News on Napster, Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Geri Halliwell, Spice Girls, ECW
The Recording Industry Association Of America yesterday (March 13) accused Napster of "stall tactics" that are "unacceptable," Billboard Bulletin reports. On Monday, Napster CEO Hank Barry described the company's problems fulfilling a court order to remove unauthorized songs, calling the site's filtering technology "a work in progress"
A spokesperson from Sony Music yesterday disputed Barry's contention that Sony had delivered more than 46,000 song titles to Napster without file names. "The numbers that Hank gave don't match anything we gave them." But the spokesperson would not disclose how many songs were submitted.
To refine its filtering, Napster said yesterday it will begin using the Gracenote database, which lists variations of artist names and song titles. Napster users have been able to avert the filtering system by simply modifying file names.
-- Eileen Fitzpatrick, L.A.
Hank Williams Jr. will head to the tiny town of Almeria, Ala., on March 21 to record songs for an upcoming album, "The Almeria Club," due in September on Curb. The album, which will be mostly acoustic, will be produced by Chuck Howard, while the Almeria sessions will be put to tape at a former schoolhouse, now used for social functions. Hank Williams Sr., played the building in 1947 with his wife (and Hank Jr.'s mother) Audrey, a show which has become local legend thanks to a shooting incident. Another song for the project was recorded last week at the Greater Pentecostal Church of Kansas City, as a tribute to late Kansas City Chiefs all-pro Derrick Thomas, who died last year. Three more blues sides will be recorded later this month with rock/rap star Kid Rock and other players at Rock's studio in Detroit.