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Vintage guitar market anxious for high notes at auction

By Phil Wahba NEW YORK (Reuters) - The market for vintage guitars is tuning up again after years of hitting flat notes. Its comeback will be tested next week, when California-based collector Hank Risan puts 265 of his 700 guitars on the block in the biggest such auction in recent memory. Up for sale are electric and acoustic guitars by D'Angelico, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin and Washburn and others, from the 1890s to the 1950's, a period many collectors see as a golden era of guitarmaking.

Satisfaction! Stones Paris gig sells out in 51 mins

Rolling Stones fans on Friday snapped up 75,000 tickets for a Paris concert in June in less than an hour, organisers told AFP. The tickets for the belatedly added Paris leg of the "14 on Fire" tour on June 13 were put on sale at 10:00 am (0900 GMT) and sold out in 51 minutes, said Pascal Bernandin of Encore productions. The tour kicked off in Abu Dhabi on February 21 but was suspended after the March 17 suicide of Stones' frontman Mick Jagger's girlfriend, US fashion designer L'Wren Scott.

S. Korean pop singers Rain, G-Dragon win Chinese music awards

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- Two K-pop artists have won prizes at a music awards ceremony hosted by a Chinese online music service, their management agencies said Friday. Pop singer and actor Rain and G-Dragon, leader of the boy band BigBang, won awards for most influential overseas artist and for most popular artist from South Korea or Japan, respectively, at China's "QQ Music Awards," Cube Entertainment and YG Entertainment said.

1st production model Stratocaster guitar sold to private collector for asking price of $250K

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The first production model Fender Stratocaster guitar has been sold for $250,000. George Gruhn of Nashville sold the 1954 guitar on consignment for owner and guitar historian Richard Smith. Gruhn said Thursday that the guitar was shipped and the purchase finalized this week.

Christine McVie rejoins Fleetwood Mac, N. America tour set

Singer and keyboardist Christine McVie is rejoining Fleetwood Mac after a 16-year absence, as the veteran band plans to hit the road for a major North American tour starting in September. "FLEETWOOD MAC IS BACK...IN FULL..." the group said Thursday on its website. McVie, 70, has not toured with the band since 1998. "I honestly could never in my wildest dreams have thought I could return to the band. It's just a dream come true," she told People magazine.

Sale of rare Stradivari viola could set world auction record

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A rare Stradivari viola, considered to be one of the finest in existence, is expected to fetch more than $45 million in a sealed bids sale this spring, which would set a world record for the most expensive musical instrument ever sold. The 'MacDonald' Viola, made by the famed Italian artisan Antonio Stradivari in 1719, is the first to be on the market in 50 years, according to Sotheby's auction house.

Sale of rare Stradivari viola could set world auction record

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A rare Stradivari viola, considered to be one of the finest in existence, is expected to fetch more than $45 million in a sealed bids sale this spring, which would set a world record for the most expensive musical instrument ever sold. The 'MacDonald' Viola, made by the famed Italian artisan Antonio Stradivari in 1719, is the first to be on the market in 50 years, according to Sotheby's auction house.

BigBang's 'Fantastic Baby' tops 100 mln YouTube views

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boy band BigBang saw the video of its 2012 hit song "Fantastic Baby" surpass 100 million views on YouTube Thursday. The video, which was first uploaded in March 2012, had slightly more than 100 million views as of about 2 p.m., making it the forth South Korean video to hit the milestone, following Girls' Generation's "Gee" and Psy's "Gangnam Style" and "Gentleman." BigBang became the first K-pop boy band to do so.

Elvis had genetic heart condition, DNA analysis shows

London, Mar 26 (EFE).- Elvis Presley had a genetic heart defect that may have contributed to his premature death, a British documentary series reported, citing a DNA analysis of a sample of the singer's hair. The producers of the documentary, airing Wednesday on Britain's Channel 4, said the sample of hair belonging to "The King of Rock and Roll" was purchased from a friend of his barber. An analysis of Elvis's DNA identified a gene mutation known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes thickening and weakening of the heart muscle.

Jagger mourns girlfriend Scott at private LA funeral

A grieving Mick Jagger bid farewell Tuesday to his fashion designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott, in a private funeral with family and celebrity friends a week after she killed herself. Nicole Kidman, her husband musician Keith Urban and rocker Bryan Adams were among guests for the cremation service at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, media reports said.
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