Billboard Bits: MuchMusic, Audiogalaxy, Siren Fest
News on MuchMusic, Audiogalaxy, Siren FestShakira, Nickelback, Sum 41, and Bow Wow are confirmed to perform at the 13th annual MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs), to be handed out June 16 in Toronto. Puddle Of Mudd, Canadian teen pop sensation Avril Lavigne and hip-hop act Swollen members will also perform, while Korn, Default, Amanda Marshall, Glenn Lewis, Mandy Moore, and Sloan are set to appear on the live broadcast.
As previously reported, Nickelback is nominated for eight awards, including best video, best rock video, and the People's Choice award for the former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "How You Remind Me." Frontman Chad Kroeger's contribution to the "Spider-Man" soundtrack, "Hero," is also up for best video.
The MMVAs, traditionally held in September, were canceled last year in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Music Publishers' Association, and rights management firm the Harry Fox Agency have filed a copyright-infringement suit against online operation Audiogalaxy, which offers an MP3 search engine, file-sharing, and community services, Billboard Bulletin reports.
The suit, filed Friday in New York Federal Court, accuses Audiogalaxy of "willfully and intentionally" encouraging and facilitating "millions of individual, anonymous users to copy and distribute infringing copyrighted works by the millions, if not billions," according to a statement by the trade groups. The statement says Audiogalaxy's ability to offer song and album downloads, artwork, software, and peer-to-peer file-sharing makes its system "even more egregious than that of Napster."
Similar cases filed by the RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America against the file-sharing networks KaZaa, Grokster, and Morpheus are still pending. An Audiogalaxy spokesperson could not be reached for comment by deadline.
-- Carolyn Horwitz, N.Y.
The Village Voice has announced the lineup for its 2nd annual Siren Music Festival, to be held July 20 at Coney Island, N.Y. Sleater-Kinney, the Donnas, the Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Les Savy Fav, the Von Bondies, Bob Log III, and Rye Coalition are the acts confirmed so far, with more to be announced.
The free, all-ages festival will feature performers on two outdoor stages from noon to 9 p.m., as well as art exhibits and multi-media installations. Siren will also play host to the late-night burlesque show "Sodom by the Sea" and "Cirque de Siren," a drag-show/circus/cabaret performance.
Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Quasi, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion performed at last year's inaugural edition of the night.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.