A federal judge in St. Louis has thrown out a royalties lawsuit against Chuck Berry by former collaborator Johnnie Johnson, ruling that too many years had passed since the more than 30 songs in dispute were written.
The estate of Elvis Presley has won an injunction in California Federal Appeals Court barring the further sale of the eight-DVD collection "The Definitive Elvis," released this summer by Passport Video.
Pearl Jam will on Dec. 8 play its first hometown show since October 2001 with a benefit concert at Seattle's Key Arena. Guitarist Mike McCready told local radio station KNDD today (Oct. 23) that proceeds will aid a variety of charities. He wouldn't comment on rumors that Queens Of The Stone Age and Audioslave will also be on the bill or that another show may be added.
Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson has confirmed his first solo tour backed by a full band, due to kick off Nov. 21 in Dallas. Robinson will be backed by multi-instrumentalist brothers Paul and Jeremy Stacey, who both played on his Redline solo debut, "New Earth Mud." The set was released yesterday (Oct. 22) and bundled with a DVD chronicling the making of the album.
Heralded Australian rock act the Vines will headline a winter tour sponsored by MTV2. The MTV2 Handpicked Tour ties into the music network's recently released compilation CD "Handpicked Vol. II," and will launch Nov. 19 in Philadelphia. It is currently slated to hit 14 cities throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast with newcomer U.K. act the Music opening.
Ozzy Osbourne's clan could return to MTV as early as November with the second season of their hit reality show. MTV President Brian Graden says "all systems are go" for "The Osbournes," which chronicles the lives of the heavy metal legend, his feisty wife Sharon, and two of their teenage children -- daughter Kelly, and son Jack.
Leading electronic artists have contributed exclusive tracks and mixes to an album protesting a possible war in Iraq, Billboard Bulletin reports. The two-CD set "The Fire This Time," to be released Dec. 2 through U.K. independent label Hidden Art, features music and narration from Orbital, Aphex Twin, Pan Sonic, Speedy J, and Michael Stearns, aimed at highlighting the impact Western trade sanctions have had on Iraqi civilians.
Michelle Branch, Ashanti, Sugar Ray, and Sixpence None The Richer will perform at this year's Bogart Tour for a Cure concert, set for Nov. 4 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. As previously reported, the event will see Britney Spears honored with the Children's Choice Award from the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund (NBMF) for her work with children through the Britney Spears Foundation.
Arista/BMG Heritage is planning a Nov. 19 release for "The Best of DJ Quik," a 19-track overview of the Compton, Calif.-bred gangsta rap progenitor's decade-long career. The compilation will include two exclusive new tracks alongside songs taken from Quik's six albums, including "Under tha Influence" (Euponic), released earlier this year.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge yesterday (Oct. 21) approved a $200,000 loan to bankrupt online music-swapping site Napster from a company called Napco Acquisition. The funds will help keep the company afloat until the sale of its assets is completed, according to court filings. Napco also signed a letter of intent to buy some of Napster's assets. A Napco attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.