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LIVE NATION TO PURCHASE 50% STAKE IN INSOMNIAC EVENTS (REPORT)

Live Nation is close to finalizing a deal to buy a 50% stake in EDM promoter Insomniac Events, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the deal.
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EXCLUSIVE: TYLER, THE CREATOR TALKS MOUNTAIN DEW CONTROVERSY: 'IT'S NOT GONNA CHANGE MY ART IN ANY WAY'

In this exclusive interview, Tyler, the Creator talks about the controversy surrounding his Mountain Dew ad -- which was pulled yesterday by the company -- its effect on his art, racism, and his reaction to the criticism surrounding the spot.
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GEORGE JONES MEMORIAL EVOKES TEARS, TRIBUTES FROM FANS AND FRIENDS

Repeatedly hailed as the greatest country singer of all time since his April 26 passing, Jones received an appropriately grand send-off that included performances and speeches by the likes of Brad Paisley, Barbara Mandrell and former First Lady Laura Bush. (See related chart story below)
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JENNIFER LOPEZ, LIL WAYNE, NICKI MINAJ & CHRIS BROWN JOIN ; BILLBOARD TAPS SONICBIDS FOR POST-PARTY TALENT SEARCH

There's nothing small about the Billboard Music Awards -- but it will have Lil Wayne. Weezy will join a number of new additions to the May 19 event, including label mate Nicki Minaj and stars including Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, Akon, Ne-Yo, David Guetta and "I Love It" breakthrough act Icona Pop. In other BBMA news, Billboard readers will vote on five finalists to decide which act wins a trip to Las Vegas and the chance to open the Billboard Music Awards after-party.
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SLAYER’S JEFF HANNEMAN DEAD AT 49

Slayer guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman died earlier today of liver failure. He was 49. Hanneman has been off the road since early 2011, when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis -- most likely from a spider bite -- a quick-progressing disease.
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OVERDOSE SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF KRIS KROSS' CHRIS KELLY

The mother of rapper Chris Kelly told authorities in Atlanta her son became sick after taking cocaine and heroin on the night before he died, according to a police report.
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JAY-Z JOINS GROUP HOPING TO RENOVATE NASSAU COLISEUM

He's at it again. Jay-Z, who helped bring the Barclay's center to Brooklyn, is now part of a group bidding to renovate Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island.
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MICHAEL JACKSON CIVIL TRIAL: JURORS HEAR VOICEMAIL SAYING SINGER WAS SICK

Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, told him Jackson was sick, and implored him to have blood tests done, according to a voicemail played Thursday in court.
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GEORGE JONES RETURNS TO BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHARTS

Legendary producer Billy Sherrill gets the last laugh on his dear friend and fellow Country Music Hall of Fame honoree George Jones, as "He Stopped Loving Her Today" soars back onto Hot Country Songs, some 33 years after Jones bet Sherrill that the song wouldn't be a big hit.
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HOW REGGAE MEETS EDM IN JAMAICA’S ROOTSTRONIC

Singer Courtney John, producer Natassja "The Wizard" Hammond (Beres' daughter) and keyboardist Stephen "Lenky" Marsden have come together to play, refine, and promote their hybrid sonic creation: rootstronic, defined as “one part Kingston mash-up, one part Euro-electronica and 100% provocative," but can it catch-on?
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ARAABMUZIK SHOT, SURVIVES ROBBERY ATTEMPT

Producer and MPC wizard AraabMUZIK was shot during an attempted robbery, according to several tweets from the musician's collaborators. DukeDaGod, the musician's manager, posted an Instagram photo of a somber group surrounding AraabMUZIK, born Abraham Orellana, in a hospital bed. "Everyone wish my brother @araabmuzik a healthy & pleasant recovery!!!! #Mvpofthempc #Soblessed," he wrote.
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LINKEDIN EARNINGS: PROFIT SOARS, BUT SHARES FALL ON WEAK OUTLOOK

LinkedIn Corp. nearly doubled its revenue and more than quadrupled its profit in its latest quarter. But the professional social network's stock still fell back down to earth. Shares of LinkedIn, which were up more than 76% so far this year, plunged more than 10% in after-hours trading Thursday to $181.36 after the Mountain View, Calif., company reported first-quarter earnings.
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ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL 2013 LINEUP: MAJOR LAZER, AVICII, CALVIN HARRIS, BAAUER

Avicii, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize), and more will take the stage at this year's Las Vegas edition of Electric Daisy Carnival, happening from June 21 to 23 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  While tickets are already sold out, Electric Daisy Carnival has planned several other upcoming installments of the  EDM fest: New York (May 17 and 18), Chicago (May 24 to 26), London (July 20), Puerto Rico (September 13 and 14), and Orlando (November 8 and 9).
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APPLE ITUNES APP STORE ABOUT TO HIT 50 BILLIONTH DOWNLOAD

It seems like only yesterday that the iTunes App Store hit its 25 billionth download...actually it was only last year. It's incredible that the online marketplace (currently at over 49.2 billion downloads) will soon be doubling that number. To mark the momentous occasion, Apple is holding a contest that app addicts will surely appreciate. If you happen to download the 50 billionth app, you will win a $10,000 App Store gift card.
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CMT MUSIC AWARDS: JASON ALDEAN TO CO-HOST WITH KRISTEN BELL

Jason Aldean is joining forces with actress Kristen Bell to co-host the CMT Music Awards -- live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on June 5. Nominations for the 12th annual show will be announced Monday (May 6) and performers and presenters for country music's first fan-voted awards show will be revealed soon.
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