Stage actress Elaine Stritch dies at age 89: spokesman

Elaine Stritch performs during a  Broadway performance at the White House in Washington

By Bill Trott and Eric Kelsey (Reuters) Elaine Stritch, whose husky voice and brassy demeanor dominated stages from New York's Broadway to London's West End in a career of more than 60 years, died at age 89 on Thursday, her spokesman said. Stritch, who also had Emmy-winning roles on the … [Read more...]

Part of Cleveland comic book icon Harvey Pekar’s CD collection up for auction

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By Kim Palmer - CLEVELAND (Reuters) The widow of underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, whose life story was told in the movie "American Splendor," is auctioning part of his extensive jazz CD collection to raise money for the family of a restaurant owner killed in June. Joyce Brabner, … [Read more...]

Blues legend Johnny Winter found dead in Swiss hotel room

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ZÚRICH (Reuters) Johnny Winter, an American blues rock guitarist, vocalist and band leader known for his virtuoso slide-guitar solos and raspy vocals, was found dead in a hotel room outside Zurich, Swiss police said on Thursday. He was 70. Along with his brother, Edgar Winter, also a well known … [Read more...]

Ron Howard to direct documentary about the Beatles

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Oscar winning director Ron Howard said on Wednesday he will produce and direct an authorized feature-length documentary about The Beatles, covering the Fab Four years touring from 1960 to 1966. The as yet untitled film will be made with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo … [Read more...]

Weird Al Yankovic Goes Out With a Bang with A Week of Music Video Premieres


Eight Days, Eight Videos, Mandatory Fun By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When a musician has produced a hit song over the last 30 years, there was always a good chance that Weird Al Yankovic wouldn't be far behind with a parody music video that would skewer it. Not out of malace, mind you, but … [Read more...]

SoundCloud close to deal with major record labels: Bloomberg


(Reuters) Online music sharing service SoundCloud Ltd is close to a deal with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group for licenses to continue playing their songs and avoid potential legal disputes, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the … [Read more...]

YouTube to launch paid music service

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By Alexei Oreskovic - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Google Inc's YouTube said on Tuesday that it plans to launch a paid streaming music service, amid criticism that its existing, free video website might block the music videos of labels that do not agree to its terms. YouTube has partnered with … [Read more...]

OK Go Produces Another Incredible Video With The Writing’s On The Wall

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By Heath McKnight The band OK Go have a history of making eye-popping videos, and have been rewarded handsomely with several major musical trophies, including Grammys, MTV Music Video Awards, and more. The band hasn't put out a new album in a while, but they're back with a new LP, dropping later … [Read more...]

U.S. radio deejay, ‘Shaggy’ voice Casey Kasem dead at 82

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By Will Dunham - WASHINGTON (Reuters) Casey Kasem, the U.S. radio personality who counted down pop music hits on his popular weekly radio show and also lent his distinctive voice to hippie sleuth Shaggy in the "Scooby Doo" cartoons, died on Sunday. He was 82. "Early this Father's Day morning, … [Read more...]

Ailing DJ Casey Kasem to stop receiving food, water

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By Eric Kelsey - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) The daughter of ailing 82-year-old deejay Casey Kasem has decided to withhold food, hydration, and his usual medication from him following a Los Angeles judge's decision on Wednesday to let her do so, her spokesman said. Kerri Kasem and her brother and … [Read more...]

Paul McCartney reschedules U.S. tour dates on doctors’ orders

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Former Beatle Paul McCartney, following his doctors' orders as he recovers from a viral illness after falling ill in Japan last month, has rescheduled some U.S. dates on his world tour. "I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm … [Read more...]

Beastie Boys win $1.7 million in copyright case vs. Monster Beverage

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By Nate Raymond and Bernard Vaughan - NEW YORK (Reuters) Beastie Boys' fight for their right to not let Monster Beverage Corp use the hip-hop group's music without their permission resulted in a verdict of $1.7 million (1.01 million pounds) on Thursday. A federal jury in Manhattan issued the … [Read more...]

Gwar frontman David Brockie died of heroin overdose – coroner

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By Gary Robertson - RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) David Brockie, frontman for the Grammy nominated "extraterrestrial" metal band Gwar, died of an accidental heroin overdose in March, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office said on Tuesday. Brockie, 50, who gained an international fan base … [Read more...]

Rocker Bret Michaels rushed offstage due to medical emergency

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(Reuters) Rocker Bret Michaels was rushed offstage apparently suffering from seriously low blood sugar during a New Hampshire concert on Thursday, his bandmate said in a statement posted on the singer's website. Michaels, who suffers from diabetes, was three songs into his set at the Palace … [Read more...]

Apple hopes Beats co-founder’s ‘ear’ can help amid ‘dying’ music industry

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By Alexei Oreskovic - RANCHO PALOS VERDES Calif. (Reuters) Apple Inc's newest high-profile hire isn't sure he has a job title and won't commit to working full-time at its home base, but the iPhone maker is banking on Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine to steer it through a changing music … [Read more...]

Apple to buy Beats for about $3 billion, gain music mogul Iovine

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(Reuters) - Apple Inc will buy Beats for about $3 billion (1.79 billion pounds) and bring recording mogul Jimmy Iovine into its ranks, in a bid to make headway in the fast-growing music-subscription market. Through the acquisition, the iPhone maker also gains a line of high-end headphones popular … [Read more...]

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