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After big year, streaming tipped for new markets

Dec 12, 2014

After big year, streaming tipped for new markets

Streaming has rapidly transformed pop music’s landscape but even more dramatic changes could be in store as companies eye the vast, barely touched markets of the developing world. Spotify and its rivals were among the biggest music headlines in 2014 as streaming services quickly ...

Dec 9, 2014

Gay singers test country music's appeal

Church, pickup trucks and dive bars — the imagery of classic country songs evokes “traditional” small-town American life. Now a rising number of openly gay crooners are testing just how inclusive that vision can be. Two prominent singers came out of the closet within ...

Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell top Grammy nominations

Dec 8, 2014

Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell top Grammy nominations

Newcomer Sam Smith joined Beyonce and Pharrell Williams on Friday to lead in nominations for the Grammy Awards, with the music industry’s annual picks weighted toward R&B-influenced artists. Smith — the British blue-eyed soul singer who emerged in force this year with “Stay With ...

Taylor Swift goes pop for giant release

Oct 28, 2014

Taylor Swift goes pop for giant release

Moving more decisively away from her country roots, Taylor Swift on Monday released a danceable pop album that the beleaguered record industry hopes will be the year’s top-seller. Called “1989,” the year the soon-to-be 25-year-old US music phenomenon was born, Swift’s fifth album is ...

Vietnam violence ups stakes for U.S.

| May 16, 2014

Vietnam violence ups stakes for U.S.

The outbreak of deadly protests against China in Vietnam raises the stakes for the United States, which has rallied behind Beijing’s neighbors but faces ugly new realities. Demonstrations have now spread to a third of Vietnam’s provinces, with workers attacking Chinese workers and factories ...

Pageant winner reflects new ideal

| Sep 18, 2013

Pageant winner reflects new ideal

Shortly before she was crowned the first Miss America of Indian descent, Nina Davuluri was asked about a Chinese-American celebrity who admitted undergoing surgery to reshape her eyes. In the interview before a national audience Sunday, 24-year-old Davuluri tactfully avoided criticizing TV personality Julie ...