News Ticker: Def Jam, The Killers, Mr. Magic, Mercedes Sosa

October 5th, 2009 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

  • Def Jam’s 25th Anniversary Collection, due October 6th as a five-disc crate, features a 59-page color booklet and tracks spanning from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee LL Cool J’s “I Need a Beat” and the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Young Jeezy’s “Put On.”

  • The Killers have resolved their legal dispute with former manager Braden Merrick with a confidential settlement. Merrick had sued the band for breach of contract after dissolving their relationship in 2006; the band countersued claiming Merrick’s mismanagement had cost them millions.
  • Radio DJ Mr. Magic (born John Rivas), who helped bring hip-hop to the airwaves in the 1980s, died from a heart attack at age 53, the New York Times reports.
  • “The Voice of Latin America,” Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa, died at 74 after suffering heart, kidney and liver illnesses, CNN reports. Sosa released 40 albums and was an advocate for social justice and the poor.

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