RealNetworks has developed a technology solution that makes tracks from its RealPlayer Music Store compatible with Apple Computer's iPod, as well as with a number of portable music players that use Microsoft technology.
The Streets have the U.K.'s No. 1 single and album, just days after being nominated for the country's prestigious Mercury Music Prize. The Locked On/679 act -- a.k.a. innovative English rapper Mike Skinner -- saw its album, "A Grand Don't Come For Free," move 2-1 in its 11th week on the British survey, while second single "Dry Your Eyes" entered the chart at No. 1.
Rapper C-Murder, who is already awaiting trial in Jefferson Parish, La., on murder charges, was indicted by a Baton Rouge grand jury on attempted second-degree murder charges in an unrelated case. The rapper is accused of shooting at a Baton Rouge club owner and patron on Aug. 14, 2001. He faces a 50-year prison sentence if convicted.
Jesse Harris wrote five songs featured on Norah Jones' enormously successful debut, "Come Away With Me." Now he takes a substantial step in emerging from her shadow with "While the Music Lasts." A veteran of New York's Lower East Side club scene, Harris' superlative songwriting skills are marked not only by his laid-back melodies and intuitive arrangements but also by a keen sense of economy.