Robbie Williams has re-signed with EMI to a long-term multi-album recording deal understood to rank as the most expensive in British history. Industry insiders suggest the global pact could be worth upwards of £50 million (U.S. $78 million) for at least six albums, given that all the earning potentials reach the levels assumed. His fifth EMI solo effort, "Escapology," is due in the U.K. on Nov. 18.
Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Wilco, and Deftones lead the powerhouse lineup for the 2003 Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand, which will run for six dates beginning Jan. 17 in Auckland. Other artists confirmed for the shows include PJ Harvey, the Music, legendary German electronic act Kraftwerk, Luke Slater, Chicks On Speed, and Millencolin.
Napster founder Shawn Fanning, whose file-sharing software pitted him as a populist David doing battle with the Goliaths of the music industry, has found a champion in MTV. The cable network has hired filmmaker Alex Winter ("Fever") to write and direct a small-screen biopic for MTV Original Movies that will dramatize Fanning's life.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) chairman/CEO Hilary Rosen told lawmakers yesterday (Oct. 1) that the industry's parental-advisory labeling program is being undermined by massive downloading of unauthorized music files from peer-to-peer networks. Speaking at a House hearing reviewing music marketing and the labeling program, Rosen said that since downloads carry no stickers, the industry's efforts to "make the advisory program better are being diluted by peer-to-peer (P2P) networks."
2001 - Jazz composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher Manny Albam dies of cancer at his home in Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y. He is 79. Albam's career spanned decades in which he worked with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, and Count Basie.
U.K. pop act Hear'Say has officially split. The five-member group was fabricated for the 2001 season of the reality series "Popstars," a precursor to "Pop Idol" that was exported to the U.S. this year as "American Idol."
A fan of rock band Creed is in an Oklahoma City jail today (Oct. 1), accused of violating a restraining order filed by the group's lead singer Scott Stapp. Tamera Jeanine Andrade, 35, was arrested Saturday night before Creed's concert at the city's Ford Center.
The full tracklist has been unveiled for former Beatle George Harrison's forthcoming studio album "Brainwashed" (Dark Horse/EMI Recorded Music), which he was working on prior to his death last November.