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Alejandro Sanz Scores at Latin Grammys

Carlos Vives was the big story before the Latin Grammys, but Alejandro Sanz was the one everyone was talking about afterward. Sanz swept the major categories at Wednesday night’s ceremony, taking album, song, and record of the year honors. The Spanish singer, who was nominated for four awards, won album …

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Monsters Smash

Disney/Pixar’s animated Monsters, Inc sells 5 million copies on first day of DVD/video release: The computer animated feature “Monsters, Inc.” set a record for opening day sales of DVDs and videos, with 5 million copies snatched up on Sept. 17, Pixar Animation Studios Inc. and Walt Disney Co. reported on …

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Rowling Vindicated

J.K. Rowling owns “muggles” and whatnot: A federal court on Wednesday threw out author Nancy Stouffer’s claims that Rowling, the author of the blockbuster Harry Potter ( news – web sites) books, stole words and characters from Stouffer’s books. The claims were made against Rowling and her U.S. publisher and …

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Online Smiley Face Old Enough to Vote, Next Year Can Drink

The sideways smiley face emoticon just turned 20. I have to admit I have never used this or any other emoticon. I can’t exactly explain my reticence, maybe something about the cutesy, insiderish tech-dude aspect. I have even gone so far as to write the word “smile” in parentheses (smile) …

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Liquid Kelly

This proclamation from Liquid Audio: Kelly Clarkson “Before Your Love/A Moment Like This” (US Only) By the time she was crowned the winner of Fox-TV’s American Idol, Kelly Clakson had already become a bona fide star. After a two month competition that galvanized a nationwide television audience, Kelly was the …

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Even Better Than Peter

Comedy writer and blogger Mike Gerber honored humorist Robert Benchley on his 113th birthday (Benchley is, sadly, not alive to enjoy it): Happy Birthday Robert Benchley! Today would’ve been humorist Robert Benchley’s 113th birthday. He’s one of my all-time favorites. Anyway, while we’re raising a glass of soda pop to …

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“Hey, I Know That Guitar”

Boston incognito on MP3.com: One of the most popular songs on MP3.com lately is the track “Corporate America” by a band called Downer’s Revenge. The song has been Number Two on the site’s Progressive Rock Chart for two weeks, and while you’ve likely never heard of Downer’s Revenge, you do …

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Billboard Gets Zingy

Zingy, the largest mobile entertainment provider in North America, and Billboard magazine announced today that Zingy has been selected to provide mobile entertainment solutions to Billboard.com. Music consumers who visit Billboard.com will be able to buy ringtones of their favorite artists provided by Zingy. “This is a major accomplishment for …

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