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  1. Country Singer Bonnie Owens Dies

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bonnie Owens, a singer who married and helped build the careers of country music legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, has died. She was 76. Owens died at a Bakersfield hospice hospital Monday after a Bonnie Owens, a singer who married and helped ...

  2. Capricorn Records Founder Phil Walden Dies

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Launched careers of Otis Redding, Allman Bros. Phil Walden, the Capricorn Records founder who launched the careers of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band while helping pioneer the Southern rock sound of the 1970s, has died after a long battl ...

  3. White Stripes Sued By Co-Producer

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A producer who worked on the first two White Stripes albums claims he deserves a share of the royalties, saying he played a pivotal role in creating the band's signature sound. A producer who worked on the first two White Stripes albums claim ...

  4. 'Babyface' Files Suit Against Anita Baker

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims breach of contract. Grammy-winning singer-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against singer Anita Baker, claiming she owes him more than $250,000. According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in ...

  5. Clothing Manufacturer Sues Jessica Simpson

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims pop star breached contract. A California-based clothing manufacturer is suing Jessica Simpson for $100 million, claiming she breached their contract by failing to support lines of apparel she developed with the company. Tarrant Apparel Grou ...

  6. Songwriters Picked for Hall of Fame

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bell, Davis, Jennings, Moy among inductees. Thom Bell, Mac Davis, Will Jennings, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby have been tapped as inductees by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The prolific songwriters will accept their awards at the 37th annual inducti ...

  7. Apple Ruling Unlikely Before Easter

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A High Court judge is unlikely to rule before Easter in the legal fight between Apple Computer and the Beatles' Apple Corps record label over the use of the apple logo. A High Court judge is unlikely to rule before Easter in the legal fight b ...

  8. Jazz Saxophonist Jackie McLean Dead At 73

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Played with legends including Miles Davis. Jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean, a performer and teacher who played with legendary musicians including Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, died Friday. He was 73. McLean, a contemporary of some of the 20th cent ...

  9. Hollywood Studios To Sell Movies Online

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Seen as step towards full digital distr. via Web. Hollywood studios will start selling digital versions of films such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "King Kong" on the Internet this week, the first time major movies have been avai ...

  10. Hollywood Studios To Sell Movies Online

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Move seen as step towards full digital distr. online. Hollywood studios will start selling digital versions of films such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "King Kong" on the Internet this week, the first time major movies have been ...

  11. NYC to Host Hip-Hop Honors Week

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Six-day celebration will run Oct. 12-17. A six-day celebration of hip-hop culture will be held in October along with VH1's third annual "Hip-Hop Honors" show, network and city officials announced Thursday (March 30). Mayor Michael B ...

  12. Country Songwriter Cindy Walker Dies

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Country Music Hall of Famer was 87. Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Cindy Walker, whose songs were recorded by stars ranging from Bing Crosby to Elvis Presley, died Thursday, said her niece, Carol Adams. She was 87. Walker's songs were ...

  13. Judge Halts Notorious B.I.G. Album Sales

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "Ready to Die" after a jury decided the title song used part of an Ohio Players tune without permission. A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough ...

  14. Judge Halts Notorious B.I.G. Album Sales

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Ready to Die' pulled in royalties legal feud. A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "Ready to Die" after a jury decided the title song used part of an Ohio Players tune without permission. The ...

  15. The Tube Partners With Tribune Broadcasting

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Brings network to stations in NY, LA, Chicago. Tribune Broadcasting Co. and the digital music television network The Tube announced a deal Thursday that will place the fledgling network on stations in the nation's largest markets and dramatic ...

  16. Bobby Brown Arrested On 14-Year-Old Violations

    March 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Singer was released on $40 bond. Singer Bobby Brown has been arrested for minor motor-vehicle violations dating back 14 years. The 37-year-old entertainer was in town Friday to watch his daughter in a high-school cheerleading tournament that night ...

  17. Elvis Collaborator Hodge Dies At 71

    March 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Charlie Hodge, 71, formerly a backup singer and guitar player for Elvis Presley, died Friday (March 3) of lung cancer in a Knoxville, Tenn., hospital. Charlie Hodge, 71, formerly a backup singer and guitar player for Elvis Presley, died Friday (Ma ...

  18. Rod Stewart Ordered to Pay $3 Million

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Stems from a canceled Vegas show in 2000. A federal judge has ordered Rod Stewart to pay a Las Vegas casino more than $3 million for a canceled show in December 2000. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks ordered the British rocker's lawyers to pay ...

  19. Bono, Geldof Among Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof were nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize along with Indonesia's president, a former U.S. secretary of state and a Finnish peacemaker. That was the easy part. Making Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof were nomin ...

  20. 3 New Guns N' Roses Tracks Hit Net

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Better,' 'There Was A Time,' 'I.R.S.,' leaked. Guns N' Roses fans went into frenzied overdrive when three studio-quality tracks from the mythical "Chinese Democracy" album were leaked onto the Internet ...

  21. 'American Idol' Crushes Grammys In Ratings

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nearly twice as many people - 28.3 million - watched "American Idol" than watched the Grammy Awards - 15.1 million - when the two music programs went head-to-head in prime time Wednesday, according to Nearly twice as many people - 28.3 m ...

  22. Cassidy Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Baby-faced rapper Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault Tuesday (Jan. 24) in what prosecutors called the planned ambush of a man who had argued with the musician. Baby-faced rapper Cassidy was convicted of involu ...

  23. Ms. Dynamite Charged With Punching Officer

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop singer Ms. Dynamite has been charged with punching an officer in the face after police arrested her for allegedly kicking the door of a west London nightclub, police said Saturday (Jan. 7). Hip-hop singer Ms. Dynamite has been charged with ...

  24. Singer Lou Rawls Dies

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Grammy winner was 72. Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer who started as a church choir boy and went on to sell more than 40 million albums has died, his publicist said. He won three Grammy Awards in a career that spanned nearly five decades and a ...

  25. Obie Trice Shot On Detroit Freeway

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rapper Obie Trice was shot early Saturday (Dec. 31) while driving on a freeway, police said. Rapper Obie Trice was shot early Saturday (Dec. 31) while driving on a freeway, police said. Trice, a Detroit native and protege of Eminem, was on the Lod ...

  26. U.S. Album Sales Drop By 7%

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Downloads more than double. LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. album sales were down by about seven percent as 2005 drew to a close but the budding market for music downloads, which more than doubled over last year, helped narrow the revenue gap, figures rel ...

  27. U.S. Album Sales Drop By 7%

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. album sales were down by about seven percent as 2005 drew to a close but the budding market for music downloads, which more than doubled over last year, helped narrow the reven LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. album sales were down ...

  28. Mom Fights Downloading Suit On Her Own

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Santangelo dropped lawyer due to money issues. It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court. Santangelo says she has ...

  29. Singer Enzo Stuarti Dies Of Heart Failure

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Italian tenor was 86. Enzo Stuarti, an Italian tenor who performed in Broadway musicals and at Carnegie Hall, and did popular TV commercials plugging a spaghetti sauce, has died of heart failure. Stuarti, 86, died Friday (Dec. 16), family members ...

  30. MTV, Microsoft To Develop Online Service

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST To launch early next year. MTV Networks Inc. said Tuesday it has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to develop an online music service to launch early next year. The service, dubbed URGE, will be integrated into the next version of the software maker& ...

  31. Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sabbath, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols to be honored. Black Sabbath, Miles Davis and the Sex Pistols are among five musical legends to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation will hold its induction ce ...

  32. Gary Glitter Arrested On Sex Allegations

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former British pop star Gary Glitter has been taken into custody in a southern Vietnamese resort city following allegations that he indulged in lewd acts with a minor, police officials confirmed yeste Former British pop star Gary Glitter has been ...

  33. Chicago Deejay Sues Kanye West

    November 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Files countersuit against rapper. A deejay who was sued in August by Kanye West to keep him from distributing some of West's unreleased songs has filed a countersuit against the rapper. Eric "E-Smoove" Miller disputes West's co ...

  34. Samsung: No Plans To Launch Music Service

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Contrary to reports last week, Samsung Electronics Co. has no plans to enter the online music business with a system similar to Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes service, an executive said Thursday. Contrary to reports last week, Samsung Electroni ...

  35. Ronald Isley Convicted Of Tax Evasion

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Could face up to 26 years in prison. R&B singer Ronald Isley was convicted of multiple counts of tax evasion Monday and could face up to 26 years in prison when he is sentenced. A federal jury convicted Isley, 64, of five counts of tax evasion ...

  36. 'Tonight Show' Bandleader Henderson Dies

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning conductor was 87. Skitch Henderson, the Grammy-winning conductor who lent his musical expertise to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops and becoming the first "Tonight Show" bandleader, died Mond ...

  37. Report: Warner Music Wins Copyright Suit

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A local arm of U.S.-based Warner Music has won a lawsuit against a Chinese karaoke firm that played its music videos without permission, state media said today (Oct. 18). A local arm of U.S.-based Warner Music has won a lawsuit against a Chinese k ...

  38. Songwriter Baker Knight Dies At 72

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Prolific songwriter Baker Knight, whose hits were recorded by stars ranging from Elvis Presley to Ricky Nelson, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, has died at age 72. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Prolific songwriter Baker Kn ...

  39. Apple Stock Plunges 10 Percent

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT iPod shipments fall shy of Wall Street hopes. Shares of Apple Computer Inc. continued to tumble Wednesday, after the company reported robust sales of its personal computers and still-sizzling iPods, but overall shipments of the digital music playe ...

  40. Apple Stock Plunges 10 Percent

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT iPod shipments fall shy of Wall Street hopes. Shares of Apple Computer Inc. continued to tumble Wednesday, after the company reported robust sales of its personal computers and still-sizzling iPods, but overall shipments of the digital music playe ...

  41. Microsoft, RealNetworks Settle Lawsuit

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Resolve companies' antitrust disputes worldwide. RealNetworks Inc. announced a legal settlement Tuesday with longtime adversary Microsoft Corp., ending the last major antitrust case against the world's largest software maker. The digital ...

  42. Paul Pena, Blues Guitarist and Songwriter, Dies

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Wrote 'Jet Airliner' by the Steve Miller Band. Paul Pena, a San Francisco blues guitarist who wrote one of the biggest hits for the Steve Miller Band, died in San Francsico on Saturday. He was 55. The cause was complications of diabetes ...

  43. Jazz Bassist Jack Lesberg Dies At 85

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. Bassist Jack Lesberg, who played with many of the jazz greats of the 1940s and '50s and had a distinguished career in symphonic orchestras, has died. He was 85. Lesberg died of complications ...

  44. Folk Music Promoter Harold Leventhal Dies

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Introduced Bob Dylan in his first major show. Harold Leventhal, a renowned folk music promoter who worked with Woody Guthrie and introduced Bob Dylan in his first major concert hall show, has died. He was 86. Leventhal died Tuesday at New York Uni ...

  45. Eminem Files Suit Over Cellular Ring Tones

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning rapper Eminem's publishing companies filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop his songs from being used as cell phone ring tones. Grammy-winning rapper Eminem's publishing companies filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop his son ...

  46. Jackson Sues Concert Promoter

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Marcel Avram sued for breach of contract. Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit yesterday (Oct. 3) against a concert promoter to prevent arbitration over a disputed 1999 concert contract. Jackson and his company, MJ Company, sued concert promoter Marcel ...

  47. Apple Reportedly Offers To Fix iPod Nanos

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Complaints: cracked screens, scratched cases. Three weeks after introducing the pencil-thin iPod Nano portable music player, Apple Computer is reportedly ready to respond to complaints about defective screens. The Wall Street Journal reports Apple ...

  48. Palm, Microsoft To Launch New Smart Phone

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New Treo 700 to be offered through Verizon. Palm Inc. is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to launch a Windows-based version of the Treo smart phone, marking the first time the handheld computer pioneer will sell a device based on its former rival&# ...

  49. Lil' Kim Begins Sentence

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lil' Kim began serving a 366-day prison sentence yesterday (Sept. 19) for her conviction on charges stemming from a 2001 shootout outside a New York City radio station. Rapper Lil' Kim began serving a 366-day prison sentence yeste ...

  50. 'Suge' Knight Shot In Leg

    August 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hit at VMA party hosted by Kanye West. Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was shot in the leg early Sunday morning (Aug. 28) during a party hosted by Grammy-winning hip hop artist Kanye West, police said. Knight, 40, was hospitalized in good ...

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