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Christina Aguilera is worst singer of "Star-Spangled Banner," survey says

Miami, Jul 20 (EFE).- The New York singer and actress of Ecuadorian descent, Christina Aguilera, is considered the worst singer of the U.S. National Anthem, according to a recent poll taken by the online station iHeartRadio. Some 37 percent of the station's listeners considered her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2011 Super Bowl, a sports event watched by an average of 111 million viewers in the United States, as the worst in history.

Jay Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' tops Billboard album chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Jay Z's latest album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, while besting industry forecasts. "Magna Carta Holy Grail" sold 528,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, making it the second-best debut week for an album this year behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."

Rapper Wale knocks Kanye West from atop Billboard album chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American rapper Wale grabbed the top spot on Wednesday on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for the first time with his record "The Gifted," while fellow rapper Kanye West's "Yeezus," last week's No. 1, fell to third place. "The Gifted" sold 158,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Wale's previous album, 2011's "Ambition," sold 164,000 copies in its first week but only reached No. 2 on the weekly album chart.

YouTube invests in video music site Vevo

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's YouTube said on Wednesday that it has made an investment in Vevo, an online music video hub that provides some of the most popular content on YouTube. YouTube and Vevo also renewed the partnership that allows YouTube to feature Vevo's music videos on its website, with the two companies sharing the ad revenue.

Swedish duo's "I Love It" tops Britain's singles chart

By Dasha Afanasieva LONDON (Reuters) - Swedish DJ duo Icona Pop's "I Love It" entered the singles chart at number one on Sunday, knocking Robin Thicke off the top spot he had held for four weeks, the Official Charts Company said. Nearly 125,000 copies of "I Love It", featuring British singer Charli XCX, were sold in the past seven days. The single features in the TV advertising campaign for Samsung's new Galaxy S4 smartphone and has been in the top 10 in 14 countries.

Kanye West's 'Yeezus' album leads rap debuts on Billboard 200

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kanye West led a slew of new rap music debuts on the U.S. weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album "Yeezus" topped the chart but fell below industry sales projections. "Yeezus," West's seventh solo studio album, sold 327,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, falling below Billboard's expectation of 500,000 copies sold.

Bands urge fans to put the phone down

There are few experiences which compare to the life-affirming thrill of a live music event, knowing that you are one of a privileged few being treated to a display of raw artistic skill and power. But just as the atmosphere reaches fever pitch, a sea of illuminated smartphones obscures the view and shatters the intimacy, reducing your memories to a shaky YouTube clip drowned out by off-key gig-goers. Artists and fans are now speaking out against the rising trend of filming concerts on phones.

U.S. singer Robin Thicke holds on to UK number one

LONDON (Reuters) - American R&B singer Robin Thicke has notched up a fourth week at the top of the British pop charts with his summer hit "Blurred Lines", the compiler said on Sunday. The Official Charts Company said Thicke sold a further 133,000 copies of the single over the last week to bring total UK sales to 718,000, the year's second biggest selling track. The song, which features vocals by U.S. artists T.I. and Pharrell Williams, has already been a number one hit in the United States and around the world.

Jay-Z's business continues to boom with Samsung deal for new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

NEW YORK, N.Y. - He really is more than a businessman. Jay-Z's partnership with Samsung for his new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," is another sign of how musicians are finding new ways to push, sell and promote their music, and how the multiplatinum performer — who famously rapped "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man" — continues to leverage his enduring popularity into a successful brand.

Jay Z's million-album Samsung sale unlikely to count for charts

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Jay Z's upcoming studio album will go to a million users of Samsung smartphones three days before its official release in a promotional deal, but the distribution is unlikely to count toward official sales figures, an industry expert said on Monday.
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