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There's a moment in Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid," a hit from last year, that made Ty an artist to watch. The track starts with the hook, a tense tale of two-timing and debauchery. But rarely has a crass story been delivered with so much care: Halfway through each line, a separate strand of vocals spirals off, curling up and melting away. The voice stands out immediately -- swathed honey-thick at a time when most R&B singers traffic in light and airy -- but Ty also arranges breathtaking harmonies, which are increasingly hard to find in today's pop.

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Since "Paranoid," this singer has continued to release his own music and sing hooks for others, but he hasn't found another hit. On Tuesday (March 31), he put out Talk About It in the Morning, a new collaborative EP with Wiz Khalifa -- who served as a partner previously on "Or Nah," the only other Dolla $ign track to crack the top 50 on the Hot 100. Khalifa can't match Ty's stylistic range, but everyone benefits from a solid partner, and this rapper is nothing if not solid: His albums consistently perform well, and his most recent full-length, Blacc Hollywood, topped the Billboard 200.

On Talk About It in the Morning, Ty mainly sticks to his old ways. Take the first track, "Judge It." Wiz raps methodically about relationship troubles -- throughout the tape, he works his way systematically to the end of each line, rarely changing or adjusting his flow. Then Ty shows up to deliver a typical verse: "Let's just f--- all night, talk about it in the morning." "Post Up" works over the same ground as "Paranoid" (or "Stand For," a recent collaboration between Ty, DJ Dahi and Diplo).

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But there are surprises here: "Refresh" is unexpectedly melodic, and "Say No More," the tape's final song, borrows from minimal Atlanta producers like FKI -- the beat is little more than a couple of synth blobs. Khalifa's voice seems to gain texture and character next to the barely there instrumental. Ty may be exploring familiar territory, but Khalifa's willing to try a new direction.

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. continues to search for a new CEO a year after installing interim CEO Scott Gilbertson. Gilbertson took the post in...

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. continues to search for a new CEO a year after installing interim CEO Scott Gilbertson.

Gilbertson took the post in April 2014 after CEO Larry Thomas announced he would retire in May of last year. In February 2014, Fender named Bob Roback as president as well as a member of the board of directors. His role as president was short-lived, however, ending in the summer through a "mutually agreed-upon decision," according to a company insider. Roback is still a board member.

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The company has been rumored to have had shakeups in recent months, but a company spokesman says Fender is handling business as usual. The company has operated in the past without a president and the search for a new CEO is active.

Thomas was at the helm when Fender explored an IPO in 2012 that was expected to raise $150 million for the company and its biggest shareholder, San Francisco-based private equity firm Weston Presidio, which bought into the company in 2001. The company rescinded the IPO after potential investors expressed concerns over the company's debt load and a poor outlook for the future of musical instruments.

In recent years, the company has touted the legacy of its instruments, specifically the 50th anniversary of the Stratocaster in 2007 and the Telecaster, which turned 60 in 2010. Fender, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 1991, continues to build guitars in Corona, Calif.


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