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10:03pm

Tue June 12, 2012
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Clear Channel Will Be The First To Pay Royalties For Music On Its Air

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:40 pm

Tim McGraw (left) and Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Label Group, at a press conference in Nashville last month announcing McGraw's signing to the label.
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2:56pm

Tue June 12, 2012
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Diplo: Building A Bridge From The Underground To The Mainstream

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:41 pm

The DJ and producer Diplo, who also records as Major Lazer, has produced songs for M.I.A., Beyonce and Usher.
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The music made by Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known by his stage name, Diplo, is one part club-music mashup and one part pop music forecast. In 2009, he took bubblin' — a syncopated house style born in the clubs of Holland — as inspiration and collaborated with fellow DJ Switch, his partner in the group Major Lazer, to make the dance-floor hit "Pon de Floor." But he wasn't done with the bubblin' sound yet. In 2011, he used that song as basis for "Run the World (Girls)," a single by the pop star Beyonce.

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10:23pm

Mon June 11, 2012
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Egypt's Underground Wakes Up

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:42 pm

Noor Noor performs with his band El-Zabaleen, which makes many of its instruments out of recycled materials.
Courtesy of the artist

5:42am

Sun June 10, 2012
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Usher's Classic R&B Dances On The Cutting Edge

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:42 pm

On Looking 4 Myself, Usher's seventh studio album, the singer works with producers to cloak classic R&B in cutting-edge sounds.
Francesco Carrozzini Courtesy of the artist

1:50am

Fri June 8, 2012
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A Record Label With A Midas Touch

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:43 pm

Adele performs in February.
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In the past 15 years, Richard Russell, the owner of the British independent record company XL Recordings, has shepherded his label to more than its fair share of industry success.

Last year the label saw its greatest heights yet, though to be fair, no other label climbed anywhere near as high. That's because 2011 was the year of Adele, and XL is the singer's home. (In the United States, Adele's albums are promoted and distributed by Columbia Records, but she is signed to XL worldwide.)

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