Google To Launch MP3 Store

Google To Launch MP3 Store
will launch an online music store in the coming weeks in an effort to compete with Apple's iTunes and Amazon's MP3 Store, according to reports in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. However, the reports indicated the company's negotiations with major record labels are not yet complete. The store will likely fall under the umbrella of Music Beta by Google, the company's cloud-based music service launched in May. (10/14)

Charlie Daniels Band's Joel "Taz" DiGregorio Dies
Keyboardist/songwriter Joel "Taz" DiGregorio of the GRAMMY-winning Charlie Daniels Band was killed in a car accident on Oct. 12. He was 67. DiGregorio co-wrote the 1979 Charlie Daniels Band hit "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," which earned a GRAMMY for Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group. DiGregorio earned two more nominations with the band, Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "In America" in 1980 and Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album for How Sweet The Sound: 25 Favorite Hymns And Gospel Greats in 2002. He was on his way to a performance with the Charlie Daniels Band when he died. (10/14)

Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band Among Top ACA Nominees
Nominations for the second annual American Country Awards were announced with Jason Aldean and GRAMMY winners Zac Brown Band in the lead with eight nominations each, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for My Kinda Party and You Get What You Give, respectively. Thompson Square earned seven nominations, including Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," followed by GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift with six, including Artist of the Year and Single of the Year: Female for "Mean." Additional artists garnering nominations include Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw, among others. The awards will take place Dec. 5 in Las Vegas. (10/14)

Barenboim Named La Scala Music Director
Six-time GRAMMY-winning pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim has been named the new music director of Milan's La Scala opera house, effective in December. A principal conductor at La Scala since 2006, Barenboim will be tasked with preparing operas, concerts and tours at the opera house over the next five years. Barenboim becomes La Scala's first music director since Riccardo Muti's departure in 2005. (10/14)


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