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By Jon Healey and Chuck Philips and Jon Healey and Chuck Philips,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 24, 2002
Despite extraordinary efforts to keep it under wraps, the new CD from platinum-selling rapper Eminem met the same fate as every other recent release from a major artist: It went out for free on the Internet long before fans could buy it. The Eminem Show (due in stores Tuesday) still is expected to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week. Yet its vulnerability to pirates shows how ill-prepared the music industry is for a new digital era. Officials at Vivendi Universal, the global media conglomerate that distributes Eminem's records, held an emergency meeting Monday to discuss further steps to safeguard sales.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Everything music lovers have long admired about pianist Leon Fleisher - penetrating intellect, technical authority, uncommon expressive power - are reconfirmed on "All the Things You Are," a thoroughly engrossing CD from Bridge Records devoted primarily to music for left hand alone. It's a great reminder that this octogenarian can communicate more with five fingers than many a younger pianist does with 10. Fleisher lost the use of his right hand in 1965, six years after he joined the Peabody Conservatory faculty, due to what was eventually diagnosed as focal dystonia.
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By JANE BRYANT QUINN and JANE BRYANT QUINN,Washington Post Writers Group | January 21, 2001
When you see an ad for unusually high-rate certificates of deposit, get out your skunk detector. "CD brokers" are setting up near areas where a lot of retired people live. They're selling FDIC-insured CDs at higher rates of interest than banks pay. But you may not get what you expected. You also might lose a lot of money. It doesn't occur to people that a CD could be trouble. If it's covered by FDIC insurance, you think "what could go wrong?" Many things. One story is outlined in a complaint filed by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2013
Longtime record collectors will have previous incarnations of releases in the 23-compact disc boxed set, "Leon Fleisher: The Complete Album Collection" from Sony Classical. Ultra-serious collectors, of course, will still have the original LPs from the 1950s and '60s weighing down shelves (artwork and liner notes from those vinyl days are reproduced here on the CD sleeves). But it's still great to have Fleisher's recorded legacy on the Columbia Masterworks/Epic and Sony Classical labels gathered in one tidy box. Make that treasure-trove.
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By James Coates and James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 16, 2002
Platinum may or may not be the best advanced CD-authoring program, but it is the dominant one. And it works like a charm. Platinum is an upgrade to the Roxio Easy Creator software built into most computers now sold with CD burners. Its modules handle a variety of tasks. One module lets you place a newly purchased CD in one drive and make a perfect copy on a disc in the CD burner. Another module lets you create data CDs by dragging and dropping icons of the files. The crown jewel of this $100 Windows title is a module, Video Impressions, that lets users put home movies and picture slide shows into MPEG-1 files that can be viewed on most DVD players on what are called VCDs.
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By San Francisco Chronicle | January 28, 1993
Headphones looped over her purple beret, a woman bops to the rockabilly beat of guitarist Nick Lowe. Across the aisle, someone enjoys a private audience with bluesman John Lee Hooker.Throughout the aisles and around a horseshoe-shaped bar at Hear, a new Berkeley, Calif., compact disc store, customers decked out in headphones are sampling an eclectic selection of 7,000 recordings.CD players set up beneath the counter allow customers to preview albums. Push a button and hear an album. (In the Baltimore area, An Die Music in Towson offers music sampling.
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By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,Sun reporter | November 29, 2007
The title of the CD -- Yoga in the Car -- made my editors laugh hysterically. And as I'm The Sun's resident yoga "expert," they asked me to check it out. The goal of the recording, by Los Angeles yoga instructor and cancer survivor Jen Swain, is laudable: to get people to chill out behind the wheel. But as I bopped around Baltimore attempting to do the exercises, I had to ask which was more dangerous: road rage or the risk of driving off the road? And if it's not safe to drive while gabbing on a cell phone, how can it be safe while doing neck rolls?
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2008
During her short life of 33 years, singer Eva Cassidy was hardly known beyond her gigs at Blues Alley in Washington and at Pearl's, Reynolds Tavern and the Maryland Inn in Annapolis. Her two recordings, a 1992 CD called The Other Side that featured go-go legend Chuck Brown and 1996's Live at Blues Alley, got radio play only in Maryland and the D.C. area. Only after her death - of melanoma in 1996 - did the Bowie native achieve her dream of being heard by a wider audience.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1997
In Monday's Business section, the name of the publisher of a radiology software CD was spelled incorrectly. The correct name is Williams & Wilkins.The Sun regrets the error.It's been more than two years since Dr. Michael McDermott, at the time a young resident in the University of Maryland School of Medicine's radiology program, began tinkering around with storing and retrieving radiology images on computers.He was certain that computer CD-ROMS offered an opportunity for vast amounts of medical information to be stored and carried around easily.
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By SUSAN GVOZDAS and SUSAN GVOZDAS,Special to The Sun | December 16, 2007
Barbara Simpson had pestered her 17-year-old daughter to record the carols that she sings every Christmas Eve service at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Severna Park. Churchgoers had started asking Laura Simpson if she planned to record. But Laura didn't seem interested, until her mother suggested that she sell the CDs to raise money for a charity. "Then, in her mind, there was a reason to do it," Simpson said. Now, what started as a holiday keepsake for the proud Severna Park mother has turned into a fundraiser for displaced children in war-torn Uganda.
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By Jordan Bartel | June 5, 2013
Still an emotional wreck after last week's heartbreaking Red Wedding episode? Maybe some music will cheer you up. The HBO series' composer, Ramin Djawadi, has just unveiled the Season 3 soundtrack before the June 9 season finale. Highlights include three different versions of the series' theme (because one is not enough), the Hold Steady performing "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" and Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) on "It's Always Summer Under the Sea. " The soundtrack is embedded below.
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by Dana Amihere | April 17, 2013
CD players are going the way of the ashtray, roll-down windows and whitewall tires. Chevrolet is the latest to join the ranks of automakers like Ford who have ditched physical media players in favor of music streamed through onboard systems and auxillary music devices like smartphones and iPods. While reasons for the change are speculative and varied, many industry experts agree that the CD player is literally dead weight. Weighing in at about five pounds, manufacturers are looking for any way they can to slim down autos' bodies in favor of maximum fuel efficiency.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
The Army Corps of Engineers expects to lift navigational restrictions on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal this week after emergency dredging removed shoaling that emerged in November. At 14 miles long and 450 feet wide, the canal is a major artery for the port of Baltimore, carrying more than 40 percent of the port's shipping traffic: roll-on, roll-off cargo, cars, fuel and coal. So when an approach to the canal becomes clogged with muck that threatens to imperil as many as 50 ships that regularly make deliveries to Baltimore — as happened to the access from the Chesapeake Bay — the folks who maintain the canal will make the earth move to restore circulation.
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By Mary K. Tilghman | January 2, 2013
Catonsville is among a number of Baltimore locales featured in songs on a new CD that will be released Saturday at a special performance party at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. Dan Naiman, a Catonsville resident for more than 20 years, plays bass for the Stone Hill All-Stars that will perform material from the "The Stone Hill All-Stars Live!" CD during the Jan. 5 event. The band, made up of Baltimore-area residents, recorded the music during an Aug. 4 concert at An Die Musik, a downtown performance space on Charles Street.
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Dan Rodricks | December 24, 2012
What people go through to live their lives — war and terror, disease and pain, poverty and hunger, long journeys across continents and oceans, loss and heartbreak — always leaves me awed and humbled. You hear a story, like the one I'm offering this Christmas, and you want to raise a glass to that thing we call human spirit. Milla Dawt Hniang, who travels with crutches and guitar, has it in bunches. It has taken her 20 years past the age when her parents thought she would die. She's a Burmese-born singer-songwriter about to release her first CD and send more music of the American country-pop variety — think Taylor Swift — into the world.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Within an hour after an East Baltimore man died while in police custody, Cortly "C.D. " Witherspoon got an urgent phone call from someone with connections to the family, asking for his help. The next day, Witherspoon, a 30-year-old clergyman and single father, walked the streets conducting what he calls a "community investigation. " Though police said Anthony Anderson had died from choking on drugs, people who said they saw the arrest described an assault. Anderson's death has since been ruled a homicide, and Witherspoon and his bullhorn have been at the center of rallies calling attention to the issue.
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By Rob Hiaasen and By Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2001
It's such a simple and sweet idea - only children would dream of doing it first. In 1974, an 8-year-old named Bill got up very early one morning during his summer vacation in Ocean City. He went to the inlet with his father, and they watched the fishing boats head out and listened to the foghorn sound. The sun rose. The child had his tape recorder. My dad was coaching me. He told me to sit still and not rustle my hands or the microphone would pick it up. The recording is actually funny now. You can hear the kid talking over his recording of the ocean and foghorn.
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December 5, 1999
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
Rebecca D. Dorsey, a Baltimore-born and -raised chanteuse, died Sept. 14 of ovarian cancer at her home in Sea Cliff, N.Y. She was 54. The daughter of a physician and a public relations executive, Rebecca Devereux Dorsey was born in Baltimore and raised in Glencoe and Homeland. After graduating in 1976 from Garrison Forest School, she earned a bachelor's degree in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 1980. "She began studying singing at the Sorbonne, where she had gone to study French, and realized she had a voice," said her mother, Glorian Devereux Dorsey of Cockeysville, former director of public relations at The Baltimore Sun. "Then she came back and started studying acting in New York when she was in her 20s. " Ms. Dorsey modeled and had supporting roles in such films as "Wall Street," "Slaves of New York," "Working Girl" and several Woody Allen pictures, her mother said.
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