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Jun 28, 2015

Lionel Ritchie makes legend spot his own at Glastonbury

GLASTONBURY, England, June 28 (Reuters) – Lionel Ritchie led
a 100,000-strong karaoke session on Sunday as Glastonbury
festival-goers sang along to a string of hits including “Easy
Like Sunday Morning” and “Dancing on the Ceiling”.

The former Commodores singer deployed his charisma to full
effect in the Sunday afternoon slot filled by Dolly Parton a
year ago, affecting mock horror at the enthusiastic
participation of the audience and saying the enormous crowd was
“out of control”.

Jun 28, 2015

Rapper Kanye West soars at Glastonbury Festival

GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) – Kanye West delivered an uncompromising headline performance at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday that ignited when the U.S. rapper left the Pyramid Stage to take to the sky for hits “Touch The Sky” and “All of the Lights”.

West was the polarizing figure of Europe’s biggest green-field festival, and the announcement of his appearance prompted thousands to sign a petition against the choice of a rap act for the top billing.

Jun 27, 2015

Burt Bacharach, George Ezra soundtrack sunny Glastonbury

GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) – British singer-songwriter George Ezra and Burt Bacharach, a pop legend almost four times his age, entertained huge crowds at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday.

Ezra’s sun-drenched set included hits “Budapest”, which he premiered on a smaller set at the festival two years ago, “Blame It On Me”, and a cover of Macy Gray’s “I Try”.

Jun 26, 2015

Pussy Riot, Charlotte Church kick off Glastonbury with call to arms

GLASTONBURY, England, June 26 (Reuters) -
S inger-turned-activist Charlotte Church and Russian punk
protesters Pussy Riot kicked off Britain’s Glastonbury Festival
with a call for revolution on Friday, though the crowds they
rallied seemed more interested in basking in the sun.

Europe’s biggest green-field music festival was in full
swing by lunchtime, ahead of a headline performance by Florence
and the Machine on Friday night and a highly anticipated turn by
U.S. rapper Kanye West on Saturday.

Jun 25, 2015

From rap to rock, Glastonbury offers live playlist in digital age

GLASTONBURY, England, June 25 (Reuters) – In a digital world
that is destroying the value of recorded music, the most
analogue part of the industry – playing live to thousands in a
muddy field – is more popular, and more lucrative, than ever.

Glastonbury, Britain’s biggest green field festival and held
on a dairy farm in south-west England, sold 135,000 tickets
priced at 225 pounds ($350) in a record 26 minutes in October,
months before any of the main acts were announced.

Jun 24, 2015

Sage cautious on mid-term growth, shares fall

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – British software company Sage
will achieve steady revenue growth for the next two to
three years, it said on Wednesday, after it acknowledged that it
had been slow to respond to changes in the technology sector.

Ahead of his first strategy update to analysts, new Chief
Executive Stephen Kelly said Sage could be the leading provider
of small-business software if it focused on products delivered
online to start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Jun 14, 2015

Cameron to say Magna Carta underpins human rights reform

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will say on Monday that the principles of liberty, justice and democracy enshrined in the Magna Carta underpin his plan to overhaul human rights laws and reduce the influence of Europe.

In a speech marking 800 years since England’s King John signed the charter that curbed the powers of the crown and laid the foundation for modern freedoms, Cameron will say the reputation of human rights legislation needs to be restored.

Jun 12, 2015

Murdoch brothers’ symbiotic ties to be tested in Fox cockpit

LONDON/SYDNEY, June 12 (Reuters) – One has been closely
involved with the family business from his early 20s and is
driven to succeed. The other had to be lured back from a
decade’s hiatus from the company and has operated at the edges
of the empire.

Now James and Lachlan Murdoch, octogenarian media baron
Rupert’s only sons, are teaming up at the helm of Twenty-First
Century Fox Inc, the crown jewel of the empire their
father built.

Jun 12, 2015

UK growth set for boost as construction data changes kick in

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economic growth rate last year and in early 2015 looks to have been stronger than previously estimated after the country’s statistics office revised the way it measured the construction sector.

The pace of growth in gross domestic product in 2014 could rise to 3.1 percent — the highest since 2003 — from a previous reading of 2.8 percent due to the changes in the construction data, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday.

Jun 9, 2015

WPP’s boss Sorrell sees off revolt over his $66 million pay

LONDON (Reuters) – Martin Sorrell, boss of the world’s biggest advertising group WPP (WPP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), saw off another shareholder revolt over his 43 million pound ($65.7 million) pay package at the company’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

Sorrell, who built up WPP from nothing in 1986 into one of Britain’s best known companies with 179,000 employees in 111 countries, has clashed repeatedly with investors over his pay in the past few years.