Ozzy Osbourne's clan is becoming too ubiquitous, according to 58% of voters taking part in a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Out of 5,302 respondents, 31% believe that the family's television show, the Ozzfest concert tour, book deals, and a seemingly endless stream of media appearances have tarnished their initial appeal.
Country act the Clark Family Experience has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after finding itself at least $800,000 in debt, the group's lawyer said. The group, composed of six brothers ages 18-27, filed the petition last week in federal bankruptcy court in Roanoke, Va.
Twelve thousand invited members of the public took in performances by some of the U.K.'s biggest rock and pop stars and international guests last night (June 3) at Party at the Palace, held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace in London. Highlights of the three-hour-plus show included a tribute to the late George Harrison by Sir Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton and performances by Brian Wilson, Joe Cocker, Ozzy Osbourne, and Steve Winwood.
Continuing its yearlong celebration of Johnny Cash's 70th birthday, Columbia Legacy has scheduled four more of the country music veteran classic albums for reissue in its "American Milestones" series, along with a previously unreleased 1969 concert recording. Due Sept. 3, "Live at Madison Square Garden" will accompany remastered versions of 1959's "Songs of Our Soil," 1965's "Sings Ballads of the True West," 1970's "The Johnny Cash Show," and 1979's "Silver."
A Houston jury sentenced rap musician Carlos Coy, professionally known as South Park Mexican, to 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. The 31-year-old could have received up to life in prison from the same jury that convicted him May 18 of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
After releasing just three studio albums in the past decade, Bruce Springsteen finished his latest record in eight weeks, and he was as surprised as anybody. "I woke up one morning, and I had a record," Springsteen jokes about his new album, "The Rising," due July 30 from Columbia. It will be the artist's first album of all-new studio material since 1995's solo outing "The Ghost of Tom Joad" and his first effort with the E Street Band since 1987's "Tunnel of Love."
(Feature excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com). Fans of Paul Oakenfold's trance compilations might be surprised to hear the DJ collaborate with Ice Cube on a raunchy rap track. And they certainly wouldn't expect to hear a spoken-word monologue about Richard Nixon and the death of the American dream, performed by author Hunter S. Thompson, over Oakenfold's spacey instrumentation.
Embattled online file swapping service Napster Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today (June 3), seeking court protection from creditors as music industry heavyweight Bertelsmann AG follows through on a plan to take over what's left of the company. At its peak, Napster boasted some 60 million users and seemed at once to symbolize both the excitement of the digital revolution and the worst nightmares of the music industry.
Will Young achieved his second consecutive U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (June 2) with a cover of the Doors' "Light My Fire," which he first popularized on the TV talent show "Pop Idol." Young ended Eminem's seven-day spell at the top with "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor), but the rapper had the major consolation of a No. 1 entry on the album chart with "The Eminem Show."