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ESPN Inc.’s unprecedented coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ from South Africa will kick off before the games even begin when ESPN2 broadcasts complete live coverage of the FIFA World Cup™ Kick-Off Celebration Concert from Soweto/Johannesburg on Thursday, June 10 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

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Disney XD’s Summer Anthem, ‘In the Summertime,’ by Adam Hicks and Daniel Curtis Lee Premieres May 29

Daniel Curtis Lee, Adam Hicks and Hutch Dano in the Disney XD summer anthem, 'In the Summer Time' (Jaimie Trueblood / Disney XD)A jammin’ hip hop spin on a classic song, “In the Summertime,” with rap lyrics, performed by teen actors Adam Hicks and Daniel Curtis Lee (of the hit comedy series “Zeke and Luther”), will debut as Disney XD’s summer anthem on SATURDAY, MAY 29 (8:00 a.m., ET/PT). The music video for the song, a cover of the instantly recognizable classic released in 1970 by British pop-blues band Mungo Jerry, will rotate throughout the Disney XD summer schedule.

Hicks and Lee’s remake of “In the Summertime” will have its Planet Premiere on Radio Disney FRIDAY, MAY 28. The music video will also be available on DisneyXD.com and the Disney XD YouTube channel on Saturday.

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First Listen: Gipsy Kings Perform ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ for Toy Story 3

Gipsy Kings perform 'You've Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)' for Toy Story 3 ©Disney/PixarFilmmakers called on Gipsy Kings for a flamenco-flavored rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The world-famous band recorded ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ in London at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Pictured from left to right are Gipsy Kings’ Bernard Paganotti, Andre Reyes, Tonnino Baliardo, (front) Rodolfo Pacheco, Nicolas Reyes and Jacques Baliardo.

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U.S. Department of Education Gives ‘Conjunction Junction’ a Whole New Function

vABC News reported late last week that after a negotiation period lasting several months, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to let the Department of Education use ‘Conjunction Junction’ from the ABC Schoolhouse Rock! series as part of its music-on-hold offerings for one year at a hefty price tag of free.

So the next time you’re feeling nostalgic, give the Department of Education a ring and ask to be put on hold. Or just go to YouTube.

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Hollywood Records Debuts New Miley Cyrus Single ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ on YouTube

After a bit of an oops! in which Hollywood Records had its own video suspended for copyright violation, they managed to reveal the new Miley Cyrus single Can’t Be Tamed off the album of the same title which hits the shelves on June 22.

In lieu of an actual music video, the YouTube offers up a photo of Miley along with the lyrics from the song sync’d to the music.

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Miley Cyrus’ New Album Drops June 22; MySpace to Premiere Single April 30

After selling 15 million records worldwide and touting 5 chart topping album debuts, Miley Cyrus is releasing her Can’t Be Tamed CD June 22 worldwide on Hollywood Records. MySpace Music will host the global premier of the new single, “Can’t Be Tamed,” on Friday, April 30 at 12pm EST/9am PST. “Can’t Be Tamed” will arrive at radio May 3, and will be available as a digital single for sale on iTunes May 18. The new album will be available as a standalone CD, as well as a combo CD/DVD concert release. The DVD contains a full length, never-before-seen presentation from Miley’s sold-out worldwide “Miley World” tour. The concert will also be excerpted in a prime-time network special, to be announced shortly.

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Photo: Turtle Talk with Crushcrushcrush? Paramore’s ‘World’ Tour

Paramore visits the Magic Kingdom (Todd Anderson/Disney)Platinum-selling band Paramore poses April 24, 2010 at the Magic Kingdom as daytime fireworks are shot over Cinderella Castle in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Franklin, Tenn.-based rock band — (L-R): Taylor York, Zac Farro, Hayley Williams, Josh Farro and Jeremy Davis — is performing a two-night engagement at the Walt Disney World “Grad Nite,” a private, after-hours event held annually for high school seniors. Williams, the lead singer of Paramore, also is featured on the B.o.B., single, “Airplanes,” which debuted in April 2010 at number 12 on the “Billboard” Hot 100 chart. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

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Walt Disney Records Announces Biggest Free Music Giveaway Ever! ’50 Days of Disney Music’ Begins May 3

Fifty days, fifty fabulous tunes, all free for the downloading: That’s the idea behind Walt Disney Records’ “50 Days of Disney Music.” Offering fans more free music than any program in the label’s history, “50 Days of Disney Music” draws on songs spanning the Disney universe, from classic animated films such as “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and “Bambi” to hit Disney Channel series such as “Hannah Montana,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Phineas and Ferb” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” plus Disney Channel Original Movies “High School Musical” and “Camp Rock.” With free downloads available via social media sites including Twitter and Facebook, as well as via a special mobile phone list, “50 Days of Disney Music” kicks off May 3.

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ABC Music Lounge Introduces Special ‘Lilith Fair’ Stream; Announces ‘Ugly Betty’ Tribute

ABC Music Lounge goes live today with a special music stream dedicated to Lilith 2010 artists. The stream is filled with over eight hours of songs from artists such as Lilith founder Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Erykah Badu and Marina & The Diamonds, to name a few. The stream is available now on the ABC Music Lounge at www.abcmusiclounge.com.

ABC Music Lounge will also present a musical tribute to the fan-favorite series “Ugly Betty” with a special 11-song playlist available for streaming directly after the series finale, on the ABC Music Lounge on ABC.com Wednesday, April 14 (11:00 p.m., ET) at www.abcmusiclounge.com. The 11 songs selected for the playlist were used throughout the series in pivotal and memorable moments, including two songs performed by the cast.

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‘Prince of Persia’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Featuring Alanis Morissette Available May 25

Walt Disney Records will release the original soundtrack for Walt Disney Pictures’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME on May 25, 2010.  The recording features an epic, romantic sweeping original score written by award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams and an end credit song performed by multiple Grammy® Award-winner Alanis Morissette (“I Remain”).  PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME hits theaters Memorial Day Weekend, 2010.

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