5 Seconds of Summer debut album tops Billboard 200 chart


LOS ANGELES - Australian pop rock group 5 Seconds of Summer scored one of the year's biggest debuts on the weekly Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday, cementing its status as the latest boy band to conquer the United States.

Guitarist Dick Wagner, who played for Alice Cooper, dead at 71

PHOENIX - Rock guitarist Dick Wagner, whose prolific session work graced the albums of such acts as Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith during the 1970s, has died at age 71 in Arizona, his manager said on Thursday.

31 Jul 2014

Elusive Van Morrison headlines 50th Cambridge Folk Festival

CAMBRIDGE - When Cambridge City Council decided to hold a music festival in the historic English university town back in 1964, few expected it to be going strong 50 years later.

31 Jul 2014

Verbier Festival draws the elites - and music lovers too

VERBIER Switzerland - There are thousands of music festivals around Europe every summer, but only one lays claim to being held at the highest altitude and that's the one in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, sometimes called the Davos of the music world. | Video

31 Jul 2014

Conductor Marc Minkowski: horses, Mozart made for each other

VERBIER Switzerland - French-American conductor Marc Minkowski loves music and his second passion is horses, so he is combining the two at a concert that will open the annual Mozart Week festival in Salzburg next year.

30 Jul 2014

Eric Clapton pays musical tribute to long-time friend JJ Cale

LONDON - A year after the death of American cult singer-songwriter JJ Cale, his close friend Eric Clapton has launched a tribute with an album and documentary featuring the likes of Willie Nelson and Mark Knopfler.

29 Jul 2014

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars sing to heal wounds of war

GDYNIA Poland - It's a long way from the refugee camps of Africa to Poland's balmy Baltic coast, but for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, the message is still the same.

29 Jul 2014

Dozens of ill Keith Urban fans treated at concert near Boston

BOSTON - Forty-six music fans were treated for mostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian country singer Keith Urban's concert outside Boston on Saturday night, local officials said.

28 Jul 2014

Cheryl Cole seizes top spot in British singles chart

LONDON - English singer/songwriter Cheryl Cole took the top spot in Britain's singles chart on Sunday with "Crazy Stupid Love", notching up her fourth solo number one track, the Official Charts Company said.

27 Jul 2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic still trying to wrap head around No. 1 album

LOS ANGELES - The past week for "Weird Al" Yankovic has been a little weird by the standards of the curly-haired, accordion-playing, oddball master of pop music parody.

25 Jul 2014

Kerry tells India refusal to sign WTO deal sends wrong signal

NEW DELHI - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal had sent the wrong signal, and urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible.