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  1. Solomon Burke Dies At Amsterdam Airport At 70

    October 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Solomon Burke, the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul," whose songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B, died early Sunday at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport at age 70. Born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a Phi ...

  2. BamaJam Founder Ronnie Gilley, Others Indicted in Alabama Bingo Probe

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several lobbyists face federal charges of conspiring to buy and sell votes for millions of dollars to get electronic bingo legalized, according to an indictment released Monday. O ...

  3. Temptations Singer Ali-Ollie Woodson Dies

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet the Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including "Treat Her Like a Lady," has died, a friend said. He was 58. Woodso ...

  4. Wal-Mart Still Selling Miley Cyrus Cadmium Jewelry

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jewelry from two entire lines being sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide, including bracelets and necklaces branded by Miley Cyrus, contains high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, according to an Associated Press investigation. Testing o ...

  5. Apple Fans Eagerly Touch and Swipe First iPads

    April 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now that the iPad is in the hands of early adopters, the hard work for Apple Inc. begins. Eager customers intent on being among the first owners of this new class of gadgetry stood in long lines across the country Saturday. They seemed willing to ...

  6. Wyclef Jean Defends His Haiti Charity

    January 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean spoke out Saturday in defense of his foundation after charity screening groups raised concerns about its accounting practices. Jean said he was baffled by the timing and nature of criticism of The Wyclef Jean Founda ...

  7. Groups Raise Doubts About Wyclef Jean's Charity

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Groups that vet charities are raising doubts about the organization backed by Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean, questioning its accounting practices and ability to function in earthquake-hit Haiti. Even as hundreds of thousands of dollars poured in ...

  8. Michael Jackson Memorabilia Shows Gets Judge's OK

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A judge on Friday firmly approved a deal between Michael Jackson's estate and a concert promoter to exhibit his memorabilia, praising the arrangement that the singer's mother had fought in court over her concerns that it could harm his l ...

  9. Michael Jackson Merchandise Deal On The Way

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson products could start appearing on store shelves, cell phones, even in X-Box add-ons if a judge signs off on a merchandising deal. The current administrators of the singer's estate have presented several proposed contracts to a ...

  10. Jackson Memorial A Somber, Spiritual Celebration

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It was not spectacular, extravagant or bizarre. There were songs and tears but little dancing. Instead, Michael Jackson's memorial was a somber, spiritual ceremony that reached back for the essence of the man. Singer, dancer, superstar, human ...

  11. Stations Boycott Artists Supporting Performance Royalty?

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Music First Coalition has asked the FCC to investigate whether radio stations have violated their public interest obligation by allegedly boycotting artists who support a performance royalty for terrestrial radio. Without naming stations or co ...

  12. Live Nation CEO Confident About Summer Touring Season

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite Live Nation's first-quarter loss of $102.7 million , due in part because of fewer music fans attending concerts in the North American market, the company's CEO Michael Rapino has assured investors that business will pick up this ...

  13. Ticketmaster Posts $1 Billion Loss In Q4

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment, which in February announced plans to merge with Live Nation, has reported a net loss of $1.07 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008. The loss is a result from the ticketing company taking an impairment char ...

  14. Blogger Arrested Over Guns N' Roses Leaks

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Federal authorities say they have arrested a blogger suspected of streaming songs from Guns N' Roses unreleased album, "Chinese Democracy," on his Web site. FBI agents arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill this morning (Aug. 27) on susp ...

  15. Producer Sues Vanessa Hudgens For $5 Million

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A music producer has sued Vanessa Hudgens for $5 million, claiming the actress and her father have repeatedly violated a contract and failed to pay him his share of her earnings. Hudgens, one of the stars of Disney's successful "High Sch ...

  16. Jury Selection To Start In R. Kelly's Trial

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Attorneys in R. Kelly's child pornography trial are expected to begin questioning 150 potential jurors Monday, and it's unlikely any of his fans will be chosen to hear the allegations against one of urban music's biggest stars. The ...

  17. DMX Arrested For Speeding, Reckless Driving

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT DMX was arrested after speed-enforcement cameras captured him in his bright yellow 1966 Chevrolet going 114 mph on a suburban Phoenix freeway. The rapper/actor was taken into custody Tuesday at his north Phoenix home without incident, the Arizona ...

  18. Manhattan Jury Convicts Rapper Remy Ma Of Assault

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Manhattan jury has convicted Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma of assault. She faces up to 25 years in prison. The rapper was convicted Thursday in state Supreme Court. The defence had conceded that Remy Ma fired a shot at a friend she suspected o ...

  19. L.A. Times Apologizes For Shakur Story

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Times apologized for using documents that were apparently fabricated in a story implicating associates of Sean "Diddy" Combs in a 1994 assault on rapper Tupac Shakur. "The bottom line is that the documents we relied ...

  20. Sweden to Get Tough on File-Sharers

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Swedish courts will soon be able to force the country's Internet providers to hand out information on suspected file-sharers in a move to crackdown on online piracy, the culture and justice ministers said Friday. File-sharing can be traced by ...

  21. Snoop Dogg To Remix ABC Soap Opera Theme

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg is bringing some street cred to "One Life to Live." The 36-year-old rapper will make an extended cameo on the ABC soap opera to perform two songs from his new album, "Ego Trippin'," at the Ultra Violet club in t ...

  22. Accenture Signs UMG Contract

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bermuda-based consulting firm Accenture Ltd. said Wednesday it signed a long-term contract with Universal Music Group to provide supply chain management services to the music company's international division. Financial terms of the deal were ...

  23. Live Nation Posts Loss In 4Q

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has reported a net loss of $18.4 million, or 25 cents per share, in the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, 2007. The Los Angeles-based company posted a loss of $33.1 million during the same period in 2006. The narrowed but continued loss oc ...

  24. Three Arrested Over Stolen Grammy Passes

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Three people were arrested on suspicion of using stolen passes to get access to the Grammy Awards, police said Monday. Sebastian Bonner, 20, of Murrieta was arrested Sunday after he tried to enter the event at Staples Center using one of nine stol ...

  25. Full Coverage Of The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST From the nominations to the grand event, full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Winehouse, West Win Big At 50th Annual Grammys Alicia Keys "dueted" with a vintage performance by Frank Sin ...

  26. Judge Sentences Rhymes to Probation

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Manhattan judge sentenced Busta Rhymes to three years' probation and 10 days of community service Wednesday for assaulting his former driver and a fan. The 35-year-old rapper was also fined $1,250, plus court costs, for driving while intoxi ...

  27. Yahoo Eyeing Online Music Service

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The talks, held as re ...

  28. Spears Taken In Ambulance After Standoff

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The troubled life of Britney Spears added a new chapter when the intoxicated pop star was whisked away in an ambulance after police were called to her house to help end a nearly three-hour custody standoff involving her young sons. The 26-year-old ...

  29. Marilyn Manson Countersues Ex-Bandmate

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Marilyn Manson has struck back against a former bandmate by countersuing for breach of contract. The rocker claimed in court papers filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that keyboardist Stephen Bier did not carry out obligations to take p ...

  30. Mistrial Declared In Phil Spector Murder Trial

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The murder trial of music producer Phil Spector ended in a mistrial today because of a deadlocked jury. The mistrial came on the 12th day of deliberations on whether Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson more than four and a half years ago. The 1 ...

  31. Semel Steps Down At Yahoo

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc. Chairman Terry Semel stepped down as chief executive in a surprise move Monday (June 18), ending his increasingly ineffectual pursuit of online search leader Google Inc. -- a losing battle that had demoralized Yahoo's shareholders ...

  32. Kevin Costner Sues Music Promoter

    April 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Costner has sued a music promoter, claiming the company reneged on a contract to back the actor's fledgling music career. Costner, 52, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in California Superior Court. The suit accuses Mahee Worldwide Ventures Inc ...

  33. Sirius Narrows Q4 Loss to $245.6 Million

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., which has agreed to acquire its rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., reported a narrower loss for the fourth quarter Tuesday (Feb. 27) as revenues more than doubled. Sirius had a net loss of $245.6 million, or 17 ce ...

  34. Cisco Sues Apple Over Use Of iPhone Name

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Cisco Systems sued Apple Inc. in federal court Wednesday (Jan. 10), saying the computer maker's new iPhone violates its trademark. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, came just a day after Apple ...

  35. Elvis Looking To Win Teenage Fans Again

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Teenagers in the 1950s and '60s went wild over Elvis Presley, much to the consternation of their parents, but kids in the new millennium aren't so stirred by rock'n'roll's original rebel. "I can't try to sell som ...

  36. iTunes Music Stores Back On Track After Christmas Delays

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer Inc.'s popular iTunes music store appeared to be back to normal Thursday (Dec. 28), two days after shoppers wielding new gift cards faced long delays in downloading music on Christmas and the hours afterward. Apple officials di ...

  37. James Brown Remembered Around The World

    December 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST "Godfather of Soul" James Brown remained the hardest-working man in show business to the end, telling friends from his hospital bed that he'd be in Times Square on New Year's Eve, even though he had pneumonia. His heart gave ou ...

  38. '50s Pop Singer Georgia Gibbs Dies At 87

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Georgia Gibbs, a versatile singer who starred on the popular show "Your Hit Parade" and reached the top of the charts in the 1950s with covers of songs by black artists, has died. She was 87. Gibbs died Saturday at New York's Memori ...

  39. Blues Singer And Pianist Robert 'H-Bomb' Ferguson Dies

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Robert "H-Bomb" Ferguson, a bluesman and pianist who urged listeners to "rock baby rock" at the dawn of the rock 'n' roll era, has died. He was 77. Ferguson, who got his Cold War-era nickname from his booming voice, d ...

  40. Blues Singer, Pianist Robert 'H-Bomb' Ferguson Dies

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST He was 77. Robert "H-Bomb" Ferguson, a bluesman and pianist who urged listeners to "rock baby rock" at the dawn of the rock 'n' roll era, has died. He was 77. Ferguson, who got his Cold War-era nickname from his boomi ...

  41. Britney Spears Files For Divorce

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Married dancer/rapper Kevin Federline, 28, in 2004. Britney Spears filed for divorce Tuesday from Kevin Federline, officials said. The Los Angeles County Superior Court filing cites "irreconcilable differences," said court spokeswoman Ka ...

  42. Music Publishers, Kazaa Reach Settlement

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Amount of the settlement was not disclosed. The music publishing industry reached a tentative deal with operators of the Kazaa file-sharing network over claims of copyright infringement, according to the National Music Publishers' Association ...

  43. Black Sabbath Members To Form New Band

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Heaven and Hell to launch tour next year. The Black Sabbath boys are back, as the new band Heaven and Hell. Guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ronnie James Dio — former members of British metal supergroup Bla ...

  44. EMI Discovers Fraud In Brazilian Unit

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News sent stock plummeting. EMI Group PLC said Wednesday (Oct. 25) that it uncovered accounting fraud at its Brazilian recorded music business that incorrectly boosted revenues and operating profits, news that sent its stock plummeting. Shares in ...

  45. Confirmed: Dupri Exits Virgin

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Became head of urban at the label last year. Jermaine Dupri—superproducer, rapper, and the boyfriend of Janet Jackson—has confirmed to Associated Press that he has quit as a top executive at Jackson's label, Virgin Records, amid disappointing ...

  46. Runaways Drummer Sandy West Dies

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT She was 47. Sandy West, whose ferocious drumming fueled the influential all-female '70s rock band the Runaways, which she co-founded with Joan Jett, has died of lung cancer. She was 47. West died Saturday night at a hospice in San Dimas, east ...

  47. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Internet giant inks deal with Paramount. Movies and television shows from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL's new video portal under a deal announced Monday. Classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and ...

  48. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT AOL and Paramount Pictures have signed a deal that will allow AOL to sell downloadable versions of Paramount films and television shows through its new video portal. Consumers will own the movies and Movies and television shows from Paramount Pict ...

  49. Panda Wins Big At MTV Latin Video Awards

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Colombian diva Shakira donned a flowing red and black dress for a mariachi trumpet-backed performance that got thousands of fans on their feet to open the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, Thursda Colombian diva Shakira donned a flowing red an ...

  50. Swedish File-Sharer Fined

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT First online piracy case in Sweden. A Swedish court on Wednesday (Oct. 18) fined a man for illegally sharing music files online, making him the first Swede to be convicted for spreading copyrighted songs over the Internet. The 44-year-old, who was ...

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