Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music Remix Chief Keef's Single

Following last month's release of "Mercy," Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music aren't quite done yet. West, along with Pusha T and Big Sean have teamed up with Jadakiss to remix “I Don’t Like,” the buzzworthy single from 16-year-old rapper Chief Keef of Chicago.

Take a listen to the group's re-creation here.

Explosions in the Sky Confirms Last 2012 Tour Dates

Explosions In The Sky has confirmed a handful of final stops to conclude the extremely successful tour the April 26, 2011 release of Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.

The new shows include include a long-awaited return to Nashville for the band's first ever Ryman Auditorium show. From performances at New York's Radio City Music Hall to London's Brixton Academy--as well as a debut performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, it's been a great year for Explosions.

Pre-sales for the new dates begin Wednesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. CST with general on-sales commencing this weekend. More specific details will be posted at explosionsinthesky.com as they are confirmed.

Tour dates as confirmed by the band:
5/25/2012 - George WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
6/17/2012 - Houston TX - Warehouse Live
6/18/2012 - Mobile AL - Soul Kitchen Music Hall
6/19/2012 - Tampa FL - The Ritz Ybor
6/20/2012 - Miami FL - Grand Central
6/21/2012 - Athens GA - The Georgia Theatre
6/22/2012 - Charlottesville VA - Jefferson Theater
6/24/2012 - Randall's Island New York NY - Governors Ball Music Festival
6/25/2012 - Morgantown WV - 123 Pleasant St.
6/26/2012 - Chicago IL - Chicago Theatre
6/27/2012 - Nashville TN - Ryman Auditorium

Hulu: No More Free-for-All; Get Cable!

31 million people logged on to Hulu in March to take advantage of its free-for-all selection of programming, but viewers are about to see some big changes. According to the New York Post, Hulu is taking its first steps to change to a model where viewers will have to prove they are a pay-TV customer (a.k.a. cable or satellite subscriber) to watch their favorite shows.

Hulu calls the new format "authentication" because viewers would have to log in with their cable or satellite TV account number. But the company isn't the only one trying to get consumers to take a few steps back. Fox network, which is owned by News Corp., will soon begin talks with Comcast to require authentication for viewing programming--such as its hit shows New Girl and Glee--online

The move toward authentication, which could take years to finalize, is fueled by cable companies and networks looking to protect and profit from their content, while hoping to make cable subscriptions more attractive to the millions of people who have previously dropped cable or never considered it necessary.

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John Legend Heads to TV, Joining ABC's 'Duets'

ABC announced earlier Monday that John Legend will replace Lionel Richie on the network's upcoming singing competition Duets.

The network did not provide reason for Richie's decision to drop out. His newest LP, Tuskegee, has been No. 1 on Billboard for the past two weeks. Legend joins previously announced singers Kelly Clarkson, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke.

Duets premieres on May 24. Each of the chart-toppers will travel the country in search of two singers to duet with every week on the show in front of a live audience. In the end, one duet and one partner will win a recording contract.

Legend, whose last solo album released in 2008--the same year he was featured on will.i.am's viral song, "Yes We Can," which infused a great amount of youth energy into then-candidate Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Four years later (and in another election year), perhaps the TV stint is a sign of a new album?

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly cites "personal scheduling conflicts" as Richie's reason for bail, according to his rep.

Death Cab for Cutie Announces New Tour Dates

Death Cab for Cutie announced today a run of tour dates this summer, beginning June 30 in Ontario. The tour will run throughout the U.S. and Canada, stopping at several festivals along the way, and will include select shows with Andrew Bird, City and Colour and Tragically Hip before concluding in Honolulu.

After the summer tour wraps, guitarist Chris Walla tells Billboard.com he doesn't know what the band's next move is -- but they will most likely take some time to rest. There are no more singles being released from the band's latest LP, Codes and Keys, and Death Cab hasn't started working on any new music. "I think a break of some kind is probably in order. It's all malleable. We could jump right back in the studio and make another record or it could be another two or three years. We really don't know. It remains to be seen," he said.

Full list of Death Cab for Cutie summer tour dates:
June 30: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (The Commons) - w/ Tragically Hip
July 1: Barrie, ON (Burl's Creek) - w/ Tragically Hip
July 3: Cleveland, OH (Jacobs Pavilion) - w/ City and Colour
July 4: Rochester Hills, MI (Meadow Brook) - w/ City and Colour
July 5: Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest)
July 7: Des Moines, IA (80/35 Music Festival)
July 8: Lawrence, KS (Liberty Music Hall)
July 9: Springfield, MO (Gilloz Theatre)
July 10: Tulsa, OK (Cain's Ballroom)
July 12: Chicago, IL (The Taste of Chicago)
July 13: Pittsburgh, PA (Stage AE) - w/ Andrew Bird
July 14: Charlottesville, VA (nTelos Wireless Pavilion)
July 15: Cincinnati, OH (Bunbury Music Festival)
July 17: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
July 19: Montclair, NJ (Wellmont Theatre)
July 20: Holyoke, MA (Mountain Park)
July 21: Cooperstown, NY (Ommegang Brewery)
July 22: Dover, DE (Firefly Music Festival)
Aug. 22: Honolulu, HI (The Republik)

NBC's 'Community' Gets 90-Minute Season Finale

NBC is showing Community--and its fans--some love this season, following a noticeable rise in the ratings. Score for the devoted fans of the struggling sitcom, which is usually considered a "bubble show" by critics.

The network has moved the struggling-yet-popular sitcom's season finale to the all-important May sweeps — May 17 to be exact — and added another new episode to precede the hour-long back-to-back episodes that make up the finale, according to The Futon Critic.

This means that three new episodes of Community will air on May 17 — at 8/7c, 9/8c and 9:30/8:30c, bookending the Season 6 finale of 30 Rock at 8:30/7:30c.

Best Coast Covers Fleetwood Mac

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino revealed that Fleetwood Mac’s influence played a vital role in the creation of the duo’s upcoming album, The Only Place. Now, as an homage, Best Coast have recorded a cover of the legendary rock group's “Storms," which premiered earlier today on BBC Radio 6′s Radcliffe & Maconie show.

The cover is unlike most of Best Coast's original work, supported only by an acoustic guitar. Cosentino’s vocals, however, are rather exquisite, showcasing the singer's strengths--and vulnerabilities.

The “Storms” cover will be available exclusively to independent record stores as a vinyl 7″. The Only Place releases on May 15. Listen to the track now from BBC (skip to the 58:00 mark).

Bob Dylan to Receive U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bob Dylan is being recognized with the United States' highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, according to The New York Times. Other recipients will include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; John Glenn, the third American in space; and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison.

President Obama will award the medals at the White House in the coming weeks. In a statement, he said: "They've challenged us, they've inspired us and they've made the world a better place."

Dylan's songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements of the '60s, and his music continues to inspire and enlighten decades later.

Previous honorees include: Mother Theresa, Margaret Thatcher, Stephen Hawking, Walt Disney, Doris Day, Maya Angelou, Duke Ellington and Aretha Franklin.

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Should Fans Have Right to Re-Sell Used MP3s?

Should music fans have the right to re-sell their used MP3s? After that song has been played over and over, and the luster is gone, should consumers be allowed to discard their purchased music for a profit similar to used CDs or DVDs? That's exactly what the Cambridge, Mass.-based company ReDigi is fighting for in court, with EMI Music suing to protect its right of sale.

Presiding District Court judge Richard Sullivan has called this a "fascinating issue" in need of clarification, and even Google has poked its beak into this fight. While some consider the issue to be a silly one, given the pennies-per-song cost, it's certainly up for argument due to the fact that one "purchases" an MP3.

There is a problem, however: ReDigi might be running out of cash. It may be the strategy EMI Music had in mind, and perhaps a reflection of the American legal system.

Possible warning signs began to appear this week, when the current ReDigi attorney Ray Beckerman filed a motion to exit the case, and hand things over to another law firm.

EMI Music maintains a deep roster of artists like Coldplay, M83, Katy Perry, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Decemberists, The Beatles, Switchfoot and Norah Jones--whose highly anticipated new album, Little Broken Hearts, debuts on Tuesday via EMI.

The court battle may go away, but in the age of iPads and file-sharing and digital-everything, the questions will continue. Is it OK to re-sell music you own, regardless of the format? Is used digital the same as used physical? What does "purchase" mean when it comes to digital formats?

Speaking of Jones' upcoming album, you can pre-order now through a list of digital outlets by clicking on the "buy" button on her website.

Vampire Weekend Working on 'A Ton' of New Music

Vampire Weekend is slated to headline the upcoming Pitchfork Music Festival in July, which will mark the band's first live performance in nearly a year, but the Brooklyn-based indie rockers have been keeping busy. Bassist Chris Baio tells Rolling Stone the bands has been hard at work on the follow-up to their 2010 LP, Contra. "We've started many songs," Baio says. "Obviously we haven't been rushing it. We take it very seriously. We'll be incredibly psyched to share it with the world when it's done."

The group has collected plenty of material, but as frontman Ezra Koenig echoed recently, they aren't working with any deadline in mind. "We do have a ton of stuff," said Koenig. "It would be cool if it was [released] this year. I always want to release music as soon as possible, but more and more I'm realizing it's something you almost have no control over. We just never want to be in a position [where] when we put out something, we feel could've benefited from more time."

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Pitbull: Music Biz 90 Percent Business, '10 Percent Talent'

Halfway through his standing-room-only live Q&A at Wednesday's Billboard Latin Music Conference, Miami-born bilingual pop star Pitbull recalled growing up on his mother's Tony Robbins tapes. "I started to understand how failure is the mother of all success," Pitbull said.

The largest failure to which he alluded was his litigious break with his former record label, the now-defunct TVT. After graduating to it from Luke Records, the Miami-based independent run by 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell, Pit soon discovered TVT was run much like communist Cuba. "I saw that the owner was very litigious, so I decided when I caught him slipping, I'd sue him too," he recalled of the tactics he used to break free. But he decided to view it as a learning experience. "TVT was like my university on the business. It was my Harvard."

"Forget everyone," he advised. "You get that money, and you invest in yourself. Nobody's going to bring you a bigger return on your investment than yourself."

His records, he also explained, have largely been as much business calculations as were his recent big-money sponsorship deals with brands like Dr. Pepper, Bud Light, Kodak, and Pepsi, or on his own partial ownerships in Voli Vodka and Sheets energy strips. "This is called the music business. It's 90 percent business, 10 percent talent," he readily admitted. "There's no genius to what I do. I keep it simple, stupid -- K.I.S.S."

Again, this is all coming from Pitbull...

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