Chrysalis Records and teen pop outfit Hanson have filed copyright infringement lawsuits against Vivendi Universal's online subsidiary MP3.com, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suits, which were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, join a similar complaint filed May 7 against the San Diego-based music file-sharing service by Tom Waits, Randy Newman, and the group Heart.
The political establishment may not be ready for it, but Capitol Hill had better prepare itself for its first injection of hip-hop politics. Today (Sept. 28), a group of hip-hop impresarios are scheduled to participate in a Congressional Black Caucus forum titled "Hip-Hop Culture and the African-American Political Agenda."
Releases by Gorillaz, Air, At The Drive In, Ryan Adams, Bilal, White Stripes, and Foxy Brown are among the nominees for the first-ever Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music, which, as first reported here last month, is designed to honor contemporary music's most creative and adventurous releases.
Inspirational rap/rock outfit P.O.D. will begin a 22-date U.S. tour Oct. 18 in Phoenix, with Fenix TX and Blindside in tow. P.O.D. will be out in support of its latest Atlantic album, "Satellite," which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 earlier this month. First single "Alive" is No. 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart this week.
Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, will donate royalties from the forthcoming "Cat Stevens Box" to charity in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks on the U.S. The four-CD set is due Oct. 30 from A&M. "A lot of my lyrics were about searching for peace and happiness in this wild world we live; a few came true," Islam said in a statement. "I hope that this donation will bring some comfort. I am glad that my songs are still able to help people in some way."
Rapper Erick Sermon was in critical but stable condition today (Sept. 28) after slamming his Mercedes-Benz into a cement divider on a highway. Sermon, 32, suffered broken bones and internal bleeding after the accident Tuesday in Patterson, N.J., according to a spokesperson at Sermon's record label, J Records.
Hard rock mainstays Sevendust will release their third album, "Animosity," Nov. 13 via TVT. Produced by Ben Grosse (Filter, Fuel), the set will feature first single "Praise," as well as a guest spot by Staind's Aaron Lewis on the track "Follow." The album is the follow-up to 1999's "Home," which debuted at No. 19 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 557,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, Ja Rule was readying to drop his sophomore set, "Rule 3:36." Although he was already a star in hip-hop circles, thanks to guest shots with Jay-Z and 1999's "Holla Holla" from his debut, "Venni Vetti Vecci," Ja Rule had yet to catch the ears of mainstream music fans.
Cypress Hill has canceled the San Francisco date of its Smoke Out festival, and has expanded the lineup for the Los Angeles show instead. Cancellation of the San Francisco date, which was scheduled for Oct. 13, was necessitated due to previous venue commitments to Major League Baseball, which has rescheduled several games at the Oakland Coliseum in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.