Martin Scorsese is executive-producing "The Blues," a six-part series that will air on PBS in 2003, Billboard Bulletin reports. A source says that unlike recent PBS series such as "Ken Burns Jazz" and "American Roots Music," each episode of "The Blues" will have a different director, and the programs will be organized thematically rather than chronologically. Wim Wenders ("Buena Vista Social Club") and Spike Lee are attached to the project.
TVT Records has settled its copyright-infringement suit against MP3.com, a division of Vivendi Universal, Billboard Bulletin reports. Details of the settlement were not disclosed, but Terri Durham, VP of legal affairs for MP3.com, describes the terms as "amicable." Last Monday, TVT and MP3.com resumed their litigation in U.S. District Court in New York; a federal judge in June declared a mistrial in the case after jurors erroneously awarded the label $290,000 in damages, instead of an intended $3 million.
R&B newcomer Alicia Keys, who won commercial and critical acclaim with her J Records debut album "Songs in A Minor," received a leading five American Music Awards nominations, it was announced today (Nov. 13). The artist received nominations in both the pop and R&B categories for favorite female artist and favorite new artist. The AMAs will be presented Jan. 9 in Los Angeles and broadcast live by ABC.
A track Latin superstar Marc Anthony received from Bruce Springsteen will appear on his second English-language pop album, due out in January. Titled "I'll Stand by You Always," the song had been written by Springsteen for his son. Springsteen thought Anthony would be the right person to sing it.
Garth Brooks will give a free concert Nov. 28 on South Padre Island, Texas, and city officials hope the country star will draw visitors to the island hurt by a bridge collapse. The show is one of three CBS-televised stops on the "Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast" tour to promote his new Capitol album, "Scarecrow." Tickets quickly sold out to the first concert in Los Angeles on Nov. 14.
Jay-Z and his Roc-A-Fella label compatriots have both a Thanksgiving charity concert and an upcoming movie on their plate. The Jay-Z Thanksgiving Give Back Concerts will take place Nov. 23 at New York's famed Apollo Theatre, with an early show at 7 p.m. and a late show at 11. The two all-ages performances will feature Jay-Z along with labelmates such as Beanie Sigel and Freeway, and will benefit Team Roc, a charity organization affiliated with the New York Mission Society that creates basketball leagues for at-risk youths.
It was no surprise to music fans that Michael Jackson's latest Epic album, "Invincible," entered The Billboard 200 at No. 1, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. An overwhelming majority -- 79% of 5,195 voters -- were not shocked at the sakes achievements of Jackson's first album of new material in six years.
After a well-deserved rest in the wake of the extensive promotional activity that followed 1999's Arista album "Supernatural," Santana has scheduled a slate of European tour dates for late May and early June. The itinerary kicks off May 16 at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium, and concludes June 9 at London's Crystal Palace.
Before the second day of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck's trial could get underway today (Nov. 13) in London, the jury was discharged, according to published reports. "Matters have arisen which necessitate that this trial cannot proceed at the moment," Judge John Crocker reportedly told the Isleworth Crown Court. A retrial will be scheduled for later in the year.
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck staggered around a plane, got stuck between seats, and covered himself in yogurt after downing 15 glasses of red wine on a flight to the U.K., a London court was told today (Nov. 12). Prosecutor Edward Lewis told the first day of Buck's trial that the 44-year-old musician "became the transmogrification of Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde" during the 8 1/2-hour Seattle to London flight.