2000 - Due to the throat troubles of their frontmen, Chino Moreno and Fred Durst, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, respectively, cancel separate shows north of the U.S. border. Deftones were to play to several thousand fans at the Aberdeen Pavillion in Ottawa, while Durst et al were to rock Vancouver with its Anger Management Tour.
Pressplay, the digital music service from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, has inked a content licensing deal with Warner Music Group, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pact gives Pressplay content from all five major labels. The only other subscription service to feature content from all five is Listen.com's Rhapsody.
Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson took the witness stand yesterday (Nov. 13) in a California courtroom in a $21 million lawsuit by his longtime promoter that accuses the singer of backing out of two millennium concerts.
Eminem topped the fan-voted MTV Europe Music Awards Thursday night (Nov. 14) at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi, with three honors. The rapper/actor took trophies for best album for his Shady/Interscope set "The Eminem Show," best hip-hop artist, and best male, the latter delivered by actor Pierce Brosnan.
2000 - As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band's online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song "Original Prankster" were automatically entered, appear on MTV's "Total Request Live" to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band.
Authorities raided the record company of rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and 16 other locations in Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area today (Nov. 14) as part of a murder investigation. Search warrants were served across the L.A. area, from the Beverly Hills, Calif., headquarters of Tha Row Records to gritty Compton. A lawyer for Knight said some of the locations were former homes of the rap mogul, but a sheriff's spokesperson said Knight was not considered a suspect.
Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus will release his second solo album, "Pig Lib," in March via Matador. Malkmus is backed by his band the Jicks, featuring bassist Joanna Bolme and drummer John Moen. According to Matador's Web site, the album "might make you rethink [Malkmus'] past and present musical oeuvre if not your feelings about guitar playing."