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Apple finally gets rights to Beatles catalog on iTunes

iTunes-BeatlesCan’t buy you Beatles on iTunes? That is, after years of negotiations, setbacks, and false starts, about to change. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will imminently announce its acquisition of the band’s legendary catalog, famously absent from the digital marketplace since, well, digital was born.

Spokesmen for Apple and EMI refused requests for comment, and insiders say that label EMI could still renege, but if the deal does go through it should be massive for both parties, as well as consumers.

It would also bring to a close a decades-long antagonism between the band and the brand–the former accused the later of infringing on its Apple Corps logo trademark with its own apple icon. (The case was finally resolved in 2006, 28 years after its first filing).

Terms of the deal are still unknown, and may or may not be revealed when Apple makes a much-touted announcement tomorrow morning at 10am EST/7am PST.

UPDATE: It’s true, and it’s pretty much instantaneous; the band’s 13 remastered studio albums, the two-volume Past Masters compilation and the Red and Blue collections are now available on iTunes worldwide as either albums or individual songs. There is also an exclusive box set featuring the band’s first U.S. concert, Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964.

Here, the chorus of approvals from the official press release: We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” said Sir Paul McCartney. “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.” “I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes,” said Ringo Starr. “At last, if you want it-you can get it now-The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo.””We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we’ve had since we launched iTunes ten years ago.””In the joyful spirit of Give Peace A Chance, I think it is so appropriate that we are doing this on John’s 70th birthday year,” said Yoko Ono Lennon.

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Kid Rock on Steven Tyler's 'American Idol' judgeship: 'I think it's the stupidest thing he's ever done'

KID-ROCK-AMERICAN-IDOLImage Credit: PRN/PR Photos; Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup for FoxLove the player, hate the game? In an interview with EW this week, Aerosmith fan Kid Rock — whose Born Free will be released November 16 — expressed his profound disappointment with Steven Tyler’s much-hyped move to the judge’s table on American Idol:

“I think it’s the stupidest thing he’s ever done in his life,” he told the magazine, in an conversation to be published next week. “He’s a sacred American institution of rock ‘n’ roll, and he just threw it all out the window. Just stomped on it and set it on fire.”

“I think whoever’s advising him,” he continued, “we should bring back the guillotine, or whatever they call that thing. And if it was himself, he needs some serious counseling. I love him to death, but I gotta speak the truth.”

Do you agree with Rock that Tyler has tarnished his legacy? Or should he step away from the decapitating blade?

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Jackie Evancho, child opera singer from 'America's Got Talent,' signs with Columbia

Jackie-EvanchoImage Credit: Trae Patton/NBCJackie Evancho, the 10-year-old opera prodigy and runner-up from this season of America’s Got Talent, has signed with Syco/Columbia Records. It’s not too surprising that she’d sign with a label, given her viral popularity and obvious talent, and it’s even less surprising that she’d sign with Simon Cowell’s label, given her reality pedigree. Sometimes the world makes sense after all!

Evancho was a fan favorite on AGT, and week-to-week, the judges heaped more praise on her than any other contestant. It is a little creepy to hear what sounds like a fully matured operatic voice coming out of an adorable, tiny, blond child? It’s not…not creepy? But it’s also pretty stunning: READ FULL STORY

'America's Got Talent' winner Michael Grimm signs with Epic Records

Michael-GrimmYou know what they say: If you build it, they will come. So naturally, in today’s reality show-obsessed world, if you win a televised talent competition…you’re likely to get a record deal. In a press release, Epic Records announced the signing of recent America’s Got Talent winner Michael Grimm. The self-described “blue-eyed soul singer” impressed the judges and voters at home with his skillful guitar playing and smooth voice week after week as he covered soul classics like “You Don’t Know Me,” “Let’s Stay Together,” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Grimm’s signing follows the path of last season’s AGT winner, country singer Kevin Skinner, who released his debut album Long Ride last September.

In a recent interview, Grimm told EW that he hoped winning America’s Got Talent would allow him to “cut the album [he’s] been wanting to cut,” and give him the exposure and promotion necessary to perform beyond his Las Vegas home. “I know the genre, I know the route I want to go on this album, what it looks like, and smells like, and sounds like,” Grimm said. According to Epic, Grimm plans to release a solo album in March 2011.

Grimm is currently rehearsing for the upcoming America’s Got Talent Live, which kicks off this Friday in Oakland, Calif. The tour will travel to 25 cities and feature performances by season 5’s Top 10 contestants, including finalists Prince Poppycock and Jackie Evancho.

Will you be purchasing Grimm’s music come March?

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Lady Gaga and former producer withdraw competing lawsuits

lady-gaga-3Image Credit: Barry Brecheisen/WireImageThe Bad Romance played out between Lady Gaga and her former producer/alleged paramour Rob Fusari in the New York state court system for the past several months is, at last, rah-rah-ah-ah-ah resolved.

Yahoo reports that both sides have withdrawn their claims: Fusari’s, demanding $30.5 million for transforming a then-unknown Stefani Germanotti into the superstar she became by co-writing her songs (including “Paparazzi”), helping her get a record deal, and giving her her famous moniker, and Gaga’s alleging that Fusari violated employment statutes in New York and New Jersey by entrapping an inexperienced young woman with shady contract clauses and deliberately exploitative addendums.

It’s unclear whether the pair made some kind of monetary agreement outside of the courts; calls for comment have not yet been returned.

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Jay-Z signs Will Smith's 9-year-old daughter, Willow

Will Smith’s nine-year-old daughter, Willow, has signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Columbia Records to release her debut album. This news comes on the heels of Willow’s first single, “Whip My Hair,” gaining Internet buzz (you can read my thoughts on the song here). In a statement, Jay-Z said, “We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow. She has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious.  It’s rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career.”

Listen below to “Whip My Hair”…

What do you think about Willow signing with Roc Nation, Music Mix-ers? Is that a smart choice for the young singer?

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Rihanna ties Gaga, Beyonce, Mariah for no. 1 pop radio hits

rihanna-rain-dont-let-upImage Credit: RD/Erik Kabik/Retna ltdAs MTV reports today, Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna has gone good enough to qualify for a pretty rarefied status: With Eminem duet “Love the Way You Lie,” the Barbadian songstress has now officially had six #1 songs on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart.

Other artists with a Radio Divas Sixer membership in their wallet alongside the black AmEx and Sam’s Club card include Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce. (The latter two actually achieved it together with their “Telephone” collab earlier this year, though technicalities aside, Mimi is far and away the winner, having earned six no. 1 songs on the Hot 100 before the creation of the Pop Songs chart in 1993, and six after.)

Members of the next-tier-down posse include Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, and Pink, all with five no. 1’s.

What do you think, Mixers—should Mariah just own this radio rodeo, fair and square? Has Rihanna earned her spot in the club? And who, if anyone, will be next?

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Mitch Miller RIP: Legendary record executive and orchestra leader dies at age 99

mitch-millerImage Credit: GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty ImagesLegendary Columbia Records executive and orchestra leader Mitch Miller died on Saturday at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, according to the AP. He was 99.

Miller began his career as a classical oboist and in 1936 joined the CBS Symphony Orchestra. By the end of the ’40s he was working as an A&R man and in 1950 was appointed head of Columbia’s pop music department, where he oversaw the careers of Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Rosemary Clooney amongst others.

In the late ’50s and early ’60s, Miller himself became a bestselling artist with a string of “sing along” albums which featured recordings of musical standards. He also hosted a hugely successful TV show, Sing Along with Mitch, on which Miller would encourage viewers to “follow the bouncing ball” on the screen as it tracked a song’s lyrics.

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The Pussycat Dolls 2.0: Meet the new members, including a former 'So You Think You Can Dance' contestant

Pussycat Doll creator Robin Antin announced the newest members of PCD through her twitter page on May 22nd, and debuted a photo of lead singer (and Dancing with the Stars finalist) Nicole Scherzinger along with the new gals.

Included in this version of PCD is former So You Think You Dance contestant and Fame star Kherington Payne (far left), plus America’s Best Dance Crew runner-up Rino Nakasone-Razalan, former Lakers Girl Vanessa Curry, and former Girlicious contestant Jamie Lee Ruiz.

Of course this is not the first change to the PCD line-up, with Scherzinger as the lone consistent member. And many groups have changed their roster over the years to varying degrees of success (Van Halen; Journey) but PCD has sort of become like a modern-day Menudo with its various incarnations.

Will the new girls help PCD return to the top of the charts? Maybe. Confession: I’m a total PCD convert. I have a PCD hoodie that I occasionally [ed note: occasionally-often] wear in my office. And just for old time’s sake, here’s my favorite video by the sexy songstresses: READ FULL STORY

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy on an all-Britney Spears episode: 'I'm interested'

Good news for Britney Spears and Glee fans: series creator Ryan Murphy tells EW that an all-Britney episode of the hit Fox musical, an idea floated by Spears’ manager via twitter on April 21 after Tuesday’s all-Madonna Glee, is actually being considered. Says Murphy, “I’m interested in the Britney Spears idea. I’ve always loved her. I’m entertaining it. I think young kids would like that.” Murphy also says that he’s contemplating doing similar hour tributes to Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, and, even, Courtney Love! “I actually ran into Courtney Love the other day and talked to her,” says Murphy. “She’s interested. I would love to have the kids do a Courtney Love episode one day.” But he stresses that with all of these artists it really all comes down to the music and how it fits in the Glee universe. “The key is the songs in the catalogue have to have a certain degree of theatricality,” says Murphy.

With the “Power of Madonna” soundtrack set to debut at #1 next week and dominating the iTunes download charts, Murphy says Madonna has been more than pleased with their treatment of her tunes. “She said how much she loved the episode,” he admits.  “She thought it was brilliant and she’s so pleased. Her daughter got to watch it with her and loved it. [Madonna’s] a smart cookie. I mean that introduced her music to an entire new generation.”

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