Oct 16, 2014

U2's Bono says 'oops' for iTunes album download

U2 lead singer Bono apologized Wednesday to iTunes users who objected to receiving an automatic download of the Irish rock group’s latest album in September in conjunction with the launch of new Apple iPhones. The release of the band’s 11-track “Songs of Innocence” free ...

Oct 12, 2014

U2 go from rock legends to accused spammers

U2 and Apple planned the gesture for maximum publicity — a concert by the Irish mega-stars at the tech giant’s latest product launch, with the surprise that their new album had just been released for free to the world’s half-billion iTunes customers. As physical ...

Stephen Hawking is guest vocalist on new Pink Floyd album

Oct 9, 2014

Stephen Hawking is guest vocalist on new Pink Floyd album

Pink Floyd’s first studio album in two decades will be without estranged ex-member Roger Waters, but one vocalist from the last record is staying on: physicist Stephen Hawking. Song credits leaked onto the Internet of Pink Floyd’s “The Endless River” — one of the ...

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

| Sep 30, 2014

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

by Magdalena Osumi

Learning to play the three-stringed Japanese traditional instrument shamisen topped Canadian Maud Archambault’s list of things to do while in Japan. She arrived here in 2001 to explore one of her fields of study: Japanese culture. Fast forward to today, where she is recognized ...

Original score for one of Mozart's most famous pieces is discovered

Sep 28, 2014

Original score for one of Mozart's most famous pieces is discovered

Balazs Mikusi’s heart started racing when he realized what the papers he held in his hand were: the long-lost original score of a famous Mozart sonata, scribbled by the composer himself. “When I first laid eyes upon the manuscript, the handwriting already looked suspiciously ...

New idol group The Margarines sing to pay off debts

Sep 27, 2014

New idol group The Margarines sing to pay off debts

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan’s entertainment industry has become so filled with idol groups that some call this the age of the “idol war.” Finding commercial success amid this fierce competition can be tough, but an idol group that debuted last week is making no secret about its ...

Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains, study says

Sep 3, 2014

Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains, study says

The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating from high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities. That ...