A Norwegian appeals court in Oslo has agreed to rehear the case involving a local teenager accused of creating and publishing software that allows people to view movie DVDs on the Internet without authorization.
MTV has made reality shows a top priority for the network's new programming schedule airing this spring and summer. In addition to several non-music shows, the network is planning two new music-based series, "TRL Presents: Duets" and the Snoop Dogg-starring "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle."
Hard rock act TRUSTcompany will headline the 5th annual Cutty Rock the Boat tour, due to kick off March 12 in Springfield, Mo., and wrap April 18 in Baton Rouge, La. Among the bands that will support at various points on the trek are 30 Seconds To Mars, Pacifier, and Blindside. Last year's tour featured Sevendust in the headlining slot.
New York-based DJ group X-ecutioners have set an April 8 release date for their new album, "Scratchology" (Sequence), which takes a historical look at the art of the DJ with scratch-heavy cuts spanning the annals of hip-hop.
R&B act 3LW is once again true to its name (which stands for "three little women") with the addition of Jessica "J" Benson. The 15-year-old Severn, Md.-native was chosen from hundreds who auditioned to join founding members Kiely Williams and Adrienne Bailon in the group's lineup.
With eight mentions, Toby Keith is at the top of the final nominees list for the 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Alan Jackson isn't far behind with six nominations for the awards, which will be held May 21 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, and broadcast live on CBS. Keith and Jackson will go head-to-head in the entertainer of the year and top male vocalist categories.
Madonna has signed a deal with publisher Callaway Editions for a series of five illustrated children's books, to be distributed in the U.S. by Penguin Group (USA) and published in other English-language markets by Puffin. The first, "The English Roses," will be published and distributed worldwide in September.
Pop/rock outfits and Atlantic labelmates matchbox twenty and Sugar Ray will hit the road for a North American tour, set to begin April 25 in New Orleans and last through a July 6 finale in Raleigh, N.C. Sugar Ray will be on the bill for all but the first show of the jaunt, while modern rock act Maroon 5 will also support through a May 31 date in Salt Lake City.
Hank Ballard, the singer/songwriter whose hit "The Twist" ushered a nationwide dance craze in the 1960s, has died. Ballard, who was suffering from throat cancer, died yesterday (March 2) at his home, friends said. Friend and caretaker Anna Ayala said Ballard's birth records indicate he was born in 1927, but biographical information lists his birthdate as 1936.
Known for his improvisation on stage, singer/songwriter Ben Harper tells Billboard.com that he brought the same mindset into the studio for the recording of his fifth studio album, "Diamonds on the Inside," due March 11 from Virgin.