Thursday Morning Music News: Ozzy reissues and teases, Beck and Malkmus get busy and Apple’s cloud closes in

Ozzy Osbourne by Chris Martin

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The Rapture didn’t come to pass but it does have a new album.

Apple is working out kinks in label deals as its “comprehensive” cloud music service comes together.

Scott McCreery owns American Idol’s tenth season.

Sean “Napster” Parker thinks the record industry has a chance.

BBC Music Blog gives its two pence on albums that should be nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Dylan biographer Dave Yaffe ranks the septuagenarian’s oeuvre, worst album to best.

NPR is streaming new releases from Eddie Vedder, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab For Cutie and Cults.

Ladytron’s Helen Marnie chats with the Skinny.

Liam Gallagher and the Vaccines. Fight!

The Guardian reports on (with pictures) some pricey vintage concert posters.

Gregg Allman and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson hop on the memoir train.

Pitchfork has a video of Of Montreal covering the White Stripes and a couple of new Arcade Fire songs.

Beck and Stephen Malkmus are teaming up for a new album.

Professor, Liquideep, Thandiswa Mazwai, Locnville top the South African Music Awards.

Robert Plant, Buddy Miller and Elizabeth Cook garner Americana Music Award nominations.

Connie Smith hasn’t made an album in 13 years, but she comes back with Long Line of Heartaches in August.

The RIAA is catching some serious flack for the earnings of its head honchos.

Lady Gaga promotion is officially out of control.

Ozzy fans rejoice. Metal’s most charming maniac has a bunch of teasers for a reissue blitz.

Watch a previously unknown video of a collaboration between Michael Jackson and Barry Gibb.

Georgia’s Music Hall of Fame is closing.

Daryl Hall talks about his new album.

The Country Music Hall of Fame inducts Bobby Braddock, Reba McEntire and Jean Sheppard.