• Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war

    BAGHDAD (AP) — In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country.

    Associated Press
  • Chinese mainland misses out on Apple Music launch

    The initial launch of Apple Music has skipped the Chinese mainland, but in future faces stiff competition from local music-streaming services Tencent and Baidu, which shoulder high-cost royalties in order to provide low-cost services to consumers.

  • Merle Haggard Songwriter Red Lane Dies at 76

    Red Lane – one of the stalwarts of Nashville songwriters, whose career spanned close to fifty years – died yesterday after an extended illness at the age of 76.

  • Living through the first 24 hours of Beats 1 radio

    Worldwide. Always On. One hundred countries. Listen to Beats 1 for more than a few songs and without fail someone will get on a mic to remind you the global reach of Apple Music's tentpole radio station. But while the ambition is there, does Beats 1 translate globally? Turns out, The Verge is also…

    The Verge
  • An Inside Look at Cuba's Music Scene and the Artists Moving the Nation to a New Era: Exclusive Video

    In this Billboard exclusive video filmed in March, photographer/videographer Edel Rodríguez goes behind the scenes at some of the city's musical hot spots (some of them on the street), and talks to a few of the many leaders in the big world of Cuban music.

  • SoundCloud iOS update makes it easier to find new music

    SoundCloud has been keen on adding new features regularly to make its version of music streaming more useful for listeners. With an update today, the company's iOS app received a handful of tools that'll ...

  • Lessons on Innovation and Evolution From 3 Top Hip-Hop Artists

    Many of the best hip-hop artists have managed to survive and thrive over decades of changing music, economic storms and technology shifts.

  • New music generation celebrates Dalai Lama at 80

    The Dalai Lama has long enjoyed an avid following among Western musicians and, as he turns 80, both new and veteran stars are offering songs to spread his message. Set for release Monday on the Tibetan spiritual leader's birthday, the album "The Art of Peace: Songs for Tibet II" features new,…

  • The 9 Best Things That Happened at Billy Joel's Record-Breaking Madison Square Garden Show

    To paraphrase Jay Z: There’s never been another this good for this long. On Wednesday night, Billy Joel played Madison Square Garden for the 65th time, breaking the record for solo performances at the famed New York City arena previously held by his buddy Elton John.

  • GarageBand can now upload songs straight to Apple Music Connect

    Apple is trying to make it easier for artists to go from creating a song to getting it in front of fans. It updated GarageBand this week to allow for tracks to be published from the app into Apple Music's Connect section, a social area that allows artists to post news, photos, and songs.

    The Verge
  • Reports: Facebook in talks with major music labels

    As Apple wades into streaming music online like Spotify and Pandora, rumors are flying that Facebook could be next. The social media giant is in talks with major music labels including Sony

    San Jose Mercury News
  • Heitor Pereira's Music for 'Minions'

    Heitor Pereira is the Brazilian composer who created the music for Minions, and for its two Despicable Me predecessors. He spoke to me about some of the 1960's classic songs on the soundtrack of the new film and creating music that is "a rollercoaster for the emotions."This film is a prequel that…

    Huffington Post
  • Postal Service Previews Elvis Presley Forever Stamp

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp today and joined with Sony Music's RCA/Legacy Recordings in announcing the upcoming debut of an ...

  • Joe Nichols on Bentley, the Band and Why There's No Justice in Music

    Joe Nichols almost nailed it: When the country hitmaker took the stage for a Friday afternoon set at New York's Farmborough Festival, the sky was partly cloudy and the temperature was 76 degrees — not far from the conditions celebrated in 2013's chart-topping "Sunny and 75." Nevertheless, the song...

    Rolling Stone
  • Stars & Hearts: iTunes' new ratings options explained (with jokes)

    The new version of iTunes gives you the option of choosing two different rating systems for your music. There's the classic five-star ratings we all know, but with the addition of Apple Music, you can also "Love" a song or artist to signal to Apple that you'd like to hear more of that kind of music…

    The Verge
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    Heart Attack - Behind the Scenes

    Music video by Demi Lovato performing Heart Attack - Behind the Scenes. (C) 2013 Hollywood Records, Inc.

  • Toby Keith Wants You to Remember He Invented Country-Rap Back in 1998

    With two of its songs -- 'Drunk Americans' and the title track -- already out as singles, Toby Keith is looking forward to the fall arrival of his 18th studio album, '35 MPH Town.' But even though he says "we've got it done," Keith is reserving the right to make some changes between now and its…

  • Prince Removes Music From Most Streaming Services -- Except TIDAL

    Prince has done a good job of making it known that he's not exactly a fan of modern technology, at least not when it comes to selling his music. Now The Purple One's publisher has pulled all his music from streaming searches except for TIDAL, without explanation.

  • Leon Bridges Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    American soul singer Leon Bridges crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as his debut album Coming Home, debuts with 38,000 copies sold in the week ending June 28 (according to Nielsen Music).