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The Legendary Isaac Hayes' Legacy

The music world is no doubt saddened by the news that multi-talented, multi-award winning musician, Isaac Hayes, died on Sunday 10 August, with initial reports indicating that a simultaneous stroke and heart attack was the cause of death. With a successful career that spanned more than forty years, Hayes is readily recognized all over the world as the creative genius behind the song “Shaft” from the 1971 movie of the same name. The song earned Hayes an Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as two Grammys, and is considered by many to be the song that launched him into the international spotlight.

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New Inductees Listed for Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

Not many people think of diverse musical talents when they hear the word “Oklahoma” but the region is filled with a wonderful variety of musicians. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to these legendary singers, songwriters and musical groups and this year’s list of inductees certainly proves that the state is home to more than just one style of music.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Straight Outta Lynwood” Tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic kicked off his “Straight Outta Lynwood” 2008 Tour at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas, on 7 August, and will be performing in a total of sixteen U.S. cities, finishing off with a performance at the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster, California. Since his first song parody hit the airwaves in 1979, this multi-talented, three-time Grammy-award winning artist has gained a world-wide following, selling in excess of 12 million albums and entertaining audiences at more than 1,000 live shows.

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Music Hall of Fame Inducts Musicians for 2008

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit project that first started its nominating process in Spring 2007. The project’s main goal is to document and recognize West Virginians who have made a noteworthy contribution to a variety of music genres. In doing so, the Music Hall of Fame helps to cast a spotlight on the many important musicians who have helped to shape the rich musical legacy of the country.

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Research Reveals Interesting Trend in Music Pirating Dilemma

A recent research study by the MCPS-PRS Alliance revealed that, even when music is available to download at no charge via an official website, the majority of fans still choose to download the music from an illegal website. This research project has confirmed what many music companies have suspected – pirating of music is a growing trend that is here to stay regardless of any efforts to put a stop to it.

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