AEI Media, a U.K.-based music-and-media company specializing in developing acts for the British-originated urban genre called Drum 'n' Bass, has linked up with New York-based independent publisher Verse Music Group to launch a publishing joint venture called AEI Music Publishing.
Metallica's "Death Magnetic" retains the No. 1 slot for a second week on the Billboard 200 while new arrivals from Ne-Yo, Nelly, Darius Rucker, DJ Khaled and Buckcherry all start in the top 10 . . . In Progress Reports, we've got updates on yet another No. 1 single for Rihanna, the continuing Adult Contemporary success of Daughtry and a third Modern Rock No. 1 for the Offspring.
Wet Wet Wet will release a new album, "Timeless," on Nov. 12 through a new agreement struck between Absolute Marketing and Distribution and the Scottish pop/rock band's new independent label Dry Records.