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INSANE CLOWN POSSE SUES FBI OVER GANG LABEL: 'WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT THIS TO THE DEATH'

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of ICP members Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joey Utsler) and four Juggalos claiming that their constitutional rights of free expression and association and due process have been violated due to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations issued the gang designation in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.
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DRAKE'S AALIYAH PROJECT STOPPED, AS PRODUCER SHEBIB 'WALKED AWAY'

The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf -- for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah "40" Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib.
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INDIE BEAT: RIC LEICHTUNG, OF BROOKLYN VENUE 285 KENT, ON 'LEAVING WITH DIGNITY, NOT IN HANDCUFFS'

In an interview, Ric Leichtung, 285’s primary booker since October 2011 and a co-founder of the indie music blog adhoc.fm, said he and backer Todd Patrick— who is well known for a string of influential and ephemeral DIY outposts stretching back over a decade— wanted to leave 285 Kent “with dignity and not in handcuffs.”
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DJ DRAMA JOINS ATLANTIC A&R TEAM

Hip-hop artist DJ Drama has joined the A&R staff at Atlantic Records. Based in Atlanta, he will oversee recording projects, sign new talent and contribute to the artist development process for existing talent on the Atlantic roster. In addition, DJ Drama’s newly established Means Street Studios in Atlanta will become the studio base for Atlantic artists while in the market.
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WISIN AND YANDEL INK SEPARATE PUBLISHING DEALS WITH SONY/ATV

Last year Juan Luis Morera Luna and Llandel Veguilla Malavé, better known as the reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel, announced they were taking a hiatus from each other and launching solo projects. Each of them, with separate management, signed to Sony Music U.S. Latin after a lifetime with Machete/UMLE.
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PITBULL, KE$HA TAKE 'TIMBER' TO TOP OF HOT 100

After a four-week wait at No. 2, Pitbull and Ke$ha climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber." The new leader had held at the runner-up spot while Eminem and featured artist Rihanna reigned for four frames with "The Monster," which this week slips to No. 3.
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CONVERSATIONS WITH COMPOSERS: ALEX EBERT

Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes made his film scoring debut with J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost," known for ts cast of one -- Robert Redford -- alone at sea on a boat. He's ready for more. "I found it liberating after 15 years of verse-chorus-verse," Ebert says. "One of the reasons that I love doing this is that the interaction with the director regarding the story -- the music needs to expose the inside and that's a wonderful process."
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ABBA TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF EUROVISION WIN

On April 6, 1974 it will be exactly 40 years since Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest and became a part of music history. The anniversary has not gone unnoticed by their record label Polar Music International, now part of the Universal Music Group.
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APPLE AND SAMSUNG AGREE TO MEDIATION TO TRY TO END RIDICULOUS US PATENT FIGHT

Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing.
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