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  1. Producer/Musician Steve Burgh Dies

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Worked with Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, others. NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Burgh, a record producer and musician who worked with Billy Joel, the Ramones, Phoebe Snow and others, died of a heart attack Monday at his home in Kingston, N.Y., said his lawy ...

  2. Doobie Brothers Drummer Dies

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Knudsen was 56. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Keith Knudsen, the longtime Doobie Brothers drummer who was part of the band during a string of hits that included ``Taking it to the Streets'' and ``Black Water,'' died of pneumonia Tuesday ...

  3. Britney Spears Sues Insurance Companies

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Singer seeks payment after tour was nixed. NEW YORK (AP) -- Britney Spears is suing eight insurance companies that rejected a $9.8 million claim she filed after injuring her knee during a video shoot last summer. Spears later had to cancel her 200 ...

  4. Quarrymen Member Eric Griffiths Dies At 64

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Eric Griffiths, a member of the schoolboy band that evolved into the Beatles, has died at the age of 64, his bandmates said. Eric Griffiths, a member of the schoolboy band that evolved into the Beatles, has died at the age of 64, his bandmates sai ...

  5. Courts

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Student liable for links to music sites; Experience Hendrix sues over live record; Microsoft foregoes EU appeal This Week's Stories: Norway Student Ordered To Pay For Linking To Music Sites OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norwa ...

  6. Michael Jackson Fans Gather at Courthouse

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dozens of dancing, hollering fans gathered outside a courthouse Monday (Jan. 31) as Michael Jackson's child molestation case headed to trial. SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- Dozens of dancing, hollering fans gathered outside a courthouse Monday ( ...

  7. Norway Court Upholds Napster Conviction

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's supreme court ruled Thursday (Jan. 28) that a student whose Napster.no homepage was linked to free Internet music files must compensate the music industry. OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's supreme court ruled T ...

  8. Norway Court Upholds Napster Conviction

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Student ordered to pay $15,900. OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's supreme court ruled Thursday (Jan. 28) that a student whose Napster.no homepage was linked to free Internet music files must compensate the music industry. The country's highe ...

  9. Rap Mogul, Drug Kingpin Surrender to Feds

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Inc. linked to drugs, murder, money-laundering. NEW YORK (AP) -- The hip-hop label behind music superstars Ashanti and Ja Rule was part of a murderous criminal enterprise that protected its interstate crack and heroin operation with calculated ...

  10. AFM Collector Pleads Guilty To Theft

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST A former executive of the agency that collects royalties for the American Federation of Musicians pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to charges that he stole $200,000 to buy jewelry, a trip to Cuba and expensive NEW YORK (AP) -- A former executive of the agen ...

  11. Johnny Carson Dead At 79

    January 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Johnny Carson, the host of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" who became a national institution by putting his viewers to bed for 30 years, died today (Jan. 23) of emphysema at his Malibu Johnny Carson, the host of NBC& ...

  12. AFM Collector Pleads Guilty To Theft

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST A former executive of the agency that collects royalties for the American Federation of Musicians pleaded guilty yesterday (Jan. 18) to charges that he stole $200,000 to buy jewelry, a trip to Cuba an A former executive of the agency that collects ...

  13. R&B Hitmaker Pleads Guilty In Royalty case

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote R&B classics such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," pleaded guilty to failing to report more than $2 million in royalty income, a Norman Whitfield, who ...

  14. Jefferson Airplane Drummer Dies

    January 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Spencer Dryden, the drummer for legendary rock band the Jefferson Airplane, died Tuesday (Jan. 11) of cancer at his home in Petaluma, Calif. He was 66. Spencer Dryden, the drummer for legendary rock band the Jefferson Airplane, died Tuesday (Jan. ...

  15. Apple Profits Quadruple As iPod Sales Soar

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST First-quarter earnings beat projections. Apple Computer Inc.'s first-quarter earnings more than quadrupled, dramatically exceeding Wall Street expectations, based on strong holiday sales of laptop computers and its wildly popular iPod music p ...

  16. Apple Profits Quadruple As iPod Sales Soar

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer Inc.'s first-quarter earnings more than quadrupled, dramatically exceeding Wall Street expectations, based on strong holiday sales of laptop computers and its wildly popular iPod music Apple Computer Inc.'s first-quarter e ...

  17. Hollywood OKs $850M Movie Gallery Buyout

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Video rental giant Hollywood Entertainment Corp. has agreed to a buyout offer of about $850 million from smaller rival Movie Gallery Inc. in a deal that would create a stronger challenger to the indus (AP) -- Video rental giant Hollywood Entertain ...

  18. Hollywood OKs $850M Movie Gallery Buyout

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Video rental giant Hollywood Entertainment Corp. has agreed to a buyout offer of about $850 million from smaller rival Movie Gallery Inc. in a deal that would create a stronger challenger to the indus Video rental giant Hollywood Entertainment Cor ...

  19. Detroit Studio Owner Shot Dead

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST The owner of the Detroit studio where hip-hop megastar Eminem recorded the multimillion-selling CD "The Slim Shady LP" (Aftermath/Interscope) was found shot to death yesterday (Jan. 4) inside the faci The owner of the Detroit studio wher ...

  20. Swing Era Bandleader Artie Shaw Dies

    December 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST At his peak in the 1930s and '40s, Artie Shaw, the brilliant clarinetist and bandleader, ranked with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller as musicians whose swinging tunes kept a generation ju At his peak in the 1930s and '40s, A ...

  21. Legendary Guitarist Hank Garland Dies

    December 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Legendary country, rock and jazz guitarist Hank Garland, who performed with Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Charlie Parker and many others, has died at the age of 74. Legendary country, rock and jazz guitarist Hank Ga ...

  22. Motown Producer Freddie Perren Dies

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Grammy Award-winner Freddie Perren, who produced songs for Gloria Gaynor, the Jackson 5 and the "Saturday Night Fever" album, has died at the age of 61. Grammy Award-winner Freddie Perren, who produced songs for Gloria Gaynor, the Jackso ...

  23. Soprano Renata Tebaldi Dies

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Renata Tebaldi, an Italian soprano renowned for her angelic voice, her stardom at New York's Metropolitan and Italy's La Scala and her media-fueled rivalry with Maria Callas, died yesterday (Dec. 19) Renata Tebaldi, an Italian soprano re ...

  24. Autopsy: ODB Died Of Overdose

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The death of rapper ODB was deemed an accident by the medical examiner, who said Wednesday that he died from the combined effects of cocaine and a prescription painkiller. The death of rapper ODB was deemed an accident by the medical examiner, who ...

  25. L.A. Man Sentenced For DVD Piracy

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST A man was sentenced Dec. 1 to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVDs of the HBO hit "Sex and the City." (AP) -- A man was sentenced Dec. 1 to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated D ...

  26. L.A. Man Sentenced For DVD Piracy

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A man was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVDs of the HBO hit "Sex and the City." A man was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVD ...

  27. L.A. Man Sentenced For DVD Piracy

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A man was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVDs of the HBO hit "Sex and the City." A man was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVD ...

  28. RIAA Files More Piracy Lawsuits

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST The recording industry filed copyright infringement lawsuits against 761 computer users yesterday (Nov. 19), the latest round of litigation in the record companies' effort to stamp out unauthorized tr The recording industry filed copyright in ...

  29. Young Buck Sought In Vibe Awards Stabbing

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper fled Santa Monica venue. Rapper Young Buck is being sought by police for allegedly stabbing a man who punched hip-hop legend Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards on Monday night in Santa Monica, Calif. Buck is signed to Dr. Dre's record label an ...

  30. Ol' Dirty Bastard Collapses, Dies In Studio

    November 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a recording studio today (Nov. 13). He was 35. Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a reco ...

  31. Blockbuster Looking To Buy Hollywood

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Blockbuster Inc. has offered $700 million for rival Hollywood Entertainment Corp. in a deal that would extend Blockbuster's position as the world's largest movie rental company. Blockbuster Inc. has offered $700 million for rival Hollywo ...

  32. Murder Inc. Bookkeeper Charged In Laundering

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The bookkeeper for rap label Murder Inc. was indicted on money laundering charges by federal prosecutors who are probing ties between drug dealers and the recording home of such platinum-selling acts The bookkeeper for rap label Murder Inc. was in ...

  33. Veteran Jazz Musician Pete Jolly Dead At 72

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Veteran jazz keyboardist Pete Jolly, who performed on some of television's most popular theme songs and was a regular on the Southern California jazz scene for 40 years, has died at age 72. Veteran jazz keyboardist Pete Jolly, who performed o ...

  34. Pianist, Songwriter Joe Bushkin Dead At 87

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz pianist and songwriter Joe Bushkin, who co-wrote Frank Sinatra's first hit song and played with some of the greatest jazz legends of his time, has died. He was 87. Jazz pianist and songwriter Joe Bushkin, who co-wrote Frank Sinatra' ...

  35. R.Kelly/Jay-Z Tour Nixed

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lawyers for singer R. Kelly were said to be filing a criminal complaint against a member of rapper Jay-Z's entourage and considering other legal action after the platinum-selling stars' joint tour cam Lawyers for singer R. Kelly were sai ...

  36. Opera Star Robert Merrill Dies

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Acclaimed singer Robert Merrill, the opera baritone who felt equally comfortable on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera House or opening day at Yankee Stadium, has died. He was 85. Merrill died Sa Acclaimed singer Robert Merrill, the opera bar ...

  37. 'SNL' Gaffe Exposes Ashlee Simpson's Lip Sync

    October 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Singer walks off stage on live TV. A little clandestine vocal help employed by Ashlee Simpson may have been exposed over the weekend when a "Saturday Night Live" audience heard her voice -- singing the wrong song -- while she held a micr ...

  38. Rapper Sigel Gets Year In Prison

    October 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Gangsta rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison Friday (Oct. 8) on a gun-possession charge stemming from a traffic stop. Gangsta rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison Friday (Oct. 8) on a gun-possessio ...

  39. Etheridge Battling Cancer, Cancels Tour

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has canceled upcoming tour dates to accommodate treatment. The 43-year-old artist will undergo surgery and her doctor expects a "speedy and Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with ...

  40. Grand Jury Indicts Spector For Murder

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Record producer Phil Spector was charged in an indictment unsealed Sept. 27 with murder in the shooting death of a B-movie actress at his mansion last year. (Associated Press) -- Record producer Phil Spector was charged in an indictment unsealed S ...

  41. Grand Jury Indicts Spector For Murder

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Record producer Phil Spector was charged in an indictment unsealed today (Sept. 27) with murder in the shooting death of a B-movie actress at his mansion last year. Record producer Phil Spector was charged in an indictment unsealed today (Sept. 27 ...

  42. Grand Jury Indicts Spector For Murder

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Record producer Phil Spector was charged in an indictment unsealed today (Sept. 27) with murder in the shooting death of a B-movie actress at his mansion last year. Record producer Phil Spector was charged in an indictment unsealed today (Sept. 27 ...

  43. U.S. Gov't: Yusuf Islam Has Possible Terrorist Ties

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens is forbidden from flying into the United States because of his alleged association with possible terrorists, U.S. officials said yesterday (Sept. 22) in explai The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens is fo ...

  44. Field Day To Try Again In New York

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Move over Woodstock -- Field Day is on the way. New York's mid-Hudson Valley, home to the original Woodstock Music Festival and Woodstock '94, is drumming up another two-day music gathering for 2005. Move over Woodstock -- Field Day is o ...

  45. Alicia Keys Cancels Jakarta Show

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Singer Alicia Keys and British violin act Bond have canceled concerts in the Indonesian capital after last week's deadly suicide attack on the Australian Embassy. Singer Alicia Keys and British violin act Bond have canceled concerts in the In ...

  46. Alicia Keys Cancels Jakarta Show

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Singer Alicia Keys and British violin act Bond have canceled concerts in the Indonesian capital after last week's deadly suicide attack on the Australian Embassy. Singer Alicia Keys and British violin act Bond have canceled concerts in the In ...

  47. Disney Confirms Eisner To Leave In 2006

    September 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eisner, who led the Walt Disney Co. to huge success in the 1980s but more recently clashed with dissident stockholders including the founder's family, will leave the company in 2006 when his c Michael Eisner, who led the Walt Disney C ...

  48. Satellite, Web Radio Emerge As New Piracy Front

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Technologies that enable digital recording of satellite and Internet radio broadcasts are opening a new front in the recording industry's war on music piracy. Technologies that enable digital recording of satellite and Internet radio broadcas ...

  49. Laura Branigan Dead At 47

    August 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Singer best known for 1982 hit "Gloria." Singer Laura Branigan, best known for her 1982 hit "Gloria," died Thursday at her East Quogue, N.Y., home of a brain aneurysm. She was 47. She had complained to a friend of a headache fo ...

  50. MTV Pulls Beenie Man From VMA Concert

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dancehall star Beenie Man, who has recorded anti-gay songs in the past, was yanked from a concert associated with the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend after gay groups planned a protest, the networ Dancehall star Beenie Man, who has recorded an ...

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