In the hit song "Monterey" -- commemorating the landmark Monterey Pop Festival of June 16-18, 1967, in northern California -- Eric Burdon & the Animals sang the lyrics: "Young gods smiled upon the crowd/Their music being born of love/Children danced night and day/Religion was being born/Down in Monterey."
Napster Inc. today (Nov. 1) won final approval of a $250,000 loan that the debtor company will use to cover expenses while it negotiates a sale of substantially all of its assets in a proposed $5 million deal.
Drummer Lars Ulrich took to the chatroom on Metallica's official Web site earlier this week to update fans on the status of the group's next studio album. "For the first time ever," Ulrich said Metallica has "discarded some songs" that it didn't feel were up to snuff. "We are now on what we call round two on the keepers," he added.
"The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'," a two-CD package collecting Paul Simon's solo hits from 1972 through 2000, will be bundled with a bonus disc of previously unreleased live tracks. The set is due Tuesday (Nov. 5) from Warner Bros.
A famed Indian composer has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the recent hit single "Addictive" by Truth Hurts featuring Rakim borrowed heavily and without permission from a 20-year-old Hindi song. The lawsuit also charges American producers, including hip-hop impresario Dr. Dre, with practicing a form of "cultural imperialism" by not crediting Third World artists.
With the end of European leg of Bruce Springsteen's tour in support of "The Rising" only a week or so passed, there's news of a handful of dates that will bring him back to the continent next spring. So far, only seven dates have been confirmed, beginning May 6 show at Feyenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" walks to the head of the class on Billboard's Hot 100 this week, giving the rapper his first ever No. 1 on the singles tally. The cut is the chart's fastest-growing track at radio, and displaces Nelly's "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland, which falls to No. 2 after 10 non-consecutive weeks on top.
As previously reported, Jam Master Jay, a founding member of the pioneering rap trio Run-D.M.C., was shot and killed last night (Oct. 30) at his recording studio in the Jamaica section of Queens, near the New York neighborhood where he grew up.