The Morning Mix: Meet the New Boss Playlist, Same as the Old Boss Playlist; iTunes Price-Hike Backlash Begins


Headlines: Bruce Springsteen's Asbury Park rehearsal shows are in the books, and some superfans aren't in love with the stale set lists. ... iTunes is about to raise the price of the hottest digital tracks to $1.29, and some industry veterans think bumping prices by 30 percent in the middle of a recession is just about the dumbest thing Apple could do. "This will be a PR nightmare," said ex-EMI Music exec Ted Cohen. "It is for the music industry what the AIG bonuses are for the insurance industry." ... Blender magazine goes belly up. Where will all those pop tarts show off their junk now? ... Good "look" from Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, who give Obama's favorite word the remix treatment. ... "American Idol" producers fess up that there is, in fact, lip-synching on the shows. ... Ruben Studdard, the forgotten American Idol, has covered Extreme ("More Than Words"), Bryan Adams ("Heaven") and Michael Jackson ("I Can't Help It") for his upcoming album. ... Justin Timberlake (hearts) Kings of Leon, the Black Keys "and, of course, Radiohead." (How long before Thom Yorke disses JT, too?) ... Merengue star Elvis Crespo performed a solo show at the mile-high club, according to police. ... Two clowns on the Britney Spears "Circus" tour have been arrested on assault and public intoxication charges. ... RIP England Dan Seals of the pop duo England Dan and John Ford.

Say What?
"A lot of nice clubs, pubs and strip joints, you know?" -- Big Boi, explaining at least part of Atlanta's appeal. The Outkast rapper also cited Southern hospitality, the cost of living and his own group. "We got a lot of people moving to Atlanta because of Outkast, that's what they tell us."

Video of the Day
In which Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform the No. 1 song from March 27, 1982.

Today in Weekend
MusicMakers: "A Harmonic Convergence: The Bang on a Can Marathon Fuses Classical, Experimental and Rock."

Album reviews: TK Webb & the Visions (Saturday at DC9); Gomez (Sunday at the 9:30 club); the Bad Plus, Marco Benevento (Sunday at Rams Head Tavern); Julian Lage (Monday at Blues Alley); Chris Merritt, Judd and Maggie (Tuesday at Jammin' Java).


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By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 27, 2009; 8:52 AM ET Morning Mix
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