Updating a story first posted here yesterday, Konrad Hilbers has resigned as the CEO of Napster less than a year after taking the post, and despite a reported buy-out offer on the table from Bertelsmann, the cash-strapped file swapping service is said to be considering filing for bankruptcy, according to sources. Napster has been offline since July 2001 while fighting copyright infringement suits brought against it by the major labels.
Rapper Ludacris has teamed with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films to develop a comedic feature film tentatively titled "Skip Day." Ludacris pitched the idea for himself to star in and executive produce as well as contribute to the film's soundtrack.
Alan Jackson and Toby Keith each pulled in four nominations for the inaugural CMT Flameworthy Video Awards, with Martina McBride close behind with three. Jackson and Keith earned nods in the video of the year category, while both artists plus McBride are nominated in the "lol" (laugh out loud) category for funniest video of the year.
Rock'n'roll troubadour Frank Black has reteamed with former label spinART and is planning an Aug. 20 release for two new albums. "Black Letter Day" and "Devil's Workshop," the follow-ups to his 2001 set "Dog in the Sand" (What Are Records?), were recorded live to two-track with Black's band the Catholics.
Infamous performance troupe the Jim Rose Circus will test the waters of the reality-based TV series under a new deal with Los Angeles-based Boxx Communications. The production company will follow the Circus on its summer North American tour, wiring its tour bus with cameras and boiling down the highlights for a proposed 13-episode TV series. Boxx plans to shop the idea to various television networks.
Devoted fans of Madonna waited in the rain outside Wyndham's Theatre last night (May 13) to cheer on the 43-year-old performer in her first London stage performance. Seats for "Up for Grabs" had sold out within 10 days of going on sale, and many people lined up in hopes of getting returned tickets.
A label closure, an unplanned performance at a house party, and an opportunity to revisit the studio each had a hand in sprinkling fairy dust on "Concrete Love," British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham says of her new album, due June 18 via Vanguard.
The parents of Aaliyah (full name: Aaliyah Haughton) sued Virgin Records yesterday (May 13), alleging that negligence and recklessness caused the plane crash last year that killed the 22-year-old singer and actress. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Diane and Michael Haughton, also named as defendants several video production companies and Blackhawk International Airways, the company that operated the plane that crashed.
Talk about odd couples -- Paul O'Neill, the ramrod straight, silver-haired Republican treasury secretary, and Bono, the U2 frontman with the wraparound sunglasses. They are pairing up, not for the summer concert circuit, but a 10-day tour of some of the most destitute countries in the world in sub-Saharan Africa.
Hard rock outfit Korn has added several dates to its eight-week North American outing and confirmed a number of venues for the jaunt. The tour launches June 20 in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and is now set through Aug. 1 in Grand Forks, N.D. Puddle Of Mudd and Deadsy will open; details for a West Coast leg have yet to be announced.