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Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:30:10 -0400
Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:07:49 -0400
Hunger striking Russia's punk band member moved to solitary cell
MOSCOW (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. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:49:15 -0400
Tejal Rao Digs the Chicken for Two, Hates the Music at Dirty French
The much buzzed about chicken is good, but not without fault. Tejal Rao stops by Dirty French and despite her typical disdain for dishes that are served "for two," she enjoys the elaborate chicken presentation, which comes for two, in two services:The chicken and crepes dish for two ($72) at Dirty French is something else. You will need a large table to comfortably hold the setup. The breast meat has been roasted and sliced beautifully, laid over some kind of creamy mustard sauce....The legs, which arrive separately, are poached slowly in chicken fat, then grilled. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:40:45 -0400
Music Monday (10/13): This Week's New Albums + Videos
Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from Thurston Moore, Neil Diamond, Deerhoof, Röyksopp, Run the Jewels, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Neil Young, Pharrell, Caribou, and Childish Gambino. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
Publ.Date : Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:34:00 -0400
Fantasia: Music Evolved review: note for note
Fantasia: Music Evolved is the most demanding rhythm game I've ever played. The problem with Fantasia is that it takes those cylinders — catchy songs, even catchier remixes and even entire game mechanics — and holds them hostage behind a frustrating, over-padded slog of a campaign. Harmonix nails the hard part of making a modern rhythm game Harmonix actually managed to nail the hard part of making a modern rhythm game: The studio found a new, intuitive way to interact with music.
Publ.Date : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:01:02 -0400
Lady Gaga, Eminem to headline first YouTube Music Awards
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. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:30:01 -0400
Russian parents group asks Putin to cancel Elton John concert: media
MOSCOW (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. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:04:30 -0400
Kings of Leon draws on sounds of its past for 'Mechanical Bull'
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:13:12 -0400
Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year
By 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 ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:14:08 -0400
OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013
LONDON (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. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:07:54 -0400
Florida man sentenced to life plus 90 years in rap music murder
By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 90 years, by a Florida judge on Friday for killing an unarmed black teenager in an argument over loud rap music. Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified at his murder trial last month he thought he was defending himself from an armed threat when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four teens at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot, killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:19:20 -0400
LA jury reaches verdict in Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit
LOS 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. ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:33:14 -0400
Russia's jailed punk band member hospitalized, husband says
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:51:06 -0400
Music Monday (10/20): This Week's New Albums + Videos
Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Sleater-Kinney, Shabazz Palaces, Foxygen, and Thurston Moore. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:43:00 -0400
Canadian rapper Drake lands third No. 1 album on Billboard chart
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:31:13 -0400
Keith Urban tops The Weeknd in tight race on Billboard chart
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:10:17 -0400
Miley Cyrus mocks "motherly" advice from Sinead O'Connor
LONDON (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. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:22:57 -0400
Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" tops British singles chart
LONDON (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. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:14:22 -0400
Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Oct 2013 19:13:57 -0400
Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:26:14 -0400
Elton John lauds young artists, then mixes his new songs with old
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:05:45 -0400
Report: American Music Awards Producers Say Sinead O'Connor Lied About Pope Duet
The American Music Awards producers say a duet between Sinead O'Connor and Pope Francis was never going to happen. In a lengthy post on her official website, O'Connor said that she was approached to perform at the American Music Awards — but that her invitation was rescinded after Dick Clark Productions couldn't get the Pope to agree to come on stage with her. According to TMZ, the producers say the singer's claims are completely made up. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Saturday Night Live Sinead O'Connor Pope Francis
Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:37:00 -0400
Cher saves 'best effort' for first album in 12 years
LOS 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. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:32:17 -0400
Meghan Trainor tops UK music chart for third week running
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. singer Meghan Trainor topped the British singles chart for a third consecutive week on Sunday with her catchy pop tune "All about that Bass", the Official Charts Company said. Trainor's three-week stint at number one is the longest by any female artist in 2014 and the second-longest reign at the top by any act in 2014. "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift rose to second place while British boy band One Direction entered in third place with "Steal my Girl" . ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:06:14 -0400
Jack Johnson tops Billboard 200, Lorde lands top digital song
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:32:34 -0400
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:14:43 -0400
The Clash is back, at least with a box set
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. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:55:37 -0400
The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending October 20, 2014:
Publ.Date : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:38:20 -0400
German violinist Fischer on spurning a photo shoot
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. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:39:08 -0400
Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 03 Oct 2013 05:23:09 -0400
Pogues' guitarist Phil Chevron dies at 56 from cancer
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. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:38:17 -0400
Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award
LOS 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. ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:39:14 -0400
Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 08 Oct 2013 07:49:24 -0400
Let's talk Fantasia: Music Evolved on our game review podcast Quality Control
In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?
Publ.Date : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:44:44 -0400
Colombian singer Carlos Vives scores five Latin Grammy nominations
LOS 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. ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:27:57 -0400
Carole King to be honored for music career, charitable works
NEW 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. ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:17:38 -0400
Carnegie Hall concert goes on, after strike canceled performance
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. ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:33:45 -0400
A Minute With: Hungarian violinist Kelemen - proud of Roma roots
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. ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 21 Sep 2013 05:45:14 -0400
U.S. singer Selena Gomez cancels Russian concerts
By 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. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:18:34 -0400