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  • Mariah Carey Responds to Calls That Qaddafi Money Be Returned

    Mariah Carey Responds to Calls That Qaddafi Money Be Returned | ARTICLE

    Mariah Carey announced today she feels "horrible and embarrassed" for performing on behalf of Muatassim Qaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who hired her to sing four songs on the Caribbean island of St. Bart's during...

    March 3, 2011 6:30 PM ET
  • Beyoncé Says She Donated Qaddafi Money to Haiti

    Beyoncé Says She Donated Qaddafi Money to Haiti | ARTICLE

    On Monday, several prominent music-business sources told Rolling Stone that Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher, 50 Cent and others who've performed shows funded by Libyan leaders should donate their fees to charity. Today, Beyoncé's rep is...

    March 2, 2011 4:25 PM ET
  • Mariah, Beyoncé, Usher Face Calls to Donate Qaddafi Money to Charity

    Mariah, Beyoncé, Usher Face Calls to Donate Qaddafi Money to Charity | ARTICLE

    Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher and 50 Cent are facing industry calls to give back the money they earned performing at lavish parties thrown by family members of Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi. "If it were me, it would...

    February 28, 2011 1:10 PM ET
  • Industry Lashes Out at Mariah, Beyoncé and Others Who Played for Qaddafi's Family

    Industry Lashes Out at Mariah, Beyoncé and Others Who Played for Qaddafi's Family | ARTICLE

    Over the past few years, some of music’s biggest names, including Mariah Carey, Usher and Beyoncé, have taken as much as a million dollars to play private shows for the family of Libya’s brutal dictator, Col....

    February 25, 2011 12:05 PM ET
  • Exclusive: Britney Spears' Producer Dr. Luke Reveals 'Femme Fatale' Details

    Exclusive: Britney Spears' Producer Dr. Luke Reveals 'Femme Fatale' Details | ARTICLE

    Britney Spears announced today that her new album, due March 15, is titled Femme Fatale – but the superstar singer and her Los Angeles producers are still choosing songs and determining the final direction of the...

    February 2, 2011 12:35 PM ET
  • Despite Deal With Sony, Spotify Unlikely to Launch in U.S. Anytime Soon

    Despite Deal With Sony, Spotify Unlikely to Launch in U.S. Anytime Soon | ARTICLE

    Spotify, the free streaming-radio service that has generated 10 million European listeners over the past two years, may be one step closer to a U.S. launch now that the Swedish company has signed a deal with...

    January 21, 2011 8:55 AM ET
  • Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Tops the Charts

    Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Tops the Charts | ARTICLE

    Taylor Swift – the bestselling artist of 2009 – got even bigger in early November, when her third album, Speak Now, broke a million...

    November 25, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • Don Henley Airs Conservative Views on Copyright Law

    Don Henley Airs Conservative Views on Copyright Law | ARTICLE

    Earlier this month Don Henley settled his lawsuit against U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore, a California Republican, for the politician's unauthorized use of "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance"...

    August 25, 2010 11:35 AM ET
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Lilith Fair Loses 10 Dates, Kelly Clarkson Quits

    Lilith Fair Loses 10 Dates, Kelly Clarkson Quits | ARTICLE

    The worst-selling summer concert season in recent memory has claimed another victim — Lilith Fair, which on Thursday canceled 10 shows, adding to a grim list that includes U2, Christina Aguilera, Limp Bizkit, Simon & Garfunkel, certain...

    July 2, 2010 1:34 PM ET
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Attorney General Investigates Lollapalooza

    Attorney General Investigates Lollapalooza | ARTICLE

    The Illinois attorney general's office is reportedly investigating Lollapalooza, the Chicago rock festival featuring Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Soundgarden, on antitrust grounds. As Rolling Stone first reported early this month, like Coachella, Bonnaroo and others, Lollapalooza...

    June 25, 2010 3:45 PM ET
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Google to Go After Apple With New Digital Music Service

    Google to Go After Apple With New Digital Music Service | ARTICLE

    Google is in "very preliminary" talks with executives in the record business to launch a new music service to compete with Apple's dominant iTunes, according to a source at a major record label and recent media reports....

    June 22, 2010 4:42 PM ET
  • AT&T's New Data Plan Won't Slam Music Fans

    AT&T's New Data Plan Won't Slam Music Fans | ARTICLE

    This week, AT&T announced new monthly smartphone data-plan rates, abandoning its popular unlimited-data pricing plans in favor of charging users $15 a month for 200 megabytes of usage or $25 for two gigabytes. The shift will mean...

    June 3, 2010 4:14 PM ET
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Prices Slashed on Concert Tickets

    Prices Slashed on Concert Tickets | ARTICLE

    Attempting to lure fans to summer concerts in a bad economy, promoter Live Nation Entertainment announced "no-service-fee June" Monday at its 50 U.S. amphitheatres — covering 700 shows by 110 artists, including the Dave Matthews Band, Tom...

    June 1, 2010 5:08 PM ET
  • Women Rule the Charts in 2010

    Women Rule the Charts in 2010 | ARTICLE

    When Ke$ha's debut, Animal, hit Number One in January, only two artists in the Top 10 were men — and one was a chipmunk....

    March 4, 2010 1:05 PM ET
  • Music Industry Reacts to U.S. Approval of Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger

    Music Industry Reacts to U.S. Approval of Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger | ARTICLE

    Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the two biggest players in the $4.4 billion worldwide concert business, received U.S. Department of Justice approval Monday for a merger that is likely to affect every live-music fan, artist, agent, manager and...

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Tool Pummel Mile High Music Festival With Heavy, Sprawling Set

    Tool Pummel Mile High Music Festival With Heavy, Sprawling Set | ARTICLE

    God knows the reason behind anything Maynard James Keenan says onstage. "Good evening, naked people!" the mohawked Tool frontman declared from the shadows after the band opened with "Jambi" Saturday night in Colorado. "This evening's performance is...

    July 20, 2009 11:47 AM ET
  • Michael Jackson's Legacy Includes Tangled Financial Web

    Michael Jackson's Legacy Includes Tangled Financial Web | ARTICLE

    When Michael Jackson died unexpectedly last Thursday at age 50, he left behind a tangled web of financial issues that may reverberate for months. His 50 scheduled shows at London's O2 Arena next month might have grossed...

    June 29, 2009 8:00 AM ET
  • Academy Snubs Bruce for 'The Wrestler'

    Academy Snubs Bruce for 'The Wrestler' | ARTICLE

    The biggest Bruce Springsteen controversy of the season has nothing to do with Walmart. Springsteen fans are shocked that his stunning song "The...

    February 19, 2009 3:00 PM ET
  • RIAA's Gaze Turns From Users to ISPs in Piracy Fight

    RIAA's Gaze Turns From Users to ISPs in Piracy Fight | ARTICLE

    After suing more than 35,000 people for illegally sharing music online since September 2003, the Recording Industry Association of America has canceled its much-publicized lawsuit campaign. The RIAA will instead work with Internet service providers to identify...

    December 19, 2008 3:30 PM ET
  • Chris Cornell Brings Sexy Back But Gets Upstaged By Timbaland

    Chris Cornell Brings Sexy Back But Gets Upstaged By Timbaland | ARTICLE

    The idea was for Timbaland to warm up the crowd, but the super-producer's hour-and-a-half set on Friday night at Denver's packed Ogden Theatre was so boisterous, intimate, funky and funny that the headliner, singer Chris Cornell (Timbo's...

    October 20, 2008 11:32 AM ET
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