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Joni Mitchell joins Starbucks' Hear Label

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Mitchell returns on Hear
Joni Mitchell has joined Paul McCartney on Starbucks Entertainment’s Hear Music label, which will release her upcoming record Shine on Sept. 25. The record, which will be released through traditional retail outlets as well as in Starbucks stores, includes nine new songs plus a new version ”Big Yellow Taxi.” Mitchell had previously said that her 2002 record Travelogue would be her final album. An in interview for Rolling Stone magazine that same year, the artist said she was ”ashamed to be a part of the music business” and described it as a ”cesspool.” However, her experience contributing to Starbucks’ 2005 Artists Choice compilation seemingly changed her mind, as the artist reached out to Starbucks as her new record neared completion. ”Joni acknowledged back in 2005 that not only was she very, very impressed with our commitment to music and our customers’ love of music, but that [the compilation] really helped to re-energize her passion for music,” Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard told Billboard.com. Starbucks launched Hear Music in June with the release of McCartney’s Memory Almost Full, which has already sold 448,000 copies in the U.S. (Billboard)

Carrey starring in Yes Man
Jim Carrey will star in Warner Bros.’ Yes Man, a comedy being directed by Peyton Reed (The Break-Up, Bring It On). Based on a memoir by Danny Wallace, the story is about a man whose world is turned upside down after he decides to change his life by saying yes to everything. The actor is expected to shoot Yes in October before starting work on A Christmas Carol, which Robert Zemeckis is directing for Disney. (Hollywood Reporter)

Burrows named Boston Legal regular
Saffron Burrows (Reign Over Me, Troy) has been named a series regular for the upcoming fourth season of ABC’s Boston Legal. The actress, who was originally tapped to shoot a multi-episode arc on the David E. Kelley dramedy, plays Lorraine Weller, a sexy, sophisticated attorney who once had a fling with Alan Shore (James Spader). The lingering chemistry between the two makes working together distracting. Burrows joins John Larroquette, who was also added to the cast for next season. (Hollywood Reporter)

Zahn ends run at CNN next week
Paula Zahn will end her nearly six-year run at CNN next week to make room on the network for former NBC News anchor Campbell Brown, whose new show will begin airing in November. Zahn joined the network in 2001 as part of the coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks and went on to host the daily American Morning with Paula Zahn. In 2003, she was shifted to prime-time. Her show attracts about 558,000 viewers, compared to the 2.3 million who tune in to watch The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News. (Variety)

Beckham’s MSL debut sets ratings record
David Beckham’s debut on Saturday (July 21) on Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy attracted almost 1.5 million viewers to the ESPN broadcast, more than any other MSL game in the network’s history. Although the British import only played 16 minutes, the game between Beckham’s Galaxy and Chelsea FC easily beat the previous record on ESPN of 1.09 million set on April 4, 1996, a match between D.C. United and the San Jose Clash. ESPN 2 is set to carry six Thursday night Galaxy matches between Aug. 9 and Oct. 18. (Variety)

TNT’s Grace premiere gets good ratings
TNT’s new show Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunger, attracted 6.5 million viewers for its Monday night premiere after The Closer. Hunter plays a hard-living cop who may have been visited by an angel. The show’s second week will be the true test of its strength, however, as several original series on basic cable have debuted to big numbers only fall off considerably in the second week. (Variety)

Coraci tapped for Mild Things
New Line has tapped Frank Coraci (Click) to direct Mild Things, a comedy about a married couple who decide to spend a few months partying it up before having their first child. Coraci’s first major feature was New Line’s 1998 comedy The Wedding Singer. (Variety)

Microsoft cutting Xbox 360 by $50
Microsoft is expected to cut the price of its Xbox 360 by $50 next month in an attempt to boost sales during what is traditionally a slow time for game console sales. The Core model, which accounts for about 20 percent of Xbox 360 sales, retails for $299; the best-selling Pro model sells for $399; the Elite model is $479. Sony Computer Entertainment America recently dropped the price of its 60GB PlayStation 3 from $599 to $499, and the company said this week the move boosted sales by 135 percent at its top five retail accounts. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Ben Widdicombe: Jay-Z is allegedly eyeing a move from Island Def Jam to rival label Columbia, home of his girlfriend, Beyonce.

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