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  1. Lil' Kim Parts Ways With Atlantic

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper Lil' Kim has left Atlantic Records and intends to release her upcoming as-yet-untitled album independently. On DJ Kay Slay's Sirius Satellite Radio show "Streetsweeper Radio" last week, Kim shared that she harbors no ill ...

  2. Jay-Z, Iconix Joint Venture Buys Clothing Line

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Scion LLC, a joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Iconix Brand Group, has purchased Artful Dodger from Sovereign State, a high-end apparel brand sold in boutiques and specialty stores in the U.S. and U.K. The purchase price for ...

  3. Penn, Vedder Sit For Film/TV Keynote Q&A

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sean Penn spent a decade preparing the film adaptation of Jon Krakauer's 1996 book "Into the Wild." But it only took him a few hours to secure the services of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to write the soundtrack for the project. ...

  4. The Film And TV Interview: Sean Penn And Eddie Vedder

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sean Penn has wanted to make a movie based on Jon Krakauer's 1996 book "Into the Wild" since the moment he finished reading it. The true story of Christopher McCandless, a recent college graduate who in 1990 cut ties with his family ...

  5. Acrobat Catches TKO, Eyes Expansion

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Watford, England-based catalog CD and re-issue specialists Acrobat Group has embarked upon an expansion program following a £4.7 million ($10 million) cash injection from senior shareholder Electra Quoted Management, a specialist asset management ...

  6. Britney Confirms VMA Performance, Mobile Deal

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears has made good on weeks of speculation by confirming she will open the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (Sept. 9). Spears will perform her new song "Gimme More" as well as the yet-to-be-unveiled "Cry& ...

  7. Rounder Teams With Publisher Beacon Street

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rounder Records, home of tween band Girl Authority, and publisher Beacon Street Girls have revealed a joint partnership that will focus on providing entertainment with a positive message for pre-teen girls. The two companies have completed an init ...

  8. Last.fm, Orion Pact On Book Campaign

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music-based social networking Web site Last.fm has teamed up with publisher Orion for a novel book promotion. The music recommendation site, which has more than 20 million users, will form part of the marketing campaign for crime writer Ian Rankin ...

  9. AT&T Cuts Anti-Bush Lyrics From Pearl Jam Webcast

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam fans and Internet watchdogs are up in arms today after it was revealed that AT&T censored portions of the band's live Lollapalooza concert cybercast on Sunday. While performing "Daughter," the band segued into a portio ...

  10. Primary Wave Acquires Earle Catalog

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the copyright interests in the songs written by multiple Grammy Award-winner Steve Earle. The catalog of about 200 songs includes such hits as "Copperhead Road," "Guitar Town" and &quo ...

  11. Treasure Island Music Fest Reveals Lineup

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Modest Mouse and Thievery Corporation will headline the inaugural Treasure Island Music Festival, set for Sept. 15-16 on a man-made island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. The lineup on Sept. 15 will feature primarily electronic and dance-o ...

  12. NMPA Salutes Sedaka, Berman

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Neil Sedaka will be the recipient of the National Music Publishers' Assn. Songwriter Icon Award to be presented at the trade group's annual meeting on June 6 in New York City. Congressman Howard Berman, D-Calif., will be receiving the Pr ...

  13. Review: Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Various Artists: “Spider-Man 3: Music From and Inspired By” Producer: Dave Sardy Record Collection Release Date: May 1 Spidey may soon be coming to Broadway, but for now, soaring alt-rock powers his Web-slinging life. The soundtrack to the third & ...

  14. BRMC: Loud And Proud

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "After six months of always pulling back, you just want to slam your fist through a wall," Black Rebel Motorcyle Club's Robert Levon Been says. He's explaining how, as he and bandmate Peter Hayes worked on BRMC's third alb ...

  15. Pearl Rises At Sanctuary

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Brian Pearl has been promoted to VP of sales at Sanctuary Records. Pearl reports to Bob Cahill, Sanctuary's GM and is based in New York. Most previously, Pearl was senior director of sales and field marketing for the company. Sanctuary's ...

  16. Review: John Mellencamp's 'Freedom's Road'

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST John Mellencamp: "Freedom's Road" Producer: John Mellencamp UMe/Universal Republic Release Date: Jan. 23 For three decades-plus, Mellencamp's music has represented Middle America and its blue-collar values. "Freedom's ...

  17. Shakira, Calle 13 Win Big At Latin Grammys

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Seventh annual awards held last night (Nov. 2). Seventh annual awards held last night (Nov. 2). News ...

  18. Aussie Rocker Rilen Dies

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ian Rilen, a founding member and bassist of some of Australia's loudest and most uncompromising bands -- Rose Tattoo, X, Sardine V, Hell To Pay, and Love Addicts -- died yesterday (Oct. 30) after a le Ian Rilen, a founding member and bassist ...

  19. Crosstown Songs Buys Murlyn Catalog

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Murlyn administers Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg Crosstown Songs has inked a multi-million dollar deal to acquire Sweden's Murlyn Songs catalog, which was built up by the company's co-founder and managing director Christian Wahlber ...

  20. New York Club CBGB Hosting Final Concert

    October 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Show headlined by rock poet Patti Smith. Show headlined by rock poet Patti Smith. News Patti Smith ...

  21. Senator To Join William Morris Agency

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Murray begins Jan. 1. Kevin Murray begins Jan. 1. News Kevin Murray ...

  22. Sanctuary Germany To Shut

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT -plus jobs to be lost. The German affiliate of Sanctuary Records will be closed by the end of the year. Frank Stroebele, managing director of Sanctuary Germany, confirms that the company would be shuttered "due to worldwide restructuring me ...

  23. Sanctuary Germany To Shut

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The German affiliate of Sanctuary Records will be closed by the end of the year. Frank Stroebele, managing director of Sanctuary Germany, confirms that the company would be shuttered "due to worldwide The German affiliate of Sanctuary Records ...

  24. Illness Forces Kooks To Halt Tour

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Five key U.K. gigs to be rescheduled. Luke Pritchard, lead singer/guitarist of fast-selling U.K. pop/rock act the Kooks (Virgin Records), has fallen ill with tonsillitis and laryngitis, forcing the band to reschedule five key dates in the current ...

  25. Illness Forces Kooks To Halt Tour

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Five key U.K. gigs to be rescheduled. Luke Pritchard, lead singer/guitarist of fast-selling U.K. pop/rock act the Kooks (Virgin Records), has fallen ill with tonsillitis and laryngitis, forcing the band to reschedule five key dates in the current ...

  26. Warner/Chappell Gets The Biggest Picture

    August 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Stegall, Kates join forces as co-publishers. Warner/Chappell Music has teamed up with Biggest Picture, a company formed by singer, songwriter and producer Keith Stegall and music executive Alan Kates, to work as co-publishers for country and pop s ...

  27. EMI Televisa Signs Belinda

    August 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'Utopia' to street this fall. 'Utopia' to street this fall. News ...

  28. Ticketmaster Buys Into Spanish Market

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Acquires Barcelona-based Tick Tack Ticket. Acquires Barcelona-based Tick Tack Ticket. News ...

  29. Music Print Publisher Licenses 'For Dummies' Name

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Several titles planned. Music print publisher Hal Leonard has licensed the For Dummies name and trademark style from Wiley Publishing. The first three releases are "Acoustic Guitar Songs For Dummies," "Rock Guitar Songs For Dummies& ...

  30. Blige, Brown, West, Foxx Lead BET Winners

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Event held last night (June 27). Event held last night (June 27). News ...

  31. Aussie Nostalgia Tour To Countdown The Hits

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sherbet, Mondo Rock, others reunite. Sherbet, Mondo Rock, others reunite. News ...

  32. Gene Pitney Dies On Tour In U.K.

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gene Pitney, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose hits included "Town Without Pity" and "Only Love Can Break a Heart," died this morning (April 5) at a hotel in Wales after playing a show, Gene Pitney, a member of t ...

  33. Sanctuary Records Group CEO To Exit

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lipsky to assist with transition until June 30. Tom Lipsky, CEO/president of Sanctuary Records Group in North America, will be leaving the company effective June 30 to pursue other opportunities. The move is part of the global restructuring the Sa ...

  34. The Killers Ask Judge To Toss Out Claim

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Killers served a petition on their former manager yesterday (March 14) asking the California Labor Commissioner to void their contract and order Braden Merrick and his company, From The Future, to The Killers served a petition on their former ...

  35. The Killers' Former Manager Sues Band

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Killers' former manager filed a lawsuit yesterday (Feb. 21) for at least $16 million against the band members and their current manager, Robert Reynolds. Braden Merrick and his company, From the F The Killers' former manager filed a ...

  36. Compensation Agreed For 'Lion Sleeps' Songwriter

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Solomon Linda to be credited as co-author. The family of late South African songwriter Solomon Linda has settled a long-running dispute over the copyright to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Under the terms of the settlement with Abilene Music ...

  37. Corgan, Chamberlin Revive Smashing Pumpkins

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST In the clearest sign yet that Billy Corgan is moving ahead with his plan to revive seminal alternative rock act Smashing Pumpkins, sources say the group has signed a new management deal with Jared Pau In the clearest sign yet that Billy Corgan is ...

  38. Sources: Fogel To Produce '06 Madonna Trek

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Also oversaw Material Girl's '04, '02 tours. Also oversaw Material Girl's '04, '02 tours. News ...

  39. JT Leroy Fools The World, Music Biz Included

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Supporters included Bono, Billy Corgan, Courtney Love. Questions raised about the true identity of author JT Leroy, in an article in New York magazine in October, were answered Jan. 9 when The New York Times exposed the author as a fraud. Count at ...

  40. Eminem Scores Fourth No. 1 Album In A Row

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Curtain Call: The Hits' moved 441,000 units in first week. 'Curtain Call: The Hits' moved 441,000 units in first week. News ...

  41. Kenny Chesney Tops Chart With 'Road'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST For the second time in 2005, a Kenny Chesney album is on top of The Billboard 200. His BNA Records set "The Road and the Radio" debuts at No. 1 with first week sales of 470,000 copies in the United St For the second time in 2005, a Kenny ...

  42. ADA Picks Up Domino

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.K. label has launched Franz Ferdinand, Clinic. New York-based Alternative Distribution Alliance has added Domino Records U.S. to its exclusive North American distribution roster. A Domino source says the deal is set to take effect Jan. 1. Domino ...

  43. UMPG Signs Elton John

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive agreement with Elton John and his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin, that will put the entire Elton John catalog under one publishi Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an ...

  44. ASCAP Fete Honors Songwriters, Publishers

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chesney, Rich, Wiseman among top honorees. Chesney, Rich, Wiseman among top honorees. News ...

  45. Rhythm & Blues

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly's "Closet" saga continues. "Trapped in the Closet, Chapters 1-12" comes out Nov. 1 on DVD via Jive with never-before-seen footage. Read Gail Mitchell's column. R. Kelly's "Closet" saga continue ...

  46. Dionne Warwick Not Ready To Say 'Farewell'

    September 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran singer Dionne Warwick has announced that her so-called “Farewell Tour” of Britain would not be her last. The Grammy-winning icon has also said she would shortly release an album of 40 duet Veteran singer Dionne Warwick has announced that h ...

  47. Mike Lynn Joins Columbia, Sony Urban

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Aftermath exec will head Big Ego imprint. Former Aftermath exec will head Big Ego imprint. News Big Ego ...

  48. Indian Authorities Bust Harry Potter Pirates

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Delhi-based distributor Penguin says police busted two major book piracy rackets, seizing a number of counterfeit bestsellers, including 8,000 copies of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood NEW DELHI, India -- Police here have ...

  49. Filmmakers Sue SPE Over Rights To 'Zorro'

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A film company wants a federal court to declare it can make a movie based on the character of "Zorro" despite objections by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the movie studio behind the 1998 film "The Mask (AP) -- A film company wants a ...

  50. Scene & Heard

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Though the July 9 opening of Fox's "Fantastic Four" bucked a 19-weekend downward trend in box-office sales, there seems to be little hope of the same resurgence for this year's summer movie soundtrack Though the July 9 opening ...

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