Music underpins eclectic array of Toronto film festival features


TORONTO - From dramas about mentors and their apprentices, to imaginative musicals, biopics, and documentaries, music underpinned an eclectic swathe of movies appearing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Chefs take spotlight at London debut music-and-food fest

LONDON - Gourmet food proved to be the new rock ’n’roll at a weekend festival in London where 10 acclaimed chefs, three of whom hold Michelin stars, demonstrated their culinary prowess against a backdrop of live music.

15 Sep 2014

Sam Smith holds off Robert Plant to keep top UK music chart spot

LONDON - English singer-songwriter Sam Smith held onto the number one spot in Britain's album charts on Sunday, seeing off a strong challenge from Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, the Official Charts Company said.

14 Sep 2014

Former Four Seasons songwriter Bob Crewe dies at 83

LOS ANGELES - Songwriter Bob Crewe, who co-wrote such hits as "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Walk Like a Man" and played a key behind-the- scenes role in the rise to stardom of the Four Seasons pop group, has died at age 83, his brother said on Saturday.

14 Sep 2014

Rose Garden singer Lynn Anderson arrested on DUI

NASHVILLE - One-time country superstar Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 country-pop crossover hit "Rose Garden," was arrested early on Friday on a drunk-driving charge after she was involved in an accident in Nashville, the police said.

13 Sep 2014

As music sales fall, sax player Kenny G turns to stockpicking

NEW YORK - Kenny G, the best-selling jazz musician who once played at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball, wakes up every morning to Starbucks.

12 Sep 2014

Pharrell in element in Britain, where 'Happy' is top download

LONDON - R&B singer and producer Pharrell Williams was in his element at the iTunes Festival in London this week, and thanked his fans for making his song "Happy" from the movie "Despicable Me 2" the most downloaded tune in Great Britain. | Video

12 Sep 2014

Playboy model, cheap seats lure youth to London's Royal Opera opener

LONDON - The Royal Opera House rolled out the red carpet for young people on Thursday for season opener "Anna Nicole," based on the life of American stripper and Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith whose voluptuous surgically enhanced cleavage attracted a billionaire.

12 Sep 2014

Maroon 5 score second chart-topping Billboard 200 album with 'V'

LOS ANGELES - Pop-rock group Maroon 5 outpaced rapper Jeezy to debut their album "V" at the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.

11 Sep 2014

London's Royal Opera targets youngest-ever audience

LONDON - Britain's Royal Opera House will open its doors to children as young as two when its new season starts on Thursday, as the 282-year-old institution seeks a new generation of music-lovers.

11 Sep 2014

India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties ahead of China's Xi's visit

NEW DELHI - India extended a $100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday, signaling a more confident foreign policy ahead of a visit this week by China's President Xi Jinping.