A Delaware bankruptcy judge has blocked the sale of file-swapping service Napster to its chief financial investor, Bertelsmann AG, marking the death of a deal that might have revived the service as a legitimate music-sharing network. Judge Peter J. Walsh made the ruling today (Sept. 3) in Wilmington, Del., according to spokespersons for both Bertelsmann and Napster.
The longstanding fight between a sixties girl group and rock'n'roll impresario Phil Spector is on the docket this week of New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. The court battle between Spector and the Ronettes has been going on since 1988.
2001 - A free concert intended to be a gift from hard rock act System Of A Down to its fans in Los Angeles turns into a stage-swarming, speaker-tossing melee that results in six arrests and leaves some police officers with minor injuries.
'N Sync singer Lance Bass has been asked to leave Russia's cosmonaut training program because his sponsors didn't come up with the $20 million for a trip to the International Space Station, a Russian space official said today (Sept. 3). Sergei Gorbunov, spokesperson for the Russian Space Agency, said the Russians negotiated with Bass "in good faith," but "his sponsors didn't fulfill the conditions of the contract and we never received the money."
A limited edition bonus disc of B-sides and a DVD will accompany U2's second hits collection, "U2: The Best of 1990-2000," due Nov. 5 through Interscope. Dubbed "The Best of the B-Sides," the 14-track second disc includes such songs as "Summer Rain" and "Your Blue Room," as well as remixes of U2 tracks by the likes of Paul Oakenfold and Alan Moulder. The bonus DVD will boast exclusive content, including the "History Mix of U2 in the '90s."
Unwritten Law guitarist Steve Morris was injured last week by a bomb allegedly planted at his California home by a vindictive neighbor. Morris suffered a concussion and fluid build-up in his ears, forcing Unwritten Law to cancel a handful of shows over the Labor Day weekend.
English rock band Coldplay's sophomore album sold a quarter of a million copies in its first week to give the act an instant No. 1 on the new U.K. album sales chart, unveiled yesterday (Sept. 1). The highly anticipated "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Parlophone) outsold R&B trio Sugababes' "Angels With Dirty Faces" (Universal-Island), which bowed at No. 2.
2001 - E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons is forced to take an unexpected break during a concert in Asbury Park, N.J., when someone calls in a bomb threat. After two bomb sniffing dogs find no bomb in the legendary Stone Pony nightclub, the crowd is let back in and the show continues.