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Quick Takes: J. K. Rowling has a new hit

October 04, 2012

Sales for J.K. Rowling's first adult novel were hardly magical during its first six days. But the publisher isn't complaining.

Little, Brown & Co. announced Wednesday that "The Casual Vacancy" has sold 375,000 copies so far, a figure that includes hardcovers, e-books and audio books.

That makes Rowling's novel among the fastest-selling new releases of the year, although not in the same league as her Harry Potter books. The last one, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," came out in 2007 and sold more than

8 million copies in the U.S. alone in its first 24 hours.

—Associated Press

Items set for ABBA museum

A traveling ABBA exhibition is to get a permanent home in a new museum dedicated mostly to the Swedish quartet that has sold nearly 400 million records.

Former band member Björn Ulvaeus said Wednesday that ABBA the Museum will be part of a Swedish music hall of fame to be inaugurated in Stockholm next spring.

The museum will feature some of the band's glitzy stage costumes, instruments and other mementos that were displayed in the ABBAWorld exhibition that toured Europe and Australia from 2009 to 2011.

—Associated Press

Group renamed for Huberman

The Polish city of Czestochowa is renaming its orchestra to honor a native son: Bronislaw Huberman, a Jewish violin virtuoso who helped save hundreds of German Jews from the Holocaust and who founded the precursor to what is now the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

The newly rebuilt and modernized philharmonic hall sits on the site of a former synagogue that was destroyed by German Nazis during their wartime occupation of Poland.

—Associated Press

KCSN makes more moves

With several changes that promise to heighten its profile on the crowded Southland radio dial, KCSN-FM (88.5) appears to be gathering steam in its campaign to be the little L.A. rock radio station that could.

Starting Oct. 18, KCSN will bring Nic Harcourt back to morning radio with an expanded weekday drive-time show that will have the former KCRW-FM (89.9) "Morning Becomes Eclectic" host at the mike from 6 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Additionally, the station has hired former Indie 103.1 FM music director Mark Sovel to handle the same job at the Cal State Northridge-based operation, which is enhancing its reach across Los Angeles with significant upgrades to its signal.

Then on Nov. 18, the station will host another big-name benefit concert, this time with Jackson Browne headlining an evening at the Valley Performing Arts Center, where the veteran singer and songwriter will be joined by Eagles members Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, neo-bluegrass musician Sara Watkins and other friends.

Last year, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers did a rare small-theater appearance for the station.

—Randy Lewis

MOCA adds two to board

Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art announced Wednesday that top Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel and Guess apparel magnate Maurice Marciano have joined the museum's board.

Their arrival comes after eight months in which eight MOCA trustees either resigned from the board or chose not to renew their membership as their terms expired.

MOCA's announcement said that over the last two years Emanuel has been "instrumental" in helping the museum forge a relationship with Google that led to Monday's launch of the MOCAtv channel on Google-owned YouTube.

Marciano was a MOCA trustee for several months in 2008 but was one of nine board members who resigned around the time of the museum's financial meltdown late that year.

MOCA said that over the last two years, Marciano has donated or promised three works for its collection: a sculpture by Sterling Ruby and paintings by Wade Guyton and Tauba Auerbach. He is also on the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

—Mike Boehm

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