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Spotify buys online recording studio Soundtrap


STOCKHOLM Music streaming company Spotify has bought online music and audio recording studio Soundtrap, it said on Friday, declining to give financial details of the deal.

Vivendi's music unit UMG worth more than $40 billion, CEO says

BARCELONA/LONDON Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) could be worth more than $40 billion, Chief Executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on Friday, helping buoy shares in the French media group following third-quarter results where UMG was a highlight.

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Blake Shelton named People's 2017 'Sexiest Man Alive'

LOS ANGELES Blake Shelton was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, a first for any country singer, prompting "The Voice" judge to shake off his shyness about his looks. | Video

People 15 Nov 2017

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' sales soar, but Adele keeps her crown

LOS ANGELES Taylor Swift's new album "Reputation" has sold more than one million copies in its first four days, Nielsen Music said on Tuesday, but the U.S. pop star failed to beat the record set by Britain's Adele two years ago.

14 Nov 2017

Sam Smith scores first top spot on Billboard 200

LOS ANGELES Sam Smith's "The Thrill of it All" scored the British singer's first No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, edging out new releases by Maroon 5 and Blake Shelton, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan on Monday, | Video

14 Nov 2017

Shawn Mendes, Eminem and U2 among winners at MTV Europe Music Awards

LONDON Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes led the pack at the MTV Europe Music awards on Sunday night, taking home "Best Song," "Best Artist," and "Biggest Fans" awards, in a show that featured performances from French Montana, The Killers and Kesha. | Video

13 Nov 2017

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' debuts to strong sales, mixed reviews

LOS ANGELES Taylor Swift's revenge-tinged new album "Reputation" soared to the top of the iTunes charts on its first day of release on Friday, earning mixed reviews from music critics while fans devoured the lyrics for clues about her latest targets.

People 11 Nov 2017

Don Everly sues brother Phil's family over 'Cathy's Clown'

Don Everly, the surviving member of the Everly Brothers, has sued the family of his late brother Phil to reclaim his copyright interests in the country-rock duo's 1960 U.S. No. 1 hit "Cathy's Clown."

10 Nov 2017

Tribute to Las Vegas victims marks CMA Awards as Brooks wins top award

The Country Music Association's (CMA) annual awards on Wednesday blended somber reflections on recent tragic events including the Las Vegas mass shooting, with show-stopping performances by top music stars and even a dose of political humor. | Video

09 Nov 2017

China's Bytedance buying lip-sync app Musical.ly for up to $1 billion

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI Chinese online content platform Bytedance said on Friday it would buy popular lip-sync platform Musical.ly, in a deal seen valued at up to $1 billion that underlines the global ambitions of the fast-growing tech startup.

Tech, Deals 10 Nov 2017