The Latest! Rdio, Soju, Manic, Archuleta, Trapped In the Closet, KCRW, Musk, Madonna…

These are the stories we’re tracking late in the day. Check back for late-evening and early-morning developments.

Looks like Rdio is cooking a mobile-focused launch; look for an imminent announcement.

There’s another music celeb jumping into the startup game.  Justin Bieber is now an investor in Soju Studios, a charitable gaming concept.  Bieber is joining Ellen Degeneres to support the first title, WeTopia.

They were posing as rap executives, but the hits were of a different sort.  Now, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and DC Metropolitan Police have shut down Manic Enterprises, along with 70 ‘label execs’ and $7 million worth of narcotics.

Sorta like Ma$e, but only for two years.  Now, David Archuleta is putting his singing career on hold for a mandatory Mormon mission.

It was written, but now what?  R. Kelly has finished penning 32 additional chapters for the classic hip-hopera, ‘Trapped In the Closet,’ and is now seeking backers to take things to the next level.

Actually, this is rocket science.  KCRW‘s latest guest DJ is SpaceX (and Tesla) CEO Elon Musk, who’ll share his latest space-age playlists.  SpaceX is currently working on an unmanned space capsule that will fly to the International Space Station next year.  

Spanish police have made an arrest in connection with the leak of Madonna‘s latest single, “Gimme All Your Luvin,” slated for a special Super Bowl debut.  So far, this is being identified as being a fan with a very valuable hard drive, and police have only released the initials ‘J.M.R.’ to the media.  Which begs the question, ‘how did the fan get access to the drive in the first place?


The Late-Day Wrap: iTracking, MySpace, BMW+Pandora, Guilt, Rdio, UMG+Billabong, Wolfgang’s Vault…

Lawmakers and federal investigators are now poking around this iPhone tracking issue, especially following a rather sketchy and evasive Apple statement on the matter.  That includes US Representative Jay Inslee, who recently contacted Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggesting an investigation.  Jobs has also apparently been contacted, and both Google and Apple are scheduled to testify on May 10th in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

Looks like the MySpace fire-sale is moving along.  The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that a half-a-dozen suitors are expected to submit bids by the end of the week.  That is, bids above a $100 million mininum being set by News Corp.

A dashboard-intregrated Pandora is now available across all 2011 and 2012 BMWs – at least those equiped with the ‘BMW Apps’ package.

The US Customs Enforcement Bureau is now posting a guilt-provoking anti-piracy videos on seized sites.  Once-massive rap site isn’t on the list – yet.

Rdio is getting ready to unveil a slate of API-related updates, according to the company.  Stay tuned.

Universal Music Group has finalized a global branding deal with Billabong, one that seems wide-open in scope.  The pairing between music and actions sports seems natural enough, and the stage is set for a range of events, projects and products ahead. 

Wolfgang’s Vault just beefed the vault further with more than 50 years of archived footage.  That includes restored video from the Bill Graham Archive, the King Biscuit Flower Hour, and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, among other sources.




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