Jul 1, 2014

The Who plans 50th anniversary tour, new music

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are taking The Who on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary. Daltrey referred to the tour as the start of the Who’s “long goodbye” during a news conference Monday at ...

Influential R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Womack dies at age 70

Jun 28, 2014

Influential R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Womack dies at age 70

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. Womack’s publicist, Sonya Kolowrat, said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. Womack was ...

Five years on, Jackson fans around the world remember King of Pop

Jun 26, 2014

Five years on, Jackson fans around the world remember King of Pop

Michael Jackson fans from around the world laid flowers Wednesday at the mausoleum where the pop icon is interred, grieving but also celebrating on the fifth anniversary of his shocking death. Around 100 fans, some dressed as the self-proclaimed King of Pop, gathered at ...

Bob Dylan lyrics fetch $2 million in New York auction

Jun 25, 2014

Bob Dylan lyrics fetch $2 million in New York auction

Handwritten song lyrics by legendary American singer Bob Dylan sold for $2 million at auction in New York on Tuesday, the highlight in a sale of rock memorabilia linked to some of the brightest stars of the 20th century. The copy of Dylan’s original ...

Hit song writer Gerry Goffin, ex-husband of Carole King, dies at 75

Jun 20, 2014

Hit song writer Gerry Goffin, ex-husband of Carole King, dies at 75

Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multidimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and song-writing partner Carole King wrote such hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Up on the Roof” and “The Loco-Motion,” died early Thursday at ...

'Gentleman's Guide,' McDonald, Cranston win Tonys

Jun 9, 2014

'Gentleman's Guide,' McDonald, Cranston win Tonys

The lethal romp “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” got a lot of love at Sunday night’s Tony Awards, nabbing the trophy for best new musical on a night that also saw Audra McDonald make Broadway history, Bryan Cranston win as a rookie ...

'Gangnam' tops YouTube hit list

Jun 1, 2014

'Gangnam' tops YouTube hit list

The wildly popular “Gangnam Style” music video cemented its place Saturday as one of the defining soundtracks of the digital age, smashing through the 2-billion barrier on YouTube. The infectious and satirical megahit by South Korean pop star Psy became a worldwide sensation, fueling ...

Apple hopes to lift street cred with $3 billion Beats buy

May 29, 2014

Apple hopes to lift street cred with $3 billion Beats buy

Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist that also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine. Wednesday’s announcement comes nearly three weeks after deal negotiations were ...

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 ...