Singer Billy Joel to be honored with U.S. Gershwin Prize


NEW YORK - Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who penned hit tunes such as "Piano Man" and "New York State of Mind," will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the U.S. national library said on Tuesday.

U.S. rapper Nas has London crowd spellbound with 'Illmatic'

LONDON - Many in the crowd at the Lovebox Festival in London this weekend were not yet born when U.S. rapper Nas released his groundbreaking “Illmatic” two decades ago, but they seemed to know all the lines anyway.

22 Jul 2014

Ed Sheeran tops British album chart, sets 2014 record

LONDON - Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran topped the British album chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday, setting a record for the longest run in the top spot this year, the Official Charts Company said.

20 Jul 2014

Sam Smith says chart-topping debut inspired by unrequited love

LONDON - British singer Sam Smith, who is riding a tidal wave of chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with his debut album "In the Lonely Hour", said it was all inspired by his unrequited love for a man.

22 Jul 2014

One Direction singer's takeover of hometown club flops

LONDON - One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has seen his dreams of buying his hometown soccer club Doncaster Rovers thwarted after a fund raising effort fell short of its two million pound ($3.4 million) target.

18 Jul 2014

Gregg Allman filmmakers plead not guilty to Georgia manslaughter charges

LOS ANGELES - The director and producer of a film about rock singer Gregg Allman on Thursday said they pleaded not guilty in Georgia on charges stemming from a death on the set of the movie "Midnight Rider."

18 Jul 2014

Beyonce, Eminem, Azalea lead MTV Video Music Awards nods

LOS ANGELES - R&B singer Beyonce and rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea led the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, one of the industry's top televised showcases, the cable TV network said on Thursday. | Video

18 Jul 2014

Blues legend Johnny Winter found dead in Swiss hotel room

ZÚRICH - Johnny Winter, an American blues rock guitarist, vocalist and band leader known for his virtuoso slide-guitar solos and raspy vocals, was found dead in a hotel room outside Zurich, Swiss police said on Thursday. He was 70.

18 Jul 2014

Stevie Wonder blends hits at Montreux for Quincy Jones

MONTREUX Switzerland - Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Wednesday night, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael Jackson for an audience that included producer Quincy Jones.

17 Jul 2014

Singer-songwriter Sia snags first No. 1 on U.S. Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES - Singer-songwriter Sia, the writing talent behind several pop hits, on Wednesday grabbed her own No. 1 spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart for the first time with the album "1,000 Forms of Fear," according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

17 Jul 2014

Exclusive - Lupin, U.S. firms weigh bids for GSK's mature drugs: sources

LONDON/MUMBAI - Generics firm Lupin , some U.S. drugmakers looking for a tax-saving deal in Europe and private equity funds are planning to bid for a range of older drugs being auctioned by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , five sources familiar with the matter said.