Prince reaches agreement with music label
18 April, 2014 -
NEW YORK (AP) — Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label.
Music films hit distinct note at annual Tribeca Film Festival
18 April, 2014 -
By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and movies played together even before sound revolutionized film during its infancy, and so it is at the Tribeca Film Festival where the documentary lineup is heavy on musical subjects, from hip hop star Nas to shock rocker Alice Cooper. And while documentaries have traditionally comprised as much as half of Tribeca's scores of offerings, films about musicians Bjork, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, James Brown and others have lent this year's festival a decidedly tuneful air. "We never program to an agenda," said Tribeca's director of programming, Genna Terranova.
17 April, 2014 -
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major U.S. music companies sued Pandora Media Inc on Thursday, accusing the online streaming service of cheating them out of royalties by playing thousands of pre-1972 recordings without paying royalties. The music in question, from musicians such as the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Marvin Gaye and Fleetwood Mac, is "some of the most iconic music in the world," the lawsuit said. The plaintiffs include Vivendi SA's Capitol Records Inc and UMG Recordings Inc, Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp and ABKCO Music & Records Inc. Pandora did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Guitarists still making memorable music with Strat
17 April, 2014 -
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jimi Hendrix made it shriek. Buddy Holly made it swing. Stevie Ray Vaughn made it snarl.
Salsa music star José 'Cheo' Feliciano, 78, dies in car crash
17 April, 2014 -
By Ana and Martinez SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rican singer José Luis "Cheo" Feliciano who performed with some of salsa's top stars, was killed in a car crash in San Juan early Thursday morning, police said. Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla declared three days of mourning. Feliciano died shortly after 4 a.m., according to Axel Valencia, San Juan police spokesman. The El Nuevo Dia newspaper said his Jaguar hit an electricity pole.
Rapper Jay Z brings 'Made in America' music fest to Los Angeles
16 April, 2014 -
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Jay Z joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday to announce that his music festival, "Budweiser Made in America," will be coming to downtown Los Angeles in August, giving the annual music bash a second venue. Grammy-winning Jay Z launched the "Made in America" festival in 2012 in Philadelphia with Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser beer brand and concert company Live Nation Entertainment in an effort to bring together diverse musical acts such as hip hop, pop, rock, country and others. "Putting together a music festival that blurred those lines of genres and all walks of life and all people can come, and it's in this city, it's not some far-off place that you can't get to," the 44-year-old rapper said. Garcetti touted the positive economic impact the inaugural festival, which featured performances by Pearl Jam, Drake, Rita Ora and Jay Z himself, had on Philadelphia, bringing in more than $10 million for the local economy and helping the hotel occupancy rate increase to more than 90 percent.
Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
16 April, 2014 -
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries.
Jay-Z to bring Made in America music fest to L.A.
16 April, 2014 -
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z is bringing his Made in America music festival to Los Angeles.
15 April, 2014 -
LONDON (AP) — Musicians who performed in the London production of "War Horse" have lost a legal bid to stop the National Theatre from replacing them with a recorded soundtrack.
Vevo widens ties with Yahoo over its music videos
14 April, 2014 -
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc and Vevo, an online music video hub that provides some of the most popular content on Google's YouTube, have expanded their content and regional partnership, Vevo said Monday amid mounting competition for online viewers. The deal brings Vevo's music videos, live concert events and other original music programming to Yahoo's video channel, Yahoo Screen, in the United States and Canada. In coming weeks, the partnership will extend to Britain, Germany, Spain, France and Italy as well as the Yahoo Screen mobile app, the statement said.
14 April, 2014 -
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only. Arcade Fire kicked off its set with "Reflektor," the title song from last year's album of the same name, and led into songs such as ""Flashbulb Eyes" and "Rebellion (Lies)." "We've been coming here for many years now, so it's an honor to be headlining," said the band's frontman, Win Butler. But Butler took a moment on stage to criticize Coachella's VIP area, saying "people are dreaming to get in there, but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it." The band then played its nostalgia-infused track "The Suburbs," changing part of the lyrics to sing "in a field full of freaks and my friends," eliciting cheers from the audience. The band were later joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry, who performed her classic 1979 hit "Hearts of Glass" with Arcade Fire's frontwoman Regine Chassagne, and the band's song "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." Arcade Fire ended with "Wake Up," joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
13 April, 2014 -
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits.
For Mexico's hottest drug balladeer, music has a cost
12 April, 2014 -
Texcoco (Mexico) (AFP) - "El Komander" struts on stage, pours expensive whisky into a fan's mouth and sings about grenade launchers -- just another wild night for a Mexican singer who has faced bans for eulogizing drug lords. Wearing a black leather jacket and military fatigue pants, Alfredo Rios took his show to 5,500 people in Texcoco, in the state of Mexico, a region of 15 million people enduring a spike in murders this year. Rios appeared in the US documentary "Narco Cultura," which describes the cross-border fascination with Mexico's drug culture. More recently, he was banned from performing on Friday in another region beset by a surge in violence, the central state of Morelos south of Mexico City.
Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion
12 April, 2014 -
By Piya Sinha-Roy INDIO, California (Reuters) - Hip hop duo Outkast reunited for the first time in eight years a the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, and brought a taste of old school hip hop with them to the stage. Outkast, formed by Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, kicked off the anticipated set with "B.O.B" from the duo's 2000 album "Stankonia," before taking it back to the 1990s with singles such as "ATLiens" and "Skew It on the Bar-B." "It's good to be back," Big Boi, real name Antwan Andre Patton, said on the Coachella stage against the backdrop of the Southern California desert lit up at night.
Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival
12 April, 2014 -
Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year.
11 April, 2014 -
By Piya Sinha-Roy INDIO, California (Reuters) - A slew of rising artists and bands kicked off the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, ahead of the much anticipated reunion of hip-hop duo Outkast headlining the first night of the three-day festival. Grammy-winning Outkast, formed by Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, last worked together on 2006 album "Idlewild." But ahead of their headlining set late on Friday, music lovers watched artists such as Ellie Goulding, Grouplove, ZZ Ward and Aloe Blacc perform in the open field of the festival, against the backdrop of the Southern California desert. Coachella is the first major festival of the summer live music scene, and is often an important stop for an artist on the rise, as the festival has helped launch artists into the U.S. mainstream industry. Recent success stories include Florence + The Machine, and electronic music DJs Skrillex and Calvin Harris, the latter two both returning this year.
Is iTunes about to go high-resolution?
11 April, 2014 -
On Wednesday, Billboard reported that Apple was set to radically overhaul its music store in order to better compete with music streaming sites and internet radio stations. But as well as offering competing on-demand services and even an Android version of the iTunes app, a new report came to light on Friday that claims that Apple is about to go high resolution.
Music industry joins legal battle against Megaupload
11 April, 2014 -
The major US music labels joined the legal battle against file-sharing website Megaupload, with a copyright infringement lawsuit against the site shut down by US authorities. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced the civil lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment and Capitol Records. The RIAA suit says Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom "actively and intentionally encouraged their users" to upload illegal copies of "the most popular entertainment content, including plaintiffs' sound recordings, for the purpose of distributing those copies to millions of other users." The latest lawsuits would add civil damages to the case against Megaupload and Dotcom, who is currently free on bail in New Zealand and has started a new file-sharing venture called Mega.
Music labels follow movie studios in suing Megaupload
10 April, 2014 -
Four music labels filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Thursday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom, three days after several major movie studios did the same. The lawsuit says that Megaupload, Dotcom and other defendants "engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music," according to a statement issued by the Recording Industry Association of America. The plaintiffs are Warner Music Group Corp, a unit of Time Warner Inc, UMG Recordings Inc, a unit of Vivendi SA, Sony Music Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corp and Capitol Records, also owned by Vivendi, and all RIAA members.
Imagine Dragons, Lorde lead Billboard Music Award finalists
9 April, 2014 -
NEW YORK (Reuters) - American alternative rock group Imagine Dragons and New Zealand singer Lorde were named Billboard Music Award finalists in 12 categories each, followed by singer Justin Timberlake with 11 and pop star Katy Perry with 10, organizers said on Wednesday. Rapper duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was not far behind with nods in eight categories, and will vie with Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, One Direction and OneRepublic for the top duo/group prize. ...
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