This Week In Music: Joe Smith Remembered, Taylor Swift Assuaged, Jay-Z Returns

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It’s a time of peace on earth, good will toward men. So it’s not surprising that a couple of big music industry feuds appear to be on a path toward reconciliation.

Specifically, the chairman of the Carlyle Group, the asset investment firm that helped Scooter Braun buy Big Machine Label Group, said he’s hopeful that something can be worked out with Taylor Swift. You may recall that she’s complained about the ownership of her master recordings by Big Machine. But white-haired David Rubenstein claims that he listens to her music all the time, and hopes to work something out.

The other bit of news was Jay-Z’s return to Spotify, the streaming service he abandoned and insulted three years ago. No official announcement or explanation was given for his decision.

Finally, a giant of the record business passed away on Monday of this week, as Joe
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