Arts and Entertainment Arctic Monkeys pose with their Albums of the Year trophy at the 2013 Mercury Prize

The Arctic Monkeys' decision to finally make peace with the Brits reflects the band's acceptance they have become the UK’s pre-eminent rock band

Album: Various Artists, The Bert Berns Story Volume 2: Mr Success 1964-1967 (Ace)

Songwriter/producer/label boss Bert Berns was one of the great architects of the 1960s pop sound, though rarely accorded his rightful status due to his tragic death in 1967 at the age of 38 from heart failure – by which time, The Beatles' cover of his "Twist And Shout" had earned him a house with a guitar-shaped swimming pool.

Who's so vain? Carly's target is unmasked

So, it wasn't Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger or Cat Stevens. Apparently. The target of Carly Simon's 1972 global smash hit "You're So Vain" was none of these former lovers. Maybe.

Bob Keane: Record producer who kick-started the careers of Sam Cooke, Frank Zappa and Barry White

The Los Angeles record producer Bob Keane, who would go out of his way to spot new talent, had one motto in life: "The door is always open". During his key decade (1957-67), from the start of rock'n'roll to the beginning of psychedelia, he played a significant role in bringing Sam Cooke, Ritchie Valens, Frank Zappa and Barry White to public attention.

YouTube looks at subscriptions and more ad revenue

YouTube is considering offering users the option to pay for subscriptions in a bid to encourage more media companies to license premium TV shows and movies to the popular online video site, a senior executive said.

Metallica taps iPhone game market

Headbangers will have a reason to steady their gaze a bit starting today, when rock band Metallica makes its way onto iPhones with a finger-tapping music app called Tap Tap Revenge: Metallica.

YouTube strikes music video deal

YouTube said yesterday that music videos from Warner Music Group will return to the video site after a nine-month dispute over splitting ad revenue.

Excess all areas: A life in rock'n'roll

When American showbiz lawyer Steven Machat entered the family business, he dealt with Michael Jackson, James Brown, Sam Cooke and many more. In this exclusive extract from his memoir he gives some of his recollections

Album: The Duke & The King, Nothing Gold Can Stay (Loose)

This rootsy debut from The Duke & The King takes its own sweet time in ruminating on the past, which I suppose is only right and proper.

Warner Music and YouTube still talking on deal

Warner Music Group, the world's third largest music company, is still in talks with video sharing site YouTube to license its artists' music videos even after all its major rivals have renewed their deals.

Album: Lhasa, Lhasa, (Warner Music)

She's American-Mexican but lives in Montreal. She was responsible for the very lovely folk-latin The Living Road in 2003. She sings in a slightly fragile, flexuous contralto voice. She's all tone.

My Fantasy Band: Donald Cumming, The Virgins

Vocals - The Everly Brothers
I love their sound. Those guys really had their own thing going on. But if this really is my fantasy, I'd have Skip James, Neil Young and Bo Diddley singing on stage with them too. That would be epic.

Google and Warner Music row threat to YouTube

Music videos from Madonna, rapper TI and rock giants Red Hot Chili Peppers and Led Zeppelin are among those that have started to disappear from YouTube after a row between the website’s owner, Google, and the record label Warner Music.

Jerry Wexler: Co-owner of Atlantic Records who produced Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield

The record producer Jerry Wexler was a champion of black music. He not only devised the term "Rhythm and Blues", but he also made some of the best records in the genre during his 22-year tenure at Atlantic Records, including "Shake, Rattle and Roll" by Big Joe Turner, "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "In The Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett.

Album: Joe Tex, First On The Dial (Shout!)

Joe Tex will always be known primarily for his mid-Sixties’ successes, when Atlantic Records took over distribution of his Dial Records material, and scored a top 10 hit with “Hold What You’ve Got”.

Warner Music axes dividend to save cash

In another sign that the music industry is struggling to adapt to the age of digital downloading, Warner Music – one of the world's four major label groups – said it would axe its dividend to save cash in the face of mounting losses.

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