California Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) yesterday (Aug. 15) pulled back the state bill he introduced in January that would have repealed the music industry's exemption to the state's "seven-year statute," Billboard Bulletin reports.
It turns out the "P" in P. Diddy stands for "public opinion." Hip-hop entrepreneur Sean "Puffy" Combs (aka P. Diddy) has expanded into the polling business with his own market research company Blue Mindset.
Alanis Morissette and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have joined the "listmakers" panel for the second annual Shortlist Music Prize. Along with the addition of Chicago Tribune music journalist Greg Kot, a total of 23 artists, producers, filmmakers, journalists, and radio personalities now make up the group that will decide this year's winner.
Performers are showing their support for late Billboard editor in chief Timothy White by holding two benefit concerts to raise money for his wife Judy Garlan White and two sons Alexander and Christopher.Both called "Music To My Ears: In Celebration of Timothy White," the shows will take place Oct. 7 at Boston's FleetCenter and Oct. 8 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Confirmed for both shows are John Mellencamp, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, and Sting. Jimmy Buffett and Brian Wilson will also appear at the New York concert, while James Taylor will play in Boston.
In the wake of last weekend's death of founding guitarist Michael Houser, renowned jam band Widespread Panic will go on with its Seven Fiddlers Music Festival this weekend as planned. The finale of the band's summer tour, the two-day event will kick off tomorrow (Aug. 17) in Greenwood Village, Col.
Former Hole principals Courtney Love and Melissa Auf Der Maur look to be resurfacing in separate and vastly different projects. Auf Der Maur has recorded an album of note-for-note Black Sabbath covers to be released this fall, and Love writes on the message board of her official Web site that she's tackling the role of Lady Macbeth for an upcoming film.
British pop stalwarts XTC -- currently a duo of principals Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding -- are in the studio working on a new album with the tentative title of "Tunes to Help You Breathe More Easily."
A public funeral for Drowning Pool lead singer Dave Williams will be held Sunday (Aug. 18) in Plano, Texas. The service, which will be held at the Plano Centre (2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway), "is open to all those who wish to pay tribute to the singer," according to the band's official Web site.
Cognac, France-based Grey Goose Vodka has teamed with James McMillan's Make Millions Management and Clear Channel Entertainment to organize the first annual Grey Goose Vodka Music Tour. The 20-city tour will kick-off on Sept. 17 in New York, and will feature 8 Ball & MJG, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lady May, indie act Now City, and Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz.
Along with being treated to a slew of vault material and a pair of tribute records this year, Johnny Cash fans will be given yet another reason to smile Nov. 5, when the Man In Black's fourth collaboration with producer Rick Rubin arrives via American Recordings/Island Def Jam. The 15-track "American IV: The Man Comes Around" features such guests as Nick Cave, Fiona Apple, and Don Henley, and sees Cash cover songs by such diverse artists as the Beatles, Depeche Mode, Hank Williams, Nine Inch Nails, the Eagles, Sting, and Simon & Garfunkel.