Luke Bryan wins first Country Music Association top honor

Luke Bryan wins first Country Music Association top honor

Luke Bryan was named Wednesday the Country Music Association entertainer of the year, the first time the award has gone to the star known for his alcohol-infused ballads.
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Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan win big at country music awards

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – Singer Miranda Lambert won four Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday, and Luke Bryan took home the top honor as entertainer of the year as U.S. politics and the absence of Taylor Swift played supporting roles in the televised ceremony. Lambert, 30, who led all nominees with nine nods, earned her record fifth female vocalist of the year award. “I don't know what to say. I can't believe I'm standing here. I can't believe this is my life,” an emotional Lambert said accepting the award she has won five consecutive years. …
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Spotify overtakes iTunes for royalties in Europe

Spotify overtakes iTunes for royalties in Europe

It looks as if 2014 is going to be the year in which streaming overtakes digital music downloads. 
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Almanac: Raimund von zur Mühlen on performers who cry on stage

“‘Never weep at a performance,’ he would tell emotional pupils. ‘You should shed tears only at rehearsals. Tears shed in study can always be heard at the concert.’” Raimund von zur Mühlen (quoted in Ivor Newton, At the Piano: The World of an Accompanist)
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What Wilder did to Brackett

What Wilder did to Brackett

My monthly essay in the latest issue of Commentary takes as its point of departure the publication of ”It’s the Pictures That Got Small”: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age, which will be published at the end of November by Columbia University Press: Of the studio-era Hollywood directors whose best films have […]
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Savannah music fest expands into opera

The Savannah Music Festival, an annual collection of performances that strives to cross genres, announced Wednesday that it would expand into opera for its 2015 season. The festival said that it would stage two one-act operas by Puccini — “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” — featuring the Savannah Philharmonic during the March 19-April 4 event in the southern US state of Georgia. The festival's reputation has been enhanced by acclaimed British violinist Daniel Hope, who has served as associate artistic director since 2004.
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Snapshot: Betty Comden and Adolph Green sing a duet from On the Town

Snapshot: Betty Comden and Adolph Green sing a duet from On the Town

Betty Comden and Adolph Green sing “Carried Away” on Art Ford’s Greenwich Village Jazz Party in 1957, accompanied by the Cy Coleman Trio. The song, by Comden, Green, and Leonard Bernstein, is from On the Town, and was sung by Comden and Green in the show’s original 1944 Broadway production: (This is the latest in […]
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Who will own country music's biggest night?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Dierks Bentley readied the release of his seventh album earlier this year, he led with the single “Bourbon in Kentucky.”
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Beyonce highest paid woman in music in 2014 with $115 million: Forbes

Beyonce highest paid woman in music in 2014 with $115 million: Forbes

Beyonce is the highest paid woman in music in 2014, with estimated earnings of $115 million, more than double what she pulled in last year, Forbes magazine said on Tuesday. The huge sum, most of which was from her world tour, propelled Beyonce, 33, from fourth place last year and put her firmly ahead of pop star Taylor Swift, 24, with $64 million, who jumped up one spot from last year to No. 2. “Beyonce played 95 shows during our scoring period, bringing in an average of $2.4 million per city,” said Forbes, citing data from the Pollstar trade magazine. The R&B singer's self-titled album released last December and endorsement deals pushed her earnings up further assuring her the top spot.
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Almanac: Ivor Newton on the vanity of the compulsive talker

“I found kindness and encouragement on all sides, and soon discovered that good talkers regard attentive listening as a sign of acute intelligence.” Ivor Newton, At the Piano: The World of an Accompanist
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Beyonce, richest woman in music, announces boxed-set

Beyonce, richest woman in music, announces boxed-set

Beyonce on Tuesday announced an expanded boxed-set of her multimillion-selling self-titled album as a new study ranked her as the past year's top-earning woman in music. After rumors that she would drop another surprise album, the singer said that a platinum edition of “Beyonce,” with two CDs and two DVDs, would feature two new songs, four new remixes with star collaborators and a concert video. The edition — which goes on sale on November 24 ahead of the holiday shopping season — also includes the full album “Beyonce,” which she released unexpectedly in December 2013 on iTunes with no prior publicity. The announcement will temper speculation that Beyonce is planning another surprise album of entirely new material.
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Williamsburg's Second Starbucks Opens With Coffee Seminars and Live Music, Hoping to Fit In

The shop is getting off to an even rougher start than the first Williamsburg Starbucks. The second Williamsburg Starbucks opened yesterday and its doing what it can to blend into the neighborhood, in its own very Starbucks-y way. One visitor told DNAinfo: “It's somehow uglier to me than if they constructed a run-of-the-mill Starbucks.” Starbucks is trying out a variation of this model in a few markets.
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Lookback: on old friends

Lookback: on old friends

From 2004: To be sure, the one thing a new friend can never do for you is say I knew you when, and I find it rather sad that there are so few people in my life who can speak those words. None of my closest friends in Manhattan knew me when: we didn’t meet […]
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So What's Next Now That Music City Tippler Has Closed?

Its first inhabitant was Miro District, a new venture from Watermark owner Jerry Brown and his Hospitality Development Group. It eventually moved out of the space to 12 South and closed in October of 2012, making way for Taqueria del Sol. Then Music City Tippler opened its doors last August.
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Almanac: Nietzsche on the need for art

Almanac: Nietzsche on the need for art

“We possess art lest we perish of the truth.” Friedrich Nietzsche, unpublished aphorism, 1888 (published in The Will to Power, trans. Walter Kaufmann)
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Swift pulls music from streaming service Spotify

NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify stopped streaming Taylor Swift's music at her request Monday, setting up a business struggle between the leading purveyor of a new music distribution system and the industry's most popular artist.
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'The Music of Grand Theft Auto V' offers 59-track collection on vinyl and CD

'The Music of Grand Theft Auto V' offers 59-track collection on vinyl and CD

Rockstar today announced a limited edition (5,000 units) release of The Music of Grand Theft Auto V.
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With big album on sale, Taylor Swift pulls music from Spotify

Singer Taylor Swift, whose new album is likely to have the biggest opening week of sales in a dozen years, on Monday pulled her entire catalog from online music streaming service Spotify. Singers and bands, including Beyonce and Coldplay, in the past have delayed releasing albums to Spotify to give retailers an exclusive window to sell their albums, but Swift has taken the unusual action of pulling all of her music from the service. Swift and her record label, Big Machine, requested last week that the singer's music be taken down, Spotify spokesman Graham James said.
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Music Monday (11/3): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (11/3): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from Damien Rice, Big K.R.I.T., The Decemberists, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Charli XCX, Flying Lotus, and Sharon Van Etten. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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We Have Taylor Swift's Autographed Sheet Music to ‘Shake If Off'

That's right, Swifties: the '1989' superstar shared the sheet music to her smash single just with us…
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