Associated Press

  1. French Suit Aims at Anti-Piracy Technology

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright protection technologies used to prevent CDs from being pirated online are facing a legal challenge in France, where a judge placed record label EMI Group Plc under formal investigation for u Copyright protection technologies used to prev ...

  2. French Suit Aims at Anti-Piracy Technology

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright protection technologies used to prevent CDs from being pirated online are facing a legal challenge in France, where a judge placed record label EMI Group Plc under formal investigation for u Copyright protection technologies used to prev ...

  3. Dave Matthews Band Sued Over Dumped Waste

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The state of Illinois sued the Dave Matthews Band yesterday (Aug. 24) for allegedly dumping up to 800 pounds of liquid human waste from a bus into the Chicago River, dousing a tour boat filled with pa The state of Illinois sued the Dave Matthews B ...

  4. Brooks & Dunn Headline GOP Convention

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Country music act Brooks & Dunn heads the entertainment lineup for the Republican National Convention that starts next week (Aug. 29) in New York. Country music act Brooks & Dunn heads the entertainment lineup for the Republican Nation ...

  5. Japan Off iTunes' Radar For The Moment

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer Japan vice president Yoshiaki Sakito has refuted reports that the company is poised to launch the iTunes Music Store there within a year. Apple Computer Japan vice president Yoshiaki Sakito has refuted reports that the company is po ...

  6. Japan Off iTunes' Radar For The Moment

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer Japan vice president Yoshiaki Sakito has refuted reports that the company is poised to launch the iTunes Music Store there within a year. Apple Computer Japan vice president Yoshiaki Sakito has refuted reports that the company is po ...

  7. Fire Destroys Black Eyed Peas' Gear

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A fire broke out yesterday (Aug. 11) in a studio where the Black Eyed Peas were recording a new album, destroying about $500,000 in gear and instruments, authorities and band members said. A fire broke out yesterday (Aug. 11) in a studio where the ...

  8. Guitarist Tony Mottola Dies At 86

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tony Mottola, a guitarist who played with Frank Sinatra and on NBC's "The Tonight Show" over the course of a 50-year career, died yesterday (Aug. 9) in Darien, N.J., of complications from double pneum Tony Mottola, a guitarist who p ...

  9. Cincinnati Lifts 25-Year-Old Seating Ban

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Cincinnati city council Wednesday (Aug. 4) lifted a nearly 25-year ban on concert general admission seating imposed after 11 fans were crushed to death at a performance by the rock group the Who. The Cincinnati city council Wednesday (Aug. 4) ...

  10. Latin Jazz Pioneer Don Tosti Dies

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Don Tosti, a musician and composer who blended elements of jazz, boogie and blues to create the Latin "Pachuco" sound of the 1940s-era Zoot Suit culture, died yesterday (Aug. 2) at his home in Palm Sp Don Tosti, a musician and composer w ...

  11. Jackson's Lawyers Seek More Time For Case

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In a motion marked by unusually confrontational language, Michael Jackson's defense team called the investigation of him "breathtaking" and his prosecution on child molestation charges an effort to "t In a motion marked by unus ...

  12. Rapper C-Murder Indicted In Shooting

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rapper C-Murder, who is already awaiting trial in Jefferson Parish, La., on murder charges, was indicted by a Baton Rouge grand jury on attempted second-degree murder charges in an unrelated case. Rapper C-Murder, who is already awaiting trial in ...

  13. Portugese Guitarist Paredes Dies At 79

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Carlos Paredes, a virtuoso of the Portuguese guitar, died Friday in Lisbon following a prolonged bone illness and diabetes, the Fundacao-Lar Nossa Senhora da Saude retirement home said. He was 79. Carlos Paredes, a virtuoso of the Portuguese guita ...

  14. Japanese Opera Star Watanabe Dies At 51

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Watanabe, the first Japanese opera soprano to have starred at the world's top four opera houses, has died in Italy, a Japan Opera Foundation official said Friday. She was 51. Yoko Watanabe, the first Japanese opera soprano to have starre ...

  15. Clear Channel Cutting Commercial Minutes

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Change effective in new year. The nation's largest radio station chain announced Monday that it will reduce the number of air minutes devoted to commercials. In a statement, San Antonio-based Clear Channel Communications said it intends the m ...

  16. EBay Getting Into Digital Music Sales

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Online auction giant eBay Inc. will allow some customers to buy and sell digital-music files as part of a pilot program that could piggyback on the success of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes service. Online auction giant eBay Inc. will allow som ...

  17. Biafra Drops Lawsuit Vs. Ex-Bandmates

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra has dropped his remaining lawsuit against members of his band and will have to pay $220,000 in back royalties and other damages. Former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra has dropped his remaining ...

  18. Rockabilly Singer Ersel Hickey Dies

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ersel Hickey, a rockabilly singer best known for "Bluebirds Over the Mountain," has died at age 70, according to a longtime friend. Ersel Hickey, a rockabilly singer best known for "Bluebirds Over the Mountain," has died at age ...

  19. Sony Enters Digital-Player Market With New Walkman

    July 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The iPod may finally have a serious competitor. The company that brought us the Walkman is entering the hard-disk music player arena now dominated by its trendsetting rival Apple Computer. The iPod may finally have a serious competitor. The compan ...

  20. Sony Enters Digital-Player Market With New Walkman

    July 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The iPod may finally have a serious competitor. The company that brought us the Walkman is entering the hard-disk music player arena now dominated by its trendsetting rival Apple Computer. The iPod may finally have a serious competitor. The compan ...

  21. ISPs Win Canadian Downloading Case

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that Internet service providers do not have to pay royalties to composers and artists for music downloaded by Web customers. Canada's Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that Internet service ...

  22. ISPs Win Canadian Downloading Case

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that Internet service providers do not have to pay royalties to composers and artists for music downloaded by Web customers. Canada's Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that Internet service ...

  23. Kin of Jimi Hendrix Resume Court Battle

    June 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Relatives of late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix returned to court yesterday (June 28) to begin another legal fight over which family members should receive money from the musician's posthumous releases, Relatives of late guitar legend Jimi Hendr ...

  24. Jackson Hearing Centers On Sealed Papers

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Court, media at odds over secrecy issue. The judge in the Michael Jackson child-molestation case has scheduled a pretrial hearing for today (June 25), a proceeding likely to focus on whether many aspects of the case will be kept from public view. ...

  25. Court Tosses Media Deregulation Package

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Controversial FCC decision reversed. A federal appeals court today (June 24) largely reversed a controversial deregulation package that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed last year, handing a victory to public-interest groups that ...

  26. Court Tosses Media Deregulation Package

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court today (June 24) largely reversed a controversial <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000525510">deregulation package</A> A federal appeals court t ...

  27. Beyoncé Inspires Fragrance Collection

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries has unveiled a new women's fragrance collection inspired by Beyonc&#233;. Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries has unveiled a new women's fragrance collection inspired by Beyoncé. The True Star collection, which includ ...

  28. Former Vivendi Chief in Police Custody

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Messier held for alleged financial crimes. PARIS (AP) Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief executive of Vivendi Universal, was taken into police custody Monday (June 21) in an investigation into financial wrongdoing during his time at the media an ...

  29. Former Vivendi Chief in Police Custody

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Messier held for alleged financial crimes. PARIS (AP) Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief executive of Vivendi Universal, was taken into police custody Monday (June 21) in an investigation into financial wrongdoing during his time at the media an ...

  30. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...

  31. New Duran Duran Album Due In Fall

    June 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Duran Duran is planning an October release for its Epic debut album, the first new set by all five original members since 1983's "Seven &amp; the Ragged Tiger." Duran Duran is planning an October release for its Epic debut album ...

  32. New Duran Duran Album Due In Fall

    June 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Duran Duran is planning an October release for its Epic debut album, the first new set by all five original members since 1983's "Seven &amp; the Ragged Tiger." Duran Duran is planning an October release for its Epic debut album ...

  33. Report: Bono Joining Venture Capital Firm

    June 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tech, videogame vets are founders. Bono, lead singer for rock band U2, has joined a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that plans to invest in media and entertainment projects, according to a published report. The 44-year-old singer is joining th ...

  34. Former Vivendi CFO Under Investigation

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The former CFO of Vivendi Universal SA has been placed under investigation as part of a probe into alleged insider dealing and share-price manipulation at the French media and telecoms giant, his lawy The former CFO of Vivendi Universal SA has bee ...

  35. NBC To Develop Motown Records Miniseries

    June 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A 12-hour series about the famed Motown Records music empire and its founder, Berry Gordy, is being developed for NBC. A 12-hour series about the famed Motown Records music empire and its founder, Berry Gordy, is being developed for NBC. "Ber ...

  36. Opera Star Nicolai Ghiaurov Dies at 74

    June 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bulgarian-born opera singer Nicolai Ghiaurov, who played memorable roles in Milan's La Scala and continued singing until earlier this year, died today (June 2) at a private clinic near his home in Mod Bulgarian-born opera singer Nicolai Ghiau ...

  37. Judgment Against 'P. Diddy' Overturned

    June 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A civil judgment ordering rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to pay $450,000 to a man who claimed he was beaten by bodyguards has been overturned by the North Carolina Court of Appeals. A civil judgment ordering rapper Sean "P. Diddy" ...

  38. Director of Honolulu Symphony Quitting

    June 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Samuel Wong, who helped bring some of classical music's biggest stars to Hawaii, is stepping down as musical director of the Honolulu Symphony after the 2004-05 classical season. Samuel Wong, who helped bring some of classical music's bi ...

  39. Pulitzer Prize Broadens Criteria For Music

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Pulitzer Prize music judges, hoping to encourage a broader range of entries from American composers, may soon be saying hooray for Hollywood ... and all that jazz. The Pulitzer Prize music judges, hoping to encourage a broader range of entries ...

  40. China Places Conditions on Britney Tour

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT China to Britney: Come perform but leave the revealing outfits at home. Britney Spears' first China tour has been approved by the Culture Ministry, but they want to know what she's wearing before she China to Britney: Come perform but le ...

  41. Ratings Dip For 'American Idol' Finale

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An estimated 31.4 million people tuned in to watch Fantasia Barrino's <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/music/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000520071">tearstained victory</A> at An estimated 31.4 mi ...

  42. Fantasia Barrino Voted 'American Idol'

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fantasia Barrino is the newly crowned "American Idol." Barrino had a 1.3 million-vote edge over runner-up Diana DeGarmo when the results were announced during last night's (May 26) finale. Fantasia Barrino is the newly crowned " ...

  43. Blockbuster Expands Monthly Subscription Plan

    May 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Video-rental giant Blockbuster is going national with a monthly subscription plan that lets customers rent an unlimited number of movies and keep two or three at a time without running up late fees. Video-rental giant Blockbuster is going national ...

  44. 'American Idol' Down To The Final Vote

    May 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT DeGarmo or Barrino to be crowned tonight. Is Diana DeGarmo or Fantasia Barrino this season's "American Idol?" With all the notes sung, the judges' opinions rendered and the votes cast, the only thing left is the announcement, w ...

  45. Missy Cancels Indonesian Date

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop star Missy Elliott has canceled a planned concert in Indonesia after the U.S. Embassy warned Americans about potential terrorist attacks in the country, according to the singer's promoter. Hip-hop star Missy Elliott has canceled a pla ...

  46. New Orleans Jazz Fest Lays Off Staff

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The New Orleans Jazz &amp; Heritage Festival took in far less money than expected this year, so the foundation that oversees it has laid off half its small staff and may have to cut back on charity gi The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festiv ...

  47. Madonna Cancels Shows In Israel

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Madonna says she has canceled three Israeli stops on her "Re-Invention" tour because of violence in the region, including the killing of the leader of the militant group Hamas. Madonna says she has canceled three Israeli stops on her &qu ...

  48. Blockbuster Acquires Video-Game Retailer

    May 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Video-store chain Blockbuster is expanding its presence in the video-game market with the acquisition of American Satellite and Video Inc. Video-store chain Blockbuster is expanding its presence in the video-game market with the acquisition of Ame ...

  49. Simpson To Shill For Mints

    May 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hershey deal involves TV commercials. Jessica Simpson will star in commercials marketing Hershey's new breath mints. The ads, featuring the 23-year-old singer and her sister Ashlee, are scheduled to begin airing nationally next week. In the s ...

  50. Eminem Suit Against Apple, MTV To Proceed

    May 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rapper contests unauthorized use of hit song. A federal judge has ruled Eminem's copyright-infringement claims over use of his song "Lose Yourself" in a commercial for Apple Computer can go forward. Apple featured a 10-year-old boy ...

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