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Record Store Day Releases Announced, Track Sales Down In 2013
GRAMMY winners the Black Keys, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and the Roots are among the more than 200 artists set to release Record Store Day exclusives on April 20. The list features a combination of new music, EPs, vinyl singles, and rarities. Record Store Day Ambassador Jack White will release a 10th anniversary double-vinyl edition of the White Stripes' GRAMMY-winning album, 2003's Elephant. In related music retail news, track sales are down 2 percent through March 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital albums have shown a 9 percent year-over-year increase through March 15.
Kimye Goes North West
Inspired by his last name and a geographical direction, GRAMMY winner Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian are rumored to be in love with the name North for their expected child. That would make the child's name North West, arguably the most buzzed-about baby name since Blue Ivy, the daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. No word yet on North's middle name but our suggestion is Mr. West's nickname, Yeezy.
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