15 Sep 2014

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Cat Stevens announces 5-city US concert tour

FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, Hall of Fame Inductee Cat Stevens performs at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York. Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road. He announced Monday, Sept. 15, that he will make a brief concert tour in North America this December. He's also releasing a blues album in October produced by Rick Rubin. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) - New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road.

15 Sep 2014 11:58pm GMT

MCFW 2014: Where Music City Food and Wine's Guest Chefs Can't Wait to Eat

MCFW 2014: Where Music City Food and Wine's Guest Chefs Can't Wait to EatThe Music City Food & Wine Festival is this weekend, which means the city's restaurants will be under attack by food-crazed locals and out-of-towners alike. But all that festival talent has to eat somewhere, too. Eater asked many of...

15 Sep 2014 10:40pm GMT

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Will Ferrell will return for 'Zoolander 2'

Ben Stiller may direct the long-awaited comedy sequel

15 Sep 2014 9:26pm GMT

Leonard Cohen streams forthcoming LP 'Popular Problems'

The iconic songwriter's 13th album will come out the day after his 80th birthday

15 Sep 2014 8:13pm GMT

Jazz acts Polar Bear and GoGo Penguin see huge streaming increase since Mercury Prize nominations

The two bands have seen the highest percentage bump on Spotify

15 Sep 2014 7:44pm GMT

Damien Rice announces one-off UK show

He will play London's Palladium on November 11

15 Sep 2014 7:15pm GMT

Robin Thicke admits drug abuse in court deposition

His and Pharrell Williams' depositions in the Marvin Gaye copyright case have been made public

15 Sep 2014 7:04pm GMT

Alt-J stream new album 'This Is All Yours' on Spotify ahead of official release

The album is set to come out on September 22

15 Sep 2014 6:50pm GMT

First full trailer for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' released - watch

'The Mockingjay Lives' teases epic rebellion action

15 Sep 2014 5:13pm GMT

'Django Unchained' actress Danièle Watts says she was wrongly "accosted" by LAPD

The actress was "briefly detained" by police officers responding to a report of indecent exposure

15 Sep 2014 3:55pm GMT

Franz Ferdinand, Frightened Rabbit, Mogwai and more perform at rally for Scottish 'Yes' vote

A Night for Scotland took place at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on September 14

15 Sep 2014 3:54pm GMT

Pixies premiere superfan-directed 'Ring The Bell' on NME.COM – watch

YouTube stars Lital Mizel and Adi Frimerman created video for the 'Indie Cindy' track

15 Sep 2014 3:42pm GMT

SBTRKT unveils new track 'Look Away' with spooky interactive video

The track features Chairlift's Caroline Polachek

15 Sep 2014 3:38pm GMT

Jeff Lynne hints at further dates as ELO play first full show in 28 years

Reclusive performer paid tribute to Traveling Wilburys bandmates Roy Orbison and George Harrison during BBC Radio 2 Festival In A Day set

15 Sep 2014 3:05pm GMT

Benedict Cumberbatch drama 'The Imitation Game' wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto festival

WWII Drama will open London Film Festival on October 8

15 Sep 2014 2:57pm GMT

Queen to release 'Freddie Mercury celebratory vodka' Killer Queen

Officially branded spirit will be available from September 17

15 Sep 2014 2:43pm GMT

Lana Del Rey cancels BBC Radio 1 gig due to illness

The singer was scheduled to perform in the Live Lounge tomorrow (September 16)

15 Sep 2014 2:36pm GMT

Grimes says new record could be a double album

Canadian artist is 'half-way through' follow up to 2012's 'Visions'

15 Sep 2014 2:07pm GMT

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Chefs take spotlight at London debut music-and-food fest

By Matilda Egere-Cooper LONDON (Reuters) - Gourmet food proved to be the new rock 'n'roll at a weekend festival in London where 10 acclaimed chefs, three of whom hold Michelin stars, demonstrated their culinary prowess against a backdrop of live music. Headliners at the first On Blackheath Festival included Massive Attack, Grace Jones and Aloe Blacc.

15 Sep 2014 12:50pm GMT

14 Sep 2014

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Sam Smith holds off Robert Plant to keep top UK music chart spot

Sam Smith performs "Stay with Me" during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in InglewoodEnglish singer-songwriter Sam Smith held onto the number one spot in Britain's album charts on Sunday, seeing off a strong challenge from Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, the Official Charts Company said. Plant's new release, "Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar", his 10th solo outing, rocketed to number two, making it the highest new entry. The Official Charts Company said it had topped the chart all week "until the eleventh hour" when it had been "pipped to the post." For Smith, who won a prize at this year's BRIT awards, it meant a fourth non-consecutive week at number one for his album "In The Lonely Hour".

14 Sep 2014 6:13pm GMT

Music underpins eclectic array of Toronto film festival features

Cast member Dustin Hoffman and his wife Lisa arrive for the premiere of the film "Boychoir" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in TorontoBy Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - From dramas about mentors and their apprentices, to imaginative musicals, biopics, and documentaries, music underpinned an eclectic swathe of movies appearing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. These ranged from high profile galas like Francois Girard's 'Boychoir' and the Canadian premiere of Sundance favorite 'Whiplash' to Ethan Hawke's intimate and well received study of a former concert pianist. Girard, who also made 'Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould' and 'The Red Violin', said he does not want to be pigeonholed as a director of music-related projects, but that once again a story centered around this theme spoke to him. "I trust music more than the words when it comes to depicting emotions." Girard's 'Boychoir' and director Damien Chazelle's semi-autobiographical 'Whiplash' both portray students striving for greatness under genius teachers - one simply demanding and one monstrously abusive.

14 Sep 2014 4:30pm GMT

12 Sep 2014

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MCFW 2014: Music City Food & Wine 'Harvest Night' Lineup to Feature Kings of Leon, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, More

MCFW 2014: Music City Food & Wine 'Harvest Night' Lineup to Feature Kings of Leon, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, MoreIt's edging ever so close to time for this year's Music City Food & Wine Festival, and the last of the major programming announcements is out today, as the music lineup for that Saturday's 'Harvest Night' event has finally...

12 Sep 2014 9:27pm GMT

As music sales fall, sax player Kenny G turns to stockpicking

File photo of U.S. jazz musician and saxophonist Kenny G performing during a concert in Hong KongBy David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kenny G, the best-selling jazz musician who once played at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball, wakes up every morning to Starbucks. Instead, the man whose real name is Kenny Gorelick obsessively checks the company's stock price. Gorelick was one of the first investors in the Seattle-based chain. He was introduced to Starbucks chief Howard Schultz through an uncle, before the company went public, and soon bought a stake.

12 Sep 2014 6:22pm GMT

'The Sound of Music' to tour without 'varnish'

FILE - In this March 17, 2008 file photo, producer, writer and lyricist Jack O'Brien attends the 4th Annual Stella by Starlight benefit in New York. O'Brien is working on a touring version of “The Sound of Music” starting next year, but he promises he won’t be “trotting out your mother’s version.” (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien is working on a touring version of "The Sound of Music" starting next year, but he promises he won't be "trotting out your mother's version."

12 Sep 2014 4:30pm GMT

Chromeo, Arab-Jewish Electro-Funk Duo, Make Joyous Music Together

Chromeo, Arab-Jewish Electro-Funk Duo, Make Joyous Music TogetherChromeo, the Arab-Jewish musical duo who made a splash this spring with their latest album "White Women," joined HuffPost Live for a chat on Thursday.Canadians David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel met in high school and have been making electro-funk music together for 10 years. The pair claim they've discovered much in common, despite...

12 Sep 2014 4:13pm GMT

11 Sep 2014

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EaterWire: Two Sisters' Cocktail Classes; Pop's Gets Live Music

EaterWire: Two Sisters' Cocktail Classes; Pop's Gets Live MusicHAYES VALLEY-Want to learn to shake a cocktail like the pros at Two Sisters Bar and Books? Bartender Michael Cecconi, a Chron Bar Star and industry vet, will be teaching seminars on whiskey cocktails and cocktails for entertaining throughout the...

11 Sep 2014 3:16pm GMT

10 Oct 2013

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations

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. ...

10 Oct 2013 4:14pm GMT

09 Oct 2013

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Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award

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. ...

09 Oct 2013 10:39pm GMT

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

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 ...

09 Oct 2013 10:14pm GMT

08 Oct 2013

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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. ...

08 Oct 2013 8:38pm GMT

Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back

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. ...

08 Oct 2013 11:49am GMT

06 Oct 2013

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OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013

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. ...

06 Oct 2013 6:07pm GMT

21 Jul 2009


The Raveonettes Unveil Album Release And Tour Dates

Danish rock duo The Raveonettes has announced the dates for a fall tour in support of its fourth studio album, Billboard.com can exclusively report.

21 Jul 2009 12:23pm GMT

Jackson Browne, Republicans Settle Copyright Case

Jackson Browne is hopeful that the protection of music copyrights will be bolstered by the settlement of his lawsuit against U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over unauthorized use of one of his songs in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.

21 Jul 2009 10:00am GMT

Sony Bids $50 Million For Michael Jackson Film Footage

Sony Corp.'s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series, according to a person familiar with the bid.

21 Jul 2009 9:27am GMT

Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award.

21 Jul 2009 9:08am GMT

Kings Of Convenience Make New 'Declaration'

Norwegian rock duo Kings Of Convenience will break a five-year silence this fall with its third studio album, "Declaration of Dependence," due Oct. 20 from Virgin.

21 Jul 2009 5:07am GMT

Michael Jackson Theatrical Release Deal Close

Sources have confirmed to Billboard that a deal between the Michael Jackson Estate, AEG Live and Sony for a theatrical release of the Michael Jackson rehearsal footage from the ill-fated This Is It concerts could close today.

21 Jul 2009 1:43am GMT

20 Jul 2009


Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Cancer, Tour And Album Postponed

The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery, he announced in a video posting on the group's website this morning. The band has canceled its summer tour plans and delayed the release of its forthcoming album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," in order to allow time for his recovery.

20 Jul 2009 12:44pm GMT

JLS, Michael Jackson Top U.K. Charts

JLS, the British boy band who were runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the fifth series of talent series "The X Factor" last December, scored a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (19) with their first release, "Beat Again" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). "The Essential Michael Jackson," also on Epic, got a third week atop the album chart.

20 Jul 2009 10:50am GMT

Prince Closes Out Montreux Jazz Fest

Prince fans from across Europe converged on Montreux for two shows by the American musician whose rare appearance on the continent stretched well into Sunday morning. The 51-year-old star closed the two-week Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival with a mix of old hits including "Little Red Corvette," "Peach" and "Purple Rain" and fresh titles such as "Elixir" from his new album with singer Bria Valente.

20 Jul 2009 9:46am GMT

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Approaches Eagles' All-Time Sales Record

For nearly a decade, the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" has been the recording industry's ultimate evergreen release, certified by the RIAA as the all-time best-selling album in the United States. But thanks to continued robust demand for Michael Jackson's catalog since his June 25 death, "Thriller" appears on the verge of matching "Their Greatest Hits," at least in the eyes of the industry trade group.

20 Jul 2009 9:14am GMT

Paula Abdul May Not Be Back On 'Idol'

Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to "American Idol."

20 Jul 2009 9:07am GMT

Justin Bieber's 'Time' Is Now

It's a familiar narrative: wunderkind with a gift for music takes it seriously, and lands a major-label deal before he gets his driver's license. Usher, Chris Brown and Britney Spears all fit the formula. Now, Justin Bieber can add his name to the list.

20 Jul 2009 9:03am GMT

John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut, includes guest spots from Bruce Springsteen and members of the Eagles, and features covers of songs by John Prine, Buck Owens and John Denver, among others, as well as Fogerty's own "Change in the Weather."

20 Jul 2009 3:00am GMT

19 Jul 2009


Kid Rock, Alice In Chains, Skynyrd Rock Detroit

A pair of home town stadium concerts over the weekend gave Kid Rock and a couple of his support acts an opportunity to showcase new material for the 40,000 fans who attended each show.

19 Jul 2009 1:49am GMT

17 Jul 2009


Warren Haynes In Musical Overdrive With Gov't Mule, Allmans, Dead

Thanks to tours with The Dead and the Allman Brothers Band, a new Gov't Mule album and tour and a planned solo album, Warren Haynes is having his busiest year ever -- and is enjoying it immensely.

17 Jul 2009 11:49am GMT

They Might Be Giants To Release Third Kids Album In September, Rock Album In 2010

On the heels of its 'Best Children's Album' Grammy win for "Here Come the 123's," They Might Be Giants is readying the release of another kid-centric set, "Here Comes Science." The album and animated DVD is due Sept. 1 on Amazon and iTunes and everywhere Sept. 22 on Disney Sound.

17 Jul 2009 11:16am GMT