jr.


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Willie Nelson to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Music

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:12

Willie NelsonThe equal parts iconic and prolific country music star has been officially named by the US Library of Congress as the next recipient of its lifetime achievement award. Nelson will officially receive the award in Washington DC in November and a series of events are being palnned to honour the man and his work i the coming months. "Willie Nelson is a musical explorer, redrawing the boundaries of country music throughout his career," said Librarian of Congress James Billington.


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SF Street Food Festival Announces More Chefs, Music and Awesomeness for 2015

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:00

SF Street Food Festival Announces More Chefs, Music and Awesomeness for 2015The festival will hit the ground running for two days, August 15-16.


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Facebook has "no plans" to offer music streaming

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 01:13

Facebook will not be following Apple into music streamingThe world's largest social network has officially denied reports that it is planning a Spotify competitor


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Rockers Gang of Four to lead Chinese music fest in US

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 00:45

Musicians Andy Gill (L) and Jon King of the band Gang of Four perform on October 17, 2005 in Hollywood, CaliforniaPost-punk band Gang of Four and the eclectic singer Ariel Pink will play at the second US edition of China's expanding Modern Sky Festival. Gang of Four, a veteran British group, takes its name ironically from the clique of powerful hardliners during China's Cultural Revolution, although the name's connection to the communist nation appeared to be coincidental for the festival. The Beijing festival, which started in 2007 and has rapidly grown amid a boom in live music in China, will for the second year put on a version in New York's Central Park, on October 4.


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Willie Nelson adds Gershwin Prize to storied music career

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 23:14

Nelson performs during the "In Performance at the White House" series at the White House in Washington(Reuters) - Country singer Willie Nelson was named on Thursday as the 2015 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, joining the likes of Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Carole King in one of the highest U.S. music honors. The Library of Congress said Nelson, whose career spans six decades, would be given the prize, which recognizes lifetime achievement, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November. Librarian of Congress James Billington described Nelson in a statement as a "musical explorer" who has "helped make country music one of the most universally beloved forms of American artistic expression." Nelson, 82, said he was honored to be chosen for the award, which was established in 2007 and named for composers George and Ira Gershwin.


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Library honoring Willie Nelson with US pop music prize

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 23:02

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, singer Willie Nelson performs during an “In Performance at the White House” series event, attended by President Barack Obama, part of the Joining Forces initiative, an event with musicians, members of the U.S. military, military veterans, and their families inside a tent on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The Library of Congress will honor Willie Nelson’s 6 decades in music with the Gershwin Prize. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Willie Nelson will receive the national library's pop music prize this year — the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song — as the Library of Congress cited Nelson's six decades in music Thursday.


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Lily-Rose Depp Makes Her (Dizzying) Music-Video Debut

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:00
For some indie R&B artist that you've probably never heard of (until now).
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Amy Winehouse Doc Pushes Late Singer Back Into U.K. Album Charts

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:00
The Grammy-winning 'Back to Black' re-entered the top 40 this week.
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First-Time Farmers Markets, Outdoor Live Music, Paella Night

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 00:30

First-Time Farmers Markets, Outdoor Live Music, Paella NightThe first ever farmers market at the Lamar Station Plaza in Lakewood will kick off today, July 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. This market will feature local produce from Miller Farms, food, music, arts & crafts, and family activities. The location of this plaza happens to be the parking lot of Casa Bonita. GOLDEN — Every Wednesday this summer beginning at 5:30 p.m., The Briarwood Inn is offering live music on its patio.


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Apple persuades U.S. judge to void $533 million iTunes award

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 22:15

A view of the Apple logo on the flagship store on 5th Avenue in New YorkA federal judge has thrown out a $532.9 million award against Apple Inc and ordered a new trial on damages, in a case where a jury found that the iPhone maker's iTunes software infringed three patents owned by a Texas company. In a decision on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Tyler, Texas, said jurors who on Feb. 24 awarded the damages to Smartflash LLC because of Apple's willful infringement might have been confused by his instructions on how to properly calculate royalties. Apple had argued that the damages were too high because jurors might have improperly considered the entire market value of the products, rather than distinguishing between patented and unpatented features.


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TV, music clip sharing startup Whipclip raises $40 million

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 17:12
U.S.-Israeli startup Whipclip, which allows the sharing of TV and video clips, said it raised more than $40 million in a third round of funding led by asset management firm Eminence Capital. Additional participants include existing investors Institutional Venture Partners and Raine Ventures, Whipclip said on Wednesday. The new funds will be used to accelerate Whipclip's product development and further build its operations and content partnerships, it said.
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Sony Music Sued By Guild Over Use of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston Songs

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:00
The lawsuit also claims a contract breach in the way Tony Bennett's music was used on PBS and an Earth, Wind & Fire song for the the 2012 film "The Intouchables."
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