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Epic Records Chairman & CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid has officially confirmed that Mariah Carey will join him as part of the Epic family. With this deal in place, Mariah now returns to Sony Music, where her hit-making career began with a string of 18 #1 hits that made her the best-selling female artist of all time.
††††† "I couldn't be more thrilled to be back together again with Mariah," stated Reid. "There is really no one who comes close to Mariah as both a songwriter and a singer, and as the world knows, her vocal range is legendary and truly incomparable. Her music is indelibly etched into our culture, and she's shattered so many chart records that she's now firmly entrenched in the history books. With a fierce and loyal fan base that covers every corner of the globe, I have no doubt Mariah will do it again."
††††† To celebrate the deal, the label will release Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity on May 18. The album is a chronological collection of all 18 of her Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles, plus one extra song. Included as the final track is Mariah's new single, "Infinity," that will drop on April 27 along with a video directed by Brett Ratner. That same day, Mariah has a kick-off event planned in Las Vegas to celebrate her upcoming Caesars Palace residency, which begins on May 6. As part of the residency, Mariah will perform all 18 of her #1 hits in one production, designed exclusively for the Colosseum, along with fan-favorite album cuts, never-before-performed songs, and other surprises.
†††††† "I have devoted my life to traveling the world, meeting fans and performing across the globe," Mariah told the Caesars Palace blog after announcing her residency. "Las Vegas will allow me to showcase my music in a way it's never been presented before." She added that "Revisiting these songs for the show has really let me reconnect with them. The power of music has guided me throughout my life, for as long as I can remember, and I'm hoping fans will be able to share the joy of music with me and take that feeling home with them."

CBS Radio Philadelphia had been teasing #965Friday5pm as the launch point to introduce their new Pop/Rhythmic and Dance music station. Formerly known as "Wired 96.5" (WRDW), "Philly's New 96.5 AMP RADIO" premiered at 5pm last Friday. AMP Radio will blend the best of todayís most popular songs and reflects the growing future of music consumption.
††††† Established artists such as Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Rihanna and Calvin Harris along with breakout artists such as Zedd and Wiz Khalifa to name a few will be featured on the station.  
††††† "AMP Radio will be a highly attractive brand for Philadelphia's young adult listener.  The popularity of today's pop music is at an all-time high and we're looking forward to increasing the station's already powerful reach with advertisers and listeners, both on-air and online," said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio Philadelphia.
††††† Newly named PD Bobby Smith said, "This is the most exciting time to introduce a new brand as we have an almost unlimited amount of digital opportunities to connect and engage with our local Philly audience.  I look forward to 96.5 AMP Radio being the local listenerís first choice for hearing their favorite new hit music!"
††††† The new 96.5 AMP Radio can be heard on-air, online at 965amp.com  or by downloading the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile and tablet devices. Follow 96.5 AMP Radio on Twitter @965ampradio, Facebook.com/965ampradio or Instagram @965ampradio.

Industry vet Faisel Durrani is named Executive Vice President and General Manager for Def Jam Recordings. Durrani will report to Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels.
††††† Durrani said, "Itís a time of renewal and growth for this legendary company. Iím looking forward to meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities of our ever-changing landscape".
††††† Durrani returns to the Def Jam family where previously was Senior Vice President of International Marketing in 2002 before rising to Executive Vice President of International Marketing at the Island Def Jam Music Group. Most recently he has held executive posts at Live Nation and Parkwood Entertainment.

Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel have welcomed their first child into the world, their reps confirmed to People magazine. The couple named their son Silas Randall Timberlake. Silas was the middle name of Timberlake's maternal grandfather, Bill Bomar, who died in 2012, while Randall is the musician's own middle name, as well as his father's first.

After the success of his Channel Orange album in 2012, Frank Ocean will return in July with both a new album and a magazine. On Monday (April 6), Ocean posted to his Tumblr account a photo of himself looking down at two stacks of magazines called Boys Don't Cry, and he wrote, "I got two versions. I got twoooo versions." He also included the hashtags #ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY. A rep for Ocean confirmed to Billboard that a new album and his own publication are due in July, and while the magazine is titled Boys Don't Cry, the album name has yet to be revealed.


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