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Top 10 80s Pop Stars – The True Superstars

The decade when hair stuck up to the skies and shoulder pads weren’t far behind, everything seemed bigger in the 1980s. In keeping with the times, so …

Music

What's News: Business & Finance -- WSJ

Ford named industry outsider Hackett to replace Fields as CEO, the latest sign the conventional auto sector is feeling pressure from tech giants and startups.<p>The Supreme Court limited the ability of patent holders to bring infringement lawsuits in certain plaintiff-friendly districts.<p>Former …

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Bernie Taupin’s Top Ten Lyrics

"Without Bernie, basically, there wouldn’t have been an <b>Elton John</b>." So says Captain Fantastic himself, and to celebrate his collaborator of half a …

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Black Friday Dawns For Steely Dan

<b>Steely Dan</b> were making their usual strides up the American album chart on 24 May 1975, as they paid another of their visits to the singles scene. As …

Black Friday

Barry White Delivers His Soulful Promise

<b>Barry White</b> had amassed some track record by the spring of 1975. The R&B record books showed him with seven consecutive top five soul hits in just …

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Martha Reeves Sings Marvin Gaye As The Vandellas Bow Out

The final single to carry the name of <b>Martha Reeves & the Vandellas</b> was released on 23 May 1972 — and it's a Motown gem, both in that version and</b> …

Music

Sounds Of Science: The Electronica Pioneers You Never See

In much the same way that a cherished love song seems to uncannily mirror one’s own experiences, circumstances or desires, abstract electronica can …

Music

Music industry blasts YouTube’s ‘value’ report

YouTube’s relationship with the music industry just got a little more testy.<p>Major record labels are preparing to hit back at a Google-funded report …

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The Supremes Do The Musicals

Just four months after presenting an album of the songs of their Motown collaborators Holland-Dozier-Holland, <b>the Supremes</b> were back in stores with …

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Stevie Wonder Sings For The Duke And Soars To No. 1

<b>Duke Ellington</b> had plenty in common with <b>Count Basie</b>, Glenn Miller, <b>Louis Armstrong</b> and <b>Ella Fitzgerald</b>. But perhaps one of the more unusual connections …

Music

U2 Enlist Gospel Choir For Surprise TV Performance And Debut New Track

U2 were guests on last night’s <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i> to promote their global Joshua Tree tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic LP, <i>The</i> …

Music

50 Great Songs You’ve Never Heard

Ever have those moments where you hear a song on the radio, or blaring from a passing car, and wonder how you could have lived so long without having …

Music

Marvin Gaye Unveils The Masterful ‘What’s Going On’

21 May 1971 brought the unveiling of one of the most significant album releases of the 1970s, or indeed any decade. To understand the seismic shift …

Music

Nine Inch Nails Bare Their ‘Teeth’

<b>Nine Inch Nails</b> fans may have had to endure a five and a half year wait from the band’s third studio album <i>Fragile</i> in 1999 to the fourth, <b>With Teeth</b>, …

Music

The Who Make American Album Chart Debut

The American market wasn’t fully ready for <b>The Who</b> when they made their album debut with <i>My Generation</i> at the end of 1965. Second time around, they …

Music

BPI Reveals David Bowie as UK's Most Popular Artist in 2016; UMG Top Label

David Bowie has been named the U.K.'s most popular recording artist of 2016, ahead of Adele and Drake, by British labels trade body BPI. Using the …

Music

George Strait Gets ‘Unwound’ For His Country Debut

In May 1981, the name of an emerging artist was seen on the US country singles chart for the first time, and he's hardly been away from it since.</b> …

Music

The world in brief, May 17th 2017

A memo written by the FBI’s then-director, <b>James Comey</b>, indicates that <b>Donald Trump</b> asked him to drop the agency’s investigation of <b>Michael Flynn</b>, the …

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Much-Loved Texan Singer-Songwriter Jimmy LaFave Dies At 61

Jimmy LaFave, the Texan singer-songwriter who made a long series of widely-admired Americana albums for such labels as Bohemia Beat, Red House and …

Behind the 'pseudo agency' informing Universal Music's marketing campaigns

Jack Fryer runs a "pseudo agency" department in Universal Music UK tasked with understanding - and striking a chord with – audiences, a service he …

Marketing

Anthrax Singer “In Favour” Of More ‘Big Four’ Thrash Metal Shows

In a new interview, Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna recently said he would be “in favour” of more shows featuring the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s …

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell: A Tribute To A Singular Talent

When <b>Chris Cornell</b> died, the rock and roll world lost not only a charismatic frontman, but also one of its most transcendent voices.<p>The wider world …

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ABBA’s ‘Mamma Mia’ Movie Sequel In The Works

The movie that took the songs of ABBA and used them to create the smash-hit film musical <i>Mamma Mia</i> is to have a sequel. Deadline.com reports that the …

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Winners of ‘Elton John: The Cut’ Video Competition Revealed At World Premiere Screening

The videos for the three winners of the <b>‘Elton John: The Cut’</b> video competition have premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and also on …

Elton John

So You Think You Know Bob Marley? Quiz

Think you're a Bob Marley expert? Test your knowledge with this quiz!<p>On 2 June, almost exactly 40 years to the day since <b>Bob Marley</b> And The Wailers …

Music

Stevie Wonder, The Sunshine Of Our Lives

On 19 May 1973, <b>Stevie Wonder</b>'s 14th pop top ten hit in the US became his third No. 1. <b>'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life'</b> completed its two-month climb …

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When ‘Sultans Of Swing’ Wasn’t A Hit For Dire Straits

It’s so much a part of the fabric of rock history now that it’s strange to think that <b>‘Sultans Of Swing’</b> missed the charts altogether when it was …

Music

Tencent Signs Streaming Deal With Universal Music

<b>Tencent</b> (700.HK) inked a deal with Universal Music that will boost the social media giant’s position as the biggest provider of music streaming …

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With A Little Help From Their Friends: The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’ In Cover Versions

As new <b>Beatles</b> albums were released during the 60s, other artists were increasingly eager to perform cover versions of <b>Lennon</b> & <b>McCartney</b> songs, feeling …

Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, Richard Hawley In Scott Walker BBC Prom

Widely influential vocalist Scott Walker is to be honoured with a BBC Late Night Prom in his name, in this year's season of Prom concerts at London's …

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