Saturday, March 24, 2007

Music news and notes 3/24/07

By Art Shimko

-- The National Music Publishers' Association filed a lawsuit against XM Satellite Radio claiming the station is violating copyright laws by providing its customers with a service called XM+MP3 which lets listeners store songs on XM portable players with the option to by played anytime, also the saved songs are active for as long as a subscription lasts (cost about $13/year). A spokesman for XM said the lawsuit by the NMPA "simply represents a negotiating tactic to gain advantage in our ongoing business discussions." The publishers group also sees the XM+MP3 service as a substitute for using iPod-type devices and services like iTunes to purchase music. What the NMPA fails to understand is that the customer is already PAYING for the XM service, this would be seen as a perk plus once a subscription ends you no longer have possession of those saved tracks. The music industry is full of dipshits.

-- Speaking of dipshits... Music Theft at 23 Campuses Targeted in Second Wafe of New Deterrence Program

-- R&B Artist Luther Ingram Dies At 69

-- Snoop Dogg won't be joining P Diddy in Britain on their co-headlining European tour as Snoop was denied a visa to enter the country. "Snoop and his team are mystified at the decision and are hoping that the British government will reconsider this decision," spokeswoman Celena Aponte said in a statement. "He has asked how he can help rectify the situation and would happily talk to and give assurances to the officials." The Home Office wouldn't comment specifically on the reason Snoop was denied a visa but a statement released stated, "The Home Secretary has the power to refuse entry clearance to non-U.K. citizens if he considers that their presence here would not be conducive to the public good." P Diddy will play the Wembley Arena on Tuesday.

-- Announced bands for this year's Ozzfest: MAIN STAGE: Ozzy Osbourne; Lamb Of God; Lordi. SECOND STAGE: Hatebreed; Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator; Nile; Ankla; Circus Diablo; The Showdown; 3 inches Of Blood; Daath; more bands to be announced. Regarding this year's free tickets: To gain entry into this year's OZZFEST, fans will go to or to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. Select sponsors will have a unique opportunity to engage fans one-on-one utilizing one of music's best known brands. Tickets will be available for download on June 12. Stay tuned to and in the coming weeks for more ticketing information.

-- Broward County has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Foxy Brown.

-- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and Razorlight are headlining The Reading and Leeds festivals which begin 8/24.

-- Fishbone release Stuck In Your Throat on 4/24 and will be touring this spring:
03/31 - Malibu, CA - Malibu Inn/04/15 - Whistler, BC - Buffalo Bills/04/16 - Whistler, BC - Buffalo Bills/04/25 - Austin, TX - Emo's/04/25 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s/04/27 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin Wolf/04/28 - Decatur, GA - Club 29/04/29 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues/05/01 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit’s/05/03 - New, York, NY - Rocks Off Boat Cruise/05/04 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!/05/05 - Boston, MA - Rock On! Groove Cruise/05/08 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick/05/09 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom/05/11 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room/05/12 - St. Paul, MN - The Rock Nightclub/05/14 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom/05/15 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre/05/16 - Boise, ID - Knotty Pine/05/17 - Boise, ID - The Boquet/05/18 - Portland, OR - Dante’s/05/19 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven/08/23 - Fresno, CA - Warped Tour/08/24 - Sacramento, CA - Warped Tour/08/25 - Los Angeles, CA - Warped Tour

-- You can view a live webcast of this year's Coachella festival at the AT&T Blue Room.

-- Rush announces tour dates on Monday 3/26, check their site for more details. Their current single Far Cry can be purchased on iTunes, Canadian residents click here to purchase the single.

-- Former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick and former Airplane/Starship manager Bill Thompson are suing Paul Kantner for using variations of the '60s hippie band's name which he agreed not to use Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship or any variation of the names to tour under.

-- Track listing for The White Stripes' upcoming Icky Thump album which comes out in June:
01. Icky Thump 02. You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told) 03. 300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues 04. Conquest 05. Bone Broke 06. Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn 07. St. Andrew (This Battle Is In The Air) 08. Little Cream Soda 09. Rag And Bone 10. I'm Slowly Turning Into You 11. A Martyr For My Love For You 12. Catch Hell Blues 13. Effect And Cause

-- The Rolling Stones announced European tour dates on a video webcast on Thursday which begins on 6/5 at Werchter Park in Werchter, Belgium.

-- Rick James' Estate Sues Former Music Publisher

-- The Magic and Majesty of Pink Floyd

-- Reznor Says Sobriety Lead To Creativity

-- Kid Rock Files Suit Against Assault Accuser

-- New Study Says Smart Kids Prefer Hard Rock Music

-- Court bans Spears rehab leaks

-- Rodrigo Y Gabriela Tour Back On After Visa Flap

-- CBS Radio Exec Ongaro and Others Indicted On Fraud Charges
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