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NIN' "With Teeth" Tops the Pop Charts

May 12, 2005 02:53:36 GMT

Nine Inch Nail's studio album "With Teeth," spawned such hit singles as "The Hand That Feeds," debuted at number 1 on the pop charts for the week ending Sunday, taking in 272,000 copies. This achievement marks "With Teeth" as the fourth album in four weeks to open at number one in the wake of 50 Cent's impressive six-week run on top.

Placed at #2 was Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi," followed then by Rob Thomas' new released titled "Something To Be." 50 Cent's "The Massacre" was debuted at #4, while Bruce Springsteen's "Devil and Dust" at #5. At #6 to #10 in succession was "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" by John Williams, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" by Gwen Stefani, "Il Divo" by Il Divo, Fall Out Boy's "From Under the Cork" and Mike Jones' "Who Is Mike Jones?."

Spears Sued Over Copyright Infringement

May 12, 2005 02:22:48 GMT

Pop diva Britney Spears is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Steve Wallace, an Indiana songwriter claims to write the popstar's song "Sometimes" 15 years ago. Due to that fact, Wallace (34), who writes pop, country and gospel songs, filed a complaint May 5 in federal court against Spears, her album promoter, Sony/BMG Music Publishing Inc., and recording and publishing companies affiliated with the singer.

The complaint acknowledges that few weeks after writing the song, Wallace placed his work in a sealed envelope and obtained a postmark. He then shopped the song around to publishers in 1994 and submitted it to a lyric contest in Pennsylvania in 1997. He, in fact, formally copyright his song in 2003. As to strengthen his allegation, Wallace also submitted a copy of what he claims is an e-mail from Spears in which she wrote: "I now know for a fact that you wrote sometimes. But there's nothing I can do about it. That's all I can say about it."

Eminem Settles Copyright Suit with Apple

May 11, 2005 04:36:34 GMT

Controversial rapper Eminem has settled his lawsuit against Apple iTunes after its commercial aired featuring an iPod-equipped 10-year-old boy singing along to "Lose Yourself," which is Eminem's Oscar-winning theme from "8 Mile." The ad was then performed on MTV over a three-month period beginning in July 2003, and was also featured on the Apple Website.

Infuriated at the unauthorized use of his music, Eminem soon filed a copyright-infringement suit in February 2004 against Apple, MTV and its parent company Viacom, and advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day. In knowing this, Apple CEO Steve Jobs personally approached Eminem and "8 Mile Style" manager Joel Martin, asking them to "rethink their position."

Nine Inch Nails to Perform at 2005 MTV Movie Award

May 11, 2005 03:27:41 GMT

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards, set to held June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, will among others perform Nine Inch Nails and Eminem. On the 14th annual awards show, Nine Inch Nails will perform their single "The Hand That Feeds," and Eminem will perform his new single "Ass Like That."

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the award presenters of the show include Hilary Swank, Vin Diesel, Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, Zach Braff, Lindsay Lohan, Billy Bob Thornton and Katie Holmes. The show will then air on June 9th, 2005.

Stewart Cancels London Concert Due to Illness

May 11, 2005 02:50:56 GMT

Veteran rocker Rod Stewart has reluctantly cancelled his London concert, which is actually planned for May 9, 2005, after falling ill with a throat infection. Because of that infection, doctor orders the 60-year-old star to rest his voice until his next show tomorrow at the British capital's Earls Court venue. Explaining on the postponement, Stewart spokesman said, "Rod Stewart has been forced to postpone his first London engagement at Earls Court tonight because of a severe viral throat infection."

Stones Comes Up for Fall Tour

May 11, 2005 02:30:51 GMT

The Rolling Stones has, on Tuesday May 10, 2005, performed a free outdoor mini-concert at Lincoln Center, outside The Juilliard School in Manhattan. During the performance, the band announced their next planned tour, which is scheduled to begin this fall.

Detailing on their play date, The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger ensured that the tour, meant to support an in-the-works, as-yet-untitled new studio album, will begin August 21 in Boston and hit the New York area September 15 at Giants Stadium. Soon then the band will hit most major U.S. and Canadian cities in the fall, tour director Michael Cohl adds.

Kid Rock Joining Muzik Mafia For Nashville Show

May 10, 2005 03:03:09 GMT

Kid Rock is joining fellow musicians of the Muzik Mafia, which among others are John Rich and Big Kenny, a.k.a. Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, and its other regular members, for a show at the Cannery Ballroom. The show, held in Nashville Tuesday May 10, is used as a fundraiser for the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

The Pixies to Gear a Reunion Tour

May 09, 2005 03:35:43 GMT

The influential quartet "The Pixis" will held a reunion tour beginning in late spring, for which the band will play festivals, one-night-stands and, in some markets, two shows per night.

The 21-date tour will begin May 26 with two nights at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Ore., and end June 15 at the Agganis Arena in Boston. In addition, the Pixies will headline at Lollapalooza July 23 at Grant Park in Chicago.

Dave Matthews Performing a Concert on the Web

May 09, 2005 03:02:52 GMT

The Dave Matthews Band has their own unique way to mark the release of their new album. The group is going to celebrate the Tuesday release of their latest album, "Stand Up," by performing at the club Roseland on Monday night, a concert that will be broadcast live on the Web by AOL.

To note, the concert held at Roseland is part of a continuing series of concerts put on by AOL. As their another attempt to promote the album, the Dave Matthews Band will next tour the nation during the summer.

Shakira to Film German Entertainment Show

May 09, 2005 02:52:34 GMT

Colombian superstar Shakira is slated to perform live in "Wetten, dass ... ?" a popular German entertainment show, which aired live May 15 from the ancient Roman amphitheater of Aspendos near the Mediterranean resort of Antalya. As it has planned, the singer will sing "La Tortura" from her new album, "Fijacion Oral 1," scheduled for release in June.

The show, to add, is also expected to include hotel heiress Paris Hilton. Shakira has arrived Saturday in Turkey and was accompanied at the airport by son of Argentina's former President Fernando de la Rua, Antonio de la Rua.

P. Diddy & MTV to Launch TV Talent Search

May 07, 2005 02:33:39 GMT

Sean P. Diddy Combs is preparing to launch his next reality TV talent search for all-girl group for the second season of "Making the Band 3." "Get ready for the next season of `Making the Band,' 'cause believe me, we're gonna make a band," Combs said in a statement.

The hip hop star will continue his search for contestants to compete against three returning cast members. Production will begin with open call auditions starting later this month in New York. Participants of the search are judged on their dancing ability, vocal talent, star power and willingness to be part of a group and those who don't meet Diddy's standards will be eliminated.

Rolling Stones Scheduled to Appear at Juilliard

May 06, 2005 04:54:18 GMT

The rock legends Rolling Stones are scheduled to appear at Juilliard School of Music on Tuesday May 10, 2005, to make an announcement, which is expected to be about a summer tour.

Duran Duran Confirmed a Summer North American Tour

May 06, 2005 04:10:40 GMT

Reunited British rock act Duran Duran has confirmed a summer North American tour, beginning July 15 in Nashville and running through August 3 in Virginia Beach, Va. The tour will play a mix of outdoor amphitheaters and smaller venues, such as Indianapolis' Murat Theatre and Dayton and Ohio's Fraze Pavilion.

To open the gig, Duran Duran will spend the first half of the summer on tour in Europe, beginning May 20 in Barcelona. To notice, here are Duran Duran's North American tour dates: July 15: Nashville (Starwood Amphitheater); 18: Orlando, Fla. (Orange County Convention Center); 19: Atlanta (Chastain Park); and July 20: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater).

Audioslave Rocks Cuba

May 06, 2005 03:39:56 GMT

The American metal band Audioslave will for sure held a free Friday night performance at La Tribune in Havana, Cuba. This gig has confirmed by the U.S. Treasury Department and Instituto Cubano de la Musica, both of which are part of a cultural exchange. At least 50,000 Cubans are expected to hear the band play.

Commenting on the play the band said in a statement "Kids are the same all over the world, and we are extremely proud and excited to bring rock 'n' roll to the youth of Cuba." Also they added "Music can transcend politics and this trip is proof of that." A portion of the gig will air simultaneously in New York City's Times Square on ABC's SuperSign.

Stevie Wonder Designs Music Video for Blind Fans

May 06, 2005 03:18:55 GMT

The talented, famous, and smart singer, Stevie Wonder, has designed a music video equipped with a descriptive audio track, which he specially dedicated for his blind fans. The video, which is being described as a musical first, has also marked the release of his song "So What the Fuss."

To go on details about the equipment, the description was recorded by Wonder with the help from rapper Busta Rhymes, who in this case takes part in handling the voice-over duties. Moreover, the commentary track can be accessed with any television outfitted with an SAP (Second Audio Program) function.
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