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Dolly Parton Has Change of Heart on Rock Hall

'I'll accept gracefully' if inducted, country music legend says

(Newser) - Dolly Parton may not have initially wanted her name on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but she won't put up a stink if she wins a spot. The country music legend tells NPR that she will "accept gracefully" if chosen by some 1,...

If Not for This Artist, the Beatles Might Not Have Been

Stuart Sutcliffe was never forgotten, and his contribution can't really be overstated

(Newser) - John Lennon called him his "soul mate." George Harrison called him the band’s "art director." He's the reason Paul McCartney switched to bass guitar. He had the fashion sense and the stage presence. He even invented the band's iconic "mushroom head" hairdo....

From the Late Selena, an 'Unexpected Surprise'

A new album from 'Queen of Tejano Music' is coming out, according to her dad

(Newser) - Almost 30 years after the death of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, an "unexpected surprise" is set to drop from the "Queen of Tejano Music." That treat, per KSAT : a new album, according to her dad, who says it will be released by Warner Music. Abraham Quintanilla chatted last week...

Katy Perry Emerges the Victor in 'Dark Horse' Suit

Songwriters are off the hook as court upholds decision to vacate copyright infringement ruling

(Newser) - Update: Katy Perry and her co-writers of "Dark Horse" can breathe a sigh of relief. A federal appeals court ruled 3-0 on Thursday that Christian rapper Flame—initially awarded $2.8 million in damages for copyright infringement—failed to prove anything "original" was copied from his 2009 song...

New Music's Biggest Threat? Old Music
We Might Be Due
for a Musical Revolution
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We Might Be Due for a Musical Revolution

Ted Gioia explores a stagnant industry in the 'Atlantic,' and the problem is CEOs, not artists

(Newser) - Music writer Ted Gioia takes note of a stat that he says should trouble anyone interested in new music: Old songs—by definition, those older than 18 months—now account for 70% of the music market, he writes in the Atlantic . What's more, this trend is accelerating. Music streamed...

2021's Big Record Scratch: Vinyl Takes the Edge Over CDs

For first time in 30-year tracking history, the analog medium outpaced compact discs

(Newser) - Streaming seems to be where it's at these days, but music formats of yesteryear haven't given up the ghost quite yet. MRC Data, which has been tracking music data since 1991, has released its annual report , and it notes that 2021 was a "game-changing" year. First,...

7 Years On, a New 'Shake It Off' Headache for Swift

She filed a motion seeking to have the case dismissed

(Newser) - Update: Taylor Swift wants a judge to take another look at his decision that a copyright infringement lawsuit against her can proceed. In a motion filed by Swift's side on Dec. 23, they say District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald should have considered the "extrinsic test" in regards to...

Coldplay's Chris Martin: No More Albums After 2025

Frontman puts a date to their final studio recordings, though he hopes band will continue to tour indefinitely

(Newser) - Yellow is about to fade to black for Coldplay's discography, though it will be a few years till lights out. Chris Martin sat down with DJ Jo Whiley for an interview set to air Thursday, and BBC Radio 2 played a teaser from that chat on Wednesday, with...

She Tried to Sell a Clapton Bootleg for $11. He Filed Suit

German court rules in favor of rock star in copyright infringement case

(Newser) - A German judge has sided with Eric Clapton in a copyright infringement case that started with a CD being listed on eBay for just over $11. Deutsche Welle reports that on Wednesday, a Duesseldorf regional court ruled a 55-year-old widow who'd tried to sell a bootlegged CD of some...

The Boss Might've Just Made Biggest Single-Artist Music Deal Ever

Bruce Springsteen reportedly just sold his entire music, publishing catalogs to Sony for $500M

(Newser) - They don't call him The Boss for nothing. Billboard is the first to come in with a report that Bruce Springsteen has inked what may be the largest single-artist music deal ever, selling both his entire music catalog and publishing catalog to Sony for $500 million. The 72-year-old artist...

Logic's Song About Suicide May Have Saved Hundreds of Lives

Reduction in suicides, increase in lifeline calls followed interest in hip-hop artist's '1-800-273-8255'

(Newser) - A hit 2017 song describing suicidal ideation, whose title is the number of the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, may have saved hundreds of lives, according to a new study. Hip-hop artist Logic penned "1-800-273-8255" in response to his own feelings of depression, as well as his conversations with...

Michael Nesmith Begins to Get His Due as Pioneer of a Genre

Critics credit onetime Monkee for blending country and rock

(Newser) - The credit for inventing country rock usually goes to the Byrds, the Eagles, or Gram Parsons. But since Michael Nesmith died Friday at 78 , critics are pointing out that his name belongs in that debate. If not the creator, Nesmith at the least laid the foundation, for which he's...

Monkees' Michael Nesmith Is Dead at 78
Monkees' Michael Nesmith 
Is Dead at 78
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Monkees' Michael Nesmith Is Dead at 78

He pushed for the made-for-TV group to be allowed to play their own music

(Newser) - Michael Nesmith, who rose to fame as a member of the Monkees in the 1960s, has died at age 78, reports Variety . “With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his family...

After Grammys Controversy, Drake Calls for 'Something New'
Drake Withdraws His
2 Grammy Nominations
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Drake Withdraws His 2 Grammy Nominations

Move appears to be unprecedented

(Newser) - Update: Drake has abruptly withdrawn his two nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards. Sources tell Variety that the Canadian star and his management have asked for "Certified Lover Boy," nominated for best rap album, and song "Way 2 Sexy," nominated for best rap performance, to be...

Adele Is Back and 'Still Sublime'
Adele Is Back and 'Still Sublime'
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Adele Is Back and 'Still Sublime'

Single 'Easy On Me' focuses on forgiveness after heartbreak

(Newser) - Adele has suggested her upcoming album and first release since 2015 is an attempt to explain her divorce from Simon Konecki to her 9-year-old son. "I was just going through the motions and I wasn't happy," the 33-year-old singer told Vogue for November's cover story. "...

After Set Is Cut Short, a 3-Word Tweet From Phoebe Bridgers

Expletive-laden post came after singer's sound was cut during Austin City Limits music fest

(Newser) - If you're wondering how Phoebe Bridgers' performance went over the weekend at the Austin City Limits music fest, her three-word tweet shortly afterward sheds some light. "lol f--- acl," the 27-year-old singer-songwriter said in a since-deleted post, per Pitchfork . The tweet was sent about 17 minutes after...

'Queen of Rock 'n' Roll' Sells Music Rights for Big Bucks

Tina Turner has released her 60-year music catalog to BMG, for a reported $50M

(Newser) - It's a seller's market, apparently—at least if you're Tina Turner. The 81-year-old Grammy Award winner, the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" responsible for such hits as "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "Private Dancer," has released the rights...

We Might Change Cover of Nirvana's Nevermind: Dave Grohl

Spencer Elden sued, leading to drummer's statement

(Newser) - Update: The 30-year-old who was once the baby that appears on the iconic cover for Nirvana's Nevermind album says the naked image of him is "child porn," and now Dave Grohl says the cover might change as a result. "I have many ideas of how we...

Afghans Hide Books, Paintings as Crackdown on Culture Looms

Taliban says Islamic law will determine what kinds of art are allowed

(Newser) - The bad old days are back in Afghanistan, where artists have hidden or destroyed paintings, musicians have stopped working, and residents are hiding books ahead of an expected Taliban crackdown on art and culture deemed un-Islamic. The group—which banned movies, television, and music during its rule from 1996 to...

On 30th Anniversary, Courtney Love Opens Up on Nevermind
Nevermind
Changed Seattle.
Then It 'Shook
the World'
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Nevermind Changed Seattle. Then It 'Shook the World'

Kurt Cobain widow Courtney Love, Dave Grohl, others mark 30th anniversary of Nirvana's hit album

(Newser) - It was the album that helped catapult grunge and the Seattle music scene onto the national stage. Now, on the 30th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Nevermind, the band's second studio album, frontman Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, talks to the Los Angeles Times and admits...

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