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11 Years Later, Full Scope of a Music Disaster Is Revealed

NYT Magazine reports on Universal Studios fire that wiped out priceless master recordings

(Newser) - Some of history's most important music recordings were destroyed a decade ago. That's according to New York Times Magazine , which reports that a 2008 blaze at Universal Studios Hollywood was far more devastating than previously reported. Flames didn't just destroy movies and TV shows already copied to... More »

Dr. John, a Unique Voice of New Orleans, Dies

Musician combined rock and rhythm and blues with his hoodoo style

(Newser) - Dr. John, the New Orleans singer and piano player who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77, the AP reports. In a statement, the family said the musician born Mac Rebennack died of a... More »

Madonna: Harvey Weinstein 'Crossed Lines'

Describes movie mogul as 'incredibly sexually flirtatious' with her

(Newser) - At 60, Madonna reflects on a career that wasn't all sunshine and roses in a New York Times feature out Wednesday. In the process, she describes publicly for the first time the stain that was her interaction with Harvey Weinstein during the making of her 1991 documentary, Truth or ... More »

Apple Is Killing One of Its Biggest Products

The long-rumored demise is finally here

(Newser) - Love it or hate it, iTunes has been around for nearly 20 years—and now it's getting the boot. Apple will announce its pending demise on Monday at a developer conference in California, Bloomberg reports. The multi-faceted media software is slated to be replaced by separate TV, Music, and... More »

Driver's Speeding Ticket Paid Thanks to Song She Blasted

Singer Halsey heard fan was rocking out to 'Nightmare' when she was pulled over

(Newser) - This writer is apparently not the only one convinced the foot gets heavier when a good song comes on the radio. A fan of singer Halsey confessed Tuesday to getting a first-ever speeding ticket while listening to the new single "Nightmare." "When asked why I was going... More »

Star Adds an 'Amen' to Opry Celebration

Randy Travis makes rare appearance

(Newser) - Randy Travis celebrated his 60th birthday with a crowd-pleasing appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday. Carrie Underwood was among the artists who sent video greetings, People reports. The country star has made few public appearances since suffering a massive stroke in 2013; he was left with impaired speech... More »

Beyonce Pulls Off Another Surprise

Release of undisclosed live album, with a new song

(Newser) - Beyonce's Netflix documentary Homecoming, focusing on the singer's 2018 Coachella performance , premiered Wednesday with a surprise for fans. Included is a brand new song, a cover of "Before I Let Go," released by Frankie Beverly and Maze in 1981, per Variety . But you don't need... More »

Warner Bros. Gets Trump Video Pulled From Twitter

Campaign clip yanked after Warner Bros. complains about use of 'Dark Knight Rises' music

(Newser) - President Trump posted a 2020 campaign video on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon, and in just a few hours it racked up more than a million views, per BuzzFeed . But if you haven't seen it by now, you may not get to anytime soon, as legal action from Warner Bros.... More »

Hip-Hop Artist's Song Got Rejected. Enter Billy Ray Cyrus

Lil Nas X releases a remix of "Old Town Road"

(Newser) - Lil Nas X seems to be asking, Am I country enough now? The Atlanta hip-hop artist just released a remix of his rappy cowboy song "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus as guest vocalist—after Billboard kicked the original Cyrus-less version off its country chart , the New York ... More »

British Band, Manager Die in Fiery Crash on US Tour

It was 'almost home time for the lads'

(Newser) - The music has tragically ended for up-and-coming British band Her's days after it was featured by BBC Music . Duo Stephen Fitzpatrick, 24, and Audun Laading, 25, were killed in a car crash 75 miles west of Phoenix, Ariz., early Wednesday along with their manager, Trevor Engelbrektson, according to record... More »

Exercise-Bike Maker Hit With $150M Lawsuit

Music publishers accuse Peloton of stealing songs

(Newser) - Several music publishing groups Tuesday slapped Peloton with a $150 million lawsuit over songs used in workout videos, CNBC reports. The publishers allege that Peloton's exercise bikes, which stream the videos, used over 1,000 songs without permission—including music by Drake, Gwen Stefani, and Lady Gaga. But Peloton... More »

This Song Could Open Your Mind to Violence

But not for people who already like death metal

(Newser) - "Carve me up, slice me apart/Suck my guts and lick my heart." So sings the death metal band Bloodbath in "Eaten"—a tribute to cannibalism, from the victim's point of view—but do such lyrics desensitize death metal fans to violence? Not according to a... More »

Charity's 'Hidden Treasure': Slightly Warped Beatles' Demo

Auction of 'Love Me Do' demo from 1962 closes Wednesday

(Newser) - In 1962, 250 demos of the Beatles' debut single were sent to radio stations. Nearly 60 years and 600 million album sales later, one of those turned up at a charity store operated by the British Heart Foundation, which will bring in at least $7,400 from its sale. "... More »

CVS to Update 'Haunting' On-Hold Jingle After Man Complains

Dr. Steven Schlozman just couldn't take it anymore

(Newser) - A Massachusetts doctor who pleaded with CVS to change its on-hold jingle is getting his wish, per the AP . The Boston Globe reports a spokeswoman for the pharmacy chain said Friday the company is in the process of updating its voice-response phone system, including the on-hold music that Dr. Steven... More »

Michael Jackson Estate Now in Major Damage-Control Mode

Sony's $250M bet on Jackson now looks risky

(Newser) - The headline of an op-ed published by Bloomberg reads "Stop Listening to Michael Jackson." The piece by Ramesh Ponnuru is exactly what Jackson's estate had been hoping to avoid following HBO's Leaving Neverland documentary, in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck claim Jackson sexually abused them... More »

After Singer's Death, Woman Shares Best Prodigy Story

It involves her husband grabbing the wrong music tape before she gave birth

(Newser) - All kinds of tributes are pouring in after the death of Prodigy lead singer Keith Flint , but a UK woman's remembrance may top them all. Fiona Mills, a BBC presenter, tweeted that she gave birth while the band's not-so-soothing song "Firestarter" played on repeat because her husband... More »

He Never Wanted to Be a Music Icon. He Became One Anyway

Talk Talk's Mark Hollis dead at age 64: reports

(Newser) - The frontman and creative mind behind the UK's Talk Talk has reportedly died at the age of 64. Per the Guardian , Anthony Costello, believed to be a relative of Mark Hollis', tweeted Monday, "RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the... More »

One Band Will 'Likely Draw More Eyeballs' to Oscars

Queen, with Adam Lambert filling in as singer, will perform Sunday at awards show

(Newser) - The Academy's plan this year to shorten the Oscars by giving out some awards during the commercials failed . Now it had better hope one of its featured bands doesn't play one of its most famous tunes in its entirety. Queen is set to perform at the awards show... More »

Amid Super Bowl Flap, a Message From Adam Levine

Maroon 5 singer says he thought hard about halftime show, those angry at him 'will be heard'

(Newser) - "We got you." Per ET.com , that's Adam Levine's cryptic message on what he and Maroon 5 will do Sunday during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, a performance the band is getting a lot of flak for from fans angered by the NFL's treatment... More »

'Intolerable' Verdi Situation About to Be Righted

5K pages of composer's drafts and sketches will go public

(Newser) - A 19th-century trunk filled with 5,000 pages of Giuseppe Verdi's "musical musings, stage directions, afterthoughts, and reconsiderations" has long been considered a "holy grail" of sorts, inaccessible to all but the most elite scholars. Per the New York Times , however, that trunk is now about to... More »

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