23 Apr 2014

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MTV Video Music Awards to return to Los Angeles

Justin Timberlake poses with his multiple Moonman awards during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkThe annual MTV Video Music Awards, one of the music industry's top televised showcases, will return to Los Angeles this summer from New York City, the U.S. cable channel said on Wednesday. The show, popular among MTV's young viewers prized by advertisers, will take place on August 24, the day before TV's Emmy Awards, at the Forum in Inglewood, California, about eight miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. The Video Music Awards, which hand out "Moonman" statuettes of an astronaut planting an MTV flag, can be crucial exposure for singers and bands and is best known for its unscripted and often provocative moments. And just as last year's show helped unveil the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, this year's show will also help relaunch Madison Square Garden Co's recently renovated Forum, an arena which had been bypassed by major events since the Staples Center opened in downtown Los Angeles in 1998.


23 Apr 2014 6:00pm GMT

Music Review: Spidey enhanced by Zimmer soundtrack

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows the original motion picture soundtrack for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Records)Various Artists, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack" (Columbia Records/Madison Gate Records)


23 Apr 2014 5:20pm GMT

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014:


23 Apr 2014 12:53am GMT

22 Apr 2014

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'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2009, file photo, acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz is seen in Santa Barbara, Calif. Schwartz is asking musical theater fans to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, “Wicked,” wants people to know that it’s stealing. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)NEW YORK (AP) - By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter.


22 Apr 2014 8:22pm GMT

Milsap, Wiseman, Cochran get call from Country Music Hall of Fame

Ronnie Milsap performs during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville(Reuters) - Ronnie Milsap, who scored a handful of crossover hits in the 1970s and 1980s, bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman and songwriter Hank Cochran are this year's inductees into the County Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Association said on Tuesday. Milsap, the singer of hits such as 1977's "It Was Almost Like a Song," 1981's "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" and 1982's "Any Day Now," broke ground as a blind country music star and helped the genre win over pop music fans. Milsap started his career as a rhythm and blues performer in the 1960s and served a session musician for Elvis Presley. In 1972, he was discovered by country star Charley Pride who convinced Milsap to move to Nashville and focus on country music.


22 Apr 2014 5:46pm GMT

21 Apr 2014

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Music Review: Kelis remains versatile on 'Food'

This CD cover image released by Ninja Tune shows "Food," the latest release by Kelis. (AP Photo/Ninja Tune)Kelis, "Food" (Ninja Tune)


21 Apr 2014 6:23pm GMT

Music Review: Iggy Azalea's debut shows promise

This CD cover image released by Island Def-Jam shows "The New Classic," by Iggy Azalea. (AP Photo/Island Def-Jam)Iggy Azalea, "The New Classic" (Def Jam/Grand Hustle)


21 Apr 2014 5:37pm GMT

Music Review: G. Love keeps grooving on 'Sugar'

This CD cover image released by Universal Republic shows "Sugar," the latest release by G. Love & Special Sauce. (AP Photo/Universal Republic)G. Love & Special Sauce, "Sugar" (Brushfire Records)


21 Apr 2014 4:43pm GMT

20 Apr 2014

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Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

This image provided by Sue Veldkamp shows a book cover of Kevin Sharp. Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, died Saturday April 19, 2014 in Fair Oaks, Calif. He was 43. (AP Photo/Sue Veldkamp)FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.


20 Apr 2014 11:28pm GMT

Canada's Kiesza grabs top spot in British music charts with debut

Female Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza grabbed the top spot in Britain's music charts on Sunday with her debut single "Hideaway", which sold more than 136,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said. Calgary-born Kiesza is a classically-trained ballerina and a former codebreaker in the Royal Canadian Navy where she says she began writing songs. In the albums chart, Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini snatched the top spot with his new album "Caustic Love", the fastest-selling album of the year so far. The Official Charts Company said the release, Nutini's third studio album, had sold more than 109,000 copies over the last seven days and was the 27-year-old's second UK number one album.

20 Apr 2014 6:49pm 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

09 Nov 2011

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Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West scoop gongs at Music Video Awards 2011

Arcade Fire and Chase & Status also triumph at London ceremony



09 Nov 2011 4:51pm GMT

Arctic Monkeys remix Wet Nuns single 'Heaven Below' – listen

Drummer Matt Helders proffers his own take on track



09 Nov 2011 4:11pm GMT

Fleet Foxes announce March 2012 UK tour – ticket details

Folk band will return to the UK next for four more shows



09 Nov 2011 3:40pm GMT

Slayer, Mogwai, Guided By Voices for ATP's 'I'll Be Your Mirror' festival – ticket details

Mudhoney, Yuck and Sleep are also confirmed for the event



09 Nov 2011 3:17pm GMT

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy defends gay teen sex episode

This week's episode sees characters Kurt and Blaine lose their virginity



09 Nov 2011 2:16pm GMT

Katie Holmes calls for 'Dawson's Creek' reunion

The star would like to go back to the role that made her name

09 Nov 2011 1:52pm GMT

Pixies frontman Frank Black launches his own record label

The Bureau won't be putting out any new Pixies material though



09 Nov 2011 1:14pm GMT

Trent Reznor confirms 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' soundtrack will get UK release

Mute Records will release film score outside North America, says Nine Inch Nails man



09 Nov 2011 12:39pm GMT

Alkaline Trio reschedule UK tour for May 2012 – ticket details

Band were forced to move shows after singer Matt Skiba broke his foot



09 Nov 2011 12:35pm GMT

Producers of U2's 'Spider-Man' musical sued by former director for over $1 million

Julie Taymor says the show's producers owe her a lot of compensation



09 Nov 2011 12:21pm GMT

Westlife fan chooses boyband over her husband

Jane Holmes says she left her other half after he told her: 'Choose Westlife or me'



09 Nov 2011 12:05pm GMT

'Absolutely Fabulous' heading for the big screen

Jennifer Saunders plans to leave Edina and Patsy all at sea in the movie



09 Nov 2011 11:42am GMT

The Stone Roses confirmed to headline V Festival 2012?

Madchester legends will apparently pocket £1 million for gigs next summer



09 Nov 2011 11:39am GMT

'The Human Centipede 2' takes just £942 at the UK box office

The horror film's controversy has not translated into receipts



09 Nov 2011 11:20am GMT

Kasabian set to perform inside a giant orange on UK arena tour

Band's stage set will also be completely crowd-interactive



09 Nov 2011 11:19am GMT

Brett Ratner steps down from Oscars over gay slur controversy

'Tower Heist' director is 'determined to learn from the experience'



09 Nov 2011 10:58am GMT

21 Jul 2009

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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

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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

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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

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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