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Nelly First American to Perform in Kurdistan Region, Plays Charity Concert for Struggling Iraqis

Many performers have headed to Iraq over the years to perform for American troops stationed in the region, but Nelly's concert in the region was perhaps even more impressive for its boldness. The "Hot in Herre" emcee stopped in Erbil on Friday, ...

Spotify Suggests Austin Not as Weird as It Claims, Music Wise; Texas Capital Does Promote Local Music However

Austin, TX is one of the hottest cities in music thanks to hosting the South by Southwest and Austin City Limits music festivals, among hosting a lively live scene all year round. Spotify's Insights blog was interested in the city's unofficial ...

Jay Z and Bruno Spoerri Split Royalties of 'Versus' 50-50 for Unlicensed Sample; Nothing on 'Blurred Lines' Penalty

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were certainly responsibly for the biggest copyright infraction decision of the last week, which allowed Jay Z to get away relatively headline-free for his settlement with jazz performer Bruno Spoerri over the track ...

Dan Aykroyd Bringing 'Blues Brothers' Influence to Genre Imprint Under Blue Note Records Label

The Blues Brothers was more than just a comedic concept: Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were real life fans of jazz and blues, and now the former is starting a blues label with Judy Belushi (John's widow) under the Blue Note label. The imprint will ...

Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Falls to Sam Smith on UK Albums Charts; Is BBC Radio "Ageism" to Blame?

Madonna the world-over when she accused UK radio honchos of being "ageist" as a result of refusing to play her single "Living for Love." And she was correct: The BBC went as far as to say it was aiming for a younger demographic by not playing Madge's ...

Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Released Early on iTunes; Was It Intentional or Interscope Mistake?

Hip-hop fans who were up late on Sunday got a surprise as Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly dropped on iTunes and Spotify more than a week earlier than when it was previously scheduled. It may seem like the latest in the trend of ...

5 Musicians with Real Animal Attack Experience (Sorry Taylor Swift): Johnny Cash, His Ostrich and More Examples

Taylor Swift had some fun with fans after having some "fun" with her famous cat Meredith, posting a photo on Twitter of a long slash left by the feline on her reportedly well-insured legs. "GREAT WORK MEREDITH," she wrote, caps lock for emphasis. "I ...

5 Great Tracks from Phil Lesh on The Grateful Dead Bassist: 'Box of Rain,' 'New Potato Caboose' and More

The biggest concert of the year, by this reporter's reckoning, has to be the "Fare Thee Well" concert series announced by the Grateful Dead to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's legendary shows at Soldier Field in Chicago. Although it will ...

The Best Thing at South by Southwest: Mophie and Real St. Bernard's Delivering Cell Phone Charge Rescues

South by Southwest has established itself as one of the best places not only to showcase your band, but also new films, firms and technology. Keeping this in mind, Mophie—a developer of electronics charging products, including battery cases—has ...

Pearl Jam Lists South American Concerts for November, First Tour Dates of 2015; Festival Dates in Store?

Pearl Jam has announced a limited run of South and Central American tour dates, which doesn't exactly come as a surprise as the group is almost constantly touring. This will be its first set of dates on the continent since, uh, 2013. It will, ...

SFX Entertainment Posts Net Loss for 2014 After Disappointing Fourth Quarter; EDM Company Predicts Huge 2015

The most headline-grabbing entertainment company of the last few years, SFX Entertainment, is still looking for the big bucks as the EDM-centric promoter reported a weak fourth quarter for 2014 and a net loss of $131 million on the year.

Taylor Swift's Cat Meredith Savages Performer's Leg; World Tour, $40 Million Insurance Policy in Limbo?

Taylor Swift may or may not have insured her legs for an absurd amount of money, but she's taking it fairly lightly based on her social media response to an attack from her cat friend, Meredith. The photo posted on Twitter by the vocalist showed a ...

Pi Day: Music Times Does Music by The Numbers, Featuring Metallica, Miles Davis, The Ministry of Sound and More

Happy Pi Day! We're taking the digits of Pi (or at least the first nine digits), 3.14159265, and coming up with a numerical album or song title for each. Check out numerical numbers from Metallica, Miles Davis, The Ministry of Sound and more.

7 Highest Priced Records on eBay Right Now: The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Lightnin' Hopkins and More

Jack White made headlines last week when he announced that he was the bidder who spent $300,000 for the acetate of Elvis Presley's original single, a 7" pressing from Sun Records featuring "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," and ...

Tony Bennet and Bill Evans Classic Jazz Sessions to Be Released on Four-LP Vinyl Set to Mark 40th Anniversary

The memorable pairing of Tony Bennett and—no, not Lady Gaga—jazz pianist Bill Evans will have reached its 40th anniversary during 2015, and Fantasy Records will be reissuing the work of the two performers in the form of a four-LP set titled The ...

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