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News on Pearl Jam, Matt Cameron, Def Jam, Sisqo, Redman, Foxy Brown, and Beanie Sigel, EMusicCPearl Jam has delayed the release of its concert VHS/DVD "Touring Band 2000" from Tuesday (April 10) to May 1. According to the band's official Web site, memory needed to be freed up to prevent audio dropouts. To do so, an option that allowed viewers to watch three songs from drummer Matt Cameron's vantage point was removed from the main program and will now only be available as a bonus feature on the DVD edition.
Members of the band's fan organization, the Ten Club, will be able to order "Touring Band" beginning April 17 for $15.98; the video will retail for $24.98.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Def Jam will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a catalog reissue program geared around remastered vinyl for DJs. "We're compiling all of Def Jam's greatest 12-inches and putting together a repackaged product to service to DJs," newly named Def Jam VP Randy Acker says. "There seems to be a renewed interest in vinyl. A lot of labels have really focused on the vinyl game, and we have always been really focused on it."
A release date for the reissues has yet to be determined. Def Jam is also gearing up for a busy summer, with new albums from Sisqo, Redman, Foxy Brown, and Beanie Sigel, as well as soundtracks to "Rush Hour 2" and "Fast & Furious," all expected in the coming months.
-- Rashaun Hall, N.Y.
Universal Music Group has entered into a preliminary agreement to buy EMusic, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. Executives at both companies declined comment. EMusic -- a seller of indie-label downloads and subscriptions and the owner of Rollingstone.com and DownBeat.com -- announced yesterday (April 5) that it has signed a non-binding deal with a "major publicly held media company" to be acquired in a cash transaction..