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Starr, Reed among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class


NEW YORK - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, the late rocker Lou Reed, punk group Green Day and singer Bill Withers are among the 2015 inductees named on Tuesday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. | Video

First Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully dies at age 73

LOS ANGELES - Rock Scully, the first manager of psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead, who helped guide the group from the 1960s to 1980s, has died in northern California. He was 73.

17 Dec 2014

Songwriter Van Etten digs herself out of the dark with music

PARIS - Even when things don't go her way -- from on-stage technical glitches to complicated relationships -- American singer Sharon Van Etten remains cheerful.

16 Dec 2014

Tencent, Sony strike China music distribution deal

BEIJING - Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has struck the latest in a string of music distribution deals, this time with Sony Music Entertainment, as it teams up with labels to try to develop China's paid-for music market and curb piracy.

Tech, Deals, Media 16 Dec 2014

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars grab top spot in British music charts

LONDON - English DJ Mark Ronson grabbed the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday with his new track "Uptown Funk" featuring U.S. singer Bruno Mars, the Official Charts Company said.

14 Dec 2014

Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' is Spotify's most viral 2014 single

LONDON - (Corrects paras 1-3 to show track is most viral, not most streamed, changes headline to reflect)

11 Dec 2014

Taylor Swift holds Billboard 200 top spot for fifth week

LOS ANGELES - Pop singer Taylor Swift continued her reign at the top of the revamped U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, shaking off new entries.

10 Dec 2014

Barenboim's 'Fidelio' wows La Scala opera buffs at season opener

MILAN - Daniel Barenboim celebrated his final season premiere as musical director of La Scala on Sunday with a performance of "Fidelio", Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera, winning a 13-minute ovation on the opening night of a new modern-dress production.

Arts, 08 Dec 2014

Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' returns to top spot in UK singles chart

LONDON - British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran's track "Thinking Out Loud" returned to the top of the British music singles chart on Sunday, five weeks after it last held the spot, the Official Charts Company said.

07 Dec 2014

Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell lead Grammys with six nods each

LOS ANGELES - British soul-pop artist Sam Smith, R&B star Beyonce and singer-producer Pharrell Williams led artists with six Grammy nominations each, including nods for the top prize of Album of the Year, the Recording Academy said Friday.

05 Dec 2014

Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier

KABUL - Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain's bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line.

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