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Universal Music Accused of Racketeering/Ripping Off Artists

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[Music]
Two independent music promoters have sued Universal Music Group for $100 million, claiming the record company forced them to submit false invoices so Universal could recoup promotional costs from artists such as rapper Nelly.

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Clear Channel Moves To the Internet

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[Music]
Clear Channel Communications, the corporation almost exclusively responsible for destroying the music industry and making radio unlistenable, is now setting its sights on the world wide web. In related news, Toby Keith can now properly pronounce the word, "modem."

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Pop Star's "Held Hostage" Album Mysteriously Appears Online

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[Viral Marketing]
[Music]
It seems Fiona Apple, dark pop songstress who disappeared from the scene several years ago is again making news. Apparently she put out an album called, Extraordinary Machine, that her record label, Sony, didn't feel contained an appropriate pop single, so they held her work hostage and wouldn't release the album. Now tracks from this album have mysteriously appeared on the Internet, delighting her fans. The irony is that for all the bad-guy-image Sony may inherit from this scenario, they'll probably ride this net-buzz all the way to the bank, and I wouldn't be surprised if someone in the company actually leaked the album to create a buzz.

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Steve Jobs Plays Dirty With Napster

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[Music]
I'm curious, if technically Steve Jobs violated the DMCA when he passed along a little tidbit of information relating to how people could bypass the restrictions on Napster's music download service, a competitor of his own iTunes venture.

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Musical Degrees of Separation

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[Music]
Some French people have come up with a very clever and creative web site which shows graphical representations of music artists, their influences and other bands they've been in. A very ingenious and creative use of technology.

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Rappers clash over who legally can "back that ass up"

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[Music]
As often happens in the hip-hop world, two rappers became embroiled in a dispute over who owned the rights to a song that utilized a popular phrase. And it took the musical ear of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to settle the matter.

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OD'd ODB is CCTV'd then eBayed

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[Music]
Footage of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s final concert before his untimely death was recently sold on EBAY with a selling price of $100,000, according to the Internet auction site.

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We don't need no education... just our royalties please!

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[Music]
A group of former pupils at a London comprehensive school are poised to win thousands of pounds in unpaid royalties for singing on Pink Floyd's classic Another Brick In The Wall 25 years ago.

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Hip Hop's real names

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[Music]
Heard any good tracks from Cordazer Calvin Broadus, Lesane Parish Crooks, or Clifford Smith? There's a good chance if you've been jamming to Snoop Dogg, Tupac or Method Man. A new site exposes the names their mommies gave them.

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High school students singing Bob Dylan song draws Secret Service

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[Music]
A Boulder, Colorado high school is caught in a mess as the Secret Service decended upon the ranks in response to a group of students performing a Bob Dylan song.

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Crypt-Kick the Tree Killers

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[Environment]
[Music]
In a moving tribute to the wonders of nature, the original singer of Halloween staple "The Monster Mash" is protesting Bush's environmental policies...or lack thereof...with a new version of his hit song. This one's entitled, "The Monster Slash." Give it a play!

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Music industry unveils new piracy-proof format.

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[Music]
[Technology]
In response to rampant online copying, the music industry has developed what they claim to be a "fool-proof" media format that will thwart piracy.

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Eminem lip synches on SNL?

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[Music]
Someone explain this to me. A week after the Jessica Simpson debacle where her lip synch tape screws up and she blames it on acid reflux and/or her band, Eminem shows up to perform his Internet cult-hit "Mosh" only to be lip synching it? What is the freaking deal here? Granted, I am admitting that I am still watching SNL even though it is falling into another one of those "sh*t phases" like during Joe Piscapo's "reign" of the 80s (word is if you run into Joe these days, he'll knock 10 cents off the price of super-sizing your Big Mac value meal), but even so, I can't believe the inconsistency would be this blatant? Tell me I'm a fool for believin'.

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Eminem's political video

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[Music]
[Video]
Rapper Eminem has unveiled a radical new music video in association with the graphic artists at GNN, called, "Mosh" - Catch the video - because it's unlikely it will be shown much on television.

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Shatner's "Has Been"

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[Humor]
[Music]
Bill Shatner's got a new project in association with Ben Folds, called "Has Been" and it is, in the opinion of this bovine, his best yet. Check out Bill Shatner - Has Been, a great musical/spoken word album, featuring guest performers such as Aimee Mann, Joe Jackson, Brad Paisley, Henry Rollins and Adrian Belew.

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