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Ex-Sony chief, father of the CD, dies

TOKYO (AFP) – Former Sony president Norio Ohga, who helped transform the music industry with the development of the compact disc format, has died at the age of 81, the company said. The music school graduate served as president from 1982 to 1995 and led the evolution of the electronics…

Threats against ‘Friday’ web sensation Rebecca Black probed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police said on Tuesday they were investigating two death threats against 13-year-old Internet sensation Rebecca Black over her low-budget music video “Friday.” The threats were made sometime in March, after “Friday” became a YouTube hit and went viral as a web phenomenon, Anaheim Policespokesman Rick Martinez said. “In essence the threats were…

Uzbek rappers to turn more humane, patriotic: official

TASHKENT — Rap music in Uzbekistan should not be called ‘evil and satanic’, part of Western culture, although rappers should include “love for the homeland” in their songs, an Uzbek official said Tuesday. A documentary entitled “Melody and Calamity” shown on state TV earlier this year “incorrectly interpreted the role…

Beatles songs sales cost music website $950,000

SAN FRANCISCO – US online music service Bluebeat will pay British recording label EMI nearly a million dollars to avoid trial in a case over rights to stream and sell versions of Beatles songs. Along with paying $950,000, Bluebeat agreed to “permanently cease and desist” from infringing on copyrighted music…

Steve Jobs to be deposed in iTunes antitrust suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A federal judge has cleared the way for Apple’s ailing leader Steve Jobs to be deposed in a class-action lawsuit charging the iPod maker turned iTunes into a digital music monopoly. US Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd ruled on Monday that attorneys for the plaintiffs may question…

Ricky Martin gets top award by GLAAD

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Latin pop star Ricky Martin was honored by media group GLAAD for his work as a role model at a gala held on Saturday where he urged people to spread gay rights throughout Latin America. “I just want to be free. I can say, today I…

Uzbekistan warns over ‘evil, satanic’ rock music

TASHKENT – Uzbekistan’s state television Monday issued an unequivocal denunciation of rock and rap as a Western liberal excess, saying the music is epitomised by sadism, drug addiction and immorality. In a TV documentary called “Melody and Calamity” Uzbekistan’s second main channel Youht TV raised alarm over “pernicious influence of…

Montreal basks in Arcade Fire Grammy win

MONTREAL – Montreal music industry executives, critics and even Canada’s prime minister on Monday all sang the praises of Arcade Fire, saying its Grammy win was a coup for the city’s burgeoning music scene. The Montreal-based indie group won the best album Grammy on Sunday for their record “The Suburbs,”…

U2′s anti-apartheid song caused new stir in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – Irish pop singer Bono caused a stir in South Africa on Sunday after expressing support for the singing of an anti-apartheid struggle song that includes the lyrics “shoot the farmer”. The song has been at the centre of a politically charged controversy in South Africa, where the firebrand…

Rock star hopes his music is blasted at Bush officials in jail

An American rock musician and human rights activist is still holding out for the Bush administration to receive some justice, including that of the poetic variety. “[H]opefully in the not-too-distant future, when the war criminals of the Bush administration are brought to trial and are one day wearing their yellow…

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