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This CD cover image released by RCA shows "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue," the latest release by Van Morrison.  (AP Photo/RCA)

The duets format can be a lazy way to go, a predictable romp that showcases familiar old songs. Not so with Van Morrison’s new collection “Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue” which skips obvious hits like “Moondance” and “Brown-Eyed Girl” for overlooked, sometimes eccentric tracks from memorable albums like “The Healing Game” and “A Period of Transition.”


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Marvin Gaye's daughter, Nona Gaye, left, and his ex-wife, Jan Gaye, take questions from the media outside Los Angeles U.S. District Court, after a jury awarded the singer's children nearly $7.4 million after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create "Blurred Lines," Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was read and was hugged by her attorney. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

“Today’s successful verdict, with the odds more than stacked against the Marvin Gaye estate, could redefine what copyright infringement means for recording artists,” said Glen Rothstein, an intellectual property attorney with the firm Greenberg Glusker.


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This CD cover image released by Capitol Nashville shows "Spring Break...Checkin' Out," by Luke Bryan. (AP Photo/Capitol Nashville)

“Checkin’ Out” is Bryan’s seventh spring-break collection in as many years; that’s in addition to four full-length albums since 2007. The 38-year-old CMA Entertainer of the Year understandably feels ready to focus on something deeper than beach-party soundtracks.


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This CD cover image released by Interscope Records shows "Rebel Heart," the latest release by Madonna. (AP Photo/Interscope Records)

While the majority of the material falls solidly in the positive, some of the tunes undoubtedly meant to sound fierce and liberating just feel tired, like the electro-clash braggadocio of “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj, and the tedious X-rated bump-and-grind of the Kanye West-produced “Holy Water.”


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“We’re real honored the governor thought of us,” Dickson told The Associated Press on Monday. He said he had contacted mayors and city managers in other communities who had hosted similar events and was confident “we can handle it.”


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This Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo shows simple and bedazzled suits once worn by Elvis, many while performing on-stage in Las Vegas displayed at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel, originally the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. The costumes are expected to be among the memorabilia straight from his Graceland home in Memphis, Tenn. It’s part of a partnership between Graceland and the Westgate Las Vegas to establish a permanent exhibit and revive the Elvis concert experience in the showroom where the icon once performed. (AP Photo/ Kimberly Pierceall)

“We walk into everything with ‘what would Elvis want,” said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of the company that has owned a majority of Elvis Presley Enterprises since November 2013. “Absolutely positively, he would want to be back in Vegas.”


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FILE - Rapper Drake performs in concert on the last date of his "Would You Like A Tour? 2013" at the Wells Fargo Center in this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 file photo taken in Philadelphia. The Grammy-winning rapper released a new album called "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" early Friday morning Feb. 13, 2015 on iTunes. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, FILE)

If the mixtape’s previously released track, “6 God,” wasn’t warning enough, Drake is more confrontational these days. “Please don’t speak to me like I’m that Drake from four years ago, I’m at a higher place, thinkin’ they lions and tigers and bears, I go huntin’, put heads on my fireplace,” he raps on “Energy.”


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