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Cue the music, cue the drama! Lee Daniels introduces 'Star'

This image released by Fox shows Jude Demorest, from left, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady in "Star," a new series by Lee Daniels, premiering Wednesday at 9p.m. EST on Fox. (Annette Brown/Fox via AP)NEW YORK (AP) ? The title of Lee Daniels' latest venture, "Star," might very well identify this celebrated producer-director-writer. His films include "Monster's Ball," ''Precious" and "The Butler," while two seasons ago he roared into series TV with Fox's smash music drama "Empire."


Justin Bieber tops Vevo's worldwide music video chart 2016

Screenshot from Justin Bieber's "Sorry"Justin Bieber's "Sorry" video tops Vevo's most watched video chart of 2016, after having raked in more than 1.8 billion views this year.


Best of 2016: Music Critic Top Ten Lists

Best of 2016: Music Critic Top Ten ListsOver the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 140 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


Experts Interrogate Youtube's Report That They Paid $1 Billion To The Music Industry

Experts Interrogate Youtube's Report That They Paid $1 Billion To The Music IndustryEarlier this week Youtube belaboredly patted themselves on the back for reportedly paying out over a billion dollars to the music industry. In a statement, the IFPI, or the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, a global record industry trade group, called the figure into question. ?Google has today issued more unexplained numbers on what it claims YouTube pays the music industry.


Apple Music's Latest Subscriber Numbers Will Make Jay Z Sweat

Apple Music's Latest Subscriber Numbers Will Make Jay Z SweatApple Music is succeeding where others streaming competitors are not. As the music service hit the 18-month mark, it announced that it had reached 20 million subscribers. It would be easy to play this off as a symptom of Apple?s established presence in our pockets, both via the iPhone and the iTunes store.


Apple Music attracts 20 million subscribers

Apple Music launched in 2015.Apple's streaming service says it has reached 20 million subscribers, showing quick growth as the tech titan tries to close in on sector leader Spotify. Apple Music launched in June 2015 as Apple, which revolutionized digital music with iTunes 15 years ago, saw the future in streaming -- a service that allows online listeners to play unlimited music on demand. Senior Apple official Eddy Cue, revealing the figures in an interview with Billboard published late Tuesday, predicted further rapid gains entering 2017.


Popular Vermont punk music venue is closing its doors
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) ? A popular Vermont punk music venue, established with the help of the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, is closing after 32 years.


Drake is top-selling artist on Apple Music 2016

Drake, "Views"Canadian hip hop artist Drake dominated the Apple iTunes charts this year and will round out 2016 celebrating a trio of triumphs on Apple Music's year-end charts.


Youtube Says They Paid The Music Industry A Ton Of Money This Year

Youtube Says They Paid The Music Industry A Ton Of Money This YearIn a blog post by YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl, the video-streaming giant says it paid over a billion dollars from ad revenue alone in the last 12 months. As more advertising dollars shift from TV, radio and print to online services, the music industry will generate even more revenue from ads. In the future, the music business has an opportunity to look a lot like television, where subscriptions and advertising contribute roughly equal amounts of revenue, bolstered by digital and physical sales.


Drake tops iTunes' year-end music lists

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Drake performs onstage in Toronto. Drake along with Rihanna and Kanye West scored eight Grammy nominations each, announced Tuesday, Dec. 6. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Drake was all over Apple Music this year, so perhaps no surprise the rapper tops the iTunes music lists as well.


Musicians react to their Grammy nominations

FILE - This Nov. 2, 2016, file photo shows Maren Morris performing "My Church" at the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Morris scored four nominations, announced Tuesday, Dec. 6, including best new artist. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)Reactions to the Grammy Awards nominations, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy. The 59th annual Grammys will air live on CBS from Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017.


The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending December 4, 2016:


Music Monday (12/5): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (12/5): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's (and last week's) album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Justice, The xx, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus brand new streaming music from Run the Jewels, Burial, Car Seat Headrest, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


A look at the music accompanying massive S. Korean rallies

FILE - In this Nov 26, 2016, file photo, protesters beat their drums as they march toward the presidential house during a rally calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in Seoul, South Korea. Any good South Korean protest needs a soundtrack, and the music that accompanies the massive rallies on the verge of bringing down President Park includes the mournful, the tongue-and-cheek and a smattering of defiance. Music resounds in the crammed streets around South Korea?s presidential palace. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Any good South Korean protest needs a soundtrack, and the music that accompanies the massive rallies on the verge of bringing down President Park Geun-hye includes the mournful, the tongue-and-cheek and a smattering of defiance from "Les Miserables."


Musicians, student among first list of Oakland fire victims
Victims of a fire that destroyed a converted warehouse in California this weekend, killing at least 33 people, included a woman working her way through culinary school, at least three musicians and a teacher. Oakland officials released the first list of victims late on Sunday, seven California adults in their 20s and 30s and a 17-year-old whose name was withheld. Among those identified were Donna Kellogg, 32, who was going to culinary school while working at a Berkeley coffee shop, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing family and friends.


Bringing cumbia music from Argentina and joy to the crowds

La Yegros performs at the Atrium at Lincoln Center on November 22, 2016 in New York City.With a sparkling smile and chic, refined poise, Mariana Yegros is merging Latin America's cumbia music with electronica and finding growing international success. La Yegros, the Argentine singer's stage name, has been dubbed the "queen of electrocumbia." She brings a modern, club-music edge to the traditional genre of dance music that traces its roots to Colombia's African community. For her latest album, "Magnetismo," La Yegros worked with the Argentine composer Gaby Kerpel, who has been active both in cumbia and electronic music.


Proposed Restriction for Russian Online Video Services to Hit Google Play and iTunes
YouTube, however, will not be affected, as it is considered a supplier of user-generated content.


Katy Perry Thanks Hillary Clinton, Teases New Music in Emotional Instagram Post
"Hillary helped me see that we're all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don't have," the singer wrote.


Alessia Cara to Receive Rule Breaker Award at Billboard Women in Music 2016
Cara joins Women in Music honorees Madonna, Shania Twain, Halsey, Andra Day, Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris and Kesha.


Rising Oakland rents push artists, musicians to communal spaces
By Peter Henderson OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - The two-story warehouse engulfed by a deadly Oakland fire at a Friday night dance party was typical of the collective spaces artists and musicians say they have increasingly looked for to cope with rising rents. "You don't necessarily trust the landlords to do the work they are supposed to do because they will evict you." EVENTS 'TO HELP PAY RENT' People who had been inside the warehouse described the building as full of pianos and sculptures with rooms where artists lived and worked.


Death Stranding?s trailer music is coming to vinyl from Mondo

Death Stranding?s trailer music is coming to vinyl from MondoWhile Hideo Kojima and the rest of Kojima Productions are still a long way off from delivering their first video game as a new studio, that?s not stopping them from giving hardcore fans what they want: stuff to buy. In addition to merchandise and high-end action figures, Kojima Productions will also release a 12-inch single featuring the music of Death Stranding ? or, more specifically, its trailers ? from Icelandic band Low Roar. Low Roar?s ?I?ll Keep Coming? and ?Easy Way Out? will be released on vinyl, thanks to a collaboration between the band, Kojima Productions, PlayStation and Mondo.


More than cookie sellers, Girl Scouts enter music industry

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, Liz Rose, one of three winners of the award for song of the year for "Girl Crush," poses in the press room at the 49th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Rose penned the inspirational song, "Watch Me Shine," an original song featuring backup vocals from actual Girl Scouts. The track is being used in a Girl Scouts PSA called ?I?m Prepared,? which praises girls for being leaders, risk-takers, problem solvers and innovators. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? The Girl Scouts of the USA are used to making you smile with sweet cookies, but now they're hoping to soothe your ears with sweet music.


The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending December 1, 2016:


What's New on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon for December
Netflix, iTunes and Amazon!


Singer Marc Broussard Talks Inspiration Behind His Music and Performs 'Au Long De La Riviere'
ABC News' Amna Nawaz interviews singer Marc Broussard on the latest episode of 'Live from the Couch'.


Singer Marc Broussard on How He's Using His Music to Help Those in Need
ABC News' Amna Nawaz interviews singer Marc Broussard on the latest episode of 'Live from the Couch'.


Taylor Swift, One Direction top list of highest paid musicians: Forbes

File photo of Singer Taylor Swift posing at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, CaliforniaBy Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Taylor Swift, boy band One Direction and British singer Adele were the highest paid musicians in the world this year, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday. With earnings of $170 million from touring, recordings, endorsements and other income, Swift, 26, earned the title of 2016's highest paid musician. She pulled in a gross total of more than $200 million on the North American portion of her "1989" world tour. ...


Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar rumoured to be headlining Coachella 2017

Beyonce at the Super Bowl 2016According to reports from Time Out Los Angeles, Beyoncé, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar are set to headline next year's Coachella festival. If these rumors are true, it would be Radiohead's third time headlining the event, and Beyonce's first solo appearance, after previously appearing on stage with husband Jay-Z and sister Solange. For Lamar it would mark the singer's first time headline performance at the festival, after performing previously in 2012 and 2016.


Prince: documentary, festival and music from the vaults on the horizon

US singer and musician PrincePlans for a documentary and a festival honoring the late singer Prince have been revealed this week, while a recent record deal suggests more of Prince's music might soon see the light of day. Michael Kirk (of upcoming documentary "Find Your Groove") is producing and directing "Prince: R U Listening," which will reportedly be released in 2017. Some of the iconic musician's bandmates, friends and family are to participate in the film, including guitarist Dez Dickerson and bassist Andre Cymone, who was a close friend of the artist.

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