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Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance

Singer Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...


Elton John lauds young artists, then mixes his new songs with old

Musician Elton John performs songs off his new album "The Diving Board" with USC Thornton School of Music students in Los AngelesBy Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At 66 years old, Elton John says he can make whatever kind of music he wants, regardless of commercial pressure, but he professes to love what young musicians are doing today. At a rare free concert in Los Angeles on Monday night, John told the audience that it's time to turn over the spotlight to younger artists, even as he prepares to release his 30th solo studio album "The Diving Board." "I (my music) don't play on the radio. It's other people's turn. ...


Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival

Big Boi, left, and Andre 3000 of Outkast perform behind a screen during their headlining set on the first day of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year.


Carnegie Hall concert goes on, after strike canceled performance
By Luke Swiderski NEW YORK (Reuters) - A performance by the American Symphony Orchestra proceeded as planned at New York's Carnegie Hall on Thursday, a day after the famed concert hall canceled a separate performance for the first time in its 122-year history because of a labor dispute. A strike by stagehands forced the cancellation, but the union temporarily suspended its strike on Thursday, allowing the concert hall to open its doors for now. A union leader told Reuters he was optimistic the two sides could reach a permanent deal by Friday. ...
The Clash is back, at least with a box set
By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Clash may have proven true the rock 'n' roll axiom that it is better to burn out than fade away. Now they are attempting to show that no matter how a band exits the stage, it can always come back with a box set. Punk originals who went on to explore forms of reggae, jazz and rap, the band basically broke up just when they hit their commercial peak with the 1982 album "Combat Rock," their fifth and final studio album after bursting onto the scene with their eponymous first record in 1977. ...
Miley Cyrus mocks "motherly" advice from Sinead O'Connor

Singer Cyrus arrives at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkLONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...


Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year

U.S. singer-sonwriter Justin Timberlake performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de JaneiroBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


Arcade Fire brings in Debbie Harry to close Coachella, slams VIP policy

Lead vocalist Win Butler of rock band Arcade Fire performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in IndioBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only. Arcade Fire kicked off its set with "Reflektor," the title song from last year's album of the same name, and led into songs such as ""Flashbulb Eyes" and "Rebellion (Lies)." "We've been coming here for many years now, so it's an honor to be headlining," said the band's frontman, Win Butler. But Butler took a moment on stage to criticize Coachella's VIP area, saying "people are dreaming to get in there, but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it." The band then played its nostalgia-infused track "The Suburbs," changing part of the lyrics to sing "in a field full of freaks and my friends," eliciting cheers from the audience. The band were later joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry, who performed her classic 1979 hit "Hearts of Glass" with Arcade Fire's frontwoman Regine Chassagne, and the band's song "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." Arcade Fire ended with "Wake Up," joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations

Kelly Clarkson and Will.i.am speak during announcement of 2013 American Music Awards nominations press conference in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award

Swift poses at the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


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