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Half a million celebrate Gay Pride in Berlin

BERLIN — An estimated half a million people partied in the streets of Berlin on Saturday for the annual Gay Pride festival, organisers said. More than 50 floats travelled through the streets pumping out techno music on a cool but sunny day in the German capital, celebrating the 32nd edition…

Sound Strike! Rage, Kanye, others refuse to perform in Arizona

What’s more important to Arizonans, the state’s new immigration law or the opportunity to continue attracting musicians to perform? Vocalist Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is leading a growing cadre of musicians to boycott performances in Arizona as a result of the state’s controversial immigration crackdown.…

Vintage McCartney lifts somber White House

Forty-six years after the Beatles invaded America, Paul McCartney rocked the White House Wednesday, honored by President Barack Obama at a star-studded concert celebrating his songwriting legend. Though British Petroleum is target number one for the White House over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, British pop, in the form…

Fox News host accidentally says C-word on live TV: video

At least he didn’t say retarded. One Fox News host was reminded Tuesday morning that live television can be dangerous. Brian Kilmeade was introducing a segment about country music singer Taylor Swift when he appears to have let the C-word slip. “Plus court… excuse me. C*nt. County. Shut up,” said…

Peter Gabriel deconstructs music, reconstructs world

PARIS (AFP) – Peter Gabriel strips songs to their bare essentials in his latest album, the first in eight years, but he is as passionate about new technologies and saving the world as he is about music. Looking forward to a concert tour to promote “Scratch My Back”, the former…

Abbey Road studios granted historical status

LONDON — London’s Abbey Road recording studios, made famous by artists like the Beatles, is to be listed, granting it protection from major changes, officials said Tuesday. The announcement from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport came two days after its owners, struggling music group EMI, said they would…

Austin suicide bomber featured in music videos

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Joe Stack, the 53-year-old software engineer who allegedly flew a single engine aircraft into an Austin-based IRS office on Thursday morning, was more than just a criminal or possible domestic terrorist. He was also a musician who played the bass and accordion in a band that once…

Judge slashes ‘monstrous’ fine in music piracy case

WASHINGTON — Condemning a two-million-dollar fine meted out to a Minnesota woman for illegally downloading music over the Internet as “monstrous and shocking,” a judge has slashed the penalty to 54,000 dollars. US District Court Michael Davis said the fine imposed by a jury on Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother…

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