An alliance of online music broadcasters sued the recording industry in federal court yesterday (Aug. 27), alleging major record labels have unlawfully inflated Webcasting royalty rates to keep independent operators out of the market.
1998 - Rapper Noreaga is labeled a fugitive by police who seek the missing artist in connection with an assault at a post-concert melee. The rapper arrives four hours late for a concert, and is booed off stage after one song. Angry fans follow Noreaga to the parking lot, where one person reportedly throws a bicycle at the rapper's car. Noreaga and his bodyguard then allegedly beat up a 16-year-old, who is later treated for injuries and released.
Veteran vocalist Emmylou Harris will release a new studio album, "Stumble From Grace," Sept. 23 via Nonesuch. The set is the follow-up to her acclaimed 2000 set "Red Dirt Girl," which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 54 on The Billboard 200.
Lil' Kim and Jay-Z lead the list of nominees for The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003. Both artists received nods in five categories, including album of the year for "La Bella Mafia" and "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse," respectively. The awards will be handed out Oct. 13 in Miami and will air in November on BET.
After an eight-week run, Beyoncé and Jay-Z surrender the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 to Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee. The hip-hop threesome jumps 3-1 on the chart as the Destiny's Child singer's "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z falls to No. 2. "Shake Ya Tailfeather" is the fifth multi-artist title to reach No. 1 this year.