Artists Opposed RIAA Lawsuits
The UW Daily reports: Though the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been tackling copyright infringement by slapping lawsuits on online peer-to-peer file sharers, recent research shows musicians are not convinced it is in their best interest.
New research from the Pew Internet Project claims that most musicians do not believe the RIAA's lawsuits will benefit artists.
During a one-month period between March and April, 2,775 musicians and songwriters responded to a Web-based survey with questions relating to copyright and music file sharing on the Internet.
According to the study, 60 percent of those surveyed do not believe the RIAA's efforts to halt file sharing through lawsuits will benefit musicians and songwriters.
Additionally, 35 percent believe free downloading has helped their careers, 37 percent believe it has not had any effect and only 5 percent believe it has exclusively hurt their careers. Of those interviewed, 83 percent have provided free samples of their music online. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
p2pnet.net reports: The MP3.com web site, "a comprehensive, next-generation digital music discovery and content resource that caters to the way people learn about and listen to music today," is here.
So says a CNET puff piece, revealing, "Digital music and devices have given people more control than ever over their music choices, by changing the way they discover, buy, and listen to music."
Translated, it reads: "Digital music and devices are giving the Big Five record labels new ways to control your music choices, by making sure you don't download anything but Big Music product. If you do, its RIAA will sue you." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
New Island Head
Soundgenerator reports: The Island Def Jam Music Group has named Steve Bartels to President of Island Records, it was announced by Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman of Island Def Jam. Mr. Bartels will be based in New York.
Prior to joining Island Records, Mr. Bartels held a number of key positions at Arista Records. He most recently served as Executive Vice President. During his time at Arista, Mr. Bartels was instrumental in breaking artists such as Usher, Outkast, Pink, Avril Lavigne and Dido. Mr. Bartels first joined Arista Records in 1993 as Vice President of Special Projects. Prior to joining Arista, he served as National Director of Promotion at A&M Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Rush Trial Date Set
Naples Daily News reports: A new trial date has been set in a battery case involving the lead guitarist for the rock group, Rush, and it falls right in the heart of the group's upcoming 30th anniversary tour.
But Alex Zivojinovich's defense attorney said he doesn't expect the trial to be held on the new scheduled date of June 14, which is a day after Rush is scheduled to perform in Bonner Springs, Kan., at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
"There is a lot of discovery left to do. The trial isn't looming anytime soon," said Jerry Berry, who is Alex Zivojinovich's Naples defense attorney. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Meat Puppet Faces 2 Years
Blabbermouth reports: MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood is facing a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to an assault charge in a Phoenix courtroom Monday (May 10), MTV.com reports.
Kirkwood was accused of accused of assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from an incident in December when he was allegedly shot by a post office security guard after a brief struggle.
Pursuant to a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a minimal sentence when Kirkwood is sentenced on July 26, probably around 27 months, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney's office told MTV.com. He will also have to make restitution to the victim, the amount of which will be determined at sentencing. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
GNR Riot Trial
Blabbermouth reports: Canadian Press is reporting that a police officer accused of using excessive force by hitting a man in the teeth with his baton during a riot following a cancelled GUNS N' ROSES concert was aiming for the man's shoulder, an inquiry was told Tuesday.
Lawyer Bill Smart, representing two officers targeted by the probe, said the officer saw the man running toward the backs of fellow officers and considered him a threat. Const. Reg Forster didn't mean to hit Robert Parent in the face, Smart said. "He went higher than he intended to do," Smart told the inquiry into police actions outside the cancelled concert.
However, television footage of the riot, including Forster's hit on Parent, shows Forster delivering a two-handed baton hit to Parent's mouth. [see full story for more including video clip and photos]- Click Here for the Full Story
Fantasy Island Fest
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER and THE DARKNESS have been tapped to be the headliners June 26 and 27, respectively, at Fantasy Island — a music festival that will be held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE also will perform during the event. [see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Blabbermouth also has news on METALLICA: 'Monster' Webisodes, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, SHOTGUN MESSIAH reunion, BLEEDING THROUGH, SUPERJOINT RITUAL's BOWER, STATETROOPER Form New Label and lots more click here to check it out
100 Most Metal Moments
BW&BK reports: VH1's 100 Most Metal Moments premieres on Monday, May 31 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
100 Most Metal Moments - The Big Ten is as follows... [see full story for descriptions]
10) DEF LEPPARD: Rick Allen's Arm
9) LED ZEPPELIN: Led Zeppelin Mud Shark
8) Groupies Unite @ Metal Sludge: Metal Sludge Chart
7) OZZY vs. Nikki Sixx: Ozzy vs. Nikki Gross-Out Showdown
6) JUDAS PRIEST/ROB HALFORD: Rob Halford Comes Out
5) SPINAL TAP
4) MOTLEY CRUE: The Dirt
3) DIO: Dio's Devil Horns
2) BLACK SABBATH
1) HEAR N' AID - Click Here for the Full Story
Hair Metal Summer
BW&BK reports: Further to our news yesterday that DOKKEN, L.A. GUNS, JACKYL will head out together for a six week North American tour starting in mid-June, BW&BK sources also state that WARRANT is not touring with GREAT WHITE, but they are doing about six shows together. As well, Jani Lane (ex-Warrant singer) and Kevin Dubrow (ex-QUIET RIOT frontman) are doing 20 shows - An Evening With Jani Lane And Kevin Dubrow.- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: The following new records hit stores on Tuesday, May 11th:
Killswitch Engage, "The End of Heartache"
Until the End, "Sorrow"
The Matches, "E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals"
Roughnecks, "Twenty Bucks And Two Black Eyes"
Killwhitneydead, "Never Good Enough For You"
The Red Chord, "Fused In Revolving Doors" (re-issue)
[see full story link for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Jacques leaves Phantom Planet
RIFTrock reports: The following is from Phantom Planet's website:
"The past ten years of my life have been extraordinaire. I have already experienced enough for a lifetime; years of extreme highs and extreme lows. I cherish these moments in my heart. Everything that I am, all of my personality quarks and eccentricity have been shaped by my experience in Phantom Planet. They are apart of me forever. However, I feel as though its time for me to graduate from the school of life Pp provided. While I await my future with open arms, I embrace my past whole-heartedly. I will always remember the ten years in my life when I lived the dream. Thank you for making it all possible. I will miss you all. Sincerely, Jacques" - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: ABBA's Benny requested Eddie to appear as Security in their new video 'Our Last Video Ever' premiered today to media in Istanbul.
Eddie has been hired as security for mini ABBA, and is seen keeping an eye on them in the video. Eddie and IRON MAIDEN have a very special relationship with Sweden and have always enjoyed huge success with regular appearances in the stadiums there - but until now they did not realize even ABBA were fans!!! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Clear Channel TV?
siN's metal news reports: Clear Channel not only dominates the music market, but now is turning away from giving you aural, to visual pleasure. Clear Channel Communications has set up a new business unit to produce live entertainment and related television programing with top advertisers, the company said on Tuesday. - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: Starting this week, SomeKindOfMonster.com will release a "webisode" each week until the North American premiere of the film on July 9th 2004 in New York City and San Francisco. Each "webisode" will be a short clip of the movie to give you a taste of what is to come in the full length feature. The first "webisode" will premiere this Thursday afternoon, May 13th- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: siN's metal news also has news on Hellfest, Slipknot, Motograter, Jimmy Bower speaks out, Insision Drummer Leaves Band, Edguy, Nuclear Assault Finishing Up New Album click here to check it out
Pearl Jam Friends
Launch reports: The music heard as Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel was about to board a plane to Paris in last week's final episode of "Friends" might have sounded familiar, but its usage was an unfamiliar situation for the artist in question.
In fact, the snippet of Pearl Jam's "Yellow Ledbetter" used in the scene marked the first time the veteran Seattle rock act had ever licensed its songs for a television show.
According to a group spokesperson, it was simply a matter of the show's producers asking permission, which Pearl Jam granted. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Electric Basement reports: WARRANT is heading out on a U.S. summer tour starting May 27th in York Pennsylvania @ The Hardware Bar. They will get down and dirty playing all of their hard-hitting biggest hits. Hitting 7 million in record sales worldwide, 5 top 40 hits and 5 top MTV videos, the "Down Boys" can still leave the crowds wanting more. Performing their popular songs ‘#2-Heaven,' ‘Down Boys' and of course ‘Cherry Pie.' Warrant's line-up consists of original members Erik Turner (guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass), Joey Allen (lead guitar), Steven Sweet (drums) and new addition Jaime St. James (vocals). [see full story for club, not arena dates] - Click Here for the Full Story
The Revolution Smile Carry
IAYM reports: Frontman Shaun Lopez recently updated on his project The Revolution Smile, saying that the band would be entering the studio in the summer to record their next album. - Click Here for the Full Story
Linkin Park Follow-Up
IAYM reports: Linkin Park plan to commence work on the follow-up to 2003's "Meteora" in October, following the summers "Projekt Revolution" live outing. Their current single 'Breaking The Habit' is the last which will be taken from the aforementioned album before they enter the studio- Click Here for the Full Story
Roger Waters Speaks
ArrowFM reports: June's issue of the UK's Uncut magazine features a beautiful color cover of the band Pink Floyd with the heading "Anger. Betrayal. Regret. The last days of Pink Floyd." This issue of Uncut includes an exclusive interview with former band member Roger Waters and an incredible selection of photos, ranging from the Seventies up till now. Notoriously secretive and private, Waters is surprisingly frank on such subjects as the decline of the band, the book Nick Mason is writing, The Final Cut and how memories can be seen differently by those involved. [see full story for more including a tidbit about "The Wall" on Broadway.]- Click Here for the Full Story
Brooklyn Celebrates Neil
ArrowFM reports: "Celebrate Brooklyn," an annual performing arts fest highlighting the arts and diversity of the New York neighborhood, will feature a multi-artist tribute to the songs of rocker Neil Young on June 26th at Prospect Park.- Click Here for the Full Story
Not So Brand New
Drowned in Sound reports: In what appears to be the month for reissues and general repackages in the chase for that elusive (see Goldfrapp and The Raveonettes) or long-awaited (see Keane) hit, current emo faves Brand New join the club on 17th May by re-releasing former single 'The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows'. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Drowned in Sound also has news on Starkey and George('s son): Oasis News Ahoy!, Damon Dashes Onward Without Beckham, CHARTS! Keane, Ash, etc etc, 3 Colours Reunion and more click here to check it out
The Beautiful Breakup
Knifeparty reports: Shawn and Josh of The Beautiful Mistake have left the band to pursue other goals. The separation was amicable. However expect some down time from the two remaining members, Josh Hagquist (singer) and Jon Berndtson (bassist), while they re-group.
If you're interested in trying out for the band, drop the guys an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Click Here for the Full Story
Libertines The New Clash?
Ananova reports: Clash legend Mick Jones says the Libertines' new album is "sensational".
Jones, who is co-producing the album with Bill Price, claims "A record as good as this only comes along once in a generation. Yeah, you had it with The Clash. And now it's The Libertines' turn." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Sonic Youth DVD
liveDaily reports: A new Sonic Youth DVD titled "Corporate Ghost - The Videos: 1990-2002," which collects all of the group's official music videos along with commentary and other previously unreleased bonuses, is set for release on June 8. The band's 19th album, "Sonic Nurse," hits stores the same day.- Click Here for the Full Story
Paris, Texas: Luck of the
French or Is It The Alamo?
Day in Rock reports: We receive bios for bands in all the time and usually they are just a by the numbers promo/history of the group. However, the Paris, Texas bio came in today and caught my attention. It seems that there are forces out there working against the band, great forces that want to see them fail, but they always seem to cheat those forces. So I figured we'd give em a little plug here, and maybe help em a little.
Here is the first paragraph so you'll get a feel for the full story. If you want to read the rest of their tale, then click the full story link and read on. Plus you can check out the first single from their album, which hits stores on June 8th.
"God was just a few hours off in trying to smite Paris Texas with a 15-ton backhoe. The band had left Madison's famed Smart Studios just hours before the vehicle smashed through a wall and into the very room where they'd been set up. Just think: Had the Almighty's sources been better, He could've finished the job, and Like You Like An Arsonist might never have been. " [see full story for the rest of the bio - click here to check out their first single- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Mudvayne will begin pre-production for the quartet's third, as-yet-untitled, Epic Records release with producer Dave Fortman (Superjoint Ritual, Evanescence). Singer, Chad Gray; guitarist, Greg Tribbett; bassist, Ryan Martinie and drummer Matt McDonough chose Fortman because they felt Dave could combine the band's extreme elements.
We've been extremely fortunate to work with some amazing producers, says Gray. Garth Richardson captured the band's raw energy on the first record and David Bottrill gave our music a three-dimensional quality on the second record. For this record, we asked Dave Fortman to produce because we wanted someone who can bring both of those elements together into a sound that's brutal and beautiful.
Scheduled for release this fall, the upcoming album follows the success of L.D. 50 and The End of All Things to Come — both of which were certified gold. - Click Here for the Full Story