The mother of the late Tupac Shakur has filed a 13-count copyright-infringement suit against rap artist/producer Delmar Arnaud (aka Daz Dillinger) and his L.A.-based label, DPG Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, says Arnaud is in possession of, and has made plans to commercially release without authorization, an undisclosed number of master recordings by Shakur that Arnaud produced while working for Death Row Records.
The pilot of the ill-fated Cessna carrying rising R&B star Aaliyah had a recent criminal record, including a crack-cocaine violation that had him in a Florida court less than two weeks before the plane went down in the Bahamas, authorities said. Luis Antonio Morales Blanes' record came to light yesterday (Aug. 29) as investigators continued scouring the wreckage in search of clues to what may have caused the crash. Excess weight is being considered as a possible factor.
Next spring will bring the debut solo album from Roland Gift, former frontman of 1980s U.K. pop act Fine Young Cannibals. The self-titled album, due out via MCA, was produced by David Z (FYC, Jody Watley, a-Ha) and Ben Barson (Xmal Deutschland).
In Tim "Ripper" Owens' surreal world, life provides many surprises. It wasn't long ago he literally went from cover band singer to frontman of Judas Priest, replacing Rob Halford. Now, his improbable story has resulted in the feature film "Rock Star," which opens in U.S. theaters next weekend.
Kamaal, who as Q-Tip was the former leader of rap act A Tribe Called Quest, will release his second solo album, "Kamaal the Abstract," Oct. 23 via Arista. The artist self-produced the nine-track set, which is a melange of hip-hop, jazz, rock, and funk featuring guest appearances by jazz artists Kenny Garrett (saxophone), Gary Thomas (sax, flute), and Kirk Rosenwinkle (guitar).
Zomba Music Group, home to such acts as 'N Sync and Britney Spears, has settled its copyright-infringement suit against MP3.com. As part of the agreement, Zomba has licensed its catalog to be used in online company's my.mp3.com database service.
The Avalanches took five honors at the Australian Dance Music Awards last night at Sydney's Metro Theatre, Billboard Bulletin reports. The eclectic act received awards for best live act, album, single, debut act, video, and turntablist. The act's album "Since I Left You" has sold nearly 250,000 copies worldwide; it will be released Oct. 16 in the U.S through Sire.
Maxwell bursts onto The Billboard 200 this week with "Now" (Columbia), after selling 296,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, to earn his first-ever No. 1 album. The R&B singer's collection is one of two new albums to enter the top-10 this week, besting rapper Juvenile's "Project English" (Cash Money/Universal), which arrives No. 2 on the strength of 213,000 units sold. "Now" and "Project English" open back-to-back on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as well.
Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghostface Killah will on Nov. 13 release his third Starks Enterprises/Epic solo album, "Bulletproof Wallet." The 12-track set is the follow-up to last year's "Supreme Clientele," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 7 on The Billboard 200. First single "Never Be the Same Again" featuring Carl Thomas and Raekwon goes to radio next month.
A judge has thrown out George Harrison's bid to keep his former business manager and partner from declaring bankruptcy, refusing to accept a claim that the musician was too ill to give a local deposition. Harrison's attorneys have asked for a review of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barry Schermer's ruling and for a new judge, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday (Aug. 29).