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  1. Folk-rocker Vic Chesnutt Dead

    December 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Vic Chesnutt, the folk-rocker whose sometimes dark reflections on life were influenced in part by a car wreck that left him paralyzed, has died. He was 45. Family friend Christina Stuckey, who answered the phone at Chesnutt's home, confirmed ...

  2. Grammy Winner Ayala Detained On Suspected Cartel Ties

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST A Latin Grammy winner rounded up during a raid on a Mexican drug cartel's Christmas party last week is being held on suspicion of organized crime ties, his attorney said. Ramon Ayala, a Texas-based norteno singer, could face charges of organi ...

  3. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  4. Adam Lambert: I'm A Performer, Not A Babysitter

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Adam Lambert admits he got carried away with his sexually charged American Music Awards performance, but he's offering no apology. The glam rocker from "American Idol" said on "The Early Show" that his performance would no ...

  5. Records: Jackson's Funeral Cost Nearly $1 Million

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's private family funeral was fit for a king and had a price tag to match: roughly $1 million, according to court documents just released. Although Jackson died in June and had a large public tribute at the Staples Center in Lo ...

  6. John Legend To Sing National Anthem At World Series

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT John Legend is going to the World Series. Major League Baseball says the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will perform the national anthem before Game Two at Yankee Stadium Thursday (Oct. 29). New York natives Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will warm up th ...

  7. Eurovision To Putin: Pay Up For Song Contest Idea

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin has long sought to build military ties with his country's eastern neighbors as a counterweight to NATO. Now he's proposing that East challenge West in a head-to-head battle of the song contests ...

  8. Autopsy Shows Michael Jackson Was Healthy

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's arms were covered with punctures, his face and neck were scarred and he had tattooed eyebrows and lips, but he wasn't the sickly skeleton of a man portrayed by tabloids, according to his autopsy report obtained by The A ...

  9. AEG President: Michael Jackson Movie Will Clear Co. Name

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As dozens of buoyant Michael Jackson fans queued up in the Nokia Plaza to be among the first to see their idol's last performance, others watching the scene expressed mixed emotions. Tim Leiweke, president of AEG, which bankrolled Jackson ...

  10. Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary Dead At 72

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for seve ...

  11. Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Brubeck just wishes his mom could see him now: On Dec. 6, the same day the jazz composer and pianist turns 89, he'll be among the leading artists feted at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala. Dignitaries from President Barack Obama on do ...

  12. Brian Jones' Death To Be Re-Examined By British Police

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British police say they will review the 1969 death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. Sussex police said Monday in a statement that they have received documents from an investigative journalist that relate to Jones' death. They say the ...

  13. Malaysia Bars Muslims From Black Eyed Peas Concert

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Malaysia's government has barred Muslims from a concert by U.S. hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas next month because the event is organized by Irish beer giant Guinness, an official said Thursday. The prohibition comes amid a clampdown on alc ...

  14. Opera Singer Hildegard Behrens Dies In Tokyo

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, has died while traveling in Japan. She was 72. Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said Tuesday in an e-mail to opera o ...

  15. China To Appeal WTO Ruling

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China will appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that orders an end to state control of movie, book and music imports. "We are actively preparing the documents to appeal," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian said Monday (Aug. 17) ...

  16. Promoter: Jackson Tribute To Be Televised Globally

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next month's tribute to Michael Jackson on the grounds of a 17th century palace in Vienna will feature a three-hour, star-studded show to be televised live to a global audience of 1 billion people, the event promoter said Tuesday. Georg Kinde ...

  17. Paula Abdul Quitting 'Idol'

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul says she is quitting "American Idol," a show that she said became an international phenomenon with her help. "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return" to the hit Fox TV singing contest, Abdul said ...

  18. Authorities Search Home Of Michael Jackson's Doctor

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Federal authorities searched the Las Vegas home and medical office of Michael Jackson's personal doctor Tuesday, seeking documents as part of a manslaughter investigation into the singer's death. Several Drug Enforcement Administration a ...

  19. LAPD Source: Doctor's Shot Killed Michael Jackson

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's personal doctor administered a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep, and authorities believe the drug is what killed the pop singer, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Monday. The official, who spoke on ...

  20. LAPD: Michael Jackson's Drug History To Be Probed

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Detectives investigating the death of Michael Jackson are looking at his prescription drug history and trying to talk with his numerous former doctors, the Los Angeles police chief said. Chief William Bratton told CNN that police are waiting for t ...

  21. World Will Watch Jackson Memorial

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Talk about event television: The mega-blowout to celebrate Michael Jackson's life and music is expected to draw some of the biggest daytime audiences stateside in decades and through-the-roof ratings in Europe, where the show will air live in ...

  22. 'Long Tail' Author Tackles 'Free' As Industry Experiments With Pricing

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," a new book from Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson tackles the idea of zero price in the digital age. Anderson wrote "The Long Tail," an era-defining book, and just as that book found bo ...

  23. Michael Jackson Left 'Endless' Supply Of Unreleased Music

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died — music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come. The material includes unused tracks from studio sessions of some of J ...

  24. Jackson Funeral Date Set As More Details Emerge

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sources said AEG Live, which owns the arena and the adjacent Nokia Theatre, will use both facilities and the surrounding plaza. Meanwhile, things keep getting ...

  25. DEA Joins Michael Jackson Death Probe

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star's doctors and possible drug use. Following Jackson's death, ...

  26. Jackson Wrapped Video Before Death

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks before he died, Michael Jackson wrapped up work on an elaborate production dubbed the "Dome Project" that could be the final finished video piece overseen by the King of Pop, The Associated Press has learned. Jackson was appare ...

  27. Person Close To Jacksons: Will, AEG Role Unclear

    June 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Most of Michael Jackson's family members have gathered in their Encino compound, where they are contemplating funeral arrangements and caring for his three children. They are feeling confused, upset and angry by the lack of information about ...

  28. Full Coverage: Pop Icon Michael Jackson Dies

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Memorial Ends With Star's Kids On Stage July 07, 2009 An emotional public memorial for Michael Jackson has concluded in Los Angeles. Facebook Flooded With Jackson Updates July 07, 2009 The King of Pop is more popular than the leader o ...

  29. Business Briefs: Qtrax, Relix, Jimmy Eat World

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Cinram, which manufactures CDs and DVDS for many major music groups and movie studios, reported a Q1 2009 loss of $22.3 million on revenue $303 million - a 19% revenue drop versus the same period last year. CD revenue dropped 30% to $37 million ...

  30. Ticketmaster: AEG May Cancel If Merger Succeeds

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster's chief executive sought Thursday to allay antitrust fears over the ticket seller's planned merger with concert promoter Live Nation by revealing that a major venue operator has threatened to cancel its contract if the merge ...

  31. Rihanna Delays Malaysia Show After Alleged Attack

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pop superstar Rihanna has postponed a concert in Malaysia this week, organizers said Tuesday, following reports that she accused her longtime boyfriend Chris Brown of assault. Rihanna's Los Angeles-based representatives informed Malaysia' ...

  32. Antitrust Woes Could Dog Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST A proposed merger of concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. is expected to be announced within days, but antitrust concerns could delay its completion. Board members for at least one of the companies ...

  33. News Groups Urge Court Webcast In Music Case

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fourteen news organizations, including the Associated Press and The New York Times Co., are urging a federal appeals court to allow online streaming of a hearing in a music downloading lawsuit the recording industry filed against a Boston Universi ...

  34. Lynyrd Skynyrd Keyboardist Billy Powell Dies

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died this morning (Jan. 28) at his home in Orange Park, Fla. He was 56. According to the Associated Press, Powell called 911 around 12:55 a.m. this morning, saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue cre ...

  35. Rihanna Taking No Wardrobe Risks For Malaysia Show

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The good girl gone bad has promised to be good for one night. R&B sensation Rihanna will shun skimpy outfits when she performs in Malaysia next month, the concert's organizers said Tuesday, becoming the latest international star affected ...

  36. Uproar In Australia Over Plan To Block Web Sites

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST A proposed Internet filter dubbed the "Great Aussie Firewall" is promising to make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among democratic countries. Consumers, civil-rights activists, engineers, Internet providers and politi ...

  37. Madonna Postpones Concert In Buenos Aires

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Madonna has postponed the first of four shows in Argentina. Representatives of River Plate Stadium say they have postponed the pop star's opening concert at the request of the production company. She will still perform as scheduled in Buenos ...

  38. McCartney Hopes To Release Beatles Track

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney says it's time an experimental Beatles track saw the light of day. McCartney says he wants to release "Carnival of Light," a 14-minute experimental track the Fab Four recorded in 1967 but never released. The band play ...

  39. Michael Jackson Being Sued In UK Court

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The son of an Arab monarch took the King of Pop to court Monday, charging that Michael Jackson took $7 million as an advance on an album and an autobiography that he never produced. Lawyers for Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain say th ...

  40. Michael In Studio; Won’t Reunite With Jackson 5

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has issued a statement saying he will not participate in a Jackson 5 reunion in 2009. “My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to re ...

  41. Neal Hefti, Composer Of 'Batman' Theme, Dies

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neal Hefti, a Big Band trumpeter, arranger and composer of themes for the movie "The Odd Couple" and the "Batman" television series, has died. He was 85. Hefti died unexpectedly Saturday at his home, said his son Paul Hefti. He ...

  42. BET Head Hudlin Exits

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET entertainment chief Reginald Hudlin, who boosted original programming at the channel known for music videos and reruns, is leaving the company, BET Networks said Thursday. Hudlin is returning to his "entrepreneurial roots" as an inde ...

  43. Usher Plotting 'Ladies Only' Concerts

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher is preparing a tour for ladies only. The R&B singer tells the Associated Press he will soon announce details of his "One Night Stand" tour. He said specific dates are still being worked out for about 15 "intimate" ven ...

  44. Crow, Matthews Rock Democratic Convention

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singing at the Democratic convention, Sheryl Crow dedicated her song "Strong Enough" to Barack Obama and then added a twist to the lyrics for the occasion. "Are you strong enough to be my man, or my president?" Crow sang to her ...

  45. Crow Offering Free Album Download To Voters

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sheryl Crow is giving away free music -- a tactic she calls the "Tupperware" party approach to inspiring young people to vote. The singer announced a plan today (Aug. 21) to give a digital copy of her album "Detours" to the fir ...

  46. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Ha ...

  47. Dogg Crew Busted In Dallas

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A tour bus carrying hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg was pulled over and two people were arrested on marijuana possession charges Thursday a few hours before a concert in Dallas last night, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said. DPS ...

  48. Alicia Keys Snubs Out Cigarette Branding

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Philip Morris International has pulled down billboards and posters promoting an Alicia Keys concert Thursday in Indonesia's capital after the singer protested the cigarette company's sponsorship. The logo and slogans of A Mild cigarettes ...

  49. Newly Discovered Beatles Tape Up For Sale

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A tape recording of The Beatles chatting and breaking into giggles during an early recording session is to be sold next week in England. Cameo Auctioneers said Thursday that the reel-to-reel tape was recorded in 1964 and was recently found by a ma ...

  50. Best Buy To Open In-store Music Centers

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hoping to cater to everyone from the garage guitarist to a recording musician, Best Buy Co. Inc. is announcing a massive new initiative that sets aside store space for an array of musical instruments and gear in dozens of sites nationwide. The nat ...

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