The Morning Mix: Britney's Back; Mastering the Beatles; the Death of Music Retail

Britney's tour has begun, and so has the lip-syncing. The "Circus" spectacle comes to the Verizon Center on March 24. ... All you need is love - and a dissertation: Liverpool Hope University is offering a Master of Arts degree in the Beatles. ... R.I.P. Virgin Megastores: The company's six remaining U.S. stores will be shut down by June. ... No Doubt is giving away its music -- all of it -- to anybody who buys a full-priced ticket to the band's summer reunion tour. Reminding the world that the group hails from Orange County, guitarist Tom Dumont says that No Doubt wanted to "stoke" fans with a deal. Sweet. The tour comes to Nissan Pavilion on June 14. ... Michael Jackson is possibly, maybe making a comeback to the concert stage. ... Grand Ole Opry member Ernie Ashworth, whose 1963 single "Talk Back Trembling Lips" made him a crossover country star when crossover country wasn't cool, died at the age of 80. "Ernie was right up there with the best of them, including George Jones and Tammy Wy­nette," says the director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. ... The hardest part is the write: Bon Jovi is getting into the book biz. HarperCollins will release "Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful" in October. ... NYC, where the streets have rock-and-roll names: 53rd has been renamed U2 Way for the week.

Say What?
"C'mon, Chris. Have a little bit of remorse, man. The man's on Jet Skis? Like, just relaxing in Miami?" -- Usher Raymond IV, upon seeing photos of Chris Brown goofing off in Florida after reconciling with Rihanna. (Usher later apologized "if anyone was offended" by his comments.)

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 4, 2009; 8:36 AM ET Morning Mix
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No Usher, you do not need to apologize for that statement!

Btw, thanks for doing a morning mix. I like it a lot!

Posted by: around | March 4, 2009 10:58 AM

Second on the mix - if you keep this up, I might be able to forget the lack of future chats...

Posted by: Hemisphire | March 4, 2009 11:04 AM

Yanks will be amazed at the extent of the Beatles-Industrial Complex in the UK.


Posted by: MikeLicht | March 4, 2009 11:53 AM

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