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Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:14:08 -0400

U.S. singer-sonwriter Justin Timberlake performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de JaneiroBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:14:43 -0400

Kelly Clarkson and Will.i.am speak during announcement of 2013 American Music Awards nominations press conference in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:39:14 -0400

Swift poses at the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 07:49:24 -0400

File photo of Graham Parker arriving at the premiere of the movie "This is 40" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in HollywoodBy Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...


Pogues' guitarist Phil Chevron dies at 56 from cancer

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:38:17 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Guitarist Phil Chevron of the Anglo-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues died on Tuesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, the band said. Chevron joined the Pogues in 1984 and became a core member as the group made its name internationally in the 1980s and early 1990s with albums including "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash" and "If I Should Fall From Grace With God". Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, wrote the band's popular ballad "Thousands Are Sailing". "He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. ...

OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:07:54 -0400

Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic, performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert in Los AngelesLONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...


Miley Cyrus mocks "motherly" advice from Sinead O'Connor

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:22:57 -0400

Singer Cyrus arrives at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkLONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...


Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 05:23:09 -0400

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson, Deborah Chang and Kevin Boyle listen as jurors are polled following the verdict in Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...


Carnegie Hall concert goes on, after strike canceled performance

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:33:45 -0400

By Luke Swiderski NEW YORK (Reuters) - A performance by the American Symphony Orchestra proceeded as planned at New York's Carnegie Hall on Thursday, a day after the famed concert hall canceled a separate performance for the first time in its 122-year history because of a labor dispute. A strike by stagehands forced the cancellation, but the union temporarily suspended its strike on Thursday, allowing the concert hall to open its doors for now. A union leader told Reuters he was optimistic the two sides could reach a permanent deal by Friday. ...

Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 19:13:57 -0400

Portrait of Michael Jackson is displayed on a slot machine at Gaming Expo Asia in MacauBy Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...


Canadian rapper Drake lands third No. 1 album on Billboard chart

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:31:13 -0400

Drake smiles during an announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the NBA All-Star game in TorontoBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Drake vaulted straight to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album garnered the second-largest sales week of the year so far. "Nothing Was the Same," the third studio album from the Canadian rapper, sold 658,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March, outsold "Nothing Was the Same" in a one-week period. All three of Drake's studio albums have debuted at No. ...


Lady Gaga, Eminem to headline first YouTube Music Awards

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:30:01 -0400

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Lady Gaga and rapper Eminem will be headline performers at the first YouTube Music Awards, the Google Inc-owned online video steaming site said on Tuesday. The November 3 award show in New York, which will be live-streamed, honors the top songs and artists that were viewed on the website in the past year. Nominees will be announced later this month and voting by the public will determine winners, YouTube said. Canadian rock band Arcade Fire will also perform at the awards show. ...

Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:07:49 -0400

Singer Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...


Jack Johnson tops Billboard 200, Lorde lands top digital song

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:32:34 -0400

Musician Jack Johnson performs during his concert as part of his To The Sea tour in BrasiliaBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hawaiian folk singer Jack Johnson landed his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, while New Zealand newcomer Lorde overtook Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus to top the digital songs chart. Johnson's "From Here to Now to You" sold 117,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. It was the only album to cross the 100,000 sales mark this week. Country music singer Justin Moore debuted at No. ...


Russia's jailed punk band member hospitalized, husband says

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:51:06 -0400

Member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Tolokonnikova looks out from a holding cell as she attends a court hearing to appeal for parole at the Supreme Court of Mordovia in SaranskBy Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - A jailed member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot was hospitalized on Friday after going on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions, her husband said, but her condition was not clear. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was admitted to the hospital at the prison where she is serving a two-year term for a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Russia's main Orthodox Christian cathedral, Pyotr Verzilov said. Verzilov said the acting head of the prison had described Tolokonnikova's condition as "horrible" but had given no further details. ...


Cher saves 'best effort' for first album in 12 years

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:32:17 -0400

Singer Cher performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New YorkLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Few musicians are able to keep their careers alive for more than five decades, but pop diva Cher says her latest album is her "best effort ever." Cher, 67, a staple of American dance music, released her 26th studio album, "Closer to the Truth" on Tuesday, her first record in 12 years. "It's my best effort ever, so I'm happy with that. I'm singing better than ever and the songs are really good. I'm unbelievably proud of it," the singer said in an interview with Reuters at her home in California's beachside community of Malibu. ...


Colombian singer Carlos Vives scores five Latin Grammy nominations

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:27:57 -0400

Colombian singer Vives laughs during the Music For Social Change forum at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in CartagenaLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Colombian singer Carlos Vives and Argentine fusion group Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas led the Latin Grammy Award nominations with five nods a piece, the Latin Recording Academy said on Wednesday. Veteran singer Vives, 52, snared nominations in key categories of album of the year for "Corazón Profundo," while his song "Volví A Nacer" was nominated for record of the year and song of the year. ...


Kings of Leon draws on sounds of its past for 'Mechanical Bull'

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:13:12 -0400

Kings of Leon arrive at the Grammys in Los AngelesBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Grammy-winning Kings of Leon marked a decade in music with a new album on Tuesday which critics have praised for showcasing the best of the band's talents while still moving forward in its sound. "Mechanical Bull" is the sixth album by the Nashville-based group, formed by the Followills: brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew. The band broke into the mainstream music scene with their 2008 album "Only By the Night," which included the hits "Use Somebody" and "Sex on Fire. ...


LA jury reaches verdict in Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:33:14 -0400

Brian Panish, attorney for the Michael Jackson family delivers his closing argument to jurors in packed courtroom in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury reached a verdict on Wednesday in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of pop singer Michael Jackson against concert promoter AEG Live, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court said. The verdict, which will be read at 3:30 p.m. PT (2230 GMT), caps a five-month trial that opened a window into the singer's private life and final days. Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his three children sued AEG Live over the singer's 2009 death at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. ...


Russian parents group asks Putin to cancel Elton John concert: media

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:04:30 -0400

British musician Elton John performs during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NevadaMOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian parents' committee has asked President Vladimir Putin to cancel a planned concert by gay musician Elton John, saying he intended to violate a ban on "homosexual propaganda". In an open letter to Putin, the local parents' group in central Ural region was reported by media as saying: "The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children. ...


Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:26:14 -0400

Brian Panish, attorney for the Michael Jackson family delivers his closing argument to jurors in packed courtroom in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop star Michael Jackson against his concert promoter is now in the hands of a jury, and the verdict could have far-reaching implications for how the entertainment industry does business with its biggest stars. The 21-week trial, which has opened a window into the private life and last days of the King of Pop, has put not only concert promoter AEG Live on trial but also the entertainment industry's live-performance business model, analysts say. ...


Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" tops British singles chart

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:14:22 -0400

Singer Derulo performs at the 2013 Wango Tango concert at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CaliforniaLONDON (Reuters) - American R&B singer Jason Derulo notched up his third British number one single on Sunday with "Talk Dirty", ending U.S. singer Katy Perry's two-week run in the No. 1 slot, sales figures showed. The Official Charts Company said with sales of nearly 160,000 copies over the past week, "Talk Dirty" has become the fastest selling single of Derulo's career in Britain and the fourth fastest selling single of 2013. "Talk Dirty", which also features rapper 2 Chainz, is the second single from Derulo's third album, "Tattoos", which will be released in Britain on Monday. ...


U.S. singer Selena Gomez cancels Russian concerts

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:18:34 -0400

Gomez waves while greeting fans at the premiere of "Getaway" in Los AngelesBy Liza Dobkina ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - U.S. pop singer Selena Gomez has scrapped two concerts in Russia after falling foul of new visa rules which critics say can be used to keep out Western artists who promote gay rights. The concert organizers said the "Come and Get It" singer pulled out of the planned performances in St. Petersburg and Moscow next week when it became clear she would not be able to secure a visa in time. ...


A Minute With: Hungarian violinist Kelemen - proud of Roma roots

Sat, 21 Sep 2013 05:45:14 -0400

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Hungarian violinist Barnabas Kelemen has studied with the late virtuoso Isaac Stern and won Gramophone magazine's award for best chamber music CD of 2013, but what he is really proud of is his Roma heritage. Kelemen, who was in London this week to accept the prestigious Gramophone award for his disc of Bartok violin sonatas and to appear with his wife Katalin Kokas in the Kelemen Quartet at Wigmore Hall on Sunday, credits his late Roma violinist grandfather as an inspirational figure in his life. ...

Hunger striking Russia's punk band member moved to solitary cell

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:49:15 -0400

Member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Tolokonnikova looks out from a holding cell as she attends a court hearing to appeal for parole at the Supreme Court of Mordovia in SaranskMOSCOW (Reuters) - A jailed member of Russia's dissident Pussy Riot punk band was moved to a solitary confinement cell on Tuesday after she went on hunger strike to protest against what she called "slave labor" at the penal colony. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was jailed for two years over a "Punk prayer" protest against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral in August 2012. Kremlin critics say her sentencing along with other band members is part of a crackdown on dissent since Putin returned to the presidency for a third term in May 2012. ...


The Clash is back, at least with a box set

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:55:37 -0400

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Clash may have proven true the rock 'n' roll axiom that it is better to burn out than fade away. Now they are attempting to show that no matter how a band exits the stage, it can always come back with a box set. Punk originals who went on to explore forms of reggae, jazz and rap, the band basically broke up just when they hit their commercial peak with the 1982 album "Combat Rock," their fifth and final studio album after bursting onto the scene with their eponymous first record in 1977. ...

Carole King to be honored for music career, charitable works

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:17:38 -0400

Carol King performs at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los AngelesNEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Carole King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year for a career spanning nearly six decades and her charitable and philanthropic work at a tribute early next year, The Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammy Awards, said on Thursday. Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and James Taylor will perform at the gala in Los Angeles on January 24, two nights before the Grammys. ...


German violinist Fischer on spurning a photo shoot

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:39:08 -0400

By Michael Roddy BONN, Germany (Reuters) - German violinist Julia Fischer knows that marketing is part of the price to stay at the top of the competitive world of violin soloists, but she was having no part of a photo shoot she said had made her look like a drug addict. "I once did a photo shoot ... where I didn't release a single picture afterwards because I didn't see myself anywhere," the 30-year-old mother of two told Reuters in an interview after a concert this week at the annual Beethoven Festival in Bonn. ...

Keith Urban tops The Weeknd in tight race on Billboard chart

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:10:17 -0400

American Idol judge and country music star Keith Urban arrives at the Season 12 finale of "American Idol" in Los AngelesBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Australian country singer Keith Urban beat out Canadian The Weeknd in a tight race to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. Urban's latest album, "Fuse," sold 98,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, while The Weeknd's debut studio album "Kiss Land" sold more than 95,000 units, leaving the R&B artist less than 3,000 shy of the top spot. Rapper 2 Chainz landed at No. 3 this week with his latest record "B.O.A.T.S II #METIME," while soul-pop singer Janelle Monae entered the chart at No. ...


Elton John lauds young artists, then mixes his new songs with old

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:05:45 -0400

Musician Elton John performs songs off his new album "The Diving Board" with USC Thornton School of Music students in Los AngelesBy Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At 66 years old, Elton John says he can make whatever kind of music he wants, regardless of commercial pressure, but he professes to love what young musicians are doing today. At a rare free concert in Los Angeles on Monday night, John told the audience that it's time to turn over the spotlight to younger artists, even as he prepares to release his 30th solo studio album "The Diving Board." "I (my music) don't play on the radio. It's other people's turn. ...


YouTube goes online for second Music Awards

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:17:49 -0500

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.


This Is Why You Should Watch the American Music Awards

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:13:00 -0500

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 >


Billboard to include music streams, digital sales in chart

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:17:06 -0500

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. ...

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

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:40:02 -0500

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.


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

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:05:00 -0500

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


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

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:11:43 -0500

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. ...


Google Play Music All Access streams into Brazil

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:51:21 -0500

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


The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:00:46 -0500

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 17, 2014:

Google will combine music streaming services

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:11:04 -0500

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.


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

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:44:56 -0500

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. ...