Billboard Bits: 'Idol' Creator Sues Fox, Paul McCartney 9/11 Doc To Air on Showtime
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
'American Idol' Creator Sues Fox
TV's most-watched show exploded into litigation today, as "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller sued Fox claiming he should be paid a rich fee for the upcoming Simon Cowell competition show "The X Factor." According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Fuller negotiated a hefty executive producer fee and credit on "X Factor" as part of a settlement of a 2004 copyright-infringement lawsuit against Cowell when "X Factor" launched overseas. Fox, which airs "Idol" and will debut "X Factor" in September, and Fremantle North America, which produces both shows, are now refusing to honor that deal, according to the suit. Full story from the Hollywood Reporter.
Paul McCartney Documentary, "The Love We Make" To Air On Showtime
Showtime has announced that they will air the documentary "The Love We Make," which follows Paul McCartney in the aftermath of September 11 as he planned his "Concert For New York City," which happened a month later at Madison Square Garden. The film will include footage from the concert, which featured appearances from David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Pete Townshend. The documentary was directed by Bardley Kaplan and "Gimme Shelter" co-director, Albert Maysles. In other Macca-related news, Sir Paul will wed Nancy Shevell in London with a small ceremony. (NYT, Spinner)
Radiohead TV Special Airs July 23
Radiohead's "From the Basement" performance will air in America this weekend. The performance, part of their producer Nigel Godrich's TV show, will be on Palladia at 9 p.m. Saturday (July 23) and on MTV2 at 3 a.m. July 30. The show features Radiohead performing new tracks, in addition to a complete performacne of "King of Limbs." The band will also be releasing a series of 12" singles with remixes of the "King of Limbs" tracks. The remixes can be previewed and downloaded on the Radiohead website. (Pitchfork)
Justin Bieber: 'With Time Off, I'm Able to Think, Pray and Grow Up'
In addition to discussing, at length, his uber-successful "Someday" fragrance for women, Justin Bieber recently discussed the small amount of time he's taken off -- to rest and to just be a teenager. "It's been great to just think and enjoy hanging out with my friends," Bieber told THR. "I'm still growing up, and when you're working every day, you don't really get a chance to figure out who you are. So with the time off, I'm able to think, pray and just kind of grow up." (The Hollywood Reporter)
The Decemberists To Release Live iTunes Session Tracks
The Decemberists have announced an 8-song iTunes Session to be released Aug. 2. The set includes live versions of old and new songs, spanning from the band's first EP "5 Songs" to its most recent release, "The King Is Dead." The tracklisting also includes covers of Leonard Cohen and Fruit Bats songs. The session pre-order is now live in the iTunes store, with the "June Hymn" recording available instantly upon purchase.
Duo Feat. LCD Soundsystem Member Scores Film
Fall On Your Sword, an electro duo that features Philip Mossman, a co-founder of LCD Soundsystem, wrote the score to "Another Earth," a Sundance prize-winner that's seeing a release in NYC and L.A. this weekend. A music video for the song "The First Time I Saw Jupiter" was also released, set in a science classroom and featuring stop-motion graphics and video projections, echoing the science-fiction fantasy of Another Earth.
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, the Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Maloy and Jon Blistein)