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  • The casket bearing the body of blues legend B.B. King is wheeled to a waiting hearse in front of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center after a day of public viewing, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Indianola, Miss. The visitation comes a day before the funeral for the man who influenced generations of singers and guitarists. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Funeral for blues great B.B. King held … The Canadian Press - 5 hours ago

    Hundreds of people filled a church in the Mississippi Delta for the funeral Saturday of B.B. King, who rose from sharecropper in the area's flat cotton fields to worldwide … More »Funeral for blues great B.B. King held …

    The casket bearing the body of blues legend B.B. King is wheeled to a waiting hearse in front of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center after a day of public viewing, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Indianola, Miss. The visitation comes a day before the funeral for the man who influenced generations of singers and guitarists. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Hundreds of people filled a church in the Mississippi Delta for the funeral Saturday of B.B. King, who rose from sharecropper in the area's flat cotton fields to worldwide fame as a blues singer and guitarist who influenced generations of entertainers. King was 89 when he died May 14 in Las Vegas. At his request, his …

  • In this image made from APTN video, Pete Townshend arrives at Musicares event in New York, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/APTN)
    Who? Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, … The Canadian Press - 22 hours ago

    Bruce Springsteen called Pete Townshend "the greatest rhythm guitarist of all-time," told a story about attending his first Who concert as a pimply-faced teenager and … More »Who? Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, …

    In this image made from APTN video, Pete Townshend arrives at Musicares event in New York, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/APTN)

    Bruce Springsteen called Pete Townshend "the greatest rhythm guitarist of all-time," told a story about attending his first Who concert as a pimply-faced teenager and joined Townshend and surprise guest Roger Daltrey onstage for a rocking set. The rock icons attended the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit Thursday night in New …

  • Rapper Lil Wayne sings during the seventh inning stretch in Game 6  of the MLB NLCS playoff baseball series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco
    Lil Wayne tour bus shooting leads to … Reuters - Fri, 29 May, 2015 2:59 PM EDT

    Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, 25, fired at the two tour buses last month in order to gain street credibility, according to local media reports, which identified Winfrey as a … More »Lil Wayne tour bus shooting leads to …

    Rapper Lil Wayne sings during the seventh inning stretch in Game 6  of the MLB NLCS playoff baseball series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco

    Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, 25, fired at the two tour buses last month in order to gain street credibility, according to local media reports, which identified Winfrey as a member of the Bloods gang. About a dozen people, including music executives, were riding the buses after the rapper's April 26 performance at an Atlanta …

  • Aliou Toure, lead singer of Malian band Songhoy Blues, performs during a concert at Village Underground in London
    Malian quartet Songhoy Blues sing lovesongs … Reuters - Fri, 29 May, 2015 2:20 PM EDT

    By Anastasia Gorelova LONDON (Reuters) - Three years ago, the singer of Malian quartet Songhoy Blues was fleeing Islamist militants who had banned all music. Many musicians … More »Malian quartet Songhoy Blues sing lovesongs …

    Aliou Toure, lead singer of Malian band Songhoy Blues, performs during a concert at Village Underground in London

    By Anastasia Gorelova LONDON (Reuters) - Three years ago, the singer of Malian quartet Songhoy Blues was fleeing Islamist militants who had banned all music. Many musicians joined the flood of civilians fleeing northern Mali after Islamist militants took over there in 2012, said Songhoy Blues singer and guitarist Aliou …

  • German composer Nils Frahm rehearses on stage at The Roundhouse in London
    Toilet brushes and vacuum cleaners turn … Reuters - Fri, 29 May, 2015 9:55 AM EDT

    By Anastasia Gorelova LONDON (Reuters) - Three pianos, a wood pipe organ, a synthesizer and toilet brushes are the standard setup for a show by German experimental composer … More »Toilet brushes and vacuum cleaners turn …

    German composer Nils Frahm rehearses on stage at The Roundhouse in London

    By Anastasia Gorelova LONDON (Reuters) - Three pianos, a wood pipe organ, a synthesizer and toilet brushes are the standard setup for a show by German experimental composer Nils Frahm. The organ of wood and vacuum cleaner tubes and the piano muffled with strips of felt were custom made, highlighting Frahm's unconventional …

  • FILE - In this March 9, 2015 file photo, attorney Matthew Fletcher, left, talks with his client Marion "Suge" Knight upon his arrival in court for a hearing about evidence in his murder case, in Los Angeles. Knight is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Friday, May 29, 2015, where his attorney will argue that a murder case filed against the Death Row Records co-founder should be dismissed because one of his alleged victims refused to identify him in court last month. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool, File)
    Former rap mogul Suge Knight returning … The Canadian Press - Fri, 29 May, 2015 7:45 AM EDT

    Marion "Suge" Knight's lawyer argues that a murder case against the former rap music mogul should be dismissed because one of the men he is accused of running over with … More »Former rap mogul Suge Knight returning …

    FILE - In this March 9, 2015 file photo, attorney Matthew Fletcher, left, talks with his client Marion "Suge" Knight upon his arrival in court for a hearing about evidence in his murder case, in Los Angeles. Knight is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Friday, May 29, 2015, where his attorney will argue that a murder case filed against the Death Row Records co-founder should be dismissed because one of his alleged victims refused to identify him in court last month. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool, File)

    Marion "Suge" Knight's lawyer argues that a murder case against the former rap music mogul should be dismissed because one of the men he is accused of running over with his pickup truck did not identify him in court. Murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges against the Death Row Records co-founder should be thrown …

  • Ben Caplan, a Nova Scotia musician, is seen in Halifax on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Caplan runs his career as a small business and takes responsibility for marketing, promoting and controlling his artistic expression. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
    Canadian artists at the helm of their … The Canadian Press - Fri, 29 May, 2015 4:00 AM EDT

    It's a rising trend in the music industry, said Caplan. Caplan said he has a support team that includes a personal assistant and a manager, but he's ultimately in sole … More »Canadian artists at the helm of their …

    Ben Caplan, a Nova Scotia musician, is seen in Halifax on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Caplan runs his career as a small business and takes responsibility for marketing, promoting and controlling his artistic expression. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

    It's a rising trend in the music industry, said Caplan. Caplan said he has a support team that includes a personal assistant and a manager, but he's ultimately in sole command of his career. There's this period of needing to invest in your own business," said Caplan in a baritone voice, his long frizzy hair pulled back …

  • Musician Ed Sheeran poses with his wax figure at Madame Tussauds museum in the Manhattan borough of New York
    Singer Ed Sheeran and his 'lazy … Reuters - Thu, 28 May, 2015 8:24 PM EDT

    After six Grammy nominations, several hit songs and numerous sold-out concerts, singer Ed Sheeran donated a few hours to Madame Tussauds sculptors who worked to create … More »Singer Ed Sheeran and his 'lazy …

    Musician Ed Sheeran poses with his wax figure at Madame Tussauds museum in the Manhattan borough of New York

    After six Grammy nominations, several hit songs and numerous sold-out concerts, singer Ed Sheeran donated a few hours to Madame Tussauds sculptors who worked to create his likeness, revealed on Thursday.     "They put you in grey underwear and a grey vest. "I think it will be quite weird for me, but I think it will be …

  • Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots pose during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles
    Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface' … Reuters - Wed, 27 May, 2015 9:08 PM EDT

    In its debut week, the fourth album from the Ohio duo sold 134,000 albums, 68,000 songs and was streamed 9.7 million times, totaling 147,000 units, according to figures … More »Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface' …

    Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots pose during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles

    In its debut week, the fourth album from the Ohio duo sold 134,000 albums, 68,000 songs and was streamed 9.7 million times, totaling 147,000 units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Twenty One Pilots, which broke out with the 2013 album "Vessel", is a relative unknown compared with other recent chart toppers …

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    Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight refuses … Reuters - Wed, 27 May, 2015 6:54 PM EDT

    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight refused to leave his jail cell to attend a court hearing on robbery charges on Wednesday, saying he was ill, and a judge vowed to have … More »Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight refuses …

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    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight refused to leave his jail cell to attend a court hearing on robbery charges on Wednesday, saying he was ill, and a judge vowed to have him forcibly extracted if he did so again, a court spokeswoman said. The Los Angeles Superior Court hearing for Knight, 50, was postponed until Friday because …

  • Sirius XM to face class action in Turtles … Reuters - Wed, 27 May, 2015 5:56 PM EDT

    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in California allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed on Wednesday against satellite-radio company Sirius XM Holdings … More »Sirius XM to face class action in Turtles …

    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in California allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed on Wednesday against satellite-radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc over the payment of royalties for songs produced before 1972, in a case that is being closely watched for its implications for digital media. The …

  • A painting of Blues legend B.B. King adorns a building wall on Beale Street in Memphis
    Memphis bids musical farewell to blues … Reuters - Wed, 27 May, 2015 4:12 PM EDT

    By Mike Blake MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Reuters) - With music, singing and tears, hundreds of mourners in Memphis bade farewell to blues giant B.B. King as his casket, accompanied … More »Memphis bids musical farewell to blues …

    A painting of Blues legend B.B. King adorns a building wall on Beale Street in Memphis

    By Mike Blake MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Reuters) - With music, singing and tears, hundreds of mourners in Memphis bade farewell to blues giant B.B. King as his casket, accompanied by his legendary guitar, Lucille, began a drive to his final resting place in Mississippi. Intermittent thunderstorms dumped rain on mourners, including …

  • A man carries flowers into the Sunset Marquis hotel where U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan was pronounced dead in his hotel room, according to local media, in West Hollywood, California
    U2 tour manager found dead in Los Angeles … Reuters - Wed, 27 May, 2015 2:41 PM EDT

    Irish rockers U2 said on Wednesday their longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, died in Los Angeles where the band is performing part of its latest tour. The Los Angeles … More »U2 tour manager found dead in Los Angeles …

    A man carries flowers into the Sunset Marquis hotel where U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan was pronounced dead in his hotel room, according to local media, in West Hollywood, California

    Irish rockers U2 said on Wednesday their longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, died in Los Angeles where the band is performing part of its latest tour. The Los Angeles County Coroner said Sheehan, 68, died Wednesday morning of natural causes at a hotel in West Hollywood. Sheehan's death came hours after the first concert …

  • FILE - In this Sunday, May 17, 2015 file photo, Kanye West performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. West is bringing his talents to Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concert shows. WHTA, known locally as Hot 107.9, announced Wednesday, May 27, 2015, that West will be one of the headliners at Birthday Bash 20 at Philips Arena on June 20. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
    Kanye West joins lineup to perform at … The Canadian Press - Wed, 27 May, 2015 2:10 PM EDT

    ATLANTA - Kanye West is bringing his talents to Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concert shows. More »Kanye West joins lineup to perform at …

    FILE - In this Sunday, May 17, 2015 file photo, Kanye West performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. West is bringing his talents to Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concert shows. WHTA, known locally as Hot 107.9, announced Wednesday, May 27, 2015, that West will be one of the headliners at Birthday Bash 20 at Philips Arena on June 20. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    ATLANTA - Kanye West is bringing his talents to Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concert shows.

  • A mounted honor guard of the Memphis Police lines up for a funeral procession for B.B. King on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Thousands lined the street as the hearse carrying King passed. King, who was given the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy, died May 14 in Las Vegas. He was 89. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
    Legendary blues guitarist, singer B.B. … The Canadian Press - Wed, 27 May, 2015 12:53 PM EDT

    A Dixieland jazz band walked ahead of a slow black hearse and a crowd of thousands followed as the city of Memphis said farewell Wednesday to blues legend B.B. King with … More »Legendary blues guitarist, singer B.B. …

    A mounted honor guard of the Memphis Police lines up for a funeral procession for B.B. King on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Thousands lined the street as the hearse carrying King passed. King, who was given the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy, died May 14 in Las Vegas. He was 89. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

    A Dixieland jazz band walked ahead of a slow black hearse and a crowd of thousands followed as the city of Memphis said farewell Wednesday to blues legend B.B. King with a tribute and processional down Beale Street. The street whose name is virtually synonymous with the blues is where a young, ex-sharecropper named Riley …

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