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Today’s Music News: Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells dies at 74

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Singer Cory Wells has died, of undisclosed causes, at age 74. Wells was a founding member of Three Dog Night and one of the band’s three lead vocalists. “Cory was an incredible singer,” said bandmate Danny Hutton, “a great performer, he could sing anything. Cory was like a brother in so many ways. We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss.” (Billboard)

Jay Z and Timbaland have prevailed in the eight-year legal battle over a sample used in Jay Z’s song “Big Pimpin’.” On Wednesday, Judge Christina Snyder dismissed the suit, saying that the nephew of the Egyptian composer whose music was sampled in the song does not have standing to pursue legal action against the rapper and producer. (Rolling Stone)

In other Jay Z news, he told Jimmy Kimmel that in high school, he had a lunchroom rap battle with schoolmate Busta Rhymes. Who won? “I love Busta Rhymes, but…” Jay Z and Busta Rhymes attended a technical high school in Brooklyn along with the Notorious B.I.G. (Rolling Stone)

YouTube has announced a new paid service: YouTube Red subscribers will be able to stream music on the video service without hearing advertisements. YouTube also rolled out a new app that focuses on music offerings. The paid service will launch on Oct. 28 at a price of $9.99 per month. (Rolling Stone)

Two writers from the hit Fox series Empire have been tapped to write a movie about Sylvia Robinson, the late co-founder of Sugar Hill Records. For her efforts to promote the nascent art form in the 1970s and ’80s, Robinson earned the moniker “Mother of Hip-Hop.” (Billboard)

The Stillwater Log Jam, a music and community celebration that was invented to replace the overly boisterous Stillwater Lumberjack Days, has now officially been renamed…Stillwater Lumberjack Days. “I think we’ve got the ship pointed in the right direction,” said a Log Jam organizer, adding to the metaphorical confusion. (Star Tribune)

Savages have announced their sophomore album: Adore Life will be released on Jan. 22. Along with the announcement, the band released a video for the album’s first single, “The Answer.” (Rolling Stone)

The video series Letters Live asked Kylie Minogue to read, aloud, Nick Cave‘s 1996 letter telling MTV to remove his name from the list of Best Male Artist nominees at the Video Music Awards. “My muse is not a horse,” wrote Cave, “and I am in no horse race.” (Pitchfork)

Florence + the Machine released a new video for the song “Delilah.” The video, set in an eerie hotel, is the sixth in Florence Welch‘s “Odyssey” series. (Rolling Stone)

Janet Jackson has apologized to fans who have had social media accounts suspended after her representatives filed copyright complaints regarding footage of her live performances. “I have asked my team to change their approach,” wrote Jackson on Twitter,
“and allow you to engage socially with these videos.” (Billboard)