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Reuters reports: Record label SyCo and music trade body IFPI have called in the police to help them hunt down computer hackers who leaked a track by Leona Lewis and Justin Timberlake on the Internet.
The song, "Don't Let Me Down," is being considered as the first single release from the X Factor winner's next album, according to the Sun newspaper.
"IFPI is working with SyCo and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Europe to trace the individuals who stole the Leona Lewis/Justin Timberlake track," said Jeremy Banks, head of IFPI's Internet Anti-Piracy Unit.
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NME reports: Michael Jackson's personal physician is reportedly to be charged with manslaughter for his part in the death of the superstar in June.
Dr. Conrad Murray could be arrested as soon as next week, following a search of a pharmacy in Los Angeles to gather more evidence against him.
According to Fox News, Jackson's dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein will also face charges and a case is still being built against him.
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Launch reports: Jay-Z has confirmed that his new album "The Blueprint 3" will feature Kanye West, Empire Of The Sun's Luke Steele and Rihanna.
A post on the rapper's website, Jay-Z.com, revealed the complete tracklisting of the new album, along with the front cover art.
Jay-Z.com shows an image depicting the album's tracklisting, stating that other acts who will appear on it are Mr Hudson, Alicia Keys, Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy, J. Cole, Drake, Swiss Beatz and Pharrell Williams.
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Day in Pop reports: Most people forgot about Whitney a decade ago but apparently Oprah is still a true believer as this press blast from Artista shows: Oprah launches her 24th season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" with what she calls "the most anticipated music interview of the decade," a must-see television event with singing icon Whitney Houston.
This marks Houston's first interview in nearly seven years and follows the release of her highly touted new album, "I Look To You" on August 31, 2009. "The Oprah Winfrey Show: Exclusive: Whitney Houston's First Interview" airs Monday, September 14, 2009 (check local listings).More on Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston CDs -
Since her 1985 self-titled debut, Whitney Houston has built an illustrious career that has generated over 170 million combined worldwide sales of albums, singles and videos.
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PR reports: Jason Mraz has entered the record books with his history-making hit single, "I'm Yours." Described by the San Diego-based singer/songwriter as "his happy little hippie song," the track has spent a remarkable 70 weeks on Billboard's "Hot 100," shattering the record previously held by LeAnn Rimes' 1998 smash, "How Do I Live." "I'm Yours" now ranks as the longest-running song in the chart's 51-year history.
Certified 4x platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 4 million, "I'm Yours" is currently the third best-selling digital single of all time. Initially released to radio back in February 2008, the Grammy-nominated track from Jason's RIAA platinum-certified third album, "WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.", made history earlier this year as the first song ever to top the charts at four pop radio formats: CHR/Top 40, Triple A, Hot AC, and AC (where it held the #1 slot for 16 weeks, the most of any artist in 2009).
Mraz has also announced the upcoming release of an all-new live CD/DVD, "JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS LIVE FROM EARTH." Due in stores and at all online retailers on November 10th, the album and DVD were recorded just last week as Jason's blockbuster "Gratitude Café Tour" hit Chicago's Charter One Pavilion. Full details including a complete tracklisting will be revealed shortly.
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Reuters reports: The King of Pop stepped aside for the King of Country on Wednesday, when George Strait's "Twang" replaced Michael Jackson's enduring "Number Ones" as the best-selling album in the country.
Strait's new set sold 155,000 copies during the week ended August 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning the country legend his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. "Twang" follows in the footsteps of Strait's 1997 album, "Carrying Your Love With Me," 2004's "50 Number Ones," 2005's "Somewhere Down in Texas" and 2008's "Troubadour."
The last time one of Strait's studio albums opened with less than 100,000 was in 1994, when "Lead On" started with 56,000. "Twang" is also his 23rd No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, extending his lead as the act with the most toppers on the list.
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PR reports: After making their US television debut on The Late Show With David Letterman and putting on smoldering performances at this year's SXSW, Coachella, Bonnaroo, All Points West, and Lollapalooza, Jive Recording artists Cage the Elephant have garnered quite a reputation for their high-octane stage presence.
Cage The Elephant's hit single "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" continues to thrive at radio and their new single "Back Against The Wall" is rapidly being added. The band's self-titled debut album is in stores now.
Cage the Elephant are Bowling Green, Kentucky natives Matt Shultz (vocals), his brother Brad (guitar) and their friends Daniel Tichenor (bass), Lincoln Parish (guitar) and Jared Champion (drums).
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PR reports: Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten continues to play select East Coast dates in anticipation of the release of her full length debut because I was in love.
The album was recorded at Language of Stone co-owner Greg Weeks' Hexham Head studios in Philadelphia with Weeks producing and is being released on Language of Stone. I'm hoping you'll consider advancing her show with a feature, CD review or advance blurb.
Choosing to keep the accompaniment to a minimum, the songs are simple and understated, a wonderfully unique addition to the canon of folk love songs.
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