Jackson Must Pay Promoter $5.3 Million

Jackson Must Pay Promoter $5.3 Million

A jury yesterday awarded $5.3 million to concert promoter Marcel Avram in his suit against Michael Jackson over the cancellation of two planned 1999 concerts, according to the plaintiff's attorney, Skip Miller.
ZZ Top, Nugent Crack Open A Cold One

ZZ Top, Nugent Crack Open A Cold One

ZZ Top will join forces with Ted Nugent and Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble for the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers tour, set to begin April 25 at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La. The 30-plus date tour, which will play amphitheaters and arenas, wraps June 14 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.
Lanois Declares Producing Moratorium

Lanois Declares Producing Moratorium

Daniel Lanois, known for his production work for such artists as Bob Dylan and U2, is "not producing anything for about a year." The artist/producer made the declaration yesterday (March 13) in response to a question posed during his keynote address at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference in Austin, Texas. "I want to come back to it fresh," he added.
Liz Phair Ready To Rock

Liz Phair Ready To Rock

Liz Phair has recorded her first album of new material in more than five years. Speaking yesterday (March 13) with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow during the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference, Phair described the self-titled set, due June 24 from Capitol, as having "big songs. They are cool and they rock."
Hendrix Family Organizing Tribute, Memorial

Hendrix Family Organizing Tribute, Memorial

On the heels of Motown's Stevie Wonder tribute album, due Tuesday, comes word of a similar Jimi Hendrix salute helmed by the late guitarist's step-sister Janie.
Atlanta Hip-Hop Festival Changes Venues

Atlanta Hip-Hop Festival Changes Venues

After being rejected twice by the city of Atlanta, promoters of a hip-hop festival planned for April hope to hold it at the Georgia International Horse Park in nearby Conyers, Ga., 27 miles east of downtown Atlanta. Town officials have agreed to host the Urban Hip-Hop Music Festival at the park during the April 11 weekend.
County: Jackson May Have Violated Zoning Rules

County: Jackson May Have Violated Zoning Rules

Michael Jackson may have violated zoning rules on his Neverland Ranch when he claimed a tax break for preserving agricultural land, Santa Barbara, Calif., County officials said. Officials plan to visit Jackson's home in the Santa Ynez Valley in the next month to determine whether he's surpassed the development limit for those claiming the credit.
Skechers Files Countersuit Against Britney Spears

Skechers Files Countersuit Against Britney Spears

Skechers has filed a countersuit against Britney Spears, claiming fraud and breach of contract. The footwear company alleges the pop singer delayed decisions relating to product designs and advertising for Britney 4 Wheelers roller skates and apparel. A Skechers representative says they were "continuously shut down, rejected, and ignored."
System's Tankian Explores His Roots With Serart

System's Tankian Explores His Roots With Serart

Long outspoken in his political beliefs, it's no surprise that System Of A Down's Serj Tankian has voiced his opposition to an U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Yet now he's content to let bombs do the talking.
50 Cent Dominates Major Billboard Charts

50 Cent Dominates Major Billboard Charts

50 Cent's "In Da Club" continues its reign on Billboard's singles charts, topping the Hot 100 for a third week, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally for a fifth week, and the Hot Rap Tracks count for the seventh week. With his album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (Shady/Interscope) leading The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks roundup, 50 Cent has control of most of Billboard's major tallies.
Miramax Invites Lopez To 'Dance'

Miramax Invites Lopez To 'Dance'

Jennifer Lopez is in negotiations to star opposite Richard Gere in Miramax Films' "Shall We Dance?" -- a remake of the 1996 Japanese feature that Peter Chelsom will direct. Production is scheduled to begin in June.
Mellencamp Unveils Anti-War Song

Mellencamp Unveils Anti-War Song

John Mellencamp has made a new anti-war-themed song, "To Washington," available for free download on his official Web site.

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