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Chris Stapleton scores big at Country Music awards

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Singer Chris Stapleton (L) and producer Dave Cobb accept the award for Album of the Year for “Traveller” during the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Chris Stapleton, in his breakthrough year, took home more hardware at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, winning Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year with “Traveller”…

Musicians gather for Bowie tribute concert in New York

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David Bowie performs on stage during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain April 20, 1992. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez NEW YORK (Reuters) – Musicians joined David Bowie fans at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Thursday night for the first of two sold-out benefit concerts paying tribute to the late veteran rock star. Singers including Blondie’s Debbie Harry and former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe belted out the pop…

Country music star Merle Haggard dead at 79

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Country music performer Merle Haggard walks the red carpet at the California Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento, California, in this file photo taken December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Bartram/Files By Bill Trott (Reuters) – Country musician Merle Haggard, who emerged from prison to become the poetic voice of the American working man with hits such as “Mama Tried” and “If We Make It Through December,”…

Montreux marks 50 years as the ‘Rolls-Royce of music festivals’

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Montreux Jazz Festival Director Mathieu Jaton poses in front of an art installation replicating the poster of the 2016 edition of the festival in the garden of Le Picotin chalet in Caux near Montreux, Switzerland, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse By Stephanie Nebehay MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – The Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a line-up featuring Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock and Patti Smith, as well…

New York Met Opera’s music director James Levine to retire after 40 years

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James Levine at a news conference in Boston October 29, 2001. REUTERS/Jim Bourg NEW YORK (Reuters) – James Levine, the music director at New York’s Metropolitan Opera for 40 years, will retire this year for health reasons, the Met announced on Thursday. Levine, 72, who has battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues in recent years, will step down at the end of the current 2015-16 season in May. He…

LA children’s choir pays homage to Prince with musical tribute

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Prince gives his acceptance speech after being named Male Artist of the Decade at the 14th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, U.S. March 4, 2000. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/File Photo The music of Prince was brought to life a day after his death, as 1,000 Los Angeles high school students sang a tribute to the late singer. The students came together from 31 Los Angeles-area schools at the Walt…

Will Prince’s control of his music extend from the grave?

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Unidentified employees pause for a moment as they monitor fans outside of Paisley Park, U.S. music superstar Prince’s estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Craig Lassig By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The late pop star Prince was known in life as an artist fiercely protective of his intellectual property, but how much others may profit from his legacy, including a large body of unreleased songs, hinges on…

Warner Music Group, indies want EU to be tough on Sony’s Michael Jackson deal

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A shadow of a dancer impersonating Michael Jackson is cast on the red carpet during the Taiwan premiere of “This Is It” in Taipei October 28, 2009. REUTERS/Nicky Loh By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS – Warner Music Group and independent labels have urged EU regulators to fight Sony Corp’s bid to buy out Michael Jackson’s stake in its music publishing joint venture, saying the move gives Sony too much power….