Google will introduce a new cloud-based music player at Google I/O, the company’s developers conference, according to a report by the New York Times. The service (which will initially be invitation-only) will be called Music Beta, and will allow users to store music online and even stream their songs on Android-powered smartphones and tablets. It will directly compete with Amazon’s Cloud Player, which can also run on Droid devices. However, after months of negotiations, it now appears that Google will launch Music Beta without the cooperation of music labels, which means users won’t be able to share their music with other people or purchase music directly from Google.
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News Corp. is looking to unload Myspace, according to Bloomberg News, and Vevo.com, the fifth-largest music video website, owned by three of the industry’s biggest record companies, is in talks to take over. According to people familiar with the negotiations, News Corp. would swap Myspace for a stake in some new venture with Vevo. News Corp. has hopes to move Myspace, which has seen traffic shrink 29 percent since redesigning its web presence last October, by this June.
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Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged in Michael Jackson’s death, is due in a Los Angeles court today as a judge determines whether to delay his trial for involuntary manslaughter, according to the AP. Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a trial is scheduled for March 24. However, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor is considering the prosecution’s request to delay the trial, as they have complained that the defense has been reluctant to present all the necessary information.
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El DeBarge, the 1980′s singing star who was attempting a career comeback after a 16-year recording sabbatical, has checked himself into rehab for substance abuse. In a statement, the 49-year-old said, “I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to take the time to work on me so that I may continue to share my music and my story with everyone. I thank everyone in advance for their prayers and well wishes and hope that you will respect my privacy during this time.”
Associated Press, the English-born musician, who contributed the groovy signature theme to a dozen James Bond installments, passed away in New York on Sunday. In addition to his work on the 007 films, beginning with uncredited work on 1962′s Dr. No, Barry won Oscars for the score and song of 1966′s Born Free, 1968′s The Lion in Winter, 1985′s Out of Africa, and 1990′s Dances With Wolves.Film composer John Barry, who helped create one of the most iconic movie themes of all time and won five Oscars for his ground-breaking work, has died at age 77. According to the
Jimmy Buffett was hospitalized after falling from the stage during a concert in Sydney, according to the Associated Press. Australian media reported that the 64-year-old singer fell off the stage face first, banging his head. The audience was then urged to exit the theater, and the singer was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital.
UPDATE: In an official post on Buffett’s website, a spokesperson wrote, “As you probably already know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and was taken to the hospital. The doctors say he is doing well and will be released tomorrow. More info as we get it, and thank you for all of your well-wishes!”
Warner Music Group chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. was fined approximately $6.7 million on Friday by a French court who found him guilty of misleading Vivendi investors when he worked there between 2000-2002, according to the Associated Press. The court’s verdict also included a 15-month suspended sentence for “conveying false and misleading information” and “manipulating stock prices.”
Don Kirshner, the music producer known as “The Man With the Golden Ear,” who managed the songwriting talent that helped make The Monkees a hit TV series and produced ABC’s Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, has died of heart failure. He was 77. Kirshner was instrumental in the early careers of singers like Bobby Darin and Neil Diamond, and singers as varied as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra recorded his songs. He had been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.
On Tuesday, at the preliminary hearing to determine whether Dr. Conrad Murray will be tried for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Michael Jackson, a coroner’s official testified that the pop icon was basically healthy but that, as his personal physician, Murray provided him with “substandard” care. According to the Associated Press, Dr. Christopher Rogers, a forensic pathologist, told the court that Murray was wrongly using the powerful anesthetic propofol to treat the singer’s chronic insomnia and that he should have more closely monitored Jackson while he was under sedation. Rogers said he didn’t believe the defense’s suggestion that Jackson may have injected himself with propofol, though he told the court that it’s possible Jackson may have swallowed some of the drug, based on the amount found in his stomach after his death. On Monday, a detective who questioned Murray in the wake of Jackson’s death said the doctor told him that he noticed Jackson wasn’t breathing shortly after 11 a.m. on the morning of his death. According to phone records, Murray didn’t call paramedics until 12:21 p.m., a delay that prosecutors contend demonstrates negligence on Murray’s part.
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