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February 27, 2013

After dozens of meetings and a few orphaned ideas, the Getty has settled on a theme for a 2017 sequel to the 2011-12 museum exhibition extravaganza known as Pacific Standard Time. It will be "Los Angeles and Latin America," or "L.A./L.A." for short.

"The fact that nearly half of the population of Los Angeles has roots in Latin America is so profound that it warrants a major exhibition and research project with accompanying publications," said Getty Trust head James Cuno.

About 60 arts institutions in Southern California participated in Pacific Standard Time, receiving some

$11 million in grants from the Getty to research and develop exhibitions on post-war art in Los Angeles, 1945 to 1980.

—Jori Finkel

Record sales get a rare boost

When is 13 a lucky number? When it's the number of years it's taken for the music industry to post its first yearly increase in global recorded music sales, which is what happened in 2012, according to new figures from the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry.

The group's annual Digital Music Report, issued Tuesday in London, noted that overall music sales rose from $16.2 billion to $16.5 billion, or 0.3%, from 2011 to 2012, the first time in 13 years that worldwide sales didn't decline.

IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore said that indicates the long-suffering music business is "well on the road to recovery."

Still, it's sobering to compare the 2012 revenue total with the industry peak in 1999, when sales hit $27.8 billion (adjusted to the 2012 exchange rate), as reported by the IFPI.

The top-selling single around the world was Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," which sold more than 12.5 million copies, while Adele's "21" was the biggest-selling album for the second year in a row, posting 8.3 million in 2012 after moving 18.1 million copies in 2011.

—Randy Lewis

'X Factor' champ to debut album

"X Factor" champ Tate Stevens is wasting little time in cashing in on his new-found fame.

The Season 2 winner of the Fox singing competition says his debut album will arrive April 23 through Syco Music/RCA Nashville.

The self-titled disc will be the first real test of whether the show's millions of viewers will translate to actual album sales.

Although the United Kingdom version of the series has spawned hit albums from One Direction, Leona Lewis and Cher Lloyd, the U.S. edition has yet to see a debut for its Season 1 winner, Melanie Amaro, more than a year after she was crowned victor in 2011.

—Gerrick D. Kennedy

McCready remembered

As her music played in the background, country music star Mindy McCready was remembered Tuesday by friends and family as a fun and talented singer who also "wanted to be healed" from her past.

About 200 friends and family gathered in the singer's hometown of Fort Myers, Fla. A large screen behind the altar of Crossroads Baptist Church was filled with her images.

"Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless," said McCready's mother, Gayle Inge. "She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand."

McCready, whose hits included "Guys Do It All the Time" and "Ten Thousand Angels," committed suicide Feb. 17 at her home in Arkansas. She was 37.

—Associated Press

Olympians join dancing stars

Two Olympic medalists, figure skater Dorothy Hamill and gymnast Aly Raisman, will be among the contestants on the next installment of "Dancing With the Stars," beginning March 18 on ABC.

Other competitors announced Tuesday included country singers Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler, and comedians D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick.

—Yvonne Villarreal


Returning: After more than a month away, Barbara Walters is on her way back to "The View." She called in to the daytime talk show she co-created Tuesday to let her co-hosts know that she's recovered from a fall and chicken pox, and will be back Monday.

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