Billboard Bits: Apple Vs. Apple, Jewel, Honor The Earth

News on Apple Vs. Apple, Jewel, Honor The Earth

AppleThe Beatles' Apple Corps company has sued Apple Computer for breach of contract. In an action filed in early July in London's High Court, Apple Corps claims that the computer maker's iPod portable player and iTunes Music Store violate its trademark. Apple Corps is seeking damages and an injunction to enforce a 1991 agreement with Apple Computer, regarding future usage of the "Apple" name and logo in conjunction with music products.

"Specifically, [the] complaint is [being] made ... in conjunction with [Apple Computer's] new application for downloading pre-recorded music from the Internet," Apple Corps said in a brief statement.

In a statement, Apple Computer said, "Over a decade ago, Apple signed an agreement with Apple Corps, a business controlled by the Beatles and their heirs, which specified the rights each company would have to use the 'Apple' trademark. Unfortunately, Apple and Apple Corps now have differing interpretations of this agreement and will need to ask a court to resolve this dispute."

The Beatles' catalog has yet to be made available to digital download services such as iTunes and Pressplay.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JewelAs expected, Jewel has announced a slate of acoustic shows in the wake of
canceling her full-band fall tour due to the sudden death of bass player T-Bone Hannon. Six shows are on tap, beginning Sept. 20 in Atlanta and wrapping Sept. 30 in Providence, R.I. A statement from the artist's label, Atlantic, says future tour plans are forthcoming.

As previously reported, Jewel's fall tour was due to kick off Sept. 19 in North Charleston, S.C. She was to be touring in support of her latest Atlantic album, "0304," which is No. 87 in its 14th week on The Billboard 200. It has sold 550,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

DixieThe Indigo Girls will join forces with Dixie Chicks and Ben Folds for a concert next month in Charlotte, N.C., to raise money for the Honor the Earth foundation. The Indigo Girls have headlined five tours in support of the Native American environmental organization, including an
April West Coast outing.

The show, to take place Oct. 10 at Charlotte's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, will donate all net proceeds to Honor the Earth.

Other artists who have performed in conjunction with Honor the Earth include Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, David Crosby, Shawn Mullins, Edwin McCain and Ben Harper. For more information, visit

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.