After a year of battling in court to be free of the contract she signed with Curb Records at age 12, LeAnn Rimes has made the surprising decision to re-sign with the label, Billboard Bulletin reports. "We're thrilled that we've come to a new agreement with LeAnn and anxious to start a brand-new chapter in our relationship," Curb chairman Mike Curb tells Bulletin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Modern rock quintet 311 is readying a pair of home videos for Dec. 11 release on Volcano. The group's 1996 VHS release "Enlarged to Show Detail" is getting an upgrade to DVD, and its sequel, "Enlarged to Show Detail 2" will see release the same day in both VHS and DVD formats.
Canadian pop/rock star Nelly Furtado has begun lining up North American tour dates for the New Year, which will be preceded by a host of appearances at radio station-sponsored holiday concerts. Dates in 2002 are set to begin Jan. 28 in Victoria, British Columbia, and currently run through April 18 in Toronto. Furtado will also appear Sunday (Dec. 2) at the My VH1 Music Awards, at which she is nominated in the Welcome to the Bigtime category.
George Harrison, the Beatles' quiet lead guitarist and spiritual explorer who added both rock 'n' roll flash and a touch of the mystic to the band's timeless magic, has died. He was 58. Harrison died at 1:30 p.m. yesterday (Nov. 29) at a friend's Los Angeles home following a battle with cancer, longtime friend Gavin De Becker said late yesterday. Harrison's wife, Olivia Harrison, and son Dhani, 24, were with him.
A District Court judge yesterday (Nov. 28) dismissed a lawsuit filed by Princeton University professor Edward Felten and others against the RIAA, the Secure Digital Music Initiative, watermarking firm Verance Corp., and the Justice Department, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suit -- filed June 6 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey -- sought a First Amendment right for Felten to present his research on circumventing music watermarking technologies. The RIAA had opposed Felten's presentation before filing a motion to officially reverse that position.
Creed's "Weathered" (Wind-Up) soars to the top of The Billboard 200 this week after selling a whopping 887,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, and leads a charge of four top-10 debuts. This easily marks Creed's best week on the chart, blowing by the 316,000 first-week units the band's "Human Clay" sold in October 1999.
Residents and officials of Highland Park, Mich., are up in arms about Eminem's plans to burn down a house during the filming of "The Untitled Detroit Project." The rapper's request comes with a pledge to demolish three vacant homes, a $2,000 donation to a Highland Park charity, and a lecture to high school students about the movie business.
Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, and Carlos Vives are among the artists who will perform at Hispanos Unidos Por New York ("Hispanics United for New York"), a Latin music benefit concert in New York. Set for Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden, the event is being organized by Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), and will benefit relief efforts for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and those who died in the recent crash of Dominican Republic-bound Flight 587.
Legendary Boston underground rock act Mission Of Burma will play its first shows in nearly 19 years Jan. 12 at New York's Irving Plaza and Jan. 18 at Boston's Avalon Ballroom. The gigs preceed a previously announced appearance at the U.K.'s All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in late April, alongside fellow post-punk favorites such as the Fall, Cheap Trick, and Wire.
Modern rock act Queens Of The Stone Age is finishing up its next Interscope studio album, "Songs for the Deaf," co-produced by the band with Eric Valentine (Smash Mouth, Third Eye Blind). The duo of vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme and vocalist/bassist Nick Oliveri has been joined for the bulk of the recording by Foo Fighters principal Dave Grohl and former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan. Ween's Dean Ween also makes a guest appearance.
West Coast hook master Nate Dogg has never strayed too far from the spotlight since "Regulate" -- the singer's 1994 hit with Warren G -- introduced a hip-hop nation already smitten with the laid-back feel of Dr. Dre-fashioned rap to the duo's even smoother G-funk sound.
Universal Music U.K. is close to an agreement with George Michael for the release of a new single in the first quarter, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. It is understood that the deal contains an option on Michael's side to release one album with the company. Universal had no comment; Michael's management, London-based ASM, could not be reached.