Snoop Dogg takes aim at Death Row founder Suge Knight on his forthcoming Priority/Capitol album "Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss," due Nov. 26. "Suge Knight's a b*tch and that's on my life," the rapper says of his former boss on a track dubbed "Pimp't Slapped," a cut that also takes swipes at former collaborators Xzibit and Kurupt.
James Brown's daughters have filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta against the Godfather of Soul, seeking more than $1 million in back royalties and damages for 25 songs they say they co-wrote. Deanna Brown Thomas, who works at a South Carolina radio station, and Dr. Yamma Brown Lumar, a Texas physician, say Brown has withheld royalties because of a family grudge.
Foo Fighters, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Ryan Adams, James Taylor, Vanessa Carlton, the Other Ones, Jack Johnson, and Tenacious D will join Neil Young at the 16th annual Bridge School Benefit acoustic concerts, set for Oct. 26-27 at Shoreline Amphitheater outside of San Francisco. Young, and his wife Pegi, founded the Bridge School as a learning facility for physically challenged and severely speech-impaired children.
Saxophonist Dave Koz has rounded up a group of friends to hit the road this winter on his sixth annual A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour. Set to kick off with a two-night stand Nov. 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe (Calif.) Incline Village, the trek will feature Koz pals David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell, and Peter White.
Icelandic rock outfit Sigur Ros, whose new, untitled album is due Oct. 29 from MCA, will embark on a North American tour in its honor the following day, with 20 dates set through a Nov. 27 show in Vancouver.
Kasey Chambers, Alex Lloyd, and Silverchair lead the nominations for the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards, with seven each. New acts George and the Vines received six nominations apiece; hip-hop/dance act 1200 Techniques earned five. The awards will be presented Oct. 15 at the Sydney Superdome.
Paul McCartney is ready to release a Beatles song that's been in the archives for more than 35 years. The Times of London reports McCartney will use a track called "Carnival of Light" as the soundtrack to a movie montage of his wife Linda's photographs of the band. The track is about 14 minutes long and mostly instrumental. It features church organ, the sound of gargling, and John Lennon shouting "Barcelona."
Rap rocker Kid Rock, alt-country artist Gillian Welch, and blues prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble are among the artists who have been added to the lineup for this weekend's Farm Aid benefit concert.
Rapper Fat Joe will release a new album, "Loyalty," Nov. 12 via Terror Squad/Atlantic. First single "Crush Tonight" features soul vocalist Ginuwine and Terror Squad colleague Tony Sunshine and debuted last week at No. 20 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
2000 - Trisha Yearwood joins the Georgia Music Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. A native of Monticello, Ga., Yearwood is inducted by Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes.