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Apple Closes Acquisition of Beats Music

Apple said Friday it closed its $3 billion deal for Beats, the high-end audio equipment and streaming music service, a tie-up that could allow the iPhone maker to reach new audiences.

"Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family," Apple said on its website.

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Concerts on Yahoo Make Best of Industry Struggles

Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens.

Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free, high-quality concert footage in a way that helps the companies providing it, since selling ads is more profitable than concert promotion.

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Pamela Anderson Wants Faeroes to Stop Whale Drive

A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday.

Anderson traveled to the semi-autonomous Danish archipelago between Scotland and Iceland to support a campaign by Seattle-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. It opposes the drives, which date from the late 16th century.

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Graffiti Artist Banksy's Spy Mural Defaced - with Graffiti

A mural by British street artist Banksy which mocks government surveillance has been defaced with spray paint, leaving fans saying Friday they faced a race against time to save the £1 million artwork.

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New York Met Postpones Work Stoppage by 72 Hours

The Metropolitan Opera in New York, whose staff is locked in a bitter dispute with its managing director over proposed pay cuts, has extended labor negotiations by 72 hours, avoiding a Friday lockout.

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Usher 'Overwhelmed' by Supporters of Foundation

Rhythm and Blues singer Usher said he was overwhelmed with gratitude by the number of supporters at his New Look Foundation's 15th anniversary luncheon.

Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, director Kenny Leon and producer Jermaine Dupri were among more than 450 attendees at foundation's President's Circle Awards luncheon Thursday in Atlanta.

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Lorde Tasked with 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

Pop sensation Lorde is pulling together the music for the next installment of "The Hunger Games," due out in November, the film's producer Lionsgate announced Thursday.

The 17-year-old New Zealander -- who dominated the charts in 2013 with "Royals" -- is "hand-picking" the artists who'll feature in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1," it said.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Set to Take over U.S. Theaters

In the world of superheroes, the ragtag "Guardians of the Galaxy" are a bit less polished than the A-list "Avengers", but they are nevertheless set to conquer U.S. movie theaters this weekend.

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Social Media Sizzles as 'Sharknado 2' Audience Grows

Whimsical TV disaster movie "Sharknado 2" reeled in 3.9 million viewers, the Syfy specialty channel said Thursday, one day after the sequel's broadcast.

The followup to last year's instant cult classic about a freak weather system that rains a torrent of man-eating sharks on New York City was also a massive hit on social media, at one point dominating the entire top-10 trending list on Twitter, Syfy said.

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No Turkish Actor Would Play Slain Armenian Journalist

An award-winning Turkish-German director, Fatih Akin, says he dropped plans to make a film about an Armenian journalist murdered in 2007 because no Turkish actor wanted to play the lead role in a movie about the hugely sensitive case.

In an interview with Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Akin said he instead turned to making another controversial film, "The Cut", which deals with the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Those slaying are seen in Armenia and several other countries -- but not by Turkey -- as a genocide.

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