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Straight Outta Compton 'Villain' Dead at 75

Jerry Heller hated how movie depicted him

(Newser) - The music manager who played a large and controversial role in the rise of gangsta rap is dead at age 75. Jerry Heller, who helped launch N.W.A. with rapper Eazy-E in the mid-'80s, suffered a heart attack while driving and died at a hospital in Thousand Oaks,... More »

Gaga Channels Bowie in Cosmic Tribute

She even came with a new Bowie tattoo

(Newser) - Lady Gaga showed up on the Grammys red carpet all Ziggy Stardusted-up in her Marc Jacobs getup and platform heels , ostensibly to get her pumped for her much-talked-about tribute to David Bowie (she even got a giant tattoo of Bowie on her torso over the weekend, per the New York ... More »

Here Are the Big Grammy Winners

And all the buzzworthy performances

(Newser) - Taylor Swift kicked off the 58th Grammy Awards at LA's Staples Center with a performance of "Out of the Woods," followed by a rousing greeting from host LL Cool J, taking the award show's reins for the fifth time. Ice Cube and his son presented the... More »

'Song of the Summer' Is Probably Already Out

FiveThirtyEight blog: Labels now making an early push to win unofficial title

(Newser) - So what will the song of the summer be for 2015? It's only early May, but as Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight writes, radio listeners have probably already heard it. Going back to 1985, about 72% of the top summer songs came out in May or earlier. But more significantly,... More »

How the Man Behind One of Pop's Most-Used Beats Died Homeless

The Winstons got no royalties as track was sampled by likes of Bowie, Salt-N-Pepa

(Newser) - In 1969, a band called the Winstons recorded a song whose name you probably don't know—even though there's a good chance you've heard about six seconds of it. "Amen, Brother" was an instrumental B-side to a Grammy-winning hit called "Color Him Father," and... More »

Jay Z: Use My Music Service Because... Water Is Free

But music is not, he explains

(Newser) - Jay Z relaunched the Tidal music streaming service last night at a New York City event with more than a dozen other co-owners, including Beyonce, Daft Punk, Madonna, Rihanna, Jack White, and Alicia Keys, who said the assembled artists hoped the launch would be a "moment that will forever... More »

Book Rekindles Mystery of Star Singer's Death in 1966

Death of Bobby Fuller ('I Fought the Law') was officially ruled a suicide

(Newser) - You've probably heard the song—"I Fought the Law"—but maybe not the story of the singer who made it famous in 1966. Bobby Fuller had just struck it big with his cover of the song when his body was found in a parked car. The 23-year-old... More »

Albums to Stop Coming Out on Tuesdays

In a change after decades, worldwide release day will be Friday

(Newser) - Ever since the 1980s, new albums have hit stores in the US on Tuesdays—but that's about to change. Soon, the US and the rest of the world will unite in releasing albums on Fridays, Mashable reports. Frances Moore, head of record-label group the International Federation of the Phonographic... More »

Wu-Tang Makes Secret Album, Will Sell Just 1 Copy

Group is trying to remind the world that music is art

(Newser) - Over the past several years, the Wu-Tang Clan has been secretly recording a double album. Soon, the 31 songs will be put onto disc and then enclosed in an engraved silver-and-nickel box handcrafted by a British-Moroccan artist whose works sit in the homes of royal families and global business leaders.... More »

How Band Is Cashing In on Album of Silence

Vulfpeck asks fans to stream 'Sleepify' on Spotify while they sleep

(Newser) - Lots of musicians—notably Thom Yorke of Radiohead —hate Spotify because it pays out a tiny fraction of a cent for every track played. But now a funk band out of Ann Arbor called Vulfpeck has come up with what Quartz calls an "ingeniously simple" way to actually... More »

YouTube Preps Spotify Rival

Free and paid versions of subscription music service planned

(Newser) - Spotify will soon have a new rival in the subscription-music game—and the competition has video. YouTube is readying a subscription service of its own, insiders tell Billboard . It's set to include both free and paid versions. The free one will probably offer unlimited listening, even on mobile devices,... More »

Thom Yorke Slams Spotify, Pulls Music

Streaming is no good for new artists, he says

(Newser) - Spotify is all the rage at the moment, but according to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, the streaming service is not good for musicians—at least not when it comes to new music. Things got rolling yesterday, when producer Nigel Godrich started tweeting against Spotify. Then Yorke picked up the cry,... More »

'In da House': Music Industry Gets Its Own Grammar Rules

Guide aims to make songs easier to find

(Newser) - In today's sea of digital music, it can be tough for users to track down just what they want—particularly with all kinds of intentional misspellings, unusual capitalizations, and misleading credits. (Does Dr. Dre really perform on that clip, or was it a user's way of getting more... More »

Get Ready for Online Radio From Apple

Plus: New iOS likely unveiled this week

(Newser) - After a decade of iTunes, Apple looks poised to delve into another form of online music distribution: Internet radio. The service, likely to be unveiled today as the company's annual developers conference begins, could shepherd new consumers into the online-radio world, experts tell the New York Times . As it... More »

Sony Most Successful at ... Selling Insurance

Its devices are a money-losing operation

(Newser) - Walkman, Trinitron, PlayStation: In the US, we know Sony as a longtime player in the electronics world. But its electronics arm has lost $8.5 billion over the past decade, the New York Times reports. In fact, the driver of its current success is its insurance business, which doesn't... More »

Music's Vinyl Revival Is Getting Ridiculous

Jason Heller: This movement may have 'jumped the shark'

(Newser) - Jason Heller loves vinyl albums, so much so that he accumulated 6,000 LPs at the height of collecting frenzy. He's done now, though, he writes in an essay headlined "Has the vinyl revival gone too far?" at AV Club . Consider that Kenny Rogers is coming out with... More »

Taylor Swift Highest-Paid Young Celeb

Women dominate under-30 list at Forbes

(Newser) - Music-business woes haven't been much of an obstacle for this year's highest-paid celebrities under 30—a list dominated by women, Forbes notes. The magazine tallied up celebs' takings between May 2011 and May 2012 to find Taylor Swift ruling the roost.
  1. Taylor Swift, 22, $57 million
  2. Justin Bieber,
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Adele Gets Record Bump in Sales From Grammy's

Album '21' sees increase of 207%

(Newser) - Adele's big night at the Grammy's (six wins) was sure to translate into increased sales, but the numbers came in better than anyone expected: Her album 21 went from selling 237,000 copies last week to 730,000 this week, reports Billboard . That one-week increase of 493,000,... More »

10 Notable Bands With Only 1 Album

Lauryn Hill, Jeff Buckley, and the Sex Pistols make the list

(Newser) - It's one way to avoid the sophomore slump: Paste counts down 10 singers or bands whose first album set the music world abuzz and whose official second album simply never materialized: More »

How Spotify's Boss Can Save Music

Daniel Ek creating a revolutionary 'music ecosystem': Forbes

(Newser) - Ever since Napster, the music industry has been desperate for a fix—and Daniel Ek may have finally found it. The 28-year-old Swedish founder and CEO of Spotify is, according to Forbes , "the most important man in music." His service amounts to a profitable way to give people... More »

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