Together, Spotify And Echo Nest Want To Build The Facebook Connect Of Music

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“We want to enable straight playback from Spotify on other services,” CEO Daniel Ek tells me. It’s part of why his company just acquired The Echo Nest, the top music personalization and discovery API in the industry. “We’ve both invested in platform approaches to music,” EchoNest’s CEO Jim Lucchese explains. “To combine those creates such a cool opportunity for developers anywhere that music lives.”

In a joint interview with the two CEOS, Ek tells me the acquisition was a natural fit. “We have a long relationship with the guys at Echo Nest that stems back to 2007 before Spotify was even launched as a service publicly. We’ve been working together for a few years. We look at the world in the same way.” Their mutual mission? “Getting people to listen to even more music” Ek says. “It was pretty clear that the best way to do that was to be one company…

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Grand Hustle Doe B Dies at 22 Shot and Killed

Grand Hustle Doe B Dies at 22 Shot and Killed

Alabama had a Star-MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Two people, including the up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B, were shot and killed in a Montgomery bar and grill early this morning.

The Montgomery Police Department identified the two as 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, both of Montgomery.

Thomas is also known as the rapper Doe B, an artist who was part of rapper T.I.’s Hustle Gang.

“RIP to my lil brother Doe B,” T.I. wrote on Instagram. “We gon miss u … U’ll never be forgotten & U WILL NOT DIE IN VAIN.” Hu

Man Shot and Killed and Rich Homie Quan Concert Ohio Fan Dies

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A man attending a Rich Homie Quan concert in a downtown Columbus, Ohio club, yesterday, was shot and killed during the rapper’s performance, reports Dispatch. The shooting incident took place at Red Zone Bar, a spot Quan previously performed at in November. During the Atlanta rapper’s performance of his smash single, “Type Of Way,” shots were fired, leaving Jeremiah I. Frazier, 24, with fatal gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at the nearby OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. According to the report, police have yet to provide a motive or other details in the crime.