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Rapper Big Sean beats Kid Rock to top of Billboard 200 chart


LOS ANGELES - Rapper Big Sean topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, beating out rocker Kid Rock.

Music app Shazam to add sights to sounds

BARCELONA - Shazam, the company behind the mobile phone app that enables its 100 million users to recognize music they hear, and buy the recordings, is now promising to extend the app's scope to objects, such as products in retail outlets.

Tech, 11:13am EST

New York's Lincoln Center to rename concert hall for David Geffen

NEW YORK - New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will rename its Avery Fisher Hall for music mogul David Geffen, who has made a $100 million gift to help with its renovation, officials said on Wednesday.

Arts 04 Mar 2015

Conductor Rattle heads to London, wants 'theatrical' concerts

LONDON - International conducting star Simon Rattle said he hoped to make the concert experience more theatrical to attract younger audiences, as the London Symphony Orchestra announced on Tuesday he would become its fulltime music director in 2017.

Arts 03 Mar 2015

Pop icon Madonna announces dates for 'Rebel Heart' tour

NEW YORK - Madonna will begin an international tour to promote her new album "Rebel Heart" with a concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in August, her promoters, Live Nation, said on Monday.

People 02 Mar 2015

Brit awards shake up British album chart, boost Sam Smith

LONDON - Fallout from the Brit awards shook up the music charts on Sunday, knocking U.S. rock band Imagine Dragons off the top spot in favor of English singer/songwriter Sam Smith, data from the Official Charts company showed.

01 Mar 2015

Former pop star Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years for child sex offenses

LONDON - Former British pop singer Gary Glitter, who shot to fame in the 1970s as a "glam-rock" star but was later convicted of child sex crimes, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting three girls. | Video

People, 27 Feb 2015

Aging French rockers criticized for jobless jibe at young

PARIS - A music video by a group of mostly middle-aged French stars telling the young they can succeed only if they "do something" triggered a bitter generational row on Friday, with critics accusing the rich singers of hypocrisy.

27 Feb 2015

Ed Sheeran wins best British record at top UK music awards

LONDON - The top British music awards went to young men on Wednesday as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith bagged the most important trophies in a star-studded Brit Awards show in London.

25 Feb 2015

Imagine Dragons oust Drake from Billboard 200 throne

LOS ANGELES - Alt-rockers Imagine Dragons knocked rapper Drake from the top spot of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, after a strategically placed commercial with retail store Target during the Grammy Awards drove up exposure.

25 Feb 2015

Celebrated Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal dead at 91

ISTANBUL - Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's greatest writers who celebrated the lives of the downtrodden and whose works were translated into 40 languages, died on Saturday. He was 91 years old.

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