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Sia Michel, friend of 50 Cent and one-time Spin editor ousted during the magazine’s sale last year, is joining the New York Times as pop music editor. The internal memo via Gawker:

Sia Michel Joins Culture

The departure of Tom Kuntz to the Week in Review created an opening in culture. I am pleased to report that Sia Michel will fill it, joining The Times as pop music editor. Sam Sifton introduces the newest addition to Culture.

Sia brings to The Times both the gifts of a writer and the strategic perspective of an editor. She has been laboring in the fields of freelance journalism for the past year, writing often and well for The Times, as both a critic and profilist.

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