Associated Press

  1. New York Club CBGB Hosting Final Concert

    October 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Show headlined by rock poet Patti Smith. CBGB was to host its final concert Sunday night (Oct. 15) after a 33-year residence in downtown New York as the iconic, grungy bastion of punk. The concert, headlined by rock poet Patti Smith, was to be the ...

  2. MySpace Hosting Concerts For Sudan Relief

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site will organize 20 concerts. The online hangout MySpace.com will organize 20 concerts featuring bands promoted on its site as part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for humanitarian relief in Sudan. The site, which grew in popularity t ...

  3. YouTube Strikes Deals With UMG, Sony BMG, CBS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pacted with Warner Music Group two weeks ago. Video-sharing Web site YouTube Inc. struck content deals Monday (Oct. 9) with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and CBS Corp. For several days, Google Inc. has been rumored to be in t ...

  4. Netflix Offers $1 Million Reward

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wants recommendations on how to improve. Online DVD rental pioneer Netflix Inc. wants recommendations on how to improve its movie-recommendation system so badly that it's dangling a $1 million reward as an incentive. The prize, offered in a c ...

  5. Univision Shareholders OK $12.3B Sale

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Approval of the sale was widely expected. Univision Communications Inc. shareholders on Wednesday (Sept. 27) approved selling the Spanish-language broadcaster to a private investor group for $12.3 billion, the company said. Univision dominates the ...

  6. Associate Drops Charges Against Foxy Brown

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Both sides agree not to have contact with each other. Foxy Brown reluctantly appeared in Municipal Court in Jersey City, N.J., yesterday (Sept. 26) as a former associate dropped two charges against the rapper, including making terroristic threats. ...

  7. Sax Player Danny Flores Dies

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Danny Flores, who played the saxophone and shouted the word "tequila!" in the 1950s hit song "Tequila!", has died. He was 77. Danny Flores, who played the saxophone and shouted the word "tequila!" in the 1950s hit son ...

  8. Influential Guitarist Etta Baker Dies

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT No cause of death was given. Etta Baker, an influential blues guitarist who recorded with Taj Mahal and was awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, has died, her family said. She was 93. No cause of death was given, but her health had be ...

  9. Diddy Can't Be Diddy In Britain

    September 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mogul drops name after settlement. Sean Combs is Diddy no more -- at least in Britain. The artist and entertainment mogul has agreed to drop the Diddy name as part of an out-of court legal settlement with London-based music producer Richard " ...

  10. Dutch Priest Charged In Madonna Threat

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Amsterdam prosecutors said Friday (Sept. 8) a 63-year-old priest has confessed to phoning in a fake bomb threat to a Madonna concert in the Dutch capital city last week. Amsterdam prosecutors said Friday (Sept. 8) a 63-year-old priest has confesse ...

  11. Manager Admits To Stealing $1.2 Million From Guild

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The former royalty manager for the Songwriters Guild of America has admitted that she conspired with her daughter and another relative to steal more than $1.2 million from the organization. A former royalty manager for the Songwriters Guild of Ame ...

  12. Bertelsmann 1H Profit Rises

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company plans to rein in investment. German media company Bertelsmann AG reported an 8.5 percent in first-half net profit Wednesday (Sept. 6) and said it would rein in investment following a period of acquisitions. The results came as Bertelsmann ...

  13. Isley Sentenced To Three Years For Tax Evasion

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ronald Isley has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for tax evasion. The 65-year-old R&B singer was also ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Servic Ronald Isley has been sentenced to three y ...

  14. Apple Works On Labor Issue At iPod Plant

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than 50 million iPods have been sold since 2001. Apple Computer Inc. said Wednesday (Aug. 30) it was working to resolve a dispute over alleged labor abuses by an iPod manufacturer in China. Hongfujin Precision Industry Co., a major exporter o ...

  15. Hicks Settles Suit Over Pre-'Idol' Tracks

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist sued Nashville producer over rights to three songs. Reigning "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks has settled a lawsuit he brought against a Nashville producer over the rights to three songs he wrote and recorded before becoming a ...

  16. Country Artist Johnny Duncan Dies

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT He was 67. Country music singer Johnny Duncan, known for songs like "She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed Anytime" and "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better," has died. He was 67. Duncan, who had a string of country hits in the ...

  17. Nordic Regulators Consider iTunes Legal Action

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nordic consumer regulators will meet in Iceland this month to discuss possible legal action against iPod-maker Apple Computer Inc. if the company does not ease restrictions that prevent songs bought a Nordic consumer regulators will meet in Icelan ...

  18. Nordic Regulators Consider iTunes Legal Action

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nordic consumer regulators will meet in Iceland this month to discuss possible legal action against iPod-maker Apple Computer Inc. if the company does not ease restrictions that prevent songs bought a Nordic consumer regulators will meet in Icelan ...

  19. French Law Impacting iPod, iTunes Goes Into Effect

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Forces Apple to make products compatible with rivals. A closely watched French law that lets regulators force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went into effect Thursday (Aug. 3). T ...

  20. French Law Impacting iPod, iTunes Goes Into Effect

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Forces Apple to make products compatible with rivals. A closely watched French law that lets regulators force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went into effect Thursday (Aug. 3). T ...

  21. Warner Music Reports $14 Million Loss In Quarter

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group Thursday (Aug. 3) revealed its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed thanks to higher revenue and shrinking costs. For the quarter ended June 30, the loss was $14 million, or 10 cents Warner Music Group Thursday (Aug. 3) revealed i ...

  22. Napster Posts Q1 Loss Of $9.8 million

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music service reports record revenues. Napster Inc. reported Wednesday (Aug. 2) that its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed from the year-ago period as the online music service posted record revenues and boosted its subscriber rolls during the qua ...

  23. Napster Posts Q1 Loss Of $9.8 million

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music service reports record revenues. Napster Inc. reported Wednesday (Aug. 2) that its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed from the year-ago period as the online music service posted record revenues and boosted its subscriber rolls during the qua ...

  24. Sinatra Pianist Bill Miller Dies

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist was 91. Bill Miller, who was Frank Sinatra's pianist for nearly 50 years until the singer's last performance in 1995, has died. He was 91. Miller died Tuesday at a Montreal hospital of complications from a heart attack, his daught ...

  25. EU Fines Microsoft $357M

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Faces new penalties July 31. The European Union levied a second massive fine on Microsoft and threatened greater penalties in the future unless the world's largest software company obeys a 2004 antitrust order to share technical details of it ...

  26. EU Fines Microsoft $357M

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Union levied a second massive fine on Microsoft and threatened greater penalties in the future unless the world's largest software company obeys a 2004 antitrust order to share technical The European Union levied a second massive ...

  27. Music Row Banker Dies In Lake Accident

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Brian Williams died while swimming July 8. A Nashville executive who helped start SunTrust Bank's music industry division has died in a boating accident, authorities say. Brian Williams was out on Center Hill Lake in Smithville swimming with ...

  28. Judge Orders Bankruptcy Takeover Of Death Row

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge on Friday (July 7) ordered a bankruptcy trustee takeover of Marion "Suge" Knight's Death Row Records, saying the record label has undergone gross mismanagement. A federal judge on Friday (July 7) ordered a bankruptcy ...

  29. HMV's Profits Slump

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music and book retailer HMV Group plc on Thursday (July 6) reported a sharp drop in profit in a fiercely competitive environment. After-tax profit in the year ending April 29 was £56.2 million ($ Music and book retailer HMV Group plc on T ...

  30. HMV's Profits Slump

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Retailing conditions worsening. Music and book retailer HMV Group plc on Thursday (July 6) reported a sharp drop in profit in a fiercely competitive environment. After-tax profit in the year ending April 29 was £56.2 million ($103.5 million), down ...

  31. Mercury Co-Founder Irving Green Dies

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mercury Records co-founder Irving Green, who helped break the industry's color barrier by promoting artists like Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and the Platters, died on Saturday (July 1). He was 90. Mercury Records co-founder Irving Green, ...

  32. Veteran Guitarist Johnny Jenkins Dies

    June 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT He was 67. Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi Hendrix through his acrobatic playing style, has died. He was 67. Jenkins died Monday night at a hospital in Macon, Ga., according to Jones ...

  33. Axl Rose Released From Stockholm Jail

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Arrested after allegedly biting a security guard. Axl Rose spent most of the day in a Stockholm jail cell after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg at his hotel, police said. The Guns N' Roses frontman was arrested early this morning ...

  34. Axl Rose Released From Stockholm Jail

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Arrested after allegedly biting a security guard. Axl Rose spent most of the day in a Stockholm jail cell after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg at his hotel, police said. The Guns N' Roses frontman was arrested early this morning ...

  35. Kool & The Gang Co-founder Dead

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 57. Smith died Tuesday (June 20) in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness, his publicist Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and le ...

  36. Jackson's Finances At Center Of Trial

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suit by former associate is headed for a trial. A year after Michael Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges, a lawsuit by a former associate is headed for a trial that will put Jackson's chaotic financial dealings in the spotlight ...

  37. Studdard Wins $2 Million In Suit

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million in his lawsuit against his ex-manager for misappropriating the singer's money and credit cards. "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 mi ...

  38. White Stripes Win Lawsuit Over Royalties

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Producer brought claim against band. A federal jury ruled today (June 15) in Detroit that the White Stripes don't have to share royalties with a producer who worked on the rock band's first two albums and claimed he played a pivotal role ...

  39. Bush Signs Broadcast Decency Law

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fines up to $325,000 per incident. President Bush signed legislation Thursday that will cost broadcasters dearly when raunchy programming exceeds "the bounds of decency." At a signing ceremony for the new law increasing by tenfold the ma ...

  40. Beatles, Stones Sideman Preston Dead At 59

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'Fifth Beatle' had been in a coma since November. Billy Preston, the exuberant keyboardist who landed dream gigs with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and enjoyed his own series of hit singles, including "Outta Space" and &qu ...

  41. Kanye West, Ludacris Win Copyright Trial

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suit centered on duo's song 'Stand Up.' Top-selling rappers Kanye West and Ludacris won a copyright infringement trial Thursday (June 1) when a jury concluded their 2003 hit "Stand Up" did not copy a tune by New Jersey mus ...

  42. Apple, Nike Team For iPod Running Gear

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Companies are developing a wireless shoe system. Nike Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. have joined forces to try to become a runner’s best friend. The two companies announced last week that they are developing a wireless system so some Nike shoes embe ...

  43. Club Owner Clifford Antone Dies

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT He was 56. Clifford Antone, owner of the namesake blues club credited with launching the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan and other musicians, has died. He was 56. Laura Albrecht, a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department, said officers responde ...

  44. Pussycat 'Dolls' On Hold

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Hasbro Inc. shelves plans to release doll line. Hasbro Inc. has shelved plans to release a line of dolls based on the Pussycat Dolls, an all-female music group known for its risqué lyrics and skimpy outfits. Hasbro, the nation's second bigges ...

  45. Dreamers' Freddie Garrity Dies

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Freddie Garrity, lead singer of the 1960s pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, died Feb. 19 in a Wales hospital. He was 69. Freddie Garrity, lead singer of the 1960s pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, died Feb. 19 in a Wales hospital. He was 69. The ...

  46. DMX Arrested For 'Air Rage' Incident

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Police arrested rap star DMX after he refused to put on a seat belt and became abusive on a flight from New York to London, authorities said Monday (May 15). Police arrested rap star DMX after he refused to put on a seat belt and became abusive on ...

  47. Kanye West Sued Over Car Lease Deal

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suit claims breach of contract. A lawsuit has been filed against Kanye West and his production company claiming breach of contract for not returning a Mercedes-Benz after its lease expired in January. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Superior Court by ...

  48. Ex-Great White Manager Gets 4 Years For R.I. Fire

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Plead guilty to 100 involuntary manslaughter counts. Former Great White manager whose pyrotechnics caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people was sentenced Wednesday (May 10) to four years in prison. Daniel Biechele, 29, could have gotten as m ...

  49. Netflix Settlement OK'd

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company to offer a free month to 5.5 million subs. A judge has approved a class-action settlement requiring Netflix Inc. to offer a free month of DVDs to 5.5 million current and former subscribers, resolving a case that prompted the online rental ...

  50. Houston Rapper Big Hawk Shot To Death

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Big Hawk, a rapper whose self-titled 2001 album reached No. 45 on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart, was shot to death last night (May 1) in Houston, police said. Hawk (real name: John Edward Hawkins) Big Hawk, a rapper whose self-titled 200 ...

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