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April 28, 2021

John Mayer Nearing Deal to Host 'Later' Talk Show on Paramount Plus, CBS (EXCLUSIVE)

John Mayer is in talks with with Paramount Plus-CBS to host a talk show based on the U.K.'s "Later with Jools Holland" format, say sources.

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Questlove Shares Playlist of Every Song He Played During the Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)

Questlove, the Oscars' musical director, shared a 144-track playlist of every song from the show, and gave Variety an exclusive breakdown.

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Ryan Tedder on Making the NFT Space Safe for Pop Music, and Why It's the Ultimate Collectors' Medium

NFTs have have often featured EDM music, but Ryan Tedder is making them a safe space for pure pop with his first song/art combo auction.

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Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino Gave Up His Salary For Less Than Two Months in 2020, Earned $1.89 Million

Despite reports that Live Nation CEO MIchael Rapino would forego his salary for all of 2020, he did so for six weeks, per SEC filings.

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Billie Eilish to Drop New Album, 'Happier Than Ever,' on July 30

Billie Eilish will release a new album called "Happier Than Ever" on July 30.

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Britney Spears to Speak in Court on Conservatorship Case

Britney Spears will speak to the court in June on the status of her conservatorship.

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Al Schmitt, Engineer-Mixer Who Won a Record 20 Grammys, Dies at 91

Al Schmitt, who as an engineer-mixer won Grammys for everything from Steely Dan's "Aja" to Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company," died at 91.

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SBA Venue-Relief Website Receives More Than 17,000 Applications in First 24 Hours

The SBAn website through which shuttered concert venues apply for aid received more than 17,000 applications in its first 24 hours.

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Florence Welch Writing 'Great Gatsby' Musical

Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine will write a musical of "The Great Gatsby" that will be produced by Len Blavatnik and Amanda Ghost.

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'Vax Live' Stadium Show and TV Taping Adds David Letterman, Gayle King, Ben Affleck, Sean Penn and More

The lineup for Global Citizen's "Vax Live" at So-Fo Stadium has expanded to include Meghan Markle, Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Penn and Olivia Munn.

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Spotify Q1 Total User Growth of 24% Misses Expectations Amid Podcast Surge, Strong Ad Sales

Spotify reported results for Q1 2021 in line with expectations, with total revenue up 16% -- helped by 46% uptick in ad sales.

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Grammy Museum Will Reopen With Three New Major Exhibits in May

The museum will celebrate its reopening with a virtual members-only event featuring an interview and performance with Brandi Carlile.

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Benjamin Blank Named President of Warner Music's New Advertising and Creative Content Division

Warner Music has named Benjamin Blank WEA's president of media and will lead WMG’s new digital advertising and creative content divisi …

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Anita Lane, Singer-Songwriter Who Co-Wrote Celebrated Nick Cave Songs, Dies at 62

Anita Lane, a singer-songwriter who released solo music in the '90s and '00s after becoming well-known for writing with Nick Cave, has died.

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Music Industry Moves: Red Bull Records Boosts Executive Staff; Loeb & Loeb Expands in Nashville

In today's Music Industry Moves: Red Bull Records boosts its executive staff, Loeb & Loeb expands in Nashville, and more.

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