Online file sharing service Napster has terminated 16 employees, or 15% of its staff of 104, Billboard Bulletin reports. The move is an effort to "strengthen resources in other areas" crucial to the pending launch of its subscription-based music service, according to a statement from CEO Konrad Hilbers. "We do not foresee any additional layoffs in the future," he adds. The subscription service, which is still under development, is the cornerstone of the company's business to operate with the music industry's blessing after a series of nearly crippling lawsuits. Most of the job cuts were in customer service, business development and administration, Hilbers said. "We are committed to developing a very successful business over the long haul," he added.
Blues-influenced Texan Delbert McClinton will once again take his act into the Atlantic this January, via a weeklong cruise that will depart from Tampa, Fla. Joining him this winter on his eighth annual cruise will be such roots and Americana acts as Marcia Ball, the Tommy Castro Band, the Derailers, the Del McCoury Band, Bonnie Bramlett, Stephen Bruton, Al Anderson, Jeffery Steel, and Wayne Toups and Zydecajun. More acts are expected to be announced. The excursion will take fans down to the Bahamas with stops in Nassau, Eleuthera, and San Salvador. McClinton promises an average of 10 hours of music a day, with fans having up-close access to performers, including a number of autograph sessions. Those interested in reserving a room should head to McClinton's official Web site . McClinton's most recent New West release, "Nothing Personal," debuted at No. 103 on The Billboard 200 last March and has since sold 107,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
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