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Chris Stapleton tops Billboard after Country Music awards win

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Chris Stapleton accepts the award for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Harrison McClary By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Country singer Chris Stapleton soared straight to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after sweeping the Country Music Awards last week with three wins and a lively performance with Justin…

U.S. band’s musicians safe in Paris attack, crew member confirmed dead

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Jesse Hughes of the rock band Eagles of Death Metal performs with drummer Joey Castillo (R) at Festival Supreme at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California in this October 25, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Alex Matthews By Steve Gorman and Ben Klayman (Reuters) – All the musicians performing with the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal emerged unharmed from the lethal terror attack inside a Paris concert hall, but a…

Music by Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac among Grammy Hall of Fame inductees

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Grateful Dead members Bob Weir (C) and Bill Kreutzmann (L) attend The Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Music by rockers the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac, jazz greats Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong and singers Blondie and Roberta Flack will be enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame, The Recording Academy…

Britain’s Benjamin Clementine wins Mercury music prize

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Singer Benjamin Clementine performs on stage during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau LONDON (Reuters) – British pianist-songwriter Benjamin Clementine was named the overall winner on Friday of Britain’s Mercury Prize for popular music for his debut album “At Least for Now”. Clementine, who was raised in London but lives in Paris, collected a trophy and a 25,000-pound…

One Direction wins big at American Music Awards, Paris takes spotlight

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The Weeknd performs “The Hills” during the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British boy band One Direction swept the top honors at Sunday’s American Music Awards, while a sorrowful tribute to the victims of the attacks in Paris lent a somber note to a night of otherwise vibrant performances. One Direction was named artist of…

German court says ISPs may have to block music-sharing sites

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A man returns a cell phone to a customer after downloading music onto it at a street stand in Shanghai January 22, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s highest court said Internet service providers could be made responsible for blocking websites offering illegal music downloads, but only if copyright holders showed they had first made reasonable attempts to thwart such piracy by other means. The federal Supreme Court dismissed…

Spotify to allow artists to withhold music from free service: WSJ

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Headsets hang in front of a screen displaying a Spotify logo on it, in Zenica February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (Reuters) – Spotify told music executives it was planning to allow some artists to start releasing albums only to its paid subscribers, while withholding the music temporarily from Spotify’s 80 million free users, the Wall Street Journal reported. The music streaming service is initially trying the new approach as a…

Apple Music wins exclusive video deal with Taylor Swift

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Recording artist Taylor Swift arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok By Sam Forgione NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc won a deal with pop star Taylor Swift to exclusively release a concert video of her recent world tour through its music streaming service, Apple Music, the company and singer said on Sunday. Swift, who celebrated her 26th birthday on…