A new for-pay digital music service being distributed through the Grokster peer-to-peer network in the U.S. is running afoul of the recording industry by selling unlimited access to major-label music without authorization.
Toby Keith is remaining a "Ford truck man" through-and-through. The country artist and Ford spokesperson will use his June 15 performance at the auto manufacturer's Centennial Celebration in Dearborn, Mich., as the kick-off of his Shock'N Y'all tour. The outing will be sponsored by the Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Weezer, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the artists that will contribute previously unreleased material to "Gimme Skelter," a compilation album due in September from Buddyhead Records. Wryly described by Buddyhead co-founder Travis Keller as "a benefit compilation -- benefiting the state of music," the project will be distributed through Nettwerk in North America and Parlophone in Europe.
Marilyn Manson's "The Golden Age of Grotesque" gives the theatrical rocker the second No. 1 album of his career. One of four albums to debut inside the top-20, the Interscope release sold 118,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to debut on top of The Billboard 200. Manson last reached the top of the chart with 1998's "Mechanical Animals," which moved 223,000 copies in its first week.
James Brown had plenty of reasons to feel good yesterday (May 20) as South Carolina officials pardoned the soul legend for his past crimes in that state. Brown, who served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after a 1988 arrest on drug and assault charges, and was convicted of a drug-related offense in 1998, was granted a pardon by the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour donated $5.88 million to charity today (May 20) to house hundreds of homeless people and low-wage workers in central London. The artist said he was inspired by a similar community project developed in New York.
Before the end of the year, the MCA moniker -- first used in 1924 -- may cease to exist. Sources say the current plan is to eliminate the MCA Records brand, which is home to such artists as Shaggy and Mary J. Blige, and move the majority of the label's staff and some of the roster under the banner of fellow Universal Music Group label Geffen Records.