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Happy birthday, Apple Music

Thursday, June 30, 2016 3:19am

Apple Music on iPhone 6Apple is famous for arriving late at the party but being its best guest. Portable mp3 players were already a ‘thing' long before the iPod. The market was overflowing with touchscreen phones and PDAs before the first iPhone, and the same is true of streaming. Pandora and Spotify have been around for years. Yet, as Apple Music marks its first anniversary, it does so with no free tier, 15 million paid subscribers, a host of big-name exclusives and at a moment in time where the music industry has officially moved from physical to digital.

Watch Brett Eldredge Share "Big Moments" Behind Music Video Filmed at Wrigley Field (Exclusive)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:00pm

The country star's "Wanna Be That Song," the first music video to be filmed on the Cubs' baseball field, is about "all those big moments in life," including a first kiss, getting married and having children.

Rihanna will debut the music video for her Star Trek song in IMAX

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 3:00pm

Rihanna will debut the music video for her Star Trek song in IMAXRihanna debuted her new official song for Paramount’s upcoming Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, on Monday, and today the singer announced that she would be the first musician to have a music video debut in IMAX theaters. The video is also the first to be shot entirely with IMAX cameras, on the same hardware that was used to capture the climactic battle sequence in Captain America: Civil War. Although it doesn’t specify whether the video will contain scenes from Star Trek Beyond, there’s a very good chance they will be integrated into the video.

Hundreds attend funeral of music legend Ralph Stanley

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:08am

This photo taken Jan. 16, 2012, shows Ralph Stanley looking out a window while sitting in the living room of the Stanley home outside of Coeburn, Va. Stanley died Thursday, June 23, 2016. He was 89. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) MANDATORY CREDITMCCLURE, Va. (AP) — Legendary bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley has been laid to rest in his hometown of McClure, Virginia.

Paul Simon, 74, 'ready to give up music'

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:05am

Paul Simon has collected more than a dozen Grammys and been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.More than half a century after he wrote "The Sound of Silence," American singer Paul Simon says he is ready to hang up his guitar and stop making music. The folk star turned world music champion, whose US tour ends Friday, released his most recent album, "Stranger to Stranger" on June 3 to rave reviews. "It's an act of courage to let go," Simon told the newspaper.


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