Minor Chords: 11-8-07

Red Bull Builds Studio, Common Supports Obama, Varvatos Buys Street Cred and EMI U.K. Gets Videos into Hair Salons

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  • From the Adages blog: Every rapper knows which ride looks best rolling up to a courthouse: a Cadillac Escalade. [Adages]

  • According to Digital Music News, Red Bull is constructing a music studio in its Santa Monica, Calif., offices as part of a "serious music initiative." It's unclear what the energy drink company is planning, but music industry heavies are associated with the project, and it's possible that a branded record label is in the works. [Digital Music News]

  • PAC Vote Hope has signed up Common to support Barack Obama's presidential election campaign. "I'm voting for Obama because he's just there to do some good in the world," says the rapper/actor in a 90-second spot. [PR Newswire]

  • John Varvatos is moving into the former location of punk mecca CBGB, and he's planning to capitalize on the history of the space with a permanent stage for in-store band performances. [Billboard.com]

  • EMI Music U.K.'s Charisma Records has formed an agreement with i-vu, which operates interactive TV screens in 200 U.K. hair salons. While getting their hair cut and styled, patrons will be able to watch Plain White T's videos and check out tour dates and other promotions. [Billboard.biz]