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  • In the newest Chipotle ad featuring decent musicians, Karen O covers a country song.

  • Edward Sharpe, the Plain White T’s and others have joined the Music Coalition Project. Global activism win!

  • MTV attempts once again to broadcast actual music-related programing with the new multi-platform MTV Iggy, geared to bring world music to the States.

  • Pitchfork has announced a new artsy-sounding music festival in New York City. It’s called Forms and is set to begin next February.

  • Georgia Tech’s WREK radio station now broadcasts at 100,000 watts, covering the entire Atlanta metro area.

  • Here’s your weekly Michael Jackson doctor trial update: The King Of Pop could have been saved if his doctor had called 911 more promptly.

  • J Scavo left Disney and joined Warner Bros. as senior vice president of digital marketing.

  • Here’s a look at Spotify and how its finances work.

  • Surprise, surprise: New study says the private sector doesn’t value creative industries.

  • The Guardian has a great feature on what Steve Jobs meant to the music industry.

  • Ex Pandora-exec Harry DeMott joined the music licensing company Rumblefish.

  • Bloomberg spent a lengthy article detailing the advertising woes of Pandora. The company still enjoys widespread popularity but faces difficulty capitalizing on it.

  • Spin is going bi-monthly in 2012 and increasing its Web focus. In order to do that the magazine has hired three new high-profile editors.

  • Industry Wrap is a weekly CMJ column covering industry-related music news. Send tips to Kate Shapiro at kshapiro@cmj.com.