In order to regain the support of consumers and return to growth, all facets of the music industry must work together to create flexible, multi-format products, leaders of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said yesterday (March 17) in the opening business session of the NARM convention in Orlando, Fla.
As tipped here earlier this month, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted will play bass in Ozzy Osbourne's band this summer on the Ozzfest tour. Newsted will be pulling double duty this year, as Voivod, a band in which he also plays bass, will be a part of the Ozzfest second stage lineup.
Mary J. Blige is reteaming with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who will executive producer her upcoming MCA album, "Love and Life." This is the first time the two have worked together since Blige's 1994 album "My Life," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Dr. Dre is also lending his talents to a handful of tracks.
U2 will perform its nominated song "The Hands That Built America" at the 75th Anniversary Academy Awards ceremony. Set for Sunday (March 23) at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the event will be hosted by actor/comedian Steve Martin and broadcast live on ABC beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
2002 - More than a quarter-century after its release as a double album of amplified noise and feedback, former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" gets its first live performance from Berlin avant-garde classical ensemble Zeitkratzer.
Using a 33,000-pound tractor to obliterate compact discs and other items, a few hundred protesters in Bossier City, La., referring to themselves as backers of U.S. President George Bush and Barksdale Air Force Base, lashed back at Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Texas-based country act the Dixie Chicks, over a recent comment.