Music to the guitar fan's ears

May 22, 2014

Music to the guitar fan's ears

by Daisuke Kikuchi

For those who gave up trying to be Jimi Hendrix long ago — this might encourage you to get that unused guitar back out of the closet. This weekend, nearly 100 guitar artisan shops are showcasing unique craft guitars at Tokyo Guitar Craft Fes. ...

Apple may use Beats to change its rhythm toward music streaming

May 19, 2014

Apple may use Beats to change its rhythm toward music streaming

Over a decade ago, the late Steve Jobs pulled one of his trademark reality-distorting maneuvers, browbeating music label executives into selling songs on Apple Inc.’s nascent iTunes digital store for a mere 99 cents apiece. Now it is Apple that is being forced into ...

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

May 18, 2014

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

by Jennifer Rankin

A monster lays waste to America’s cities, smashing skyscrapers and tearing up passenger trains. It’s the familiar tale of Godzilla, a mutant lizard last seen rampaging through cinemas in 1998 and now back on the big screen. Godzilla, which was made for an estimated ...

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

May 13, 2014

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

It’s the beard that divided a continent. The victory of Austrian whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and some conservative Russian men snapping ...

Solange Knowles seen 'attacking' Jay-Z in NYC hotel elevator video

May 13, 2014

Solange Knowles seen 'attacking' Jay-Z in NYC hotel elevator video

A hip New York hotel said Monday it’s investigating how surveillance footage of Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles attacking brother-in-law Jay-Z in an elevator wound up on an Internet gossip site. The fuzzy, silent black-and-white video posted on TMZ.com shows Solange kicking and hitting Jay-Z ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...

Dr. Dre to top hip-hop's rich list

| May 10, 2014

Dr. Dre to top hip-hop's rich list

It is a long way from the rough streets of South Los Angeles to becoming the world’s richest hip-hop star. But that is the path set to be taken by Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre, helped by some very cool headphones. The ...

ISS skipper plays 'sho' in space

May 4, 2014

ISS skipper plays 'sho' in space

A group of students played ancient Japanese court music with the captain of the International Space Station early Saturday morning as part of a NASA school education program. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, played a reed instrument known as the “sho” with around 10 ...

Music educators tapping Vocaloid

Apr 1, 2014

Music educators tapping Vocaloid

The Vocaloid singing voice synthesizer software has grown into a pop culture sensation. It created a virtual pop star named Hatsune Miku. It is now beginning to be utilized in the field of music education in Japan. In the school year starting next April, ...

Elton John, longtime partner to wed

Mar 31, 2014

Elton John, longtime partner to wed

Pop icon Elton John says he will tie the knot with partner David Furnish now that his native Britain has legalized gay marriage. The top-selling artist told NBC’s “Today” show that “we’ll do it very quietly,” adding, “but we will do it, and it ...