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‘Horrorcore’ rapper ‘Syko Sam’ pleads guilty to four murders

An aspiring rapper in the “horrorcore” genre pleaded guilty Monday to killing his 16-year-old girlfriend, her parents and her friend days after the adults chaperoned the teens at a music festival featuring artists rhyming about raping, killing and mutilating people. Richard ”Sam” McCroskey, 21, was sentenced to life in prison as…

Apple unveils social network, new iPod and TV tool

Apple has launched a music-centered social network at iTunes and unveiled slick new iPod and Apple TV gadgets that promised to win the iconic company more devotees. Ping was built into iTunes 10 software made available as a free download at itunes.com. “It is sort of like Facebook and Twitter…

Chinese man with no arms plays piano with toes

Man with no arms plays piano with toes, highlighting challenges for disabled in China Pianist Liu Wei sits quietly to compose himself before plunging into the music. Then he takes off a sock. The 23-year-old, whose arms were amputated after a childhood accident, plays the piano with his toes. Liu…

Exhibition looks at Jimi Hendrix’s London years

London’s Handel House Museum gives visitors a Jimi Hendrix experience with new exhibition They were both immigrants in Britain who changed the face of music — one with a harpsichord and a composer’s pen, the other with an electric guitar. George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix also shared an address,…

Pink Floyd anthem rewritten for young Iranians

Pink Floyd song rewritten by Toronto band as anthem for young people dissenting in Iran The Pink Floyd rock music classic “Another Brick in the Wall” has been transformed by a Canadian band to reflect dissent young Iranians have for their government. The song replaces the teacher reference with “Hey,…

New Michael Jackson songs to be released: report

LOS ANGELES — Sony Music will put on sale a collection of 10 previously unreleased songs by the late pop star Michael Jackson in November, Rolling Stone magazine reported. The magazine said the estate of the singer, who died in June 2009, had reached an agreement with the record company…

Apple iPod Nano may pose fire hazard, says Japan

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s industry ministry has ordered Apple to report on measures it will take regarding cases of its iPod Nano music player overheating and catching fire, an official said Thursday. Overheating of the 2005 iPod Nano while charging has caused at least 27 incidents, including six fires that…

Palin fiance Levi Johnston to film music video

LOS ANGELES – Levi Johnston will make his music video debut as a lover whose romance is thwarted by his girlfriend’s disapproving mother, according to a Universal Music Group record label and Johnston’s attorney. Johnston, 20, who is Bristol Palin’s fiance, has agreed to appear in the video with singer-songwriter…

Rage frontman’s Arizona boycott swells to nearly 300 artists

Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Roca is no stranger to shredding public policy in his line of work: indeed, rebel music has been the man’s lifeblood for decades. Though already a legend in the music world, this is one socially motivated rocker who is not about to…

Man arrested for taking picture of cop in his own home

A Texas man has sued his local police department, saying he was arrested for taking a picture of a police officer when the officer entered his home without permission. According to the lawsuit (PDF), Sgt. Justin Alderete of the Sealy, Texas, police department arrived at the home of Francisco Olvera…

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