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  • Napster co-founder Sean Parker and billionaire Ron Burkle are supposedly teaming up to make a bid for EMI.
  • Spotify added a “private listening mode” after the huge backlash following Facebook integration.
    This is an easy fix, guys: just don’t associate your Spotify account with your Facebook account.

  • In more disturbing news: The Michael Jackson doctor trial app is number one at the app store. How many copies do you think the OJ Simspon trial app would sell if the iPhone existed in 1995?
  • The Amazon Kindle Fire was released yesterday and it only costs $199. It will be able to stream 17 million songs from the Amazon cloud. Could this kill the iPad?
  • Here is the Rock Shop’s Guide to College Radio. The world of radio is bigger than Ryan Seacrest and Yankees games.
  • In other college radio news, Seton Hall’s 89.5 FM WSOU celebrates its 25th anniversary as a metal station.
  • Elton John kicked off his three-year stint at Caesars Palace in Vegas on Wednesday. He wore a “glittering silver cape, removed to reveal a glimmering black coat and golden shoes before sitting down to play on a custom piano covered with more than 68 LED screens.” Excellent.
  • Lady Gaga is suing a company attempting to trademark her name.
  • Legendary Austin, TX venue Emo’s is not closing. It’s just moving from its long-time location off 6th St. to Riverside Dr.
  • Absolutely Kosher, the label behind such acts as the Wrens and the Mountain Goats, will close after 13 years.
  • Hooray! Shazam is free again. That was short-lived.
  • Tablets could increase the digital music industry, or at least that’s what a new report from the NPD Group says.

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