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Welcome to LyricWiki.org's Music News page! This page is for music-related news and announcements. Award shows, upcoming late-night talk show performances, tour announcements, music-related deaths, and upcoming album releases are some of the items that may be found here. If you know of a recent or upcoming news-worthy item, please submit it. Just click on the newspaper below.
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August 30, 2009Edit

In On 28 August 2009, after a fight between the Gallagher brothers backstage at the Rock-en-Seine festival near Paris, which involved Liam breaking Noel's guitar, their manager, Marcus Russell, announced the cancellation of the concert to a shocked audience just minutes before it was about to begin. Further announcements were also made by Russell, being the cancellation of the two concerts remaining of the European tour and also that the group "does not exist anymore".

Two hours later the following statement by Noel appeared on the band’s website:

"It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer." "Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan."

The band also cancelled their appearance at the V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex, last Sunday, claiming Liam was suffering from laryngitis. That was due to have been the last UK gig of the world tour, which began in Seattle 12 months ago.

Peggy Gallagher, mother of Liam and Noel, puts the recent bout of fights between the brothers down to tiredness from touring. “The funny thing is, they didn’t fight as children. They didn’t fight until they started the band”. She also told a newspaper that she is “convinced” the band will reunite.

Only time will tell…

External links: news.bbc.co.uk, Official site & Oasis Wikipedia16
Submitted by: Redxx

August 13, 2009Edit

Legendary guitarist Les Paul dies. (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009)

The "father of the electric six-string" Les Paul has died, aged 94. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." He is survived by three sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
External link: uk.reuters.com
Submitted by: Notime2cry


The Stone Roses re-issue debut album

On the 20th anniversary of playing at Blackpool Empress Ballroom, the self titled album was re-issued in several new formats. The Stone Roses guitar based rock changed the style of music in the 90's and became an inspiration to many.
External link: www.sonycmg.com & Official Site
Submitted by: Notime2cry

August 8, 2009Edit

40th Anniversary of Abbey Road album cover

It's 40 years since photographer Iain Macmillan photographed The Beatles walking across the zebra crossing on Abbey Road outside the Abbey Road Studios. Thousands of people went along to Abbey Road Studios to celebrate the occasion and replicate the image which became the iconic cover for the last album The Beatles recorded together. Members of the Sergeant Peppers Only Dart Board Band attempted to recreate the famous photo shot in the midst of complete chaos by lack of crowd control. The local police were completely caught off guard by the event and were only expecting around a 100 fans.
External link: www.beatlesnews.com
Submitted by: Notime2cry

June 27, 2009Edit

The "King of Pop" is Dead

International pop music icon, recording artist, entertainer and businessman, Michael Jackson was found unconscious at his home about noon on Thursday, June 25, 2009. Although EMTs immediately responded, he was pronounced dead at the hospital, believed to be from a heart attack. He was 50 years of age.

Michael Jackson will be best remembered for his revolutionary videos such as "Thriller" (1982), and "Dangerous" (1991), as well as two Guinness World Records, including most successful entertainer of all time (with 13 Grammy Awards, 13 Number One single hits in a solo career, and sales of over 750 million in albums worldwide), and for having the Greatest Album of all time ("Thriller"). He will also be remembered for his trademark single sequined white glove and for the Moonwalk dance.

Michael Jackson was also inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: in 1997 he was inducted as a member of The Jackson 5, and in 2001, as a solo artist. In 2002, he was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He has also received numerous awards for his contributions to the world of pop music, and for his numerous best selling albums.

External links: Find a Grave & Death of Michael Jackson Wikipedia16
Submitted by: Redxx

April 28, 2009Edit

American Idol Judges May Leave Show

Fox television this week faced an uncomfortable future when the two biggest stars on its Number 1-rated show "American Idol" openly discussed leaving, which experts said could send viewership plummeting in future seasons.

Paula Abdul, whose often quirky behavior has been a hot topic for years, told ABC News program "Nightline" that her contract ends after this season. And acid-tongued Simon Cowell, whom critics call the show's real star, gave several interviews in which he contemplated an exit when his deal ends next year. (More information at the link below)

External link: Billboard.com
Submitted by: RainbowDragon

March 28, 2009Edit

Black Sabbath Goes Digital in the U.K.

The Black Sabbath back catalog to be made available for digital download and streaming services for the first time outside of North America from Monday (March 30th).

Universal Music Catalogue U.K. said in a statement that 18 titles will be available from download retailers and on streaming partners including Spotify, We7 and Napster. Ringtones of classics: "Paranoid," "War Pigs" and "Iron Man" will also be available for the first time.

"The Black Sabbath catalog is one of the most iconic catalogs to be missing from the digital market," said Brian Rose, managing director, commercial division of Universal Music U.K., in a statement.

"We are delighted that from March 30, music fans will finally be able to download and stream Black Sabbath's music from our digital partners. This is a significant step for us, and will be happening alongside the physical release of Paranoid) as a deluxe edition, showing our commitment to providing music fans with the very best both physically and digitally."

External link: Billboard.com
Submitted by: RainbowDragon

February 28, 2009Edit

Warner Music's New Proposed ISP Plan

A few more details about Warner Music Group’s proposal to issue blanket music licenses to ISPs trickled out at the Digital Music Forum East conference this week, where industry consultant Jim Griffin — the man behind the plan — was a featured speaker.

According to published reports, Griffin, Managing Director of OneHouse LLC, said the bulk of the initiative is aimed at the university market under the banner of "Choruss". But exactly what "Choruss" will do depends on the campus. Griffin told attendees that "Choruss" will take different forms on different campuses, with each operating as a sort of business model laboratory where participating labels could experiment with different offers and prices. The results of these experiments could then be applied to public ISPs like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

The overarching strategy, however, remains the same—offer: a blanket monthly per-student fee to cover the use of all music downloading taking place on college campuses including, and especially, P2P networks. Griffin said he expects the first implementations of the "Choruss" effort to begin in the upcoming academic school year with a handful of as-yet unnamed campuses.

External Link: Billboard.com
Submitted by: RainbowDragon

February 21, 2009Edit

Simon and Garfunkel planning to tour

It has been reported that Simon and Garfunkel are intending to tour together for the first time in five years. This news was revealed five days after a surprise appearance by Art Garfunkel at a Paul Simon concert in New York on Friday 13th February 2009.

External link: BBC News
Submitted by: Notime2cry

February 9, 2009Edit

51st Grammy's Robert Plant & Alison Krauss win the lion's share

So Robert Plant and Alison Krauss had a great night and Coldplay wouldn't seem to have any reason to complain either.

So do you know who was nominated and more importantly, who won?

Well thanks to Kiefer we do! See here.

External links:grammy.com & 51st Grammy Awards Wikipedia16
Submitted by: Redxx

February 2, 2009Edit

Lynyrd Skynyrd Keyboardist Billy Powell Has Died

Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died this morning (Jan. 28) at his home in Orange Park, Florida. He was 56.

According to the Associated Press, Powell called 911 around 12:55 a.m. this morning, saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue crews arrived at the home but Powell was pronounced dead just before 2 a.m.

Orange Park Police Lt. Mark Cornett told the AP that Powell had missed an appointment yesterday for a cardiac evaluation.

Powell, whose fluid piano runs spiced such classic Skynyrd songs as "Freebird," "Call Me The Breeze" and "Sweet Home Alabama," and founding guitarist Gary Rossington were the only two surviving band members aboard the 1977 plane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup vocalist Cassie Gaines.

External link: www.billboard.com
Submitted by: RainbowDragon

January 27, 2009Edit

Billy Joel and Elton John Reunite For Face 2 Face Tour

The rumors are true. Beginning in March, Billy Joel and Elton John, will reunite for their Face 2 Face tour and continue the most successful and longest-running concert pairing in pop history.

"I love touring with Billy. I have the greatest respect for him and we're such good friends," Elton said. And "the great thing about performing with Elton is that he is such a good piano player and that makes me have to dig deep to keep up with him, not to mention I've got the best seat in the house-only one piano away from Elton John!" said Billy.

External link: www.billyjoel.com
Submitted by: RainbowDragon


Michael Jackson Taking Thriller To Theater

Michael Jackson will help develop his groundbreaking "Thriller" video into a musical theater production, producers said on Jan. 26. The theater production will recreate the tale of the 14-minute horror film spoof based on the title song. In the video, a young couple are on a date when the boy (played by Jackson) becomes a werewolf.

External link: www.billboard.com
Submitted by: RainbowDragon


January 19, 2009Edit

New Music Releases

The following albums are due to be released 20 January 2009:

External link:
Submitted by: RainbowDragon


January 18, 2009Edit

YouTube Muting Sound On Warner Bros. Videos

Because of continued disagreements over royalties, Warner Music Group has demanded that all their music videos be pulled off the site.“Previously, when a music label or other rights owner issued a copyright claim to block audio, the video was automatically taken down,” YouTube said in a statement issued after the muting began. “Now we’ve added an additional choice."

External link: www.rollingstone.com
Submitted by: RainbowDragon

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