California Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) yesterday (Aug. 15) pulled back the state bill he introduced in January that would have repealed the music industry's exemption to the state's "seven-year statute," Billboard Bulletin reports.
It turns out the "P" in P. Diddy stands for "public opinion." Hip-hop entrepreneur Sean "Puffy" Combs (aka P. Diddy) has expanded into the polling business with his own market research company Blue Mindset.
As first reported yesterday (Aug. 14), Drowning Pool lead singer Dave Williams was found dead in the band's tour bus in Manassas, Va., near where it was due to perform today, according to release from the group's label, Wind-Up Records. He was 30. The cause of death was unknown at deadline.
Of the upcoming batch of releases from country music's biggest stars, Shania Twain's "Up!" is the most anticipated by fans, according to a Billboard.com poll. Twain pulled in 49% of 4,998 votes, giving her a huge margin over second place artist Faith Hill, who netted 15% of the tally.
Bruce Springsteen's tour in support of his latest Columbia album, "The Rising," will head to Europe for seven concerts beginning Oct. 14 in Paris. The just confirmed trek will also visit Barcelona, where the Boss kicked off his 2000-2001 reunion tour with the E Street Band, and will wrap in London on Oct. 27.
Alison Krauss grabbed seven nominations today for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. The association also nominated Rhonda Vincent for six awards, and even included pop stars Sting and Elton John on its list.
Veteran Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy has tapped T-Model Ford as the opening act for a string of East Coast tour dates. Ford joins Guy for a pair of shows in New York the first week in September, and continues with him until Sept. 16 in Athens, Ga.
LIFEbeat, the music industry's non-profit HIV-prevention and fundraising organization, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an Aug. 28 benefit concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, featuring Pete Yorn, the Hives, Jimmy Eat World, and Sugarcult. Additional special guests for the concert are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.