Salsa music legend Jose “Cheo” Feliciano, 78, dies in car crash

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By Ana Martinez-Santiago - SAN JUAN (Reuters) Puerto Rican singer José Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, who performed with some of salsa's top stars, was killed in a car crash in San Juan early Thursday morning, police said. He was 78. Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla declared three days … [Read more...]

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young takes leave due to illness

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young will take a break from the Australian hard rock group he founded because of ill health, the band said in a statement on Wednesday. The pioneering group dispelled speculation that they would disband after Young, 61, took his leave, saying "the … [Read more...]

Arcade Fire brings in Debbie Harry to close Coachella, slams VIP policy

Lead vocalist Win Butler and his wife Regine Chassagne of rock band Arcade Fire perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio

By Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters) Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only. Arcade Fire kicked off its set with "Reflektor," the title … [Read more...]

Nirvana, KISS among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

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By Chris Michaud - NEW YORK (Reuters) Grunge band Nirvana, flamboyant rockers KISS, country-rock singer Linda Ronstadt and chart-toppers Hall and Oates were among artists being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, at a ceremony marked by expectations that many inductees will … [Read more...]

Album of unheard Michael Jackson songs to be released in May

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Eight previously unreleased songs by the late Michael Jackson will be part of a new album, "Xscape," the singer's estate and Sony Music Entertainment's Epic Records said on Monday. The songs were unearthed from Jackson's archive of recorded material by L.A. Reid, the … [Read more...]

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ becomes top-grossing animated film ever

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Disney's hit film "Frozen" has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history, the studio said on Sunday as the musical topped $1 billion in global sales. The film has sold $398.4 million worth of tickets at domestic (U.S. and Canadian) theaters since opening on … [Read more...]

David Brockie, frontman for heavy metal band Gwar, found dead at home

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By Gary Robertson - RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) David Brockie, frontman for the satirical extra-terrestrial metal band Gwar, has been found dead at his Richmond home, police said. He was 50. Officers were called to Brockie's home Sunday evening and found him inside, police said in a statement. … [Read more...]

Album of discarded Johnny Cash songs comes out of vault

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By Francis Maguire - LONDON (Reuters) Johnny Cash helped define American country music with hits such as "I Walk the Line" and "A Boy Named Sue", but in the early 1980s he recorded an album of songs his record label refused to release and is only now seeing the light of day. "Out Among The … [Read more...]

Popcorn Time Closes, Then Reopens, Keeping Piracy Debate Alive

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Study shows piracy threat from torrent site minimal By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Popcorn Time... It's been called Hollywood's worst nightmare. Essentially Netflix meets BitTorrent, it's an app which uses the open source file sharing protocol to stream movies and TV shows. And many tech … [Read more...]

Google, Viacom settle landmark YouTube lawsuit

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By Jonathan Stempel - NEW YORK (Reuters) Google Inc has settled a landmark copyright lawsuit in which Viacom Inc accused the Internet search company of posting its programs on the YouTube video service without permission. The settlement ends seven years of litigation that drew wide attention … [Read more...]

VHX: Indie Online Video on Demand Portal Launches

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VHX Seeks to Sell Video on Demand Content Directly By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The wonderful thing about the Internet for an independent filmmaker, musician, comedian, or even teacher, is that you no longer need permission to make a movie and sell it. You can do it online. Many do that, but … [Read more...]

PT Anderson’s Inherent Vice Gets December Release Date

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Warner Bros. has set a release date for Paul Thomas Anderson's comedy Inherent Vice, and it looks set for a big Oscars push. The film, which has been adapted from Thomas Pynchon's novel, will hit screens on December 12th this year, although there are reports that it … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing With Jimmy Fallon & Will Smith

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Ever since Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show from a retired Jay Leno, he's had some great skits. This one tops them all, so far! 'Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing' with Will Smith is great, and it took me back to high school with some of those moves. I was more of … [Read more...]

R&B singer CeeLo Green will not return to NBC’s The Voice

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Grammy-winning R&B singer CeeLo Green, a judge on NBC's "The Voice" singing competition, said he has decided to leave the popular show after four seasons but will continue to work with the television network. Green made the surprise announcement on "The Ellen DeGeneres … [Read more...]

Musician Emily Barker on creating soundscapes for film

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By Claire Milhench (Reuters) Emily Barker's yearning, elegiac music will be familiar to viewers of BBC TV's "Wallander" and "The Shadow Line" as her songs "Nostalgia" and "Pause" were used for the theme tunes. Now the 33-year-old Australian singer-songwriter is branching out into film scores, … [Read more...]

Spotify seeks to hire U.S. filings expert as bankers eye IPO

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By Daniel Dickson and Mia Shanley - STOCKHOLM (Reuters) Online music streaming service Spotify is recruiting a U.S. financial reporting specialist, adding to speculation that the Swedish start-up is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at $8 billion (4 billion … [Read more...]

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