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The Coachella Festival had its second biggest year ever, with an attendance of 160,000, according to producer Paul Tollett, president of Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. The highest attendance for Coachella to date was 186,636 in 2007, which grossed $16.3 million. Last year’s festival drew 151,666 and grossed $13.8 million.

McDonald’s will do its first music-CD-based Happy Meal promotion starting today in partnership with children’s entertainment brand Kidz Bop. As part of the deal, which runs through May 21, McDonald’s will distribute eight differently colored, collectible sampler CDs in Happy Meals. Each CD contains four songs culled from Kidz Bop CDs plus the theme, “Kids Bop World,” for 33 songs total. The cd’s feature kid-friendly versions of pop songs (“Get the Party Started,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “We Got the Beat,”) and were rerecorded in children’s voices. Over its eight years in business, Kidz Bop has sold 11 million CDs.

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