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House music legend Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

Yahoo Music - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:10

Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer of house music who mixed records for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 59, news reports said early Tuesday. His death was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported. Besides developing the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles mixed records for performers like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode, the Tribune said.


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New music coming from Michael Jackson estate

Yahoo Music - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 22:46

NEW YORK (AP) — A new posthumous album of previously unreleased Michael Jackson music comes out May 13.


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Miami officials seek to end annual Ultra music fest, cite 'chaos'

Yahoo Music - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 20:56
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The mayor and other Miami officials are calling for the end of the annual Ultra electronic dance music festival after a security guard was trampled and rushed to the hospital with brain injuries when gate-crashers broke through a security fence during the three-day event. "I think we should not have Ultra next year here," Miami mayor Tomas Regalado told the Miami Herald over the weekend. More than 160,000 people attended the festival, now in its 16th year, according to Ultra spokeswoman Alexandra Greenberg. Authorities are also investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who collapsed after attending the Ultra festival on Saturday, according to a Miami police spokesman.
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Australia's '5 Seconds of Summer' debuts in top spot in UK music chart

Yahoo Music - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:07
Boy band "5 Seconds of Summer" shot to the top of Britain's music charts on Sunday with their debut single "She Looks So Perfect", the first time a group from Australia has been number one here for 14 years, the Official Charts Company said. The group, whose average age is 18, came to global attention after posting two cover versions of other people's tracks on YouTube. The Sydney band's success pushed last week's number one - dance track "I Got U", by Duke Dumont and Jax Jones - into second place. The album has sold nearly 73,000 copies in the last seven days, the Official Charts Company said, making it the fastest-selling album of 2014.
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Twitter partners with Billboard as part of new music strategy

Yahoo Music - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:32

Collaboration will see the creation of a real-time music chart that tracks music-based conversations and buzz.


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Report: Twitter to launch another music service

Yahoo Music - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:16

The microblogging and social media platform might still be in the process of shutting down its initial music streaming app #Music, but that doesn't mean it's walking away from the market or from music lovers. According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter's second attempt to break into the music business could be unveiled as soon as Friday. Pretty much every mainstream musician in the world has a Twitter presence, and, according to the report, Twitter is planning to build on this access with video clips, access to music sharing services and, potentially, some sort of tie-in with Beats Music. As well as the recently launched Beats Music service, YouTube and Apple are both hotly tipped to be launching their own rival services in 2014.


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Book Talk: Roddy Doyle on music and language in 'The Guts'

Yahoo Music - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:47

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle brings a few of his earliest characters back in his latest book, "The Guts", an achingly funny novel about some of life's more serious issues. Doyle is on his familiar Dublin turf in the book about Jimmy Rabbitte, the former manager of an Irish soul band who appeared in his first book "The Commitments" in 1987. "The Commitments" has also been adapted for the stage and opened in London in October. The former secondary school teacher who won the Booker Prize in 1993 for "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha," spoke to Reuters about writing novels, middle age and returning to old friends.


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Eminem, Outkast top 2014 Lollapalooza lineup

Yahoo Music - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:42

CHICAGO (AP) — Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year's three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane's Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday.


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Aretha Franklin wishes for a little more music on 72nd birthday

Yahoo Music - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:09

By Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) - On her 72nd birthday on Tuesday, soul singer Aretha Franklin is hoping her next year brings a new album for herself and record deals for the musical members of her family. Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul" for her powerful voice and range, celebrated the milestone at a star-studded birthday party in New York over the weekend, attended by Denzel Washington and record label executive Clive Davis. The singer forged her career as a towering figure of popular music during the 1960s and 1970s, with a long string of hits including the empowered anthem "Respect" and funk-infused "Chain of Fools." Franklin talked to Reuters about her love for New York City, whether she'll take the Broadway stage and what she gave to U.S. President Barack Obama around the time when she sang at his first inauguration. But he's also in 'After Midnight' with Toni Braxton so we're just waiting for him to finish so he can finish my tracks.


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Watch: High School Musical Star Lucas Grabeel Releases Hot New Music Video

Yahoo Music - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:58
Lucas Grabeel's "135N8" heats up the charts.
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Ex-MP3tunes chief held liable in music copyright case

Yahoo Music - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:08

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief executive of bankrupt online music storage firm MP3tunes was found liable Wednesday for infringing copyrights for sound recordings, compositions and cover art owned by record companies and music publishers once part of EMI Group Ltd. A federal jury in Manhattan found Michael Robertson, the former MP3tunes chief executive, and the defunct San Diego-based company liable on various claims that they infringed on copyrights associated with artists including The Beatles, Coldplay and David Bowie. The jurors also found MP3tunes was willfully blind to copyright infringement on its website, in what a lawyer for the recording companies suggested before the verdict would be the first ruling by a jury of its kind.


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Pandora raises fee for ad-free music service by $1 a month

Yahoo Music - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 23:00
Pandora Media Inc will increase fees for its ad-free service by $1 a month to almost $5 a month in May, a move to cover the rising cost of licensing tunes that may annoy some longtime fans of the popular music-streaming service. The company, which streams music from virtual radio stations to mobile devices such as Apple Inc's iPhone or Google Android smartphones, said in a Tuesday blogpost that royalties paid to artists had risen 53 percent over the past five years and will rise another 9 percent in 2015. The increase of $1 to $4.99 a month takes effect for new subscribers in May. Existing monthly subscribers will not be forced to accept the higher charges for now, it said without elaborating. Yearly subscribers paying $36 a year currently will move to a monthly, "loyalty" $3.99 plan once their memberships expire.
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Subscriptions woo fans back from pirated music: industry

Yahoo Music - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 21:10

Fans are increasingly willing to pay for digital music through subscription streaming services rather than downloading it illegally for free, according to an upbeat report published on Tuesday. Revenues from services such as Spotify or Deezer rose 51 percent in 2013, breaking through the symbolic $1 billion barrier for the first time, according to music industry group IFPI's annual digital music report. More than 28 million people worldwide now pay a regular fee to access a library of online music, up from just eight million in 2010, "many of whom appear to be shifting from pirate services to a licensed music environment", the report said. Research in Sweden showed nine out of 10 subscription-paying users of Spotify downloaded illegally less often, according to IFPI.


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Subscriptions woo fans back from pirated music

Yahoo Music - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 18:53

Fans are increasingly willing to pay for digital music through subscription streaming services rather than downloading it illegally for free, according to an upbeat report published on Tuesday. Revenues from services such as Spotify or Deezer rose 51 percent in 2013, breaking through the symbolic $1 billion barrier for the first time, according to music industry group IFPI's annual digital music report. More than 28 million people worldwide now pay a regular fee to access a library of online music, up from just eight million in 2010, "many of whom appear to be shifting from pirate services to a licensed music environment", the report said. Research in Sweden showed nine out of 10 subscription-paying users of Spotify downloaded illegally less often, according to IFPI.


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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo Music - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 17:59

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


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Cavemen's rock music makes a comeback

Yahoo Music - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 16:14

Known as lithophones, the instruments have been dusted off from museum storage to be played in public for the first time to give modern Man an idea of his ancestral sounds. "That will be their last concert together," music archaeologist Erik Gonthier of the Natural History Museum in Paris, told AFP ahead of the production. We don't want to add to the wear of these instruments." The point is to highlight our ancestors' musical side, which Gonthier says is often overshadowed by their rock-painting and tool-making prowess.


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Dvbbs, Borgeous and Tinie Tempah collaboration tops UK music charts

Yahoo Music - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 19:40

Canadian duo Dvbbs and Miami DJ Borgeous topped the British singles chart for the first time on Sunday, after their track "Tsunami (Jump)" featuring London MC Tinie Tempah went straight in at number one, the Official Charts Company said. The single is a vocal mix version of Dvbbs and Borgeous instrumental track "Tsunami", which topped charts in Belgium and the Netherlands last summer but failed to make an impact on the British charts at the time. Last week's chart topper, Route 94's "My Love" featuring Jess Glynne, dropped a spot to number two, while Pharrell Williams' "Happy" was in third place, the Official Charts Company said. Pharrell Williams' "G I R L" was knocked off the top spot after just one week, slipping to number three.


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Music Reviews: The Latest From 311, Elbow, Ledisi, Aloe Blacc and More

Yahoo Music - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 10:46
Reviews of the latest albums from 311, Elbow, Ledisi, Aloe Blacc and more.
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De La Soul talks free downloads, new music at SXSW

Yahoo Music - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 17:22

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Get ready for a lot of new De La Soul music.


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Original 'Dreamgirls' star makes return to music

Yahoo Music - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:12

ATLANTA (AP) — With her first solo album in two decades, Jennifer Holliday is on the comeback trail. But the singer, best known for her Tony-winning performance as Effie in the original Broadway production of "Dreamgirls" and the iconic rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," wasn't always sure she wanted her career resurrected.


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