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Song Related News for July 29, 2014

Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award

Swift poses at the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


German violinist Fischer on spurning a photo shoot

By Michael Roddy BONN, Germany (Reuters) - German violinist Julia Fischer knows that marketing is part of the price to stay at the top of the competitive world of violin soloists, but she was having no part of a photo shoot she said had made her look like a drug addict. "I once did a photo shoot ... where I didn't release a single picture afterwards because I didn't see myself anywhere," the 30-year-old mother of two told Reuters in an interview after a concert this week at the annual Beethoven Festival in Bonn. ...

Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model

Brian Panish, attorney for the Michael Jackson family delivers his closing argument to jurors in packed courtroom in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop star Michael Jackson against his concert promoter is now in the hands of a jury, and the verdict could have far-reaching implications for how the entertainment industry does business with its biggest stars. The 21-week trial, which has opened a window into the private life and last days of the King of Pop, has put not only concert promoter AEG Live on trial but also the entertainment industry's live-performance business model, analysts say. ...


Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" tops British singles chart

Singer Derulo performs at the 2013 Wango Tango concert at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CaliforniaLONDON (Reuters) - American R&B singer Jason Derulo notched up his third British number one single on Sunday with "Talk Dirty", ending U.S. singer Katy Perry's two-week run in the No. 1 slot, sales figures showed. The Official Charts Company said with sales of nearly 160,000 copies over the past week, "Talk Dirty" has become the fastest selling single of Derulo's career in Britain and the fourth fastest selling single of 2013. "Talk Dirty", which also features rapper 2 Chainz, is the second single from Derulo's third album, "Tattoos", which will be released in Britain on Monday. ...


Michigan Wheatland Traditional Arts Weekend Rocks Roots Music

Michigan's Wheatland Traditional Arts Weekend (TAW), under the auspices of the redoubtable Wheatland Music Festival, is pure heritage arts at their best. The TAW happens May 27-29, in Remus, Mich. For ethnic, regional and roots music and dance, come to TAW. What exactly are "traditional arts?" Think of it this way. Those are "traditional arts."

Colombian singer Carlos Vives scores five Latin Grammy nominations

Colombian singer Vives laughs during the Music For Social Change forum at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in CartagenaLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Colombian singer Carlos Vives and Argentine fusion group Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas led the Latin Grammy Award nominations with five nods a piece, the Latin Recording Academy said on Wednesday. Veteran singer Vives, 52, snared nominations in key categories of album of the year for "Coraz ón Profundo," while his song "Volví A Nacer" was nominated for record of the year and song of the year. ...

The Clash is back, at least with a box set

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Clash may have proven true the rock 'n' roll axiom that it is better to burn out than fade away. Now they are attempting to show that no matter how a band exits the stage, it can always come back with a box set. Punk originals who went on to explore forms of reggae, jazz and rap, the band basically broke up just when they hit their commercial peak with the 1982 album "Combat Rock," their fifth and final studio album after bursting onto the scene with their eponymous first record in 1977. ...

Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson, Deborah Chang and Kevin Boyle listen as jurors are polled following the verdict in Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...


'Weird Al' on his weirdly successful week in music

In this July 17, 2014 photo,  “Weird Al” Yankovic poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Billboard reported that Yankovic's “Mandatory Fun” debuted at No. 1 this week with more than 80,000 units sold. That’s almost double the amount his last album, &a mp;quot;Alpocalypse," sold in its debut week in 2011. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.


Chris Brown is the Latest of Many Musicians to Be Cast in an Upcoming Movie

Chris Brown and Other Destructive CelebritiesWill Chris Brown be able to charm audiences as the star of a romantic comedy? He might not seem like the best choice for a romantic lead, but he's going to get the chance to try to get his fans to fall in love with him all over him again in "Think Like a Man." The movie is based on a self-help book aimed at teaching women what really goes on in the minds of men when it comes to relationships (sadly, it won't focus on Brown's own brain). Brown has had a couple minor acting roles, prior to this new gig.