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Amoeba Music: A Look Inside the Sprawling New Hollywood Store

Amoeba Music: A Look Inside the Sprawling New Hollywood Store

L.A. store manager Jim Henderson talks about what went into the move, as Variety offers photos and video of the new location.Meet the new Amoeba… same as the old Amoeba? In many ways, yes, despite reopening in a geographically more iconic location, just a block east of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, after year on pause. The new Hollywood outpost of officially opens today, April 1, with lineups expected outside the store, at least initially, thanks to capacity restrictions and pent-up retail-therapy hunger from the store’s avid customer base.Would Variety ever devote saturation...

April 1, 2021
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Lou Ottens, Who Invented the Cassette in 1960s and Later Helped Develop CDs, Dies at 94

Lou Ottens, Who Invented the Cassette in 1960s and Later Helped Develop CDs, Dies at 94

, an engineer who invited the concept of the cassette tape in the early 1960s and later helped develop compact discs, died Saturday at 94, according to news reports from the Netherlands.Ottens was working for Philips when he company unveiled at a 1963 radio exhibition in Berlin. Prior to the cassette, audio enthusiasts looking for portability had to rely on much bulkier recorders and players; there was never such a thing as a reel-to-reel Walkman for a reason.“It was a big surprise for the market,” Ottens, then 87, said in a 2013 story that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the medium...

March 10, 2021
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Taylor Swift Sets 'Fearless: Taylor's Version' as First in Her Series of Full-Album Do-Overs

Taylor Swift Sets 'Fearless: Taylor's Version' as First in Her Series of Full-Album Do-Overs

Her brand-new but identical-sounding take on 2008's "Love Story" will precede the album and hit digital service providers tonight. The singer dropped clues that the full album will be out in April.“” is being born again. was not just talking a good talk when she vowed to independently re-record all six of the albums she originally released on her former label: The singer announced Thursday morning that her blockbuster sophomore album from 2008 would be the first in a series of full-album remakes that is set to roll out one by one. The first out of the shoot will be “Fearless: Taylor’s...

February 11, 2021
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Morgan Wallen's Record Label Contract 'Suspended Indefinitely' After Racial Slur

Morgan Wallen's Record Label Contract 'Suspended Indefinitely' After Racial Slur

Country star , who found himself a pariah from the airwaves overnight after , has had his contract “suspended indefinitely” by his label, Big Loud Records, the company announced Wednesday.“In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen’s contract indefinitely,” the statement reads. , the Universal Music-owned label that distributes his recordings, “fully supports Big Loud’s decision and agrees such behavior will not be tolerated.”What exactly that will mean is not entirely clear, as “suspended” contracts are not common in the music industry;...

February 3, 2021
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SiriusXM, Pandora, iHeartRadio, CMT Pull Morgan Wallen's Music in Wake of Racial Slur (Updated)

SiriusXM, Pandora, iHeartRadio, CMT Pull Morgan Wallen's Music in Wake of Racial Slur (Updated)

Entercom is also joining iHeartRadio and Cumulus in removing the country star from the airwaves.UPDATED: , and CMT have joined the biggest radio chains in the nation, including , Cumulus and Entercom, in pulling the plug for now on the music of , in the wake of a fast-brewing scandal over the country star being captured on tape using the N-word.“Yes, we have pulled Morgan Wallen’s content from SiriusXM and Pandora,” a spokesperson for the satellite radio service and the streaming company said Wednesday afternoon.had announced it was yanking Wallen from its more than 850 terrestrial radio...

February 3, 2021
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Country Radio Quickly Removing Morgan Wallen From Playlists After Racial Slur

Country Radio Quickly Removing Morgan Wallen From Playlists After Racial Slur

Cumulus Media sent a directive to its 400-plus stations to remove the country star from its playlists. More stations are expected to follow, and DSPs also looked to be removing Wallen from their landing pages — a stunning development for someone who was the most successful recording artist in any genre at the moment.The hottest star in music so far in 2021, , has suddenly gone very cold. His music was yanked from , the second biggest radio chain in the nation, as of midnight CT after a storm broke out over his being captured on video using a racial slur.Cumulus, which is especially powerful...

February 3, 2021
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Mariah Carey Sued by Sister Over 'Public Humiliation' in Singer's Autobiography

Mariah Carey Sued by Sister Over 'Public Humiliation' in Singer's Autobiography

has been sued by her sister, Alison A. Carey, in New York court over the contents of the singer’s recent memoir, “,” which describes a contentious and deeply estranged relationship between the superstar and her eight-years-older sibling.Alison Carey’s suit, filed Monday with the New York County Supreme Court, asks for a minimum of $1.25 million for “the infliction of immense emotional distress caused by defendant’s heartless, vicious, vindictive, despicable and totally unnecessary public humiliation of defendant’s already profoundly damaged older sister.”The suit says that Carey “callously...

February 3, 2021
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Music-Themed Bernie Sanders Meme Takes Internet By Storm

Music-Themed Bernie Sanders Meme Takes Internet By Storm

The photograph of Sen. sitting in isolation, waiting for the Biden-Harris swearing-in Wednesday morning, had turned into a cottage industry for memes before the ceremony was even over. And for some reason, it particularly appealed to members of the music community, who could relate to the insufferability of perennially waiting around for something to happen — even if mittens usually aren’t part of the picture.Perhaps the most popular of the Bernie/music memes is one put up by the band , created by the group’s tour manager, Dan Case. It recasts Impatient Inaugural Bernie as Had-Enough...

January 20, 2021
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Taylor Swift Wins Three American Music Awards, Says She's MIA Because of 'Recording All of My Old Music'

Taylor Swift Wins Three American Music Awards, Says She's MIA Because of 'Recording All of My Old Music'

The singer also broke a record for most AMAs ever, a record previously held by... Taylor Swift.won three Sunday night, including the top “favorite artist” honor — explaining her absence as due to being busy in the studio re-recording her entire Big Machine catalog.The climactic favorite artist award came as something as a surprise, since Swift’s name had not come up as a winner any time earlier in the three hours, leading to an underlying assumption that she might have been shut out in some or all of the four categories she’d been nominated in. But host said after Swift’s filmed acceptance...

November 23, 2020
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Willie Weed Week Is Nigh, as Willie Nelson and Nathaniel Rateliff Help Present a Virtual Cannabis Convention

Willie Weed Week Is Nigh, as Willie Nelson and Nathaniel Rateliff Help Present a Virtual Cannabis Convention

and Luck Presents, a “rogue collective” based in his hometown of Luck, Texas, have announced a four-day virtual cannabis convention, to be hosted online by fellow musician .Dubbed “Luck Summit: Planting the Seed,” the ticketed event will serve as a benefit for , with programming beginning April 26 and wrapping up on Nelson’s 88th birthday April 29. Registration is available .“Willie Nelson is a music and cannabis icon, so of course we’re thrilled to partner,” said Sam D’Arcangelo, the director of the Cannabis Voter Project. “Texas and the rest of the United States are sitting at a cannabis...

April 7, 2021
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