TVT Records has settled its copyright-infringement suit against MP3.com, a division of Vivendi Universal, Billboard Bulletin reports. Details of the settlement were not disclosed, but Terri Durham, VP of legal affairs for MP3.com, describes the terms as "amicable." Last Monday, TVT and MP3.com resumed their litigation in U.S. District Court in New York; a federal judge in June declared a mistrial in the case after jurors erroneously awarded the label $290,000 in damages, instead of an intended $3 million.
R&B newcomer Alicia Keys, who won commercial and critical acclaim with her J Records debut album "Songs in A Minor," received a leading five American Music Awards nominations, it was announced today (Nov. 13). The artist received nominations in both the pop and R&B categories for favorite female artist and favorite new artist. The AMAs will be presented Jan. 9 in Los Angeles and broadcast live by ABC.
A track Latin superstar Marc Anthony received from Bruce Springsteen will appear on his second English-language pop album, due out in January. Titled "I'll Stand by You Always," the song had been written by Springsteen for his son. Springsteen thought Anthony would be the right person to sing it.
Marc Anthony is an artist who usually cuts albums in three weeks to a month. But it took him almost nine months -- more than with any other project -- to wrap up his return to salsa after his successful English-language debut in 1999.
Some 150,000 'N Sync fans shrieked and cheered last night as the popular boy band performed such hits as "Pop," "Bye Bye Bye," and "Tearin' Up My Heart" at a free Veterans Day concert on South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Organizers said the sale of VIP tickets and concessions at the show would benefit families of Sept. 11 victims and local workers who recently lost their jobs. But band members said they also wanted to help their fans have fun.
The Recording Artists Coalition (RAC) last week filed a "friend of the court" brief in the ongoing copyright-infringement suit against Napster, Billboard Bulletin reports. The brief, filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, requests that the court not accept from record-company plaintiffs any sound-recording copyright registrations that claim "work for hire" status as evidence of authorship and ownership of the recordings.
Irish pop pin-up act Westlife achieved its ninth U.K. No. 1 yesterday (Nov. 11) as "Queen Of My Heart" (RCA) replaced Afroman's "Because I Got High" (Universal Island) at the top of the region's singles chart. It's the lead song from the quintet's third album "World Of Our Own," which is released today. Those nine chart-toppers have been achieved in just two-and-a-half years, since "Swear It Again" opened the group's account in May 1999.
Las Vegas resort entertainers made music and magic together for the first time yesterday (Nov. 11) during a sold-out benefit for the United Service Organizations (USO). "People think Las Vegas is heartless," said entertainer Wayne Newton, who is the new USO chairman. "But here we are with a packed house and all the performers, I think that says volumes about our town."
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck staggered around a plane, got stuck between seats, and covered himself in yogurt after downing 15 glasses of red wine on a flight to the U.K., a London court was told today (Nov. 12). Prosecutor Edward Lewis told the first day of Buck's trial that the 44-year-old musician "became the transmogrification of Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde" during the 8 1/2-hour Seattle to London flight.
Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood will perform Wednesday night (Nov. 14) with his All-Star Blues Band to kick off a music memorabilia auction being held next week by his company Fleetwood Owen. The show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles will benefit the American Red Cross.