As an HIV/AIDS awareness initiative on Worlds AIDS Day, MTV will air a 90-minute, commercial-free special titled "MTV Presents Levi's Jeans Staying Alive Concert in Association With YouthAIDS." Sponsored by denim manufacturer Levi's and HIV awareness group YouthAIDS, the Dec. 1 special will tie together two November concerts held in different corners of the world.
With frontman Trey Anastasio picking up two awards, the band winning one, and he and bassist Mike Gordon together again onstage, last night's (Oct. 2) 2002 Jammy Awards Presented by TDK went a long way in bolstering the excitement of Phish fans for the band's upcoming reunion. The seven-hour event featured performances by most of the biggest names in the genre, including Anastasio, Gordon, the Allman Brothers Band, and the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and his band Ratdog.
Robbie Williams has re-signed with EMI to a long-term multi-album recording deal understood to rank as the most expensive in British history. Industry insiders suggest the global pact could be worth upwards of £50 million (U.S. $78 million) for at least six albums, given that all the earning potentials reach the levels assumed. His fifth EMI solo effort, "Escapology," is due in the U.K. on Nov. 18.
Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Wilco, and Deftones lead the powerhouse lineup for the 2003 Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand, which will run for six dates beginning Jan. 17 in Auckland. Other artists confirmed for the shows include PJ Harvey, the Music, legendary German electronic act Kraftwerk, Luke Slater, Chicks On Speed, and Millencolin.
Napster founder Shawn Fanning, whose file-sharing software pitted him as a populist David doing battle with the Goliaths of the music industry, has found a champion in MTV. The cable network has hired filmmaker Alex Winter ("Fever") to write and direct a small-screen biopic for MTV Original Movies that will dramatize Fanning's life.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) chairman/CEO Hilary Rosen told lawmakers yesterday (Oct. 1) that the industry's parental-advisory labeling program is being undermined by massive downloading of unauthorized music files from peer-to-peer networks. Speaking at a House hearing reviewing music marketing and the labeling program, Rosen said that since downloads carry no stickers, the industry's efforts to "make the advisory program better are being diluted by peer-to-peer (P2P) networks."
2001 - Jazz composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher Manny Albam dies of cancer at his home in Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y. He is 79. Albam's career spanned decades in which he worked with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, and Count Basie.
In support of "Voyage to India," her just released sophomore Motown album, India.Arie will kick off a U.S. tour Nov. 6 in Baltimore. At deadline, only 13 November dates were confirmed, all in the eastern half of the country; more are expected.