Violinist Benedetti: Populism to promote music is okay

Violinist Benedetti: Populism to promote music is okay

By Michael Roddy STAFFORD England (Reuters) – Violinist Nicola Benedetti has a best-selling album in the British pop charts so it comes as no surprise that she approves of a bit of populism to get the message across that classical music can be fun. She does, though, draw the line at marketing herself as the “classical babe” that the British tabloids thought was a good niche for her, when she first exploded onto the British music scene as BBC Young Musician of the Year a decade ago. …
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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. …
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Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model

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. …
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Lookback: a movie you’ll never see

From 2004: In Network, the American public is so hungry for the spin-free frankness of a seemingly honest man that it embraces a TV anchorman who goes off his rocker in the middle of a newscast. (That’s what makes the film so provocative, by the way. In the hands of a West Wing-type screenwriter, the […]
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Almanac: Walker Percy on the passage of time

Almanac: Walker Percy on the passage of time

“As you begin to get older you begin to realize the trick time is playing, and that unless you do something about it, the passage of time is nothing but the encroachment of the horrible banality of the past on the pure future.” Walker Percy, Lancelot (courtesy of D.G. Myers)
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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. …
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations

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

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

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

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. …
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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. …
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Music Monday (9/22): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (9/22): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from Christopher Owens, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus, Lucinda Williams, Electric Youth, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Interpol, SBTRKT, and Ryan Adams. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Music City Food & Wine 2014: Texas Chef Tim Love on His Time Spent in Knoxville and How to Not Be a Festival Rookie

With the Music City Food & Wine Festival coming up this weekend, Eater interviewed Texas chef, restaurateur and festival partner Tim Love. So you're out in California? Yeah, I'm out here shooting the second season of Restaurant Startup. Is that…
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Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance

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. …
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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. …
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Russia's jailed punk band member hospitalized, husband says

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. …
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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. …
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Almanac: Terence Rattigan on how the young regard the old

Almanac: Terence Rattigan on how the young regard the old

“Why should we expect the young to show us any consideration? Seeing us can only remind them of death. And old people’s diseases. I’m not surprised to see them stay away.” Terence Rattigan, Separate Tables (courtesy of D.G. Myers)
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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. …
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