David Lee Roth has filed suit against Warner Bros. Records and his former bandmates in Van Halen, claiming he was underpaid royalties, Billboard Bulletin reports. According to the suit -- filed Wednesday in California Superior Court for Los Angeles county -- Warner Bros. Records and Van Halen signed a 1996 contract to raise the royalty rate on the band's catalog.
Lionel Richie, currently enjoying a modest career comeback, will on Feb. 4 release "The Definitive Collection" (UTV). The 20-track compilation disc culls Richie's best-known tracks from throughout his career, including 16 top-10 pop hits and a new recording, "To Love a Woman," which is a duet with co-writer Enrique Iglesias.
2001 - Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic file a countersuit against Courtney Love. The case involves the release of material by Nirvana. The suit is in response to an action Love filed earlier that claims Nirvana's contract with Universal Music Group is void and that all rights pertaining to the band revert to her.
Queen Latifah, Lil' Kim, and Macy Gray have teamed up to record the song "Cell Block Tango (He Had It Comin')" for the soundtrack to the upcoming film "Chicago." The Miramax Films production of the Broadway musical stars Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, and Latifah. The film arrives Dec. 27 in select U.S. cities; the soundtrack is due Jan. 14 from Epic.
Toasting peace will be the theme of UB40's concert in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Saturday (Dec. 14). The U.K.-based reggae band, the biggest act to come to the island since a peace bid started one year ago, hopes its presence will signal to the world the changes in Sri Lanka since the government and Tamil Tiger rebels signed a cease-fire in February.
Sugar Hill Records will on Feb. 11 release Willie Nelson's "Crazy: The Demo Sessions," a digitally remastered set including tracks Nelson recorded as songwriting demos in Nashville in the early 1960s, before he struck it big as a solo artist. The set boasts eight previously unreleased recordings, including one Nelson original that was just discovered.
Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera, and matchbox twenty are among the latest performers added to the lineup for the 30th annual American Music Awards. Set for Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the event has also drafted Toby Keith & Willie Nelson, Kelly Osbourne, and Kenny Chesney to perform.
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" isn't losing any ground. For a seventh straight week, the track leads Billboard's Hot 100. "Lose Yourself" received a major boost in retail sales and continues to fend off Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It," which is No. 2 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally for a fifth-straight week.
Odds are Slipknot and the word "ballad" have never been found in the same sentence. However, that's not the case with side project Stone Sour (featuring Slipknot singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root) and its orchestral anthem "Bother," which is No. 3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.