Pitt says Muse provides perfect soundtrack to film
2013-06-04 05:22:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Brad Pitt wants the music for "World War Z" to be much more than a footnote.
Pitt says that while making the zombie flick, out on June 21, he wanted the film's soundtrack to have songs reminiscent of those made for "The Exorcist."
Enter Muse, which recorded the instrum...
Yothu Yindi frontman Mandawuy Yunupingu dies at 56
2013-06-03 05:02:40 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Mandawuy Yunupingu, the former lead singer of Australian indigenous band Yothu Yindi and one of the country's most famous Aborigines, has died, Australia's prime minister said Monday. He was 56.
Yunupingu, who gained worldwide fame in the 1980s and 1990s with his hits "Trea...
Wife: Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant
2013-06-01 17:09:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rock icon Lou Reed is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant in the U.S., according to an interview with his wife published Saturday in a British newspaper.
Laurie Anderson told the Times of London that Reed "was dying" before the operation several weeks ago at Ohio's ...
Bon Jovi drops concert fee for crisis-hit Spain
2013-05-30 16:56:11 UTC
MADRID (AP) — U.S. rock star Jon Bon Jovi and his band are waiving their performance fee for a concert in Madrid as a gesture to their Spanish fans hit hard by the country's severe economic crisis.
El Mundo newspaper and other media outlets said Thursday that tickets for the band's concert...
McCartney leaves pick on 1st visit to Graceland
2013-05-28 04:40:41 UTC
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Paul McCartney made his first visit to the one-time home of the King of Rock 'N' Roll and left a gift behind.
According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney dropped a personal guitar pick on Elvis Presley's grave and said it was "so Elvis can ...
Daft Punk sets Spotify record with new album
2013-05-28 04:39:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Daft Punk has set another record on Spotify.
The music service said Monday that the electronic duo's new album, "Random Access Memories," had the biggest number of streams in its first week in the United States. Spotify wouldn't release the number of streams, but Daft Punk be...
Russian choir of 4,335 performs in St. Petersburg
2013-05-26 16:16:22 UTC
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — More than 4,000 Russian singers have performed outdoors in St. Petersburg with the aim of setting a world record for the largest choir.
The 4,335 singers of all ages and from nearly all of the city's professional and amateur choirs sang from the steps of ...
Kid Rock, Rolling Stones on scalping, summer tours
2013-05-25 05:48:54 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Kid Rock is a scalper.
The 42-year-old Grammy winner, who is launching a summer tour where most tickets are priced at $20, said he's holding about 1,000 tickets from each show and reselling them on ticketsnow.com — owned by Ticketmaster — to make up for the cheaper regu...
Stone Temple Pilots sue ex-frontman Scott Weiland
2013-05-25 05:47:35 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Stone Temple Pilots accuse former frontman Scott Weiland of misusing the band's name to further his solo career and want a judge to strip the rocker of his ability to use the group's name or songs.
A lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles accuses Weiland of being chro...
NBC to air Blake Shelton's benefit for Oklahomans
2013-05-25 05:16:05 UTC
NBC and sister networks will air Blake Shelton's concert to help his fellow Oklahomans affected by this week's storms in their home state.
Shelton's "Healing in the Heartland" benefit will be broadcast live as a telethon by NBC on May 29, at 9 p.m. EDT. It will also air on cable netwo...
Obama honors Carole King at White House concert
2013-05-23 04:41:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, saluting Carole King's five decades as an award-winning singer-songwriter, said Wednesday that music often is a place where people seek comfort and inspiration during trying times.
Two days after much of Moore, Okla., was flattened by a powerfu...
'Apple of my Eye' star turns to first love: music
2013-05-21 04:39:03 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — Fans know her as the sweet schoolgirl in the 2011 blockbuster "You Are the Apple of My Eye." Now, they can take a closer look at Michelle Chen through her first love: music.
After she graduated from the University of Southern California and returned home to Taiwan, her i...
Founding member of The Doors dies at 74
2013-05-21 04:37:36 UTC
Ray Manzarek, a founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complemented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone and helped set the mood for some of rock's most enduring songs, has died. He was 74.
Manzarek died Monday in Rosenheim, Germany, surr...
Leader of Toots and the Maytals injured at concert
2013-05-20 04:23:58 UTC
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials say the leader of the reggae band Toots and the Maytals was injured when a 19-year-old man threw a bottle and hit the singer during a concert in Richmond.
Police said Sunday the man has been charged with aggravated assault. Authorities have not identified him.
Taylor Swift wins 8 trophies at Billboard Awards
2013-05-20 04:19:30 UTC
Another day, another domination for Taylor Swift: She was the red hot winner at the Billboard Music Awards.
Swift won eight awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for "Red." She told the crowd: "You are the longest and best relationship I ever had."
Justin Bieber had...
Ex-Groupon CEO working 9 to 5 on business album
2013-05-18 16:22:09 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason is diving into several new ventures, including indulging his inner rock star with an album of "motivational business music."
Mason said Thursday on his blog that he recently spent a week in Los Angeles and recorded a collection of seven ...
Obama to host concert honoring Carole King
2013-05-17 17:39:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is putting on a show at the White House next week for singer-songwriter Carole King.
She is the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.
The White House says Obama will present the award to King...
Bieber will have to pay for German monkey business
2013-05-17 17:31:44 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Justin Bieber will face a bill for thousands of euros (dollars) for his pet monkey's two-month stay at an animal shelter since it was seized by German customs, officials said Friday as a deadline expired for him to reclaim the animal.
A spokesman for Munich's customs offi...
George Michael injured in another car crash
2013-05-17 16:45:05 UTC
LONDON (AP) — George Michael was being treated at a hospital Friday for what his publicist called minor injuries after being a passenger in a car crash near London.
A statement released Friday said the singer was in an accident on Thursday night and suffered "superficial cuts and bruises."
Boy band One Direction: World tour next year
2013-05-17 04:44:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Hit boy band One Direction has announced plans for an ambitious world tour in 2014.
Plans call for the youthful chart-toppers to play major stadiums in Latin America, Britain and Ireland during the first leg of the mega-tour that begins in April.
U.S. dates are expected to b...
Google unveils maps, photo, music features
2013-05-16 04:47:59 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's sixth annual conference for software developers opened Wednesday with a chance for the company to showcase its latest services. Announcements included new features for online games, maps and search, a new music-streaming service and enhancements to its Google P...
Astronaut exits space station with music video
2013-05-13 18:28:19 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a high-flying, perfectly pitched first, an astronaut on the International Space Station is bowing out of orbit with a musical video: his own custom version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
It's believed to be the first music video made in space, a...
Rosanne Cash's new project takes her out of NYC
2013-05-12 04:50:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Rosanne Cash has been a New Yorker for two decades, but her latest project is taking her out of the city.
The 57-year-old singer is preparing a new album of songs about the American South, and did a lot of traveling with husband John Leventhal to get ideas.
Slayer: Guitarist Hanneman died of cirrhosis
2013-05-11 04:57:08 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of Slayer say Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis.
The guitarist died last week at a hospital in Hemet, Calif., at age 49. It was initially theorized that Hanneman's death might have had something to do with a suspected spider bite that led to a c...
Nevada high school choir will back Rolling Stones
2013-05-10 17:47:37 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — You can't always get what you want. Unless, perhaps, you're a member of the Green Valley High School choir and you want a chance to sing on stage with the Rolling Stones.
The Henderson school's choir will join the Stones at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Satur...