CDs that are enhanced with extra content such as access to private Web site, unreleased music, and ticket offers make buyers more willing to purchase the album, according to a recent Billboard.com poll. 42% of 5,000 voters said such extras prove the artist is making a further committment to fans who purchase their music, while another 15% said the bonus features help offset the price of CDs.
A threat by the Teamsters to shut down this weekend's Rolling Stones concerts in San Francisco was averted when a major promoter gave the union part of the action. Bill Graham Presents announced the deal with Teamsters Local 85 Wednesday after the union picketed in front of Pac Bell Park, where the Stones will play tonight (Nov. 8) and tomorrow.
U2's new single, "Electrical Storm," will probably prove a "connecting point to our next record," guitarist the Edge tells Billboard.com. Of the track, one of two new songs on the just-released "The Best of 1990-2000," he adds, "I really think that in terms of arrangement, it's really back to guitar, bass, and drums -- the primary colors of rock'n'roll. I think that's where we're gonna take the next album."
Elektra Entertainment Group and London-based wireless marketing firm not13 are offering a $1 million prize in a new cell-phone and two-way pager promotion for the Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott album "Under Construction," due Nov. 12, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Modern rock outfit System Of A Down has been compiling unreleased tracks for "Steal This Album," a previously announced collection of 16 cuts written and recorded over the course of the group's history. The album's release date has been set for Nov. 26 from American Recordings/Columbia.
Singer Bobby Brown was arrested early this morning (Nov. 7) in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead district on drug and traffic charges. An officer at the Atlanta city jail said Brown was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance.
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" continues to gain radio play and maintains its grip on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second-straight week. This gives the rapper control of Billboard's two major charts, after the Shady/Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile," in which he stars, debuted atop The Billboard 200 yesterday (Nov. 6).
A day after Run-D.M.C.'s Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell was laid to rest in Queens, N.Y., the surviving members of the group -- Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels -- were joined by hip-hop artists and music executives to formally announce the establishment of The Mizell Children's Fund.
Alan Jackson was the big winner at the Country Music Assn. (CMA) Awards, held Wednesday night (Nov. 6) at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. The singer scored trophies for entertainer of the year, and nabbed and his first ever win in the male vocalist category. His "Drive" (Arista Nashville) took album of the year, and its "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" garnered song and single honors.