Paul Simon, Tom Morello lead music drive against poverty
Pop-folk legend Paul Simon and hard-edged guitarist Tom Morello on Thursday led a drive by musicians to fight poverty, bringing promises of greater action to help the world's most vulnerable. The two headlined a first night of the Global Citizen Festival, which will culminate with a live-broadcast concert Saturday from New York's Central Park featuring Rihanna and Metallica. The five-year-old festival, which distributes tickets for free to fans who lobby leaders to support international development, held the more intimate first concert to highlight the causes at stake.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:59:33 -0400
US music business in growth spurt as streaming doubles
The US music industry Tuesday posted its strongest growth in more than a decade in the first six months of 2016 as streaming subscriptions doubled, but other formats showed weakness. Consumers in the world's biggest music market had 18.3 million subscriptions to paid services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal in the January-June period, compared with 9.1 million in the same period a year earlier, the Recording Industry Association of America said. The revenue from paid subscriptions also more than doubled to just over $1 billion.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:20:56 -0400
US music business in rare growth as streaming doubles
The US music industry Tuesday posted its strongest growth in more than a decade in the first six months as streaming subscriptions doubled, but weakness reigned in other formats. Consumers in the world's biggest music market had 18.3 million subscriptions to paid services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal in the first half of 2016, compared with 9.1 million in the same period a year earlier, the Recording Industry Association of America said. The revenue from paid subscriptions also more than doubled to just over $1 billion.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:56:57 -0400
Music Monday (9/19): This Week's New Albums + Videos
Our guide to this week's (and last week's) album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Radiohead, Beck, Green Day, and Warpaint, plus brand new streaming music from Justice, Phantogram, Hamilton Leithauser+Rostam, Beach Slang, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:45:00 -0400
'Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr dies at 73
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Charmian Carr, the actress best known for sweetly portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 73.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:24:09 -0400
Five facts about Aphex Twin, the discreet legend of electronic music
Although a highly discreet artist, Aphex Twin is a heavyweight name in the world of electronic music, with a career dating back to the early 1990s. Although very discreet in the media, legend has it that the Richard David James' stage name, Aphex Twin, references an early moniker "AFX" for "Acid Effects." Others suggest a link to "Aphex Systems Limited," an audio equipment brand. Aphex Twin is signed to Warp Records, a British independent record label that's home to other heavyweights of the contemporary music scene, such as !!! and Flying Lotus.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:23:52 -0400
Grime artist Skepta wins prestigious Mercury music prize
Grime hip-hop artist Skepta was awarded Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize on Thursday for his album "Konnichiwa" in recognition of a resurgent homegrown genre. As he presented the prize, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker paid tribute to late rock legend David Bowie who had been tipped to win a posthumous award for "Blackstar", released just days before his death in January. "We as a jury decided that if David Bowie was looking down on the Hammersmith Apollo tonight he would want the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize to go to Skepta," Cocker said in a ceremony at the London venue.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:29:26 -0400
Watch WWE Champion AJ Styles In His 2011 Country Music Video Debut
Back in the early 2010s, TNA Impact Wrestling thought it?d be great multimedia cross-promotion to put as many of its stars as possible into country music videos. Cowboy James Storm had ?Longnecks & Rednecks?, Mickie James had a full-on country music career featuring videos starring Magnus, and so on. If you look hard enough, there was probably a Lady Antebellum video starring Garett Bischoff.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:06:02 -0400
Three Muses Brings Signature Food, Drinks & Music to Uptown
The second location of Frenchman Street's popular Three Muses is off to the races in Uptown, where the eatery's new Maple Street branch, dubbed Three Muses Maple, is now open. Offering food, drinks and live music under one roof, the original Three Muses outpost launched downtown in 2010.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:32:01 -0400
Majority of online music listeners use phones: study
A majority of online music consumers now listen on smartphones amid the boom in streaming services, the global music industry group said Tuesday. The report, which surveyed 900 people in each country in March and April, found a strong correlation between smartphone use and subscriptions to streaming services. The music industry body, known as the IFPI, has avidly sought for music consumers to pay for streaming services, seeing subscriptions as a solid source of growth in a long-suffering industry.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:46:57 -0400