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Mike Ashley reportedly in talks to buy music chain HMV

Image copyright Getty Images Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley is reportedly in talks to buy music chain HMV. HMV collapsed last month, its second administration in six years, risking 2,200 jobs at 125 stores. Mr Ashley, who owns several high-street retailers has held talks with suppliers of music and entertainment products, Sky News has reported. Sports Direct could not be reached for comment and administrators KPMG also declined to comment. Mr Ashley owns more than 60% of Sports Direct, and through it he has bought retailers including the House of…

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Rappers Skengdo and AM breached injunction by performing drill music

Image copyright PA Image caption Skengdo and AM were sentenced to nine months in jail suspended for two years Two rappers have been given suspended sentences for performing drill music which incited violence against rival gang members. Skengdo, real name Terrell Doyley, and AM, real name Joshua Malinga, pleaded guilty to breaching a gang injunction at Croydon County Court, police say. The injunction was made against the pair last year because they were members of a gang in south London. They were sentenced to nine months in jail suspended for…

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Shutdown sojourn: Free museums, music for furloughed U.S. workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It may not put a meal on the table for furloughed federal employees, but some U.S. museums and symphonies are supplying food for the mind in free admission for workers affected by the longest partial federal government shutdown in U.S. history. FILE PHOTO: Tourists walk towards the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller/File Photo With the shutdown in its fourth week with no end in sight, cultural institutions from Massachusetts to Oregon are moving to help unpaid federal workers spend some…

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Lauren Jauregui: ‘The music industry clouds your soul’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ‘I was trying to make my music sound like something else’ Last year, Lauren Jauregui had to rediscover her love of music. As a member of the US girl group Fifth Harmony, she’d sold millions of records and scored global hits with the slinky R&B of Worth It and Work From Home. But the band were burned out, forced into a punishing work schedule and recording songs they didn’t believe in. “It’s overwhelming to have your whole, entire life planned for something you don’t…

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Verizon deepens ties with Apple, offers free Apple Music to some U.S. customers

FILE PHOTO: An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, China December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said on Tuesday it will include free Apple Music subscriptions in some of its top-tier U.S. data plans, deepening its ties with the iPhone maker. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is increasingly turning for growth to its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage, Apple Music and the App Store, and has been partnering with rivals in recent months. Two…

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Is R Kelly’s music being shut down after new abuse claims?

Image copyright Getty Images John Legend has described him as a “serial” abuser, Lady Gaga has apologised for working with him and Neyo says there’s “no excuse” not to “mute R Kelly”. For 20 years, the Ignition (Remix) singer has faced numerous accusations of sexual misconduct – with many of the stories alleging he preyed on teenage girls. But the singer has never been convicted and denies any wrongdoing. R Kelly’s big hits are still played by DJs across the world, he has a huge fan base and he’s considered…

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Octavian: The rapper who went from homelessness to winning the BBC Music Sound of 2019

Image copyright Black Butter Records Image caption Octavian: “My music is weird, man.” “My mum, the last thing she told me before I left was, ‘You’re either going to be in prison or you’re going to be big.’” Octavian – who has just got a step closer to the big time after being named winner of BBC Music’s Sound of 2019 – is recalling the day, at the age of 14, that he was thrown out of his mother’s house. “She was bare angry at me, so it was weird…

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On Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, double the peace, love and music

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, one of the watersheds of the 1960s counterculture movement, will be celebrated in August with two competing events. FILE PHOTO: Janet Huey displays her original ticket at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, U.S. August 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer Michael Lang, the co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival, announced on Wednesday that the official Woodstock Music and Arts Fair would take place from Aug 16-18 at a motor -racing venue in upstate…

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Qualcomm expands car computer chip lineup, adds music from Amazon

(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc on Monday expanded its lineup of car computing chips and broke them into tiers of different prices, similar to its chips for smartphones that power relatively budget-friendly handsets as well as premium models. FILE PHOTO: A Qualcomm sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song Qualcomm provides the chips for so-called infotainment systems as well as dashboard displays, but is also trying to fight its way into the market…

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Dark side of the Moon: Music, myths and aliens

A Chinese robot has started exploring the far side of the Moon. The Chang’e-4 probe will explore the surface and carry out geological experiments. China plans to follow this up with further missions to return Moon rock to laboratories on Earth. But it’s not just scientists who are fascinated with the Moon’s hidden face. Musicians, film-makers and, of course, conspiracy theorists have all been inspired by that secret, barren landscape. ‘There is no dark side of the Moon, really. As a matter of fact it’s all dark.’ For music fans,…

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