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Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Likely To Alter Music Business

A jury’s verdict that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye’s music to create their hit song “Blurred Lines” won’t just be felt by the singer’s pocketbooks — it has the potential to change how musicians work and could open the door to new copyright claims.

03/11/2015

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Survey: Daft Punk Is Minnesota’s Favorite Artist

Apparently, Minnesota’s up all night to get lucky … and listen to “Get Lucky.” A lot. As reported by our sister station 104.1 JACK-FM, Minnesota’s favorite musical act during the last year was none other than the French house duo Daft Punk.

02/13/2015

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Prince’s Grammy Shade Face Stole The Show

A few Grammy nominees with Minnesota connections won golden gramophones on Sunday night, but the biggest Minnesota winner of all was presenter Prince, according to the reception on Twitter. Prince was on hand to present the album of the year award, which many expected to go to either Beyonce or Sam Smith.

02/09/2015

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Iconic Minnesota Studio To Still Make Music After Owner’s Death

There is a place down an old Minnesota country road where musicians from all over the world come to make music. There is a mystique about Pachyderm Studio, where rock legends have made a name for themselves and everyone who walks through the door finds focus, instead of intimidation.

02/08/2015

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Chorus Of Lawmakers Want Money For Minnesota’s State Band

Minnesota’s state band rehearses in a basement cafeteria, stores its music in a hard-to-reach closet and can’t afford a marimba. But it could get some official appreciation if a pair of state House bills quietly introduced Thursday become law. A group of DFL lawmakers wants to throw the band $50,000 over the next two years and guarantee free rehearsal space.

01/10/2015

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SPCO To Hold First Rehearsal In New Concert Hall

Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are about to play their first official notes in their new downtown home. The orchestra will hold its first working rehearsal Wednesday in the new Concert Hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

01/03/2015

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Former TE Ben Utecht Delivers Musical Message

Concussions drove Ben Utecht out of pro football five years ago. He fears that the effects from the hits he took as a tight end for four NFL seasons, and for four years before that at the University of Minnesota, will have a significant impact on his future health. Now a singer-songwriter and in-demand speaker, Utecht wanted to ensure that his family will always remember him as a bright, clever and insightful person. What better way than through a song?

12/25/2014

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Daisy Dillman Band Reunites After Long Absence

A Minnesota country rock band is getting back together after a three-decade absence. The Daisy Dillman Band plans to release its first album in 34 years. The band was popular in the 1970s and ’80s and recorded for major labels United Artists and RCA. But except for some one-off concerts in the early 2000s, the group has been on hiatus.

12/20/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 12-4-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Thursday highlights…..Click the link above to listen back to Dave Lee!

12/04/2014

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Minnesota Singing Group Celebrates 25 Years

The Minnesota group, The Blenders, has been together now for 25 years, touring the U.S. with their unique style of vocal harmony based music. Now, they’ve released a new album in honor of it.

11/22/2014

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Taylor Swift Adds 3rd Show In St. Paul

1989 just got another day longer. Country-pop superstar Taylor Swift announced that she will be extending her concert stint at the Xcel Energy Center for one more performance.

11/21/2014

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Taylor Swift Bringing ‘1989’ To St. Paul In 2015

Here’s some news you won’t want to shake off, and try not to look too surprised. Country-pop superstar Taylor Swift is bringing some “1989” realness to the Xcel Energy Center in 2015.

11/03/2014

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Noted Twin Cities Composer Stephen Paulus Dies

Acclaimed Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus has died at 65. Family members say he passed away Sunday from complications of a stroke he suffered last year. Paulus wrote over 500 works, which received premieres and performances throughout the world.

10/22/2014

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Kesha, Producer Dr. Luke Trade Lawsuits Over Abuse Claims

Kesha and her mentor and producer filed dueling lawsuits Tuesday over the pop singer’s claims she was subjected to nearly a decade of sexual and emotional abuse.

10/15/2014

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The Who Announce Target Center Show In 2015

This time next year, Twin Cities fans of The Who will have something to hoot about. The Who will be coming to the Target Center on Oct. 10, 2015, as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour.

10/10/2014

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Minnesotan To Meet: Music Scientist Roger Dumas

Our connection to music is a strong one. It can put you in a better mood or help you go to sleep. But one scientist is now making music by using brain waves.

09/30/2014

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Turf Club In St. Paul Reopens With New Features

The Turf Club in St. Paul is back in business after 3 months of renovations. The well-known hole in the wall has a new owner — the same people who own First Avenue in Minneapolis.

08/29/2014

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Bob Dylan To Play 3 Concerts In Minneapolis This Fall

One of the most beloved institutions of Minnesota music history will be making a three-concert home stand in November. The artist just announced he will be performing for three nights at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis as part of his North American tour.

08/27/2014

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Local Music Tap: Record Stores Respond To Vinyl’s Popularity

Earlier this month, Nielsen reported that vinyl sales rose a semi-staggering 40 percent over 2013 to 4 million in the first half of this year. At the same time, digital tracks and album (CDs) sales […]

07/31/2014

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Top 10 Greatest Songs From ‘Jock Jams’

“Ya’ll ready for this?” Here’s some of the best Jock Jams of all-time. It wasn’t easy to choose, but these tracks are certain to get the crowd bumpin’. (And make sure to check out the bonus list at the end for the “Most Annoying)

07/30/2014

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Podcast Page: 7-30-1 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A great HUMP DAY version of the WCCO Morning News….listen back to some of the things you may have missed via Dave’s Podcast Page. Click the LINK ABOVE now to head there!

07/30/2014

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‘Taste Of Minnesota’ Drawing In Crowds At New Location

The “Taste of Minnesota” is underway in a new location. Organizers say it’s been so popular, they’re running out of food and had to call in for more! The Fourth of July festival moved from Harriet Island in St. Paul, Minn. because of flooding, to the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia, Minn.

07/05/2014

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Straight Up! Paula Abdul’s Top 5 Videos

Happy Birthday Paula Abdul! In celebration of everything pop and cartoon cat-oriented, here’s a list of the pop singer’s top videos.

06/19/2014

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Young Musicians Hoping ‘Grammy Camp’ Leads To Success

Thirty-one talented high school students from across the country are taking part in “Grammy Camp” here in Minnesota. It is an immersion in all aspects of the music business, from songwriting and engineering to video production and vocal performance.

06/17/2014

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Local Music Tap: Summer Beer Dabbler Lineup Revealed

The eight-piece, rising Sonny Knight & The Lakers will be headlining the 6th annual The Summer Beer Dabbler later this summer, event organizers announced earlier this week.

06/12/2014

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