Sony Music Entertainment has escalated a royalties dispute with the Dixie Chicks by suing the popular country act for breach of contract. A complaint filed yesterday (July 17) in federal court in Manhattan accused the Dixie Chicks of trying to leave Sony on "sham" claims that they've been underpaid.
R&B/soul singer Al Green will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 12th annual Pioneer Awards, presented by the charitable Rhythm & Blues Foundation. Scheduled for Oct. 4 at New York's Apollo Theatre, the awards ceremony will honor veteran artists who greatly influenced R&B. Last year's lifetime achievement recipient was Stevie Wonder.
Modern rock outfit Powerman 5000 is planning a six-week North American tour in support of its forthcoming DreamWorks set "Anyone for Doomsday?," due Aug. 28. The trek, which kicks off Sept. 6, will also feature fellow modern rockers Saliva. A rotating cast of groups will add support, including Stereomud, Machinehead, and Halfcocked, the latter of whom will release "The Last Call" Aug. 21 on Powerman frontman Spider One's Megatronic imprint through DreamWorks.
Neil Diamond will kick off the U.S. leg of his world tour Sept. 28 in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets for most shows on the trek, which comes in support of his forthcoming Columbia album, "Three Chord Opera," will be available to fans via a special Internet pre-sale opportunity through Ticketmaster.
Kimberly Mathers, the estranged wife of Detroit rapper Eminem, has been charged with drug possession after police say they found a bag with a "white powdery substance" in the back of a patrol car where she had been questioned. Mathers, 26, was arraigned yesterday (July 16).
Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (real name: Anthony Berkeley) died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He was 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album, "Nightmare in A-Minor," which is tentatively due for an Aug. 23 release on Echo International. The set includes one track, "Burn Baby Burn," which deals specifically with the artist's cancer struggles.
Colombian Latin rock artist Juanes pulled down seven nominations for the second annual Latin Grammy Awards. Spanish pop artist Alejandro Sanz received five nods, while Aterciopelados, Gilberto Gil, Fito Paez, Gustavo Santaolalla, Paulina Rubio, and Caetano Veloso picked up three nominations each.
Beginning this summer and continuing well into 2002, Philip Glass' cinematic oeuvre will be celebrated with major premieres, an eight-city fall tour, and a deluxe retrospective boxed set from Nonesuch.
Severe throat pain suffered by Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno scotched the band's hometown appearance Sunday night in Sacramento, Calif. Doctors ordered the singer -- who at one point was unable to speak -- not to use his voice for 24 to 48 hours, and at deadline, were awaiting a series of test results.
Police pulled the plug on rap group Insane Clown Posse's concert Sunday in Toledo, Ohio, after more than 100 fans rushed onto the stage. Authorities said they stopped the concert because of safety concerns. Much of the band's equipment was destroyed during the disturbance, which came on the final day of the three-day Gathering of the Juggalos 2001 Convention.