Billboard to host first ever Hot 100 Music Festival

Billboard to host first ever Hot 100 Music Festival

Billboard music magazine has announced that it will hold a music festival August 22-23 in the state of New York. Produced in partnership with LiveNation, Billboard magazine will host its first Hot 100 Music Festival at the Jones Beach Festival Grounds. Over 30 artists will perform on three main stages over the two-day music festival.
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Music Review: Joy Williams goes solo and bares soul

Joy Williams, “Venus” (Sensibility/Columbia)
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Music Monday (6/29): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (6/29): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Big Sean, Tinashe, and Mogwai, plus brand new streaming music from Toro y Moi, Owen Pallett, Low, Frog Eyes, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Apple Music: Everything You Need to Know About the Launch

Apple will officially enter the music streaming subscription market on Tuesday with the launch of Apple Music and its accompanying Beats 1 radio station. An estimated 41 million people paid for a streaming music subscription service in 2014, according to IFPI, a London-based recording industry trade group that represents more than 1,300 record labels. Apple's huge advantage: With more than 800 million iTunes accounts, Apple Music has the opportunity to quickly amass a following.
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Almanac: Paul Scofield on glamour and the serious actor

Almanac: Paul Scofield on glamour and the serious actor

“Glamour is a trap if you go just for that. It does not develop the ability. At first when one starts acting one is really searching for an identity. Work is really the sole means of an education. I don’t mean by that either you or I were not educated properly when we were at […]
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Just because: Paul Scofield in King Lear

An excerpt from Peter Brook’s 1969 film of King Lear, starring Paul Scofield as Lear, Jack MacGowran as the Fool, and Irene Worth as Goneril: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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In the director’s chair

In the director’s chair

I have big news. The simplest and best way to break it is to reprint the following press release from Florida’s Palm Beach Dramaworks, which went out this morning. It speaks for itself, and for me. * * * Terry Teachout, drama critic for The Wall Street Journal, playwright, librettist, and biographer, will add another […]
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Looking for love on a dating app? You may find music instead

NEW YORK (AP) — In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hook-up, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music.
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The stuff dreams are made of

The stuff dreams are made of

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review Eric Tucker’s Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an off-Broadway staging of Doctor Faustus. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Eric Tucker and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival were made for each other. I suspected as much when Mr. Tucker, Bedlam […]
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Almanac: Thomas Berger on George Bernard Shaw

“Shaw has always seemed a journalist and not really a literary man. It’s his tendentiousness, I think, that keeps him trivial. He’s always out to solve social problems—the sure sign of a superficial practitioner.” Thomas Berger, letter to Zulfikar Ghose (February 5, 1975)
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Record Giants Win $210 Million Settlement With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

Record Giants Win $210 Million Settlement With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

A deal announced by the RIAA on Friday provides resolution to one of the key battles in a legally contentious area.
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Replay: Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World

Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World, a 1963 film documentary directed by Shirley Clarke: To read more about the film, go here. (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.)
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Almanac: Thomas Berger on the artist as fanatic

Almanac: Thomas Berger on the artist as fanatic

“I find that I now can read only the true fanatics with any feeling of affinity: those who in courage or desperation abandon any attempt to address an audience of cretins and speak exclusively to themselves.” Thomas Berger, letter to Zulfikar Ghose (April 5, 1975)
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Apple Music radio's first interview: Eminem

DJ Zane Lowe will open his act as the new host of Apple Music's 24-hour radio station Beats1 with his first interview subject: Eminem. Lowe took to Instagram to tease the news, posting a photo of himself in the studio with the rapper. Likewise, Pharrell Williams announced plans to release his new single “Freedom” exclusively on Apple Music via a Twitter post this week, with a preview of the track that also serves as the soundtrack to Apple's promo video.
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Marriott, Universal Music form partnership

Marriott, Universal Music form partnership

NEW YORK (AP) — Marriott is getting into the music business, so to speak.
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Pharrell Williams to drop next single exclusively on Apple Music

Pharrell Williams has chosen to share his next single “Freedom” on Apple Music, making it the streaming service's first exclusive release. The single, teased on Pharrell's Twitter page, will be released the same day as the official launch of Apple Music, June 30. The single is also teased on Apple Music's latest promo video.
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Almanac: Thomas Berger on Henry James

Almanac: Thomas Berger on Henry James

“Henry James. He is someone to contend with, but an awful lot is missing—how much can be seen by comparing him with Proust. His sexual sensibility is that of a Victorian maiden of the upper class: he seems to ache to be deflowered. And I think it was Chesterton who said something to the effect […]
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Ne-Yo to Perform at MTV Africa Music Awards

The awards show returned last year after a three-year hiatus.
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Indies Sign On to Apple Music

Indies Sign On to Apple Music

Apple has made deals with independents’ digital rights organizations Merlin and Beggars Group.
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Snapshot: Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland perform Lincoln Portrait

Leonard Bernstein leads the National Symphony in a 1980 concert performance of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait commemorating the composer’s eightieth birthday. The text is spoken by Copland: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.)
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