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Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 01/20/2012

RIP R&B great Johnny Otis; Filesharing site Megaupload shut down; Rihanna, Coldplay, McCartney added to Grammys lineup

- The AP reports: Johnny Otis, the “godfather of rhythm and blues” who wrote and recorded the R&B classic “Willie and the Hand Jive” and for decades evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, has died. He was 90.

- Megaupload, one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites, was shut down by the Department of Justice for violating federal piracy laws. In response, hacking group Anonymous knocked the web site’s of the DOJ and Universal Music Group offline as a protest.

- Rihanna, Coldplay and Paul McCartney have been added to the list of performers for the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

- “Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone ” will finally see release eight years after the Ramones guitarist passed away.

By  |  09:37 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Johnny Otis, Rihanna, Coldplay, Paul McCartney

 
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