Michael Jackson 'experience' will air during the Billboard Music Awards

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 8 (UPI) -- The 2014 Billboard Music Awards ceremony will feature a "world premiere experience" created by the Estate of Michael Jackson, ABC announced Thursday.
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March 31 (UPI) -- A new posthumous Michael Jackson album, "Xscape," will be released this May with eight previously unreleased tracks.
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TLC's new album named '20,' set for release Oct. 15

TLC's new album named '20,' set for release Oct. 15

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Atlanta vocal group TLC says its upcoming album is called "20" and will be released Oct. 15.
Mountain Dew drops Lil Wayne over Emmett Till lyric

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PURCHASE, N.Y., May 3 (UPI) -- Soft drink brand Mountain Dew said Friday it cut ties with U.S. hip-hop artist Lil Wayne because one of his lyrics defiled civil rights icon Emmett Till.
Emmett Till's family: Lil Wayne 'falls short' of apology

Emmett Till's family: Lil Wayne 'falls short' of apology

ROBBINS, Ill., May 2 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper Lil Wayne's attempt to mend fences with civil rights icon Emmett Till's family over an offensive lyric "falls short," a family representative said.

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2 cops arrested in Rivera Web leak ... L.A. Reid leaving 'The X Factor' ... Rocker Mick Jagger reads 'Late Show' Top 10 list ... AMC orders Season 3 of railroad drama 'Hell on Wheels' ... News from United Press International.
Judge L.A. Reid leaving 'The X Factor'

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- L.A. Reid told "Access Hollywood" he will not return as a judge for a third season of "The X Factor."
Lopez's latest to debut on Seacrest show

Lopez's latest to debut on Seacrest show

NEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- American pop star Jennifer Lopez's new single, "Dance Again," is to premiere this week on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, Epic Records said Wednesday.
Sara Bareilles planning U.S. concert tour

Sara Bareilles planning U.S. concert tour

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- Sara Bareilles is planning a 2010 U.S. concert tour in support of the release of her upcoming sophomore CD, "Kaleidoscope Heart," Epic Records said.

New Sade album on its way

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- "Soldier of Love," the first single from the British R&B group Sade's forthcoming album of the same name, is about to go public, Epic Records said Monday.
Brandy set to release new album

Brandy set to release new album

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Grammy Award-winning, U.S. singer Brandy is set to release her new full-length album "Human" in November, Epic Records said Friday.

Priest trio signs $2 million record deal

LONDON, April 24 (UPI) -- Three Roman Catholic priests signed a nearly $2 million singing deal in London with Sony BMG, industry professional say.

Sara Bareilles to headline tour in April

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Singer Sara Bareilles is set to headline a North American tour this April in support of her debut album "Little Voice," Epic Records announced Monday.

25th anniversary of 'Thriller' planned

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Epic Records/Legacy Recordings announced plans to release a 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's monster hit album, "Thriller."

TV show aims to find new Menudo

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A new MTV reality show aims to create a new version of the wildly popular 1980s boy band Menudo, the New York Daily News reported.
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Epic Records
NYP2003010803 - NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Epic Records recording artist Shakira was named on Jan. 7, 2003 as "Worst Dressed of 2002" by designer Earl Blackwell. ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Epic Records is an American record label, owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which currently operates under the umbrella of the Columbia/Epic Label Group. It is a premiere label for Sony Music. Though it was originally conceived as a jazz imprint, it has since expanded to represent various genres.

Epic Records was launched in 1953 by CBS for the purpose of marketing jazz and classical music that did not fit the theme of the more mainstream Columbia Records. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. This has included such notables as the Berlin Philharmonic, Charles Rosen, the Juilliard String Quartet, Antal DorĂ¡ti conducting the Hague Philharmonic and George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.

By 1960, the label's musical base had been expanded to include all genres. This was done in part to prevent the roster of Columbia Records (which, at the time, had a reputation for releasing material by more established acts) from being overstuffed with newer artists. Subsequently, Epic became better known for its signing of newer, fledgling acts. By the end of the 1960s, Epic earned its first gold records and had evolved into a formidable hit-making force in rock and roll, R&B and country music. Among its many acts, it included Roy Hamilton, Bobby Vinton, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Tammy Wynette, Donovan, The Yardbirds, Lulu, July and Jeff Beck. Several of the British artists on the Epic roster during the 1960s were the result of CBS's Epic/Okeh units' international distribution deal with EMI; Epic recordings were issued by EMI on the Columbia label before the contract with EMI expired, at which point CBS Records began issuing Epic label material on the CBS label until Epic UK was established in 1971 as a CBS imprint.

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