Billboard Bits: J. Lo/LL, Roxio/Napster, Queensryche

Scottish singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins will release a new studio album, "Doctor Syntax," April 15 through Instinct Records. Consisting of 14 tracks, including three bonus songs not found on the U.K.

Jennifer LopezA Los Angeles singer is suing Sony Music Entertainment and Epic Records, alleging multiple counts of invasion of privacy, Billboard Bulletin reports. In the suit -- filed Tuesday in L.A. Superior Court -- Debra Laws alleges that her name, voice, "signature lyrics," and melody from her 1980 album "Very Special" appear without her consent on the Jennifer Lopez/LL Cool J duet "All I Have." The song -- featured on Lopez's Epic album "This Is Me ... Then" and recently added to new versions of LL Cool J's "10" (Def Jam) -- has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.

The suit seeks unspecified damages. At deadline, an Epic representative was unavailable for comment.

-- Erik Gruenwedel, L.A.






Napster LogoRoxio CEO Chris Gorog says the company plans to relaunch Napster as a label-licensed, for-pay subscription service later this year, Billboard Bulletin reports.

Roxio, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based CD-burning software specialist, acquired the assets of Napster last year. Roxio says it is now in negotiations with the major record companies to secure content licenses and has hired Napster founder Shawn Fanning as a consultant in developing the new service.

Gorog says Roxio will likely use its newly launched jukebox application AudioCentral, a feature in the latest version of its Easy CD Creator software, as the interface for the new Napster service. The new version of Napster is initially expected to offer a mix of subscription and a la carte downloads. The service is not expected to feature on-demand streaming.

-- Brian Garrity, N.Y.






Chris DeGarmoGuitarist Chris DeGarmo, a founding member of Seattle-based rock act Queensryche, has rejoined the group. He is currently recording with bandmates Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, and Scott Rockenfeld for the group's next Sanctuary album. DeGarmo left Queensryche in 1998 and was replaced by producer/guitarist Kelly Gray, who departed the lineup last year.

"I would say, yes, he's with the band. He's about as in as he can get," Tate tells Billboard.com. "We're definitely working together. It's all been feelin' really good." He also confirms that 11 songs are completed for the album, with he and DeGarmo writing the lyrics. According to Tate, the band plans to hit the road this summer. "We're going to jump out for a few dates. We haven't had a good time together in a long time, so this is like a celebration."

DeGarmo wrote Queensryche's best-known mainstream radio hit, "Silent Lucidity," which in 1991 reached No. 9 on The Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

-- Christa L. Titus, N.Y.

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