The mother of the late Tupac Shakur has filed a 13-count copyright-infringement suit against rap artist/producer Delmar Arnaud (aka Daz Dillinger) and his L.A.-based label, DPG Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, says Arnaud is in possession of, and has made plans to commercially release without authorization, an undisclosed number of master recordings by Shakur that Arnaud produced while working for Death Row Records.
The twin-engine plane that crashed with the singer Aaliyah and eight others on board was carrying more than the recommended number of passengers, the plane's manufacturer said. Nine people were on board, but the Cessna 402B is certified to carry only six to eight people, including the pilot, according to a Cessna Aircraft Co. spokesperson.
With a glass-paneled, horse-drawn hearse parked nearby, fans of pop star Aaliyah lined the street outside a New York funeral home this morning (Aug. 31) to pay their respects. The hearse was to carry the body of the two-time Grammy nominee about four blocks from the Madison Avenue funeral home to a private service at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church.
Modern rock quartet American Hi-Fi hits the road tonight (Aug. 31) in Worcester, Mass., to start a long second leg of touring in support of its self-titled Island debut. The group will play two radio music festivals, WEND's Weenie Roast in Charlotte, N.C., and WNNX's Bigger Day Out in Atlanta, along the way.
Mariah Carey's "Glitter" album has become a major hit in Japan, the first and only world market where it has been issued so far, Billboard Bulletin reports. It is the country's No. 3 title this week, according to the latest Oricon and Dempa charts, and the most popular release by a non-Japanese act. Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), which shipped "Glitter" Aug. 18, says sales to date are 450,000 units. The album has a bonus track for the local market, a third mix of the "Loverboy" single.
Although electronic music is increasingly tapped for use in mainstream advertising, and its presence in the U.S. market place increases, it will be some time before it achieves the widespread popularity level it enjoys in Europe and around the world, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. 40% of 2,463 respondents believe that the genre's growth in the U.S. is a gradual one that began some years ago and will continue on that slow and steady path.
Musiq Soulchild was the big winner at the first Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, presented last night (Aug. 30) in New York in association with Heineken. The Def Soul singer won four major honors: top artist, new artist, male artist, and singles artist. Picking up three awards was Jive's R. Kelly, for top album ("TP2.com"), albums artist, and songwriter.
Tantric has beefed up its previously announced U.S. tour with a set of interspersed dates with Oleander and Beautiful Creatures. The new dates will be dubbed the Rolling Rock Town Fair tour, after the Latrobe, Pa.-festival Tantric played with Stone Temple Pilots, Live, Incubus, and Staind earlier this month.
Rappers Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule were charged yesterday (Aug. 30) with using indecent language during performances in the recent Sumfest music festival in the resort town of Montego Bay, Jamaica. The artists will be asked to appear in a magistrate's court on Sept. 27 to face the profanity charges, according to a statement from police in Montego Bay, 125 miles northwest of Kingston. Police could not immediately say what the maximum penalty was for the charges.
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has nearly completed recording the basic tracks for a studio album with the eight-piece band which backed him on a recent North American tour, Billboard.com can reveal. Anastasio will now begin writing orchestral parts for the music, which will be recorded by a 35-piece orchestra at the artist's studio in Vermont. The set will likely surface in April 2002 on Elektra.
Maxwell bursts onto The Billboard 200 this week with "Now" (Columbia), after selling 296,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, to earn his first-ever No. 1 album. The R&B singer's collection is one of two new albums to enter the top-10 this week, besting rapper Juvenile's "Project English" (Cash Money/Universal), which arrives No. 2 on the strength of 213,000 units sold. "Now" and "Project English" open back-to-back on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as well.