News on 'Making the Band,' Hendrix & More

DiddyThe MTV reality series "Making the Band II," which last year chronicled the assembly of a new hip-hop group whose career will be guided by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, will return this spring with 10 new episodes. The show will focus on the continuing development of the as-yet-unnamed act, comprised of Sara Stokes, Rodney "Chopper" Hill, Dylan John, Lloyd Mathis, Frederick Watson, and Lynese Wiley.

"Last season, we made television history by showing the real life trials and tribulations of a group of kids trying to land a record deal," Combs said in a statement. "MTV and I put the 'reality' back into 'reality TV.' We were able to inform and educate the world that hip-hop and rap music is a billion-dollar business. Season two looks to be packed with dramatic twists and turns, but the end result will be hot records by a hot group of new stars!"

The group will eventually record for Combs' Bad Boy Records, which, as previously reported, recently entered into a new distribution deal with Universal Records.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







HendrixA legal battle over the music of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix that has raged since his death in 1970 moved yesterday (Feb. 11) to London's Court of Appeal, Billboard Bulletin reports. PPX Enterprises is appealing a High Court ruling last year in favor of Hendrix's family, which manages his estate under the name Experience Hendrix.

The family had sued PPX Enterprises, claiming it breached a 1973 deal by wrongly exploiting Hendrix recordings. A High Court judge ruled last July that the family was entitled to an injunction blocking the future release or licensing of certain Hendrix recordings. He also ruled that the family was entitled to an accounting of future royalties from other Hendrix recordings.

Now PPX, which was ordered to foot 70% of the estate's estimated $488,000 legal bill, is challenging that decision. The company has always denied breaching the 1973 deal and claims that the agreement was subsequently changed, entitling PPX to release the additional recordings. The hearing is expected to last three days.


-- Roger Pearson, London







BurningBurning Brides have been tapped to open all of the shows on Audioslave's inaugural North American tour. As previously reported, the trek kicks off Feb. 21 in Denver and will last through a March 22 Seattle finale.

The Philadelphia-based Burning Brides will be touring in support of their debut album, "Fall of the Plastic Empire." Originally released in 2001 via Philly's independent File 13 label, the set was reissued last year by V2. The garage rock trio recently finished a run opening for Division Of Laura Lee, and will follow the Audioslave tour with a trip to Europe.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.