Michael Jackson, seemingly on a self-appointed crusade for the rights of black artists, may have trouble finding sympathy among other members of the African-American music community, Billboard reports in its July 20 issue. As one high-level black executive says, "You could throw a dart at the R&B chart and find almost any artist who would have more resonance on this issue than Michael Jackson."
Updating yesterday's (July 10) report about Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming tour, in support of his Columbia album "The Rising," tickets for six of the trek's 39 North American shows will go on sale Saturday via Ticketmaster.
Rapper Fat Joe (real name: Joseph Cartagena) was booked yesterday afternoon (July 10) for assault after turning himself in to New York police. According to police, the rapper and members of his entourage were involved in a May 12 altercation with a man named Steve Garib at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in New York's Times Square, in which Garib suffered a fractured jaw, multiple bruises, cuts, and contusions.
Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik is making an improbable leap, writing music for Disney's upcoming animated children's film "Treasure Planet," due Nov. 27 in U.S. theaters. "It was really interesting to watch them put together this really elaborate, animated thing. And then put your two cents into it. It was a lot of fun. I was really proud that I got to do it," Rzeznik said.
Two bills being drafted on Capitol Hill could have a significant impact on the U.S. music industry, Billboard Bulletin reports. A Senate measure, sponsored by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) would give new life to out-of-print recordings by allowing artists to bring them back to market. Ownership of recordings is not addressed in the bill, and therefore would continue to reside at the record company.
A memorial service for the late Billboard editor in chief Timothy White will be held July 23 at 4 p.m. in the Tishman Auditorium of the New School, 66 W. 12th St., New York. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a second straight week, the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 has been renamed "Nellyville." The latest Universal set from rapper Nelly notched another week at the top after selling 447,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has no trouble holding ground on several Billboard charts, including the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller's sensibility, was found dead in his car Saturday on Chicago's southwest side. He was 71. He had a single gunshot wound to his head and his death was ruled a suicide, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said.