Billboard Bits: MusicNet, Uncle Tupelo, La Route du Rock

News on MusicNet's launch, Uncle Tupelo reissues, La Route du Rock festival

MusicNetRealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser unveiled the delivery technology for MusicNet -- the joint-venture online music subscription service between Real, Warner Music Group (WMG), BMG Entertainment, and EMI -- today (May 17) in Washington, D.C. The presentation will be made at a hearing on Internet music before the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.

MusicNet technology and related content will be licensed to third parties, as well as Real and WMG sister company AOL. Licensees will then develop their own subscription offerings. AOL and Real reportedly will begin developing their branded services within 30 days. Commercial deployment of MusicNet is anticipated by the fall.

-- Brian Garrity, N.Y.; Bill Holland, Washington, D.C.

WilcoWilco manager Tony Margherita and the band's lawyer, Josh Greir, are searching for a label to re-issue the first three albums by alt-country favorites Uncle Tupelo, the group that spawned Wilco and Son Volt. Margherita tells that he is in talks with several labels, including Rhino, adding that he's looking for a label to issue an Uncle Tupelo retrospective within the first six months of 2002, and then follow that release the next year with the re-issues.

The band's first three, now out-of-print albums, "No Depression," "Still Feel Gone," and "March 16-20, 1992," were released by Rockville Records, the indie label owned by Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based distributor Dutch East India Trade. The band signed to Warner Bros. in the early '90s, releasing only 1993's "Anodyne" (which is still in print) for the label. Reprise has gone on to issue three albums apiece from Wilco and Son Volt.

-- Wes Orshoski, N.Y.

PulpThe 11th annual La Route du Rock, a French pop and electronic festival, will feature Weezer, Pulp, Mogwai, and Frank Black & the Catholics over the course of a weekend in mid-August. The event will be held Aug. 10-12 in an ancient fort near Saint Malo in the Brittany region of France. According to the festival's promoters, about five bands have not yet been confirmed for the weekend, but the current lineup is as follows:

Aug. 10: Pulp, Mogwai, Tom McRae, Superheroes
Aug. 11: Goldfrapp, Frank Black & The Catholics, I am Kloot, the Avalanches, Lift to Experience
Aug. 12: Weezer, Grandaddy, Alpha, Saul Williams, Troublemakers

For more information, visit the event's official Web site.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.


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