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Hot Links: Music News for April 18, 2014

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Prince has reunited with Warner Bros. Records almost 20 years after temporarily changing his name to a symbol in protest of the major-label system. The legendary artist will regain ownership of his catalog in details still to be released. Expect lots of fancy anniversary reissues of his iconic albums. [Billboard]

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Hot Links: Music News for April 17, 2014

Iconic hip-hop group De La Soul is celebrating Record Store Day this Saturday by hiding 100 copies of a limited-edition vinyl mixtape in stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The distribution stunt of the J-Dilla-produced Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. is in part to raise awareness for the non-profit J Dilla Foundation. [SPIN]

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Applying to Play Bonnaroo Supports the Festival's Charity Fundraising

Now heading into its teenage years, Bonnaroo has become an American music institution. And the festival’s home of Manchester, Tenn., has benefited greatly from its presence and influence. There are two slots saved at this year’s festival for Sonicbids artists, to be selected by Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Billboard Magazine. When you sign up, you’ll notice a $10 application fee. All that money goes to benefit the Bonnaroo Works Fund.

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Hot Links: Music News for April 16, 2014

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date iconApr 16, 2014 5:00:00 PM

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Are Beyoncé and Jay-Z planning a co-headlining tour for this summer? Maybe it's just speculation, but it sure makes sense with the way "Drunk In Love" has taken off. [A.V. Club]

AC/DC founding guitarist Malcolm Young is "taking a break" from the group due to health reasons. Despite the setback, vocalist Brian Johnson says the band's going into the studio next month for six weeks of potential new music and album work. [SPIN]

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Be a Pro: Secrets to a Successful Festival Performance

Ever been to an outdoor concert when the transition between bands dragged on and the audience started to drift away? You practice the music, but successful performers also plan and practice the setup and transitions so that the audience can focus on the music instead of on the equipment. As an added bonus, making peoples’ jobs easier backstage makes it more likely that you will be asked back to perform another show. The following tips will make life easier behind the scenes and to keep your audience pumped for your performance. 

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