Opera composer Seymour Barab has died at the age of 93. The Chicago, Illinois-born musician passed away in New York on 28 June (14).
He began his career as a cellist before becoming a composer, and was a founding member of the Composers String Quartet in the 1960s.
He went on to write music for texts by poets W.B. Yeats and John Dryden and author Kurt Vonnegut, before moving on to composing operas, such as Philip Marshall, A Piece of String, Passion in the Principal's Office and the satire La Pizza Con Funghi.
Barab also penned shows for children, including adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Snow White.
Jazz bassist Charlie Haden has died at the age of 76. Haden passed away on Friday (11Jul14) following a prolonged illness, according to Billboard.com.
The musician made his professional debut at the age of two as a yodeler alongside his family members.
In 1957, he joined saxophonist Ornette Coleman's jazz quartet.
Following a stint in rehab for drug addiction, he worked with composer Keith Jarrett's American quartet in 1967.
Haden also went on to found his own groups, including The Liberation Music Orchestra with Carla Bley, Michael Mantler, Roswell Rudd and Gato Barbieri, and the Charlie Haden Quartet West featuring saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Lawrence Marable.
Haden was the recipient of several Grammy awards throughout his career, including Best Jazz Instrumental Performance for Beyond the Missouri Sky in 1997, and two Latin Grammys for Best Latin Jazz CD for his album Nocturne and Best Latin Jazz Performance for his record Land of the Sun.
He is survived by his singer and guitarist son Josh Haden and his triplet daughters, Petra, Tanya and Rachel Haden, who formed the group the Haden Triplets.
Veteran singers Loretta Lynn and Jackson Browne are set to be saluted with lifetime achievement prizes at the 2014 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Country icon Lynn will be recognised for her songwriting success, while social activist Browne will receive the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.
Blues musician Taj Mahal and Latin accordionist Flaco Jimenez will also be feted with the respective lifetime achievement awards for performance and instrumentalist.
The accolades will be presented to the quartet during the Americana Awards ceremony on 17 September (14).
Roseanne Cash, Robert Ellis and Jason Isbell lead the nominees for the event with three nods apiece.
Rock group Crosby, Stills, & Nash made a surprise appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (07Jul14) to sing an acoustic version of Iggy Azalea's rap hit Fancy with the late night host. During the segment, Fallon reprised his impression of Neil Young to complete the quartet.
An historic Stradivari viola, which carried a record price tag of $45 million (£28.13 million), has failed to sell at auction. The 300-year-old Macdonald, originally varnished by celebrated Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari himself, was expected to make history at a Sotheby's New York sale, but it struggled to attract buyers at the sky high fee and went unsold on Wednesday (25Jun14), when the month-long auction came to an end.
The string instrument is believed to be just one of 10 complete surviving Stradivari instruments in existence.
It was being sold by the family of the late Peter Schidlof, a co-founder of the famed Amadeus Quartet, who obtained it in 1964 at a cost of $81,000 (£50,625).
The current auction record for a musical instrument was set in 2011 when the Lady Blunt Stradivari violin was sold online for $15.9 million (£9.94 million).
Musicians Carla Bley, George Coleman and Charles Lloyd have been selected to receive America's most prestigious jazz award next year (15). Composer Bley and saxophonists Coleman and Lloyd will be made Jazz Masters and handed a $25,000 (£15,625) fellowship, while Chicago, Illinois jazz club owner Joe Segal will also be feted by officials at the National Endowment for the Arts.
The quartet will be honoured during a ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center in April (15).
This year's (14) honourees included pianist Keith Jarrett, saxophonist Anthony Braxton and bassist Richard Davis.
Canadian band Hedley took home a trio of trophies at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday (15Jun14). The quartet went into the Canadian music video network's annual prizegiving with six nominations and landed three wins thanks to their cheeky promo for hit song Anything.
They took the top honour of Video Of The Year, as well as Favourite Video and Pop Video Of The Year.
Toronto-born rapper Drake was unable to attend the ceremony in his hometown, but still won Hip-Hop Video of the Year (Worst Behavior) and International Video Of The Year By A Canadian (Hold On, We're Going Home).
Canadian group Sam Roberts Band took the prize for Rock/Alternative Video Of The Year for Shapeshifters, while Lorde's Royals was named International Video Of The Year (Artist). Imagine Dragons were honoured with the International Video Of The Year (Group) for Demons.
Another hometown boy, Justin Bieber, took the Favourite Artist or Group prize for the fourth year in a row, but was not present to accept his award. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez scooped Favourite International Artist or Group, and thanked all her fans in a pre-taped video message, noting that Canada is one of her "favourite countries in the world".
Reality TV stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner served as co-hosts for the ceremony, and Kendall kicked off the night by poking fun at herself after she stumbled over her words as she introduced the nominees for International Video of the Year, much like she did at the Billboard Music Awards in May (14).
The night also included performances by Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Ariana Grande, and Imagine Dragons, while actors Jena Malone, Kellan Lutz, Chloe Grace Moretz and Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka also took to the stage to present the night's awards.
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Dame Maggie Smith is set to receive one of Britain's highest awards as part of Queen Elizabeth II's annual Birthday Honours list.
The Oscar winner is expected to be named as a Companion of Honour when this year's (14) list is unveiled on Saturday (14May14). Smith will join the ranks of previous recipients including Sir Ian McKellen and her close pal and Tea with Mussolini co-star Dame Judi Dench.
Smith was made a dame by the monarch in 1990 for services to the performing arts.
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has reassured fans the group is not splitting up after its final tour - the bandmates just won't be playing live anymore. Neil and his pals staged a press conference in January (14) to announce plans for a final set of international dates, which will begin later this year (14) and end in 2015, but he insists that doesn't mean the quartet will be no more after the last show.
In a recent radio chat on the Todd N Tyler Radio Empire show, the singer said, "The band isn't over. Here's the thing. Motley Crue is a business, and there's different parts of the business - merchandising, there's music and there's touring. We're just ceasing the touring part.
"But there's gonna be still music coming from Motley Crue for different types of things, and still merchandise and stuff like that. We're just saying that we won't tour anymore. That's really kind of it."
Meanwhile, Neil insists that relations between himself and his bandmates have never been better: "We've been together 33 years, and of course, we have our arguments, just like brothers do. You have an argument and you make up the next day... It's a family. (But) we're all having fun right now."
50 Cent has cemented the reunion of his rap collective G-Unit by heading into the studio with his bandmates for their first new single in six years. The In Da Club hitmaker launched the careers of Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck in 2000, but Buck was kicked out of the group in 2008 and earlier this year (14), after a series of disputes among the remaining band members, Yayo declared G-Unit was over.
However, the quartet staged a surprise comeback during 50 Cent's headlining set at Sunday's (01Jun14) Summer Jam concert in New Jersey and now the stars have served up a new song for fans too, titled Nah, I'm Talking Bout.
Yayo reveals the old pals recently sat down to clear the air and he credits their brotherly bond with helping them repair their fractured friendships.
He also suggests the group is working on a follow-up to 2008's T.O.S: Terminate on Sight.
He tells XXL magazine, "We just sat at the table, and it happened - that's it. It feels good. We're brothers. There's nothing we can't work out. Brothers fight all the time. We just dropped a new record. We working. We just taking it one day at a time (sic)."