News on CD Copying, Sheryl Crow, George Winston

VivendiVivendi Universal, home to such artists as Emimem, Limp Bizkit, and Elton John, plans to introduce copy-protected CDs next month, Billboard Bulletin reports. "With the extent of piracy and the extent of CD-burning that's going on, we have no choice but to try and further protect our artists and our rights-holders," says vice chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. He would not say who is providing the technology or how it will work, except to note that it will take into account varying local laws on burning.

In August, BMG Entertainment (home to such artists as Dave Matthews Band and Foo Fighters), teamed with Phoenix-based SunnComm to create a technology where CDs cannot be copied digitally, but secure versions of the album's tracks are embedded in the disc. When the disc is placed in a CD-ROM drive, music files can be dragged onto the user's desktop, but they contain digital rights-management technology that prevents them from being E-mailed, burned onto a blank CD, or placed in a file-swapping network.


-- Matthew Benz & Brian Garrity, N.Y.







Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow has joined the list of performers for the second annual "Women Rock! Girls & Guitars" benefit concert, organized by Lifetime Television and Marie Claire magazine for breast cancer research. India.Arie, Pat Benatar, Mary J. Blige, Dixie Chicks, Nelly Furtado, and Emmylou Harris are among the other scheduled performers for the show, which will tape Oct. 18 at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre and air Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

Proceeds from the fund-raising portion of the show will go to the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO) and the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC).

Crow also performed at last year's "Women Rock! Girls & Guitars" benefit alongside the likes of Wynonna Judd and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson.


-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.







George WinstonPianist George Winston has recorded a new, five-track benefit album titled "Laments." The set will be released Oct. 16 by Windham Hill, with proceeds benefiting the families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. "Laments" features two new solo piano tracks ("Remembrance," "Lament"), two solo guitar pieces ("Son and Daughter," "Where are You Now"), and a harmonica medley ("Farewell," "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and "Taps").

Winston will also donate to charity the proceeds from the recent re-release of his landmark 1980 debut album, "Autumn." As previously reported, the new edition sports two bonus tracks: a cover of Procol Harum's "Too Much Between Us," and a three-minute edit of the signature 10-minute set opener "Colors/Dance." It is also enhanced with the sheet music for the track "Longing/Love."

Winston is at work on a full solo piano album of Doors covers, tentatively set for a fall 2002 release.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.