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Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs in concert at Madison Square Garden on August 4, 2010 in New York City.
-Arcade Fire put out its third record to acclaim (and a little bit of skepticism) and celebrated the event with two nights at Madison Square Garden, the second of which was filmed by director Terry Gilliam and streamed live on the Internet. [Vevo]
-Live Nation had a roller coaster of a week. Unless maybe bumper cars is a better analogy? Chairman Irving Azoff started a Twitter campaign against the non-believers two days before his company announced that its 2nd quarter earnings for 2010 were down 9.7% over the same period in 2009. In response to the announcement, the tiny world of people who pay attention to these kind of numbers nodded in complete lack of surprise. [Billboard.biz]
-Avenged Sevenfold had the number one album in the country with Nightmare, barely sneaking past Eminem’s Recovery to top the Billboard 200. [Billboard]
-At the Village Voice’s Sound of the City blog, Phillip Mlynar talked to New York Rappers about their worst summer jobs. Fat Joe worked as a security guard at Flavor Shoes in the Bronx, but Prince Paul has him topped — one summer he worked in a nuts and bolts factory "separating the shavings from the bolts." [Sound of the City]
-Wyclef Jean is one New York-based rapper looking for a new job. On Thursday the former Fugee (and native Haitian) submitted his paperwork to run for the presidency of Haiti. Some thought the move was less than a great idea. [Associated Press]
-Bobby Hebb, the songwriter behind the 1966 hit "Sunny" died on Tuesday in Nashville at the age of 72. [Associated Press]
-This weekend, NPR Music will have live streaming coverage of the Newport Jazz Festival. Our buddy Patrick Jarenwattananon will be there, and he offered his picks for the best lesser known artists at the festival.