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In both music and law, foundations and central tenets tend to stay the same–"blue notes" in rock and pop, "consideration" in contract law–but specifics of execution are regularly refined and redefined. This malleability requires constant scrutiny, yet gives practitioners room for innovation and growth.

The Discography Database covers back-story and legal precedent: the framework. This section, fed by news from Celebrity Access Eventwire, offers current events while they're still current. NOTE: As of April 26, 2012, this section is no longer updated. Ignore the parenthetical below saying otherwise. Sorry.

(News is updated near the end of each week.)

Underage Drinking Nets 189 Country Thunder Arrests
"State liquor agents say 189 people were arrested for underage drinking-related crimes at this month's Country Thunder music festival in Florence.…"

Arkansas Deceptive Practices Law Applies To Ticketmaster, Court Rules
"The state's law on deceptive practices applies to Ticketmaster and its parent company, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday, but the high court stopped of offering an opinion on whether the company's fees violate the statute.…"

Philly Orchestra, Musicians' Pension Fund Settle
"The Philadelphia Orchestra says it has reached a settlement with the national pension fund representing musicians for the financially struggling organization.…"

TicketNetwork CEO Seeks Probabtion In Hate Crime Case
"The chief executive officer of TicketNetwork Inc. is seeking a probation program in connection with an alleged hate crime outside an Oscars night party in Hartford two months ago.…"

Ted Nugent Agrees To Plead Guilty In Illegal Kill
"Rocker and wildlife hunter Ted Nugent has agreed to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in southeast Alaska.…"

New Vinyl Album Releases Give Record Stores A Kick
"Think Katy Perry and vinyl, and a hip-hugging dress might come to mind.…"

Russian Court Extends Jail Time For Punk Rockers
"Three female punk rockers who mocked Vladimir Putin in a surprise protest inside Russia's main Orthodox church will be kept in jail, a Moscow court ruled Thursday.…"

Secret Service Meets With Nugent
"Rocker and gun rights champion Ted Nugent says he will meet with the Secret Service on Thursday to explain his raucous remarks about what he called Barack Obama's "evil, America-hating administration" – comments some critics interpreted as a threat against the president.…"

EU Approves Sony EMI Merger
"The European Union's competition regulator on Thursday approved the acquisition of part of famous British music company EMI by a group of investors led by Sony.…"

Fake Bieber Accused Of Abusing NJ Girl Online
"Authorities have accused a Justin Bieber impersonator in Canada of threatening and sexually abusing a 12-year-old New Jersey girl on a video chat site.…"

Police Arrest Guard, Recover Tom Petty Guitars
"It was a heartbreaker for Tom Petty and the band when someone stole five of their precious guitars from a soundstage, but it was music to their ears when police in Southern California announced Tuesday that the instruments had been recovered and a security guard was under arrest.…"

Tour Manager May Be Key To Stage Collapse Lawsuits
"The tour manager who was widely credited with saving the lives of country duo Sugarland before a deadly stage collapse at last summer's Indiana State Fair has become a central focus of lawyers seeking millions in damages for the families of seven people who died and dozens who were injured.…"

Leonard Cohen's Former Business Manager Convicted
"A jury convicted Leonard Cohen’s former business manager Thursday of harassing the singer-songwriter and repeatedly violating a court order to stop contacting him.…"

Apple Denies US Accusation Of Collusion On E-books
"Apple Inc. says the accusation that it conspired with major book publishers to raise the price of e-books is untrue.…"

Collapsed Indiana State Fair Stage Not Up To Code
"The stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people during last summer's Indiana State Fair wasn't up to industry standards and the tragedy was compounded by the lack of a fully developed emergency plan, according to two reports released Thursday.…"

Artists And Innovators To 'Rethink Music' 2012
"Business leaders and artists will come together to generate solutions to transform the music industry at the second Rethink Music conference. …"

Police Say No Crime Occurred In Houston's Death
"Police have closed their investigation into Whitney Houston's death without finding any evidence to suggest it was anything than an accidental drowning, investigators announced Wednesday.…"

Facing Record Losses, Sony To Trim 10k Jobs
"Faced with mounting losses, Sony Corp. said Thursday it will slash 10,000 jobs, or about 6 percent of its global workforce, and try to turn around its money-losing TV business over the next two years.…"

US Sues Apple Over E-Book Price Fixing Allegations
"The Justice Department and several states have sued Apple Inc. and major book publishers, alleging a conspiracy to raise the price of electronic books that Attorney General Eric Holder says cost consumers millions of dollars.…"

Jimmy Iovine Calls Subscription Music 'Culturally Inadequate' Plans Alternative
"Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, is dissatisfied with the current state of subscription music and has plans to do something about it. But what concerns Iovine is not the revenue paid to artists and labels, but rather the quality of the experience.…"

Randy Travis Sued By Ex-Wife And Former Manager
"Randy Travis is being sued by his ex-wife and former manager. Travis said in a statement that the lawsuit filed last week by Elizabeth Travis won't stand up in court.…"

Amazon Digital Sales Up 29%, iTunes Sales Flat
"Amazon's digital sales grew 29% in Q1 2012 compared to Q4 2011. iTunes sales were relatively flat with only 2% growth over the same period, according to eDataSource.…"

Three Ex-Bandmates File Suit Against Chris Daughtry
"Three of Chris Daughtry's former bandmates are suing him, claiming he defrauded them out of proceeds from four songs that included music and lyrics they wrote together.…"

Rapper Who Admitted 1993 NYC Shooting Faces Trial
"Almost a decade after a brief turn on rap's fast track, G. Dep was aiming toward a comeback. But then he went to a police station to reveal a damning secret: He'd shot a stranger while trying to mug him 17 years before.…"

Former Manager Sues LMFAO
"Pop-dance group LMFAO has been slapped with lawsuit by a former manager to the tune of $7 million.…"

Stuntman Claims He Was Injured At NY 'Spider-Man'
"A stuntman who claims he suffered a concussion, whiplash and two holes in his knees while performing in Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has asked producers to turn over any relevant information as he weighs pursuing a negligence lawsuit.…"

Live Nation Acquires Michael Coppel Presents
"Live Nation has acquired one of the leading promoters in the Australian and New Zealand markets, Michael Coppel Presents.…"

Spotify Indefinitely Extends Free Listening In U.S.
"It's been nine months since Spotfy launched in the U.S. and if the music streamer mirrored its own European rules, many of its free accounts were about to become limited to 10 hours of listening per month. But this morning Spotify announ…"

Man Pleads Guilty In Rap Concert Scheme
"A San Francisco man is facing time in federal prison after admitting to stealing more than $1 million from investors in a scheme involving the promotion of rap concerts.…"

Tennessee Legislature Shelves Secondary Ticket Market Legislation
"A bill to regulate the secondary ticket market in Tennessee was shelved on Tuesday when the state's Senate shuffled the legislation into a sub-committee study group for "further exploration."…"

No Honor Among Alleged Thieves In Phony Swift Concert Scam
"One defendant is blaming the other in a New York case involving a fake Taylor Swift concert.…"

Sons Of Sugar Hill Label Founders Face Tax Charges
"Three sons of the founders of the Sugar Hill Records hip-hop recording label pleaded guilty Thursday to tax evasion charges.…"

Winehouse Family To Get Her $4.66 Million Fortune
"Records show Amy Winehouse left an estate worth 2.94 million pounds ($4.66 million)) after her death last year.…"

Universal To Sell 3 Major Catalogs For $200M To Finance EMI Deal
"Universal Music is hoping to sell 3 major music catalogs to help finance it's $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI’s recorded music business from Citigroup. Universal has reportedly hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to find a buyer expected to pay as much as $200 million.…"

Live Nation Wins Summary Judgements In Anti-Trust Lawsuit
"Live Nation has been granted favorable summary judgements in two anti-trust class action litigations that had been brought against the company when they were still part of Clear Channel.…"

Sony Offers EU Concessions In EMI Music Deal
"A group of investors led by Sony has offered concessions to the European Union to get approval for its deal to buy part of iconic British music company EMI, the bloc's competition regulator said Tuesday.…"

Woman Charged With Break-In At Cowell's House
"A woman accused of breaking into Simon Cowell's house wielding a broken brick and then hiding in the entertainment mogul's wardrobe appeared in a London court Monday.…"

EU Launches In-Depth Probe Of Universal's EMI Deal
"The European Union's competition regulator on Friday launched an in-depth probe of Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of part of the iconic British music company EMI -- home to The Beatles, Coldplay and Katie Perry.…"

Judge Orders Sugarland Singer To Testify In April
"An Indiana judge ordered lead singer Jennifer Nettles of the country duo Sugarland on Friday to give a deposition next month in lawsuits filed over August's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.…"

Stage Company Seeks To Depose Sugarland
"The company that built stage rigging involved in August's Indiana State Fair stage collapse wants a judge to order members of country band Sugarland to provide depositions in lawsuits filed over the deadly accident.…"

Boston Police Pull The Plug On Odd Future Show
"A show at the Boston House of Blues by Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future was abruptly shut down by police mid-performance.…"

Nevada Regulators OK Jimmy Buffett Casino License
"Nevada gambling regulators have approved a license that will let singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett share in the gambling revenues from his Margaritaville casino in Las Vegas.…"

Spotify Adds 12 New Apps, Including First From Labels Def Jam, Warners, Matador
"Custom apps are helping Spotify stand apart from increasingly aggressive competitors, as well as, driving discovery and engagement.…"

Rock-A-Fella Records Co-Founder Kareem Burke Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges
"A former Jay-Z business partner and founder of the Roc-A-Fella record label pleaded guilty Thursday to marijuana distribution charges.…"

Live Nation Wins Ticketing Patent Infringement Lawsuit
"A federal jury has decided in favor of Live Nation in a case brought against the promoter alleging patent violations in technology to reserve specific seats at events.…"

Islamic Council Nixes Lady G
"A representative from Indonesia's highest Islamic authority has issued a statement saying that Muslims should avoid attending an upcoming concert by Lady Gaga, who threatens to undermine the nation's moral values.…"

2 Shot In Disturbance After Tyga Concert In Omaha
"Two people have minor injuries after a shooting following a rowdy concert by rapper Tyga (TY'-guh) in Nebraska.…"

MTV Launching Broad Online Store For Musicians
"MTV is launching a broad platform of musician Web pages in a bid to replace MySpace.…"

Venue Owner Arrested, Club Shuttered Following Shooting Incident
"Police have arrested the owner of Tempe venue The Clubhouse and the venue has been shuttered in the wake of a gang-related shooting following a Nipsy Hussle show that left 16 people wounded.…"

Settlement Reached In Secret Jackson Taping Case
"Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos and his law partner have settled a lawsuit for $2.5 million against the owner of a defunct charter jet company that secretly recorded the men and Michael Jackson as they flew from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara for the pop star to turn himself in on child molestation charges.…"

Yahoo Sues Facebook Over Patents
"Yahoo is suing Facebook over patents, just weeks before the social-networking heavyweight is due to cash in with its initial public offering of stock.…"

Coolio Arrested In Vegas On Outstanding Warrant
"Rapper Coolio was arrested on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.…"

Boston Bans Mosh Pits
"Add slam dancing to activities banned in Boston.…"

Charges Dismissed Against Ardent NYC Madonna Fan
"A judge has dismissed charges against a retired firefighter arrested after he scrawled messages of adoration to Madonna on the sidewalk outside her New York City apartment building.…"

Russian Punk Rockers In Jail For Anti-Putin Prayer
"A Russian court ordered two female punk rockers to remain in jail Wednesday for praying to the Virgin Mary to deliver the nation from Vladimir Putin in a surprise performance in the country's main Orthodox cathedral.…"

Suspect In Slaying Of Cabral Arrives In Guatemala
"A Costa Rican man who authorities say may have links to Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel arrived Wednesday in Guatemala to face charges in last year's fatal shooting of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral.…"

Apple's Market Clout Likely To Draw More Scrutiny
"In everything it does, from product design to business deals, Apple strives for as much control as possible.…"

Sequoia Capital Buys In With Songkick
"California-based venture capital firm Sequoia Capital has expressed their enthusiasm for U.K. music startup Songkick, investing $10 million into the company.…"

Spotify Says It Wants To Be The 'Operating System For All Music'
"It's an ambitious plan, but Spotify hopes to become the operating system for all music, according to a top executive. "Everyone has their individual idea for what Spotify should do next, which is why we love music apps," says Sten Garmark, Spotify's director of platform.…"

Fender Files For $200m IPO
"Fender Musical Instruments Corp., the maker of legendary guitars strummed by the likes of Buddy Holly, Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton, filed papers Thursday for a $200 million initial public offering.…"

Houston's Lawyer Calls Her Will 'Straightforward'
"A lawyer for Whitney Houston said Thursday that her will is a "straightforward" case and expects no complications with the administration of her estate.…"

Jimmy Buffett 1 Step Closer To Casino License
"Jimmy Buffett is one step closer to sharing in the gambling revenue his Parrotheads deliver to his Margaritaville casino in Sin City.…"

DOJ Prepares To Bring Anti-Trust Suit Against Apple, Major Publishers
"The United States Department of Justice has warned Apple and five major book publishers that it intends to sue them over allegations of colluding to raise prices on electronic books.…"

Banda Black Market Suspected As Calif Tubas Vanish
"They've still got their trombones and their trumpets, their cornets and their clarinets. But the high school marching bands of Southern California are tuba-less these days, and their music directors think they know why.…"

Arkansas Court To Hear Aldean Tickets Case

140 Arrested At Snowball Festival
"Dozens of people are facing various charges after being taken into custody during the three-day SnowBall music festival in Avon.…"

Lawyer: Jackson Theft Accused Will Prove Innocence
"Two Michael Jackson fans accused of stealing unreleased music by the late King of Pop from Sony's computers are confident they can prove their innocence in court, their lawyer said Wednesday.…"

Digital Distributors The Orchard & IODA Merge
"The Orchard and IODA are merging. A joint statement from both digital music distributors confirmed that the combined company will be called The Orchard.…"

Audiogalaxy Takes On Pandora, iTunes Match & Major Label Lawyers
"Seattle based Audiogalaxy has launched a free online music streaming and locker service that combines the best of both with iTune's Match and Pandora. Audiogalaxy also seems certain to feel the legal wrath of record labels and other right-holders.…"

Live Nation Acquires
"Live Nation has announced the acquisition of, an online community of music enthusiasts who share concert set lists.…"

Rapper Denounces Shooting At Arizona Nightclub
"A rapper who was to perform at an Arizona nightclub until a shootout outside left 14 people wounded says his thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of "this senseless act of violence."…"

MC5'S Wayne Kramer Returns To Jail With Guitars
"He spent two years in a federal lockup for trying to sell cocaine to undercover agents, and all Wayne Kramer can think about these days is trying to find a way to get back behind bars.…"

INgrooves Buys Fontana Distribution From Universal
"Digital music distributor INgrooves has acquired physical music distributor Fontana from Universal Music Group. Fontana has served as the U.S. distributor for such independent labels as Dangerbird, ECMD, Filter, Ministry Of Sound, NastBoy, Vagrant and VP.…"

Julie Taymor Claims There Was A 'Spider-Man' Plot
"Director Julie Taymor has hit back at her former creative partners in "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," arguing in court papers that she was the victim of a conspiracy to unfairly push her out of the production and that her one-time collaborators were secretly working on a rival script behind her back.…"

Merlin Settles Limewire Lawsuit, Payouts To Match Major Label Deal
"Global independent music rights agency Merlin has settled a long running legal battle with defunct p2p service LimeWire.…"

At Least 20 Injured In Bleacher Collapse In Stockholm
"Police in Sweden say a set of bleachers collapsed during a concert in Stockholm, injuring about 20 teenagers, one of them seriously.…"

Indiana Stage Bill Passes State House
"All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.…"

Radiohead Sidesteps Secondary Ticket Market
"Radiohead is looking to sidestep the thriving secondary ticketing market by partnering with the fan-to-fan orientated Ticket Trust for its forthcoming U.K. tour.…"

Grammy Museum Seeks State Money
"A Cleveland group raising money for a satellite Grammy museum to celebrate Mississippi's rich musical heritage is seeking $6 million for the cause.…"

Singer Gets 6 Years For Smuggling Drugs In DR
"A court in the Dominican Republic has sentenced a New York singer to six years in prison for drug trafficking for trying to smuggle more than a kilogram of heroin in his stomach on board a U.S.-bound flight.…"

TicketNetwork CEO Takes Leave Following Arrest
"The CEO of online ticket exchange TicketNetwork says he's taking a leave of absence, hours after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state is examining a loan deal with the company following the CEO's arrest at an Oscar party.…"

Malaysia Bans Erykah Badu Show Over Allah Body Art
"Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body.…"

Ticket Fiasco Fires Up ‘Burning Man’ Fest
"The biggest prior threats to Burning Man’s annual regeneration in the Black Rock Desert were U.S. land use laws, undercover cops and the media-perpetuated perception that the largest outdoor arts festival in North America is really just an excuse to get naked and do drugs.…"

Rapper Jim Jones Arrested After Fight At Foxwoods
"Rapper Jim Jones was arrested Saturday in a brawl that broke out after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, police said.…"

Charlotte Church Gets $951,000 In Murdoch Hacking Case
"Charlotte Church, who told a media inquiry of being hounded by Rupert Murdoch's journalists when she was a teen singing sensation, received 600,000 pounds ($951,000) Monday in a settlement from News International.…"

UK Investigative Report Alleges Widespread Primary Ticket Allocations Going To Secondary Market Sites
"An investigative program by UK broadcaster Channel 4 alleged that thousands of tickets being sold of secondary ticketing websites such as Viagogo and Seatwave, which claim to be fan-to-fan are instead being sold by insiders such as event promoters and artist reps.…"

ReThink Music Announces Presenter Lineup - Early Bird Sign Up Available
"Organizers for Rethink Music have announced the initial lineup of presenters for the second edition of ReThink Music, which is set to take place in Boston on April 23 & 24.…"

Black Residents Frustrated By 'Limited Access' To Restored Theatre
"Black residents in a Lexington neighborhood who worked hard to restore a historic theatre are complaining that they aren't able to use it.…"

Miami Beach Police Check Brown Phone Theft Claim
"Police are investigating a woman's claim that singer Chris Brown stole her iPhone outside a South Beach nightclub when she tried to take a picture of him.…"

Singer Charlotte Church Settles Phone Hack Claim
"Singer Charlotte Church, a former teen sensation who has been the subject of intense tabloid intrusion, has settled her phone-hacking lawsuit against the publisher of the News of the World tabloid, lawyers told Britain's High Court on Thursday.…"

Appeals Court Rules Against Roger Miller's Widow
"A federal appeals court says the widow of country music legend Roger Miller doesn't own the rights to some of his biggest hits, including "King of the Road."…"

Jackson Estate, Former Manager In Legal Battle Over Earnings
"A legal war erupted Friday over earnings from Michael Jackson’s estate with a former manager claiming a 15 percent stake and the singer’s executors seeking to block any payments to the former adviser.…"

Judge Dismisses AEG Live From Joe Jackson Lawsuit
"A judge granted a motion Tuesday to dismiss concert promoter AEG Live from a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's father.…"

Journey Drummer Ordered To Anger Management
"Drummer Deen Castronovo from the rock group Journey was sentenced to 80 hours of community service in Oregon and ordered to attend anger-management classes for a domestic violence dispute.…"

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Released On Bail
"KIM Dotcom is spending his first full day out of custody in more than a month after being granted bail.…"

Sugarland Lawyer Blames Fans For Indiana Injuries
"Fans who were killed and injured when stage rigging and sound equipment collapsed onto them as they awaited a Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair failed to take steps to ensure their own safety and are at least in part to blame for their injuries, the country duo's attorneys said.…"

Universal Requests EU Approval to Purchase EMI's Labels
"Vivendi's Universal Music Group has formally requested European Union regulators' approval to buy EMI's recorded-music division. An initial deadline of March 23 was set for a ruling on the deal, according to the European Commission.…"

Seating Collapse At Chinese Concert Leaves Scores Injured
"A seating section has collapsed at a concert by Hong Kong pop star Wang Fei in southwest China, injuring 64 people.…"

R&B Singer Robin Thicke Arrested On NYC Pot Charge
"Police say R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke has been arrested on a minor drug charge in New York City.…"

Attack At Hedley Concert Leaves One Dead
"Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Dawson Creek are investigating a violent assault that left one man dead at a concert by pop-rockers Hedley at the Encana Events Centre.…"

Promoter: Sugarland Resisted Delaying Indiana Concert Before Stage Collapse
"Country duo Sugarland resisted delaying the start of a concert last August at the Indiana State Fair despite threatening weather that later caused a deadly stage collapse, the fair's top official testified in a lawsuit against the company that built the stage rigging.…"

AmazonMP3 Pulls All TuneCore Tracks In EU & UK
"TuneCore informed its clients today that AmazonMP3 had pulled all of their recordings from sale in the UK and European Union. …"

IAVM Reorganizes
"The International Association of Venue Managers has restructured its staff in an effort to better service its membership.…"

Neil Young: Piracy Is The New Radio
"Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs.…"

Amy Winehouse Coroner Resigns, Family Seeks Advice
"The coroner who oversaw the inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse has resigned after her qualifications were questioned, her boss said Wednesday -- raising the possibility the investigation may have to be held again.…"

Bronfman: EMI Sale 'Dangerous'
"Outgoing Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. says the proposed purchase of British recording company EMI by recording rivals Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV is "dangerous" and must be stopped by regulators.…"

Police: Elephant Man Charged With Rape
"Police say they have arrested a Jamaican dancehall star accused of raping a 31-year-old woman at his home on the island.…"

Senegalese Pop Star Ndour In Altercation With Police
"An Associated Press reporter saw police tussle with international pop star Youssou Ndour, who was pushed back by police when he tried to enter a police station where a leading opposition figure is being detained.…"

MuscTank To Take Up The Streaming Debate
"As the streaming debate continues, MusicTank will hold their first think tank of 2012, dubbed ‘The Big Question: Can Streaming Go Mainstream?’ with panellists from EMI Music, The FAC and Spotify.…"

Okla. Hospital Must Pay $1M To Garth Brooks
"An Oklahoma hospital that failed to build a women's health center in honor of Garth Brooks' late mother must pay the country singer $1 million, a jury has ruled.…"

Jay-Z's 40/40 Club Briefly Shuttered For Numerous Health Code Violations
"The 40/40 club ran into a little snag just one day after their much-ballyhooed grand re-opening when inspectors shut the club down by the Department of Health.…"

Megaupload Lawyers Up
"When Megaupload executives arrive in court to answer charges that they orchestrated a massive online piracy scheme, they’ll be backed by a prominent lawyer who has defended Bill Clinton against sexual harassment charges and Enron against allegations of corporate fraud.…"

Supreme Court OK's Recopyrighting Of Public Domain Material
"The Supreme Court upheld a law Wednesday giving U.S. copyright protection to paintings by Pablo Picasso, films of Alfred Hitchcock, music from Igor Stravinsky and millions of other works by foreign artists that had been freely available.…"

Jim Reeves' Music Royalties At Issue In Trial
"A trial over how music royalties of the late country singer "Gentleman" Jim Reeves should be split is set to begin this week.…"

Web Music Revenue Growth Stuck In Single Figures
"A report by the global music industry lobbying group says the growth in digital revenues remains stuck in the single figures.…"

Florida Man Sentenced For Promoting Fake Concert
"A Florida man involved in schemes to promote and sell tickets to non-existent concerts in Iowa and other states has been sentenced to six years in federal prison.…"

Following Protests, Congress Shelves SOPA & PIPA
"Caving to a massive campaign by Internet services and their millions of users, Congress indefinitely postponed legislation Friday to stop online piracy of movies and music costing U.S. companies billions of dollars every year.…"

Feds Shutter Major File Sharing Website
"One of the world's largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said.…"

Officials Allow Queensland Neo-Nazi Music Fest To Proceed
"City officials say that there is nothing they can do to block Hammered Music, a neo-Nazi music festival set to be held in Brisbane in April, according to the Courier-Mail.…"

NYC City Opera Reaches Tentative Deal With Union
"The New York City Opera and the union representing its orchestra have reached a tentative contract agreement.…"

Major Sites Blacked Out In SOPA Protest
"January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content.…"

Police Disperse Large, Unruly Crowd At Knitting Factory
"Spokane Police responding to early morning calls of shots fired in downtown Spokane claim they were forced to use pepper spray to disperse a large crowd unruly people outside of the Knitting Factory on Jan 16th.…"

Lookout! Records To Shutter
"Lookout! Records, the former label home of pop-punk band Green Day has announced they will be ceasing operation over the next few months.…"

Spider Man Producers Hit Taymor With Countersuit
"Producers of Broadway’s "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have fired back in their legal fight with one-time director Julie Taymor, claiming the woman who they once called a visionary later failed to fulfill her legal obligations, wrote a "disjointed" and "hallucinogenic" musical, and refused to collaborate on changes when the $75 million show was in trouble.…"

Hospital Says Brooks' Gift Came With No Obligation
"The lawyer for an Oklahoma hospital that accepted a half-million-dollar gift from Garth Brooks in 2005 says the country singer knew when he made the donation that it came with no strings attached.…"

Bruno Mars Clear Of Vegas Cocaine Possession Case
"Pop star Bruno Mars was cleared of a felony cocaine possession case in Las Vegas on Wednesday, after his attorneys told a state court judge the Grammy-winning pop star stayed out of trouble, performed community service and met other conditions of a plea deal reached almost a year ago.…"

Jackson Doc Won't Be Asked To Pay Restitution
"Prosecutors will not seek restitution against the doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson after conferring with the singer's parents and attorneys for his estate and children.…"

Google Tackles Online Privacy In Unusual Ad Blitz
"Google is focusing on the importance of protecting personal information in an unusual marketing campaign for a company that has been blasted for its own online privacy lapses and practices.…"

Indiana Stage Inspection Bill Moves Forward
"All outdoor stages in Indiana would have to pass inspections before any performances under a bill approved by a state Senate committee. …"

Jeezy Concert Suit Dismissed
"A judge has moved to dismiss a lawsuit brought against a university alleging breach of contract over a scrapped concert by hip-hop artist Jeezy in August 2010. …"

Meet Clear Channel Media
"Clear Channel Radio has changed the name of their division to Clear Channel Media to better reflect the evolution of its business.…"

Apple Discloses Suppliers For The First Time
"Apple has disclosed a list of its suppliers for the iPhone, iPad and other popular gadgets for the first time amid growing criticism over labor and environmental practices, especially in China.…"

Lil Wayne Writing Prison Memoir
"Lil Wayne is offering a literary tour of his prison days.…"

Howard Stringer To Step Down At Sony
"Howard Stringer, the Welsh-born American head of Japanese games, music and electronics giant Sony, is to step down as the firm's president, reports said Saturday, while remaining CEO and chairman.…"

NY Health Officials Probe Complaints Againt Beyonce
"New York health officials are investigating complaints patients in a hospital neonatal unit were mistreated while Beyonce and Jay-Z were there giving birth to their daughter.…"

Dutch Court Orders Companies To Block Pirate Bay
"A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered two major Internet service providers in the Netherlands to block their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay website or face large fines.…"

Snoop Dog Hit With Minor Drug Charge In Texas
"Rapper Snoop Dogg is facing a minor drug charge in Texas after border agents say they found several joints on his tour bus.…"

New York City Opera Announces Musician Lockout
"A bitter contract dispute has led to a lockout of musicians at the New York City Opera, a possible "death knell" for a company that's nurtured such singers as Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills.…"

Spotify U.S. Users: Say Goodbye To Free Music
"Just six months a ago Spotiify launched with great fanfare in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands signed up to enjoy unlimited free music. An integration with Facebook brought even higher numbers. …"

Stampede Kills 3 At Lahore Concert
"A stampede at a concert by Pakistani pop star Atif Aslam at the Alhamra Cultural Complex in Lahore, left three girls dead and dozens injured.…"

Man Stabbed At Gregg Allman Concert In Tennessee
"A man was stabbed during a Gregg Allman performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and a concertgoer has been charged in the assault.…"

Free-Speech Group Backs County's Jesus Fest
"A free-expression advocacy group is defending Harrison County's sponsorship of a Christian music festival.…"

US Album Sales Rise For First Time Since 2004
"U.S. album sales rose more than 3 percent last year for the first gain since 2004 -- a sign that rising digital sales are finally stemming the decade-long decline of compact discs.…"

Pa. Man Sues Wiz Khalifa For $2.3M Over Hit Song
"A Pittsburgh rapper is suing hip hop star Wiz Khalifa for $2.3 million over allegations that he stole the hit song "Black and Yellow."…"

Death Of CSU Student During Concert Ruled Accidental
"Coroner's officials say the death of a 20-year-old Highlands Ranch man who fell while climbing down closed bleachers after a concert in Broomfield was accidental.…"

Lil Danger Pleads Not 'Dangerous'
"Extra officers helped maintain security Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court at the arraignment for a rapper charged with murder in the shooting of another rapper at a hotel after a Spokane concert.…"

Senegal Music Star Ndour Makes Bid For Presidency
"World music icon Youssou Ndour says he plans to run in Senegal's presidential election next month, challenging an 85-year-old incumbent whose plans to seek a third term have sparked violent protests.…"

Palestinians Block Show By Israeli-Arab Singer
"A popular Israeli-Arab singer had to cancel a show on New Year's Eve in the West Bank because of threats from Palestinian activists opposed to coexistence with Israel, the performer and police said.…"

Digital Music Startup Beyond Oblivion Burns Through $87M, Crashes Before Launch
"Beyond Oblivian has sung its last song before launching its first product, a music service dubbed "bionic". Funded by News Corp, The Wellcome Foundation and media investment bank Allen & Co, the company burned through $87 million since opening in 2008…"

LMFAO Stop Honduras Concert Due To Fire, Criminal Hand Suspected
"The 'Sexy and I Know It' duo were forced to stop their Wednesday night show after a fire broke out in the venue, causing a reported 15 injuries from smoke inhalation.…"

Peter Frampton & The Knack Sue Universal Music Over Digital Payments
"Singer and guitarist Peter Frampton has sued Universal Music Group's A&M Records over digital download royalties.…"

Indianapolis Women Faked Injury Claims For Stage Collapse
"Prosecutors have charged two Indianapolis women with making false claims to try to collect money from funds intended for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.…"

Rapper C-Murder's Conviction, Sentence Upheld
"A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence for rapper C-Murder.…"

Cleveland Library Patrons Enjoy Free Music Downloads
"A program that allows patrons of Cleveland-area libraries to download three free music files a week is growing in popularity.…"

Pandora Launches Web Hub
"Pandora has announced an online extension of the free, live concert series that the company debuted earlier in the month. The Pandora live concert series hub is currently sponsored by Budweiser.…"

Live Nation's Alleged ‘Strong Arm' Leads To Lawsuit From NJ Promoters
"Live Nation is facing a lawsuit from two local New Jersey concert promoters after they claimed Live Nation used threats and coercion to prevent the promoters from booking acts for the State Fair Meadowlands last summer.…"

Young Buck Could Lose Name In Bankruptcy Case
"Rapper Young Buck could lose his name and other assets in a bankruptcy case that the rapper says is frustrating his attempts to sign with a new record label.…"

Serbia Folk Diva Back In Court
"Serbia's folk diva Svetlana Raznatovic on Monday denied charges of violent behavior she and another defendant are facing for allegedly insulting and beating up the manager of a football club.…"

Rapper ‘Tyler, The Creator’ Arrested For Felony Vandalism
"The rapper known as "Tyler, the Creator," was arrested after authorities say he got rowdy following a show at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.…"

Finnish Police Detain Lambert After Bar Brawl
"Finnish police say they detained Adam Lambert after he assaulted people who tried to break up a fight between the former "American Idol" star and his boyfriend in downtown Helsinki.…"

Three Essential Music Sites You Need To Use In 2012
"Hot on the agenda for 2012 will be how Spotify performs and is utilized by artists, both established and fledgling. However, the most important sites are likely to be the ones that have already built a strong and dedicated user base.…"

MySpace Reboots With Focus On Music, Facebook Integration
"Months after it was purchased by online ad firm Specific Media at a fire sale price, MySpace is finally getting a makeover. The focus, as the new owners promised, is on music and includes full Facebook integration, a final admission that MySpace is no longer the social network it was created to be. …"

New Music Seminar Returns To NYC June 17-19, 2012
"This year’s New Music Seminar (NMS) has been announced for June 17-19, 2012 in New York City. The conference will open with keynote speaker Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel. Pittman has been a key player in Clear Channel Radio's Pandora-like digital radio platform, iHeartRadio. …"

Judge Shifts Expenses From Jackson Executors
"The executors of Michael Jackson's estate will no longer have to pay some legal expenses and other costs out of their own pockets after a judge approved changes Monday to the estate that has earned hundreds of millions of dollars since the pop star's death.…"

Michael Jackson House Contents Sell For Nearly $1M
"The contents of the home where Michael Jackson lived with his three children just before his death have sold for nearly $1 million at auction.…"

Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Nearly Settled
"Nearly all of the claimants have accepted Indiana's settlement offers over the State Fair stage collapse.…"

Buju Banton To Appeal Drug Conviction
"Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton claims in an appeal of his federal drug conviction there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy.…"

Warner Music And Sony To Join Universal In Lawsuit Against Grooveshark
"Sony Music Entertainment and the Warner Music Group are reportedly joining Universal Music Group in their lawsuit against Grooveshark. The suit, already filed in United States District Court in Manhattan, alleges that Grooveshark engaged in large scale and long term copyright infringement encouraged by company executives.…"

Live Nation Acquires BigChampagne Media Measurement
"Live Nation Entertainment has acquired BigChampagne Media Measurement, a leading developer of technologies for collecting, analyzing and distributing media metrics.…"

Madonna Signs With Interscope
"Madonna has signed with Interscope, a source close to the situation confirmed to on Dec. 14.…"

Rodney Atkins Denies Assault Charges
"Rodney Atkins has filed for divorce and his attorney denied Thursday the country singer assaulted his wife last month.…"

Stage Collapse Kills 1 Worker, Injures 8
"An under-construction stage being prepped for a show by Italian rocker Jovanotti collapsed, leaving one worker dead and eight injured.…"

Man Charged In Attack On Simmons Site
"A Connecticut man affiliated with a hacking group was arrested Tuesday on federal charges for an attack on a website belonging to Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, authorities said.…"

Indonesian Punk Fans Detained For Attending Concert
"Indonesian authorities in the conservative Aceh region raided a punk concert and detained attendees, forcing them to shave their mohawks, take a group bath and brush their teeth.…"

Rara Streaming Music Service Launches With Support From Majors
"A new streaming music service has launched in 16 countries (with more on the way) boasting international licensing agreements with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group.…"

Apple Launches iTunes Stores In Latin America
"Apple has launched its iTunes store in Brazil and 15 other Latin American countries, the company said Tuesday, making available for sale more than 20 million songs in a region where music piracy is rampant.…"

Stolen Guitar Found, But Pearl Jam Autographs Gone
"Police in Vermont say a stolen 1972 Fender Telecaster electric guitar autographed by members of Pearl Jam for a teenager with a brain tumor has been recovered - but the signatures are gone.…"

RIAA Says Without Them, Music Would Not Be 'A Flourishing Legal Marketplace'
"In a Nashville's Tennessean op-ed, Liz Kennedy, Director of Communications for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) set out to defend their history of lawsuits and lobbying.…"

Roots Forced To Clear Songs Due To Bachmann Debacle
"NBC is now checking the songs the Roots play on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" after the band performed an off-color song during Michele Bachmann's show appearance last month.…"

Indiana Offers $300K To Stage Collapse Victims
"The state is offering at least $300,000 to families of each of the seven people who died after a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, with more available for those whose loved ones spent days hospitalized before their deaths, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday.…"

Edgar Bronfman Jr. To Step Down As WMG Chairman
"Warner Music Group Chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr., who stepped down as CEO earlier this year, announced to the company's staff that he's relinquishing the chairman role as well.…"

Police Investigating Missing Bayfront Blues Fest Cash
"Duluth police are investigating the alleged theft of thousands of dollars from the Bayfront Blues Fest in August.…"

NY Prosecutor Alleges Scammers Bilked Musician Out Of $20M
"A wealthy musician lost $20 million over six years to scammers who persuaded him - after finding a virus on his computer - of threats against him coming out of Central America, Opus Dei and the CIA, a prosecutor said Tuesday.…"

Live Nation Signs Extensive Sponsorship Deal With Hertz
"The Hertz car rental company has signed a multi-year sponsorship and marketing deal with Live Nation, dubbed "Movin' With Music."…"

Strikes, Call For Boycott Threatened At NYC Opera
"New York City Opera declared an impasse Thursday in contract negotiations with unions for its singers and musicians, threatening to present its abbreviated season without them and unilaterally imposing new work rules.…"

Bought A Ticketmaster Ticket In The Last 12 Years? You're About To Get A Refund
"If you used Ticketmaster's website to buy tickets between October 21, 1999 and October 19, 2011, you're likely to be eligible for a refund. …"

Bob Marley Heirs Sue Half Brother Over Name Use
"A feud has erupted within the first family of reggae, with the widow and nine children of Bob Marley suing his half brother to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and profit from other businesses in his native Jamaica.…"

Tommy Lee Sued By Former Assistant
"A former assistant for Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has filed a lawsuit against Lee and his company Mayhem Touring, alleging unreasonable working conditions and claiming that he is owed pay.…"

Occupy The Music Industry
"The falling security of the US economy bears an uncanny resemblance to the relative microcosm that is the music Industry. The occupy movements 99% are angry at the 1% with all the wealth.…"

Drake Reportedly Ditches His Management Team
"Canadian rapper Drake has fired his management team at Hip Hop Since 1978, including Cortez Bryant and Al Branch; as well as his agents at ICM, including Dana Sims and Robert Gibbs to sign on with William Morris Endeavor.…"

Judge: McCready In Violation Of Custody Order
"A Florida judge says country singer Mindy McCready has violated a custody order and wants her 5-year-old son back in the state.…"

Jackson Case Highlights Celebrity Medicine Culture
"Michael Jackson's personal doctor received the maximum punishment in the pop singer's death but not before a scolding from the judge for violating his Hippocratic oath and engaging in "money-for-medicine madness."…"

Tim McGraw Wins Decision Against Curb
"Country music star Tim McGraw has won a court ruling in Nashville allowing him to keep recording while a lawsuit against him by Curb Records continues.…"

Facebook Updates IPO Status
"Facebook might finally be laying down the groundwork for a highly anticipated initial public offering, long expected to take place sometime after April 2012. …"

Jackson's Doctor Hit With Four Year Sentence
"The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has been sentenced to the maximum term of four years behind bars.…"

Shooting Amidst Rap Video Recording Injures Seven
"Police on Tuesday searched for multiple suspects who opened fire into a group of people recording a rap music video in a parking lot and wounded seven, including a toddler and two adults who were critically hurt.…"

8 Years For Rapper Lil Boosie In Drug Smuggling Plot
"A Baton Rouge rapper known as "Lil Boosie" has been sentenced to eight years in prison following his guilty plea to drug charges.…"

PRS Announce No Change In Royalty Rates
"PRS for Music has announced the end of its customer consultation on royalty rates for popular music events in the UK.…"

Occupy Wall Street Plans Benefit Album For Itself
"Occupy Wall Street has a benefit album planned with Jackson Browne, Third Eye Blind, Crosby & Nash, Devo, Lucinda Williams and even some of those drummers who kept an incessant beat at Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.…"

Sugarland Hit With Stage Collapse Lawsuit
"Country duo Sugarland was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by 44 survivors of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and family members of four people who died, by far the largest claim yet stemming from the tragedy.…"

Jackson Doc Seeking New Test On Key Evidence Vial
"Lawyers for the doctor convicted of causing Michael Jackson's death are returning to court to seek testing of a vial of the powerful anesthetic that killed the singer.…"

More Than 30 Arrested At UNH Concert
"More than 30 people were arrested, mostly on drug- and alcohol-related charges, during a concert Saturday on the University of New Hampshire campus, a school official said Sunday. And an unrelated fire on campus, also Saturday night, remained under investigation.…"

Bonnie Pointer Arrested For Cocaine Possession
"Los Angeles County authorities say singer Patricia "Bonnie" Pointer has been arrested for investigation of possessing rock cocaine.…"

Stevie B.'s Day In Court For Child Support Charge
"The singer Stevie B is in a Massachusetts courtroom for a hearing on what the state says is more than $400,000 in unpaid child support.…"

NMPA & HFA Offer Sync Revenue Stream To Indie Publishers
"The National Music Publishers’ Association is teaming up with the Harry Fox Agency to offer indie music publishers an opportunity to opt into a license agreement with with YouTube.…"

Distributor Pulls 234 Labels From Spotify, Napster, Rdio After iTunes Payments Drop 24%
"Electronic music distributor STHoldings has pulled all its distributed labels from streaming music services Spotify, Simfy, Rdio and Napster.…"

Bieber Paternity Case Withdrawn; DNA Test Still On
"An attorney for a woman who claims Justin Bieber is the father of her baby boy said Wednesday her lawsuit has been withdrawn as both camps await the singer to take a paternity test.…"

Twain Stalker Released With Credit For Time Served
"A former doctor who admitted to stalking Canadian country star Shania Twain has been released from jail with credit for time served.…"

January Trial Sought For Golden Globes Dispute
"The organizers of the Golden Globe Awards are asking a federal judge to begin a trial to decide who owns the show's broadcast rights in early January when final preparations for the glitzy gala will be under way.…"

Lawsuit: LaBelle Threw Water At Tot In NYC Lobby
"R&B diva Patti LaBelle hurled curses -- and half a bottle of water -- at a woman and her 18-month-old daughter after a dust-up over parenting in an apartment building lobby, according to a lawsuit filed Monday and the family's lawyer.…"

Google Music Expands Without Sony, WMG
"The invite I got last week from Google was only thinly disguised. Clearly a major music announcement is coming on Wednesday. But Google has disappointed me before with less than stellar music launches.…"

Universal, Sony/ATV To Buy EMI For $4.1 Billion
"EMI Group Ltd., home of The Beatles, Coldplay and Katy Perry, is being sold in two parts for $4.1 billion.…"

Faxon's Letter To EMI
"In an email circulated today, EMI CEO Roger Faxon informed his team that despite his best efforts, label and publishing would be split with the recorded music division sold to Universal.…"

Jackson Family Sues AEG For Wrongful Death
"Following the conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray in connection with the performer's death, Jackson's family are turning their attention to promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, the company that was producing Jackson's 50-show 'This is it' concert series when the singer died.…"

Hotfile Countersues Warner, Alleges DMCA Abuse
"Warner Bros. has admitted in federal court that they deleted files from a file-hosting website, despite not owning the copyrights to the material.…"

UK Abolishes Controversial VAT Loophole
"The UK government has announced that they are closing a controversial loophole in the Value Added Tax (VAT) code that allowed mail order retailers on the Channel Islands to undercut independent retailers on everything from music to cosmetics.…"

Cohen Reorganizes WMG, John Reid Out
"Warner Music has reorganized their international management structure, with several key execs moving up and several others moving out.…"

Digital Music Sales On Track To Rise 7% In 2011
"Digital music revenues are on track to rise about 7% globally to $6.3 billion according to a new study be respected research firm Gartner. But revenues from declining CD sales are not expected to make up for the rise in digital revenue led by iTunes and the growing momentum of digital streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.…"

IMPALA Asks European Commission To Block EMI Sale
"European indie label trade association IMPALA has called on the European Commission to block the sale of EMI to Universal or Sony Music.…"

Former Director Julie Taymor Sues 'Spider-Man' Producers
"Director Julie Taymor has filed a lawsuit against the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," alleging they violated her creative rights and haven't compensated her for the work she put into the musical.…"

German Promoters Form Own Copyright Collecting Society
"At their annual meeting, the members of the German Federal Association of the Concert and Promotion Industry (bdv) resolved to form a copyright collecting society, a project many years in the making.…"

Jury Finds Dr. Conrad Murray Guilty Of Manslaughter
"A jury has convicted Michael Jackson's doctor of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's 2009 drug death.…"

Vince Neil Pleads Guilty, Hit With Fine In Vegas Conduct Case
"A judge accepted a guilty plea Monday on behalf of rock `n' roller Vince Neil and his lawyer paid a $1,000 fine to close a misdemeanor case stemming from a confrontation between the Motley Crue singer and his ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas casino lounge.…"

Shawty Redd Cleared Of Murder Charge
"Music producer Shawty Redd has been found not guilty of a murder charge that stemmed from his 2010 New Year's Day arrest.…"

Twitter Changes Business Of Celebrity Endorsements
"Rapper Snoop Dogg gave props on Twitter to an ad for the Toyota Sienna minivan. Actress Tori Spelling linked to a website for rental cars. And reality TV star Khloe Kardashian soliloquized about the brand of jeans that accentuates the famous Kardashian derriere.…"

Live Nation Sees Concert Attendance Decline In Q3
"Live Nation announced their third-quarter results on November third, revealing a 1.4% rise in Q3 earnings, despite a decrease in revenue from lower concert attendance.…"

Warner Drops Out Of Bidding For EMI
"The sale of EMI hangs in the balance after frontrunner Warner Music withdrew a bid for the British company's recorded music division understood to have come in at under $1.5bn, short of the price tag that owner Citigroup had been seeking.…"

US Home Video Spending Up For 1st Time Since 2008
"Americans' spending on home videos has finally emerged from the recession -- helped by more purchases of higher-priced Blu-ray discs and greater outlays on cut-rate rentals from Netflix and Redbox.…"

...And I Was Like, 'Baby, Baby, Baby, Noooooo'
"An allegation that Justin Bieber fathered a baby by a woman who has filed a paternity suit is "demonstrably false," a spokeswoman for the singer said Wednesday.…"

Missouri AG Warns Of Fake StubHub Scam
"Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is warning people to watch out for a scam email purporting to bill them for thousands of dollars of tickets to various events.…"

Appeals Panel Sides With CBS Over Super Bowl Fine
"A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld its finding that the Federal Communications Commissions acted improperly in fining CBS over the fleeting exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.…"

Fundamentalist Christians Protest At Paris Theater
"The city of Paris is filing legal complaints against a group of fundamentalist Christians who have been protesting a play currently showing at the municipal theater, claiming it is blasphemous, the mayor said Friday.…"

Judge Approves Philly Orchestra Contract
"A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a new collective bargaining agreement between the financially troubled Philadelphia Orchestra and its musicians union.…"

James Brown (AP) James Brown's Former Manager Sentenced For Taking Money In Final Years
"James Brown's former manager has been sentenced to three years of home confinement on charges he took more money than he was allowed under contract from the late soul singer in his final years.…"

Jamaican Music Star Vybz Kartel Faces Second Murder Charge This Month
"One of Jamaica's most popular deejays is facing a murder rap - again. On Monday, police charged 35-year-old dancehall star Vybz Kartel in the August slaying of a Jamaican man nicknamed "Lizard."…"

Judge Blocks AEG Contract Testimony In Murray Trial
"The judge hearing the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor blocked defense lawyers from asking about the singer's multimillion-dollar contract for his final concert series.…"

Songwriters, Music Reps Meet With Blackburn To Discuss Intellectual Property Rights
"Songwriters and Music industry representatives are meeting in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn to discuss protection of intellectual property rights.…"

AEG Live President Randy Phillips Testifies At Jackson Trial
"Michael Jackson agreed to do 50 comeback shows in London on two conditions, including that the final show be recognized by the Guinness Book of Records, his doctor's manslaughter trial heard.…"

Google To Launch Music Service Without Sony And WMG?
"Google wants to launch its music download service as soon as possible, a source tells Hypebot.…"

Michael Jackson's Ex-GM Sentenced On Tax Violation
"A judge on Tuesday spared Michael Jackson's former general manager prison time after she tearfully admitted failing to file her taxes and blamed the failure on being overwhelmed with the late singer's affairs.…"

Police Admit Mix-Up With Winehouse Inquest Info
"British police say there has been a slight mix-up ahead of an inquest into the death of soul diva Amy Winehouse.…"

Flo Rida Misses Gig, Faces Legal Snafu In Australia
"Miami rapper Flo Rida has had a tough weekend in Ausralia, after being bumped from a scheduled gig and seeing an assistant busted on drug and weapons charges.…"

Is Occupy Wall Street Fair Game For Music Marketing?
"Occupy Wall Street (OWS), the Manhattan sector of a growing international protest movement-in-the-making, has already seen a few famous musicians drop by including Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West.…"

Dohnanyi Cancels Hungary Appearances In Protest
"Hungary's State Opera says German conductor Cristoph von Dohnanyi has canceled a pair of appearances to protest the appointment of a theater director linked to far-right groups.…"

With Deals, YouTube Expands As Music Destination
"YouTube has been very good to bedroom singers...and major labels.... But the middle tier — hundreds of independent labels and their deep rosters of bands — has sometimes been marginalized in YouTube's endlessly expansive video jukebox.…"

T.I. Looks To Rebuild Career And Avoid Trouble
"Spending most of the last two years behind bars usually disqualifies someone from labeling themselves a role model.…"

Soulja Boy A POW (In The War On Drugs)
"Authorities say hip-hop star Soulja Boy is facing a drug charge after police stopped his rental car in the west Georgia town of Temple on Interstate 20.…"

Philly Stagehands Reach A Deal On New Contract
"A labor dispute that has disrupted performance schedules at some Philadelphia theaters appears to be over.…"

Sonic Youth 'Aged?' Separation Threatens Band's Future
"Sonic Youth co-founders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have separated after 27 years of marriage, casting doubts over the future of the band.…"

Freedom Fest - A Tale Of Failure
"Everyone from vendors and production staff to performers are looking for both answers and payment following the disasterous Freedom Festival held in Los Angeles on Sept. 4th. Festival organizers were forecasting attendance variously between 7,500 and 20,000 but the event only managed to draw a crowd of 100 attendees.…"

IATSE Fights Warrants Over Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse
"A stagehands union is fighting a state safety agency's attempt to seize records about its members as the agency investigates the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.…"

UK Judge Nixes 'Lady Goo Goo' After Gaga Lawsuit
"Pop star Lady Gaga has won an injunction stopping the makers of an online children's game from promoting an animated character called Lady Goo Goo, the company involved said Friday. British co…"

Scammers Sell $60,000 Fake Motley Crue Tickets
"Fake concert promoters apparently bilked Indonesian music fans out of an estimated $60,000 in ticket sales for a Motley Crue show that was never scheduled to happen, officials and news reports say.…"

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Ratify New Contract
"The Philadelphia Orchestra says a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the orchestra association and its musicians union.…"

McGraw V. Curb Round 1
"Tim McGraw will have his first day in court in his legal battle with his label, Curb Records with a November 29th hearing to determine if he can record new music before the case is settled.…"

Pukkelpop Organizers Face Financial Challenges In Wake Of Tragedy
"Though Pukkelpop organizers have been official cleared of liability by the Hasselt Public Prosecutor, the festival may be on the hook for significant losses.…"

Spotify Lost £26.5 Million In 2010
"Spotify's 2010 financial statements show a company with huge growth and far more expenses than profit.…"

EMI Sale Hits Speed Bumps, WMG May Pull Offer
"Prior to last Wednesday's bid deadline, as many as 10 potential buyers were bidding for EMI, but now that number appears to be dwindling. The UK's Sunday Mail is blaming weak capital markets for causing several private equity groups to pull out. But new Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik, is also considering dropping his bid because, reportedly, he's frustrated with how long the process is taking.…"

Kanye And Russell Simmons Put In An Occupy Wall Street Appearance
"The Occupy Wall Street protesters recieved a a little dose of celebrity on Monday with Kanye West and Russell Simmons stopped in.…"

Lawsuits Filed After All Good Fest Deaths
"The father of a 20-year-old South Carolina woman crushed under a truck as she slept in a tent at the All Good Music Festival is suing the event producers, hosts, traffic directors and security providers for negligence.…"

iTunes Great For Apple, But Was It For Music Biz?
"When Apple rolled out iTunes for the masses in the spring of 2003, the music industry was at a point of transition -- and chaos.…"

RCA Closes 3 Labels
"As part of a major rebranding and consolidation RCA is closing three of its most successful labels “In an effort to refresh RCA Records, all label imprints - J Records, Arista Records and Jive - will now be under the iconic RCA Records label,” read a statement from RCA issued Friday. No word yet on more staff cuts, but most artists will shift to RCA.…"

Brooklyn Concert Moves Due To Noise Complaints
"A popular concert series in Brooklyn will move to a city-owned lot after complaints of noise from residents.…"

Rdio Extends Free Trial Period For Music Plan
"Music startup Rdio has joined several competitors in a crowded field of all-you-can-listening services by taking the time limit off its free trial.…"

Source: Ovitz Out At IMG
"IMG Worldwide's board of directors has reportedly oustered Michael Ovitz after his failed bid to take over the agency last Friday. IMG is the world's largest sports and corporate agency, with a roster that includes Tiger Woods to Justin Timberlake as well as corporate clients.…"

Cheap Trick Goes To Washington
"Classic rockers Cheap Trick have gone all the way to the U.S. Congress with their efforts to push for tougher legislation on outdoor stages.…"

Feds: Gibson Wood Seizure Linked To Criminal Probe
"Federal prosecutors confirmed there's a criminal investigation under way related to the recent raid on Gibson Guitar in a filing that asked a judge to delay efforts by the company to reclaim wood that was seized.…"

Rapper Jim Jones Guilty In NY Bentley Driving Case
"Rapper Jim Jones pleaded guilty Thursday to driving his Bentley with a suspended license.…"

Paciolan Wins Patent Infringement Case
"Former Ticketmaster company Paciolan has won a victory in a patent infringement lawsuit brought against them by rival ticketing company Veritix.…"

Theater Stagehands In Philadelphia On Strike
"Negotiations have resumed between striking theater stagehands in Philadelphia and officials from the Kimmel Center.…"

Napster Throws In The Towel - To Be Acquired By Rhapsody
"Former file-sharing renegade Napster has a new owner. US online music service Rhapsody announced on Monday that it has purchased Napster from electronics retailer Best Buy.…"

Claims In Indiana State Fair Collapse Continue To Accumulate
"Indiana's attorney general says 24 more tort claims have been filed alerting the state of possible lawsuits in the wake of last month's deadly State Fair stage collapse. …"

Hawaii Entertainer Arrested In Los Angeles
"A longtime Hawaii entertainer has pleaded not guilty in California to sex crimes charges against two girls in the 1990s.…"

AEG's Paul Gongaware Testifies At Jackson Trial
"Two days before he died, Michael Jackson appeared strong during one of the final rehearsals for his highly anticipated comeback concerts, a promoter told jurors Wednesday as the involuntary manslaughter trial of the pop superstar's physician entered its second day.…"

Fan's Suit Over Fishbone Stage-Dive Injury Upheld
"A woman who broke her skull and collarbone when a member of the band Fishbone dived from a Philadelphia stage will soon have her day in court.…"

Lady G Sues Company Over Trademark Bids
"Lady Gaga says a Nevada-based company is trying to horn in on her fame to market cosmetics and jewelry. She's suing in New York.…"

Liberty Media Spins Off Liberty Capital & Liberty Starz
"The Delaware Surpreme Court has given Liberty Media the go-ahead for their planned spin-off of Liberty Media Corporation, which will take on the assets of Liberty Capital, and the Starz premium cable television network. Liberty Capital holds approximately a 20% stake in entertainment giant Live Nation as well as SiriusXM among other companies.…"

Rapper Petey Pablo Sentenced To 3 Years For Gun
"Hip-hop artist Petey Pablo has been sentenced in North Carolina to almost three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a stolen firearm.…"

Stage Collapse Distribution Plan Approved
"The families of the seven people killed in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse will be able to claim $35,000 each from a relief fund that received private donations for the victims, under a claims process approved Friday by fair officials.…"

Sly Stone Reported To Be Living In A Van
"Former funk superstar Sly Stone is reported to be living in a van in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Crenshaw.…"

Missouri AG Closes Joplin Benefit Investigation
"The Missouri Attorney General has closed his investigation into a $60,000 loan from a Joplin tornado recovery fund for a concert.…"

Indie Labels Team Up To Launch Distributor
"Three indie record labels, Frontier Records, Beer City, and Tribunal Records have launched a new distribution operation for indie labels and bands: Independent Label Distribution (ILD).…"

MySpace Delays Announcement As Traffic Tumbles
"When Specifc Media bought MySpace for $30 million, they promised a summer launch press conference with creative partner Justin Timberlake to unveil plans to turn around the struggling social network.…"

Pandora Loosens Listening Limits
"Perhaps as a reaction to increased "free music" competition from iHeartRadio to Spotify or perhaps to offer advertisers the biggest possible audience, Pandora has eliminated it's 40 hour free listening cap. …"

Fans Stand Ready To Defend Jackson
"Inside the compact, wood-paneled courtroom that will soon host the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, many of the tabloid-worthy elements of the singer's life will go unspoken.…"

Conrad Defense Team: Jackson Unable To Perform 50 Shows
"Lawyers for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death have moved to show jurors at the upcoming trial footage of a news conference in which the singer spoke of performing in only 10 shows during his "This Is It" concert run. …"

Guyana Bans Music Of No-Show Jamaican Singer
"The state-owned radio network in Guyana says a Jamaican dance-hall singer has been banned from the airwaves of the South American country because of obscene lyrics.…"

Cash-Strapped Philly Orchestra, Philly Pops Split
"The Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops have agreed to end their six-year business partnership, according to documents filed Monday in federal bankruptcy court.…"

Man Allegedly Kills Mother Over Lavigne Tickets
"A 39-year-old Illinois Avril Lavigne fan has been arrested after allegedly killing his 61-year-old mother when she failed to purchase him skybox tickets to a concert by the pop-punk princess.…"

Universal Music Joins Forces With Live Nation To Form World's Largest Management Co.
"Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), and Universal Music Group (UMG), today, announced the formation of a broad-based strategic partnership.…"

Live Nation Spent $55,000 To Lobby Gov't In 2Q
"Concert promoter and ticket seller Live Nation Entertainment Inc. spent $55,000 in the second quarter to lobby the federal government on issues related to the regulation of ticket sales, according to a disclosure report.…"

Violator Management And Primary Wave To Merge
"Two major New York-based management companies, Larry Mestel's Primary Wave Music and Chris Lighty's Violator Management have announced they are merging to form a new company, Primary Violator.…"

BMG Acquires Bug Music
"BMG Rights Management and Spectrum Equity Investors have signed a deal estimated at $300 million to acquire Bug Music, Inc.…"

Jackson Estate Makes $30M Payment To Mother And Kids
"Michael Jackson's estate has generated more than $310 million in the two years since the pop singer died deeply in debt, enabling executors to distribute a preliminary payment of $30 million to Jackson's mother and children, and to unnamed charities, according to recently filed court documents.…"

EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years
"In a victory for the financially troubled recording industry, the EU on Monday extended the term of copyright on sound recordings to 70 years from 50.…"

Sugarland Among Defendents In Stage Collapse Lawsuit
"The state is facing more than 20 potential lawsuits one month after the deadly outdoor stage collapse during the Indiana State Fair, and for the first time, a family of one of the victims has named Sugarland in a lawsuit.…"

Attorney General Reviewing Joplin Concert Planning
"A controversy that erupted after some Joplin residents sought to borrow money from a tornado recovery fund to cover initial costs of a concert has drawn the attention of the state attorney general.…"

Court Order Shutters Oregon Electronic Music Fest
"After one night of music, what was supposed to be a three-day electronic dance music festival near Eugene fizzled out.…"

Parents Of Girl Who Died At Electric Daisy Sue Organizers
"The parents of a 15-year-old girl who died of an overdose last year at a rave are suing the event's organizers and the venue, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.…"

Guy Hands Seeks EMI Citigroup Lawsuit And May Slow Sale
"Guy Hands and his investment firm Terra Firma have filed a new lawsuit against CitiGroup over the bank's seizure of music label and publishing group EMI.…"

Report: T.I. Sent Back To Prison Over Travel Flap
"Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was sent back to federal prison after corrections officials discovered a manager and a TV producer were traveling with him on a luxury bus as he transferred to a halfway house in Georgia, according to documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.…"

Ind. Officials Discuss Plan For Stage Collapse Claims
"Only those who were physically injured in last month's state fair stage collapse and the families of those who were killed will likely get a cut of the $5 million the state is legally liable to pay out, Indiana's attorney general said Wednesday, dampening the hopes of those who say they were emotionally traumatized by witnessing the event.…"

Burning Man Crowd Exceeds Permit
"The annual Burning Man festival on the northern Nevada desert drew a record crowd of nearly 54,000 people—more than the 50,000 allowed under a permit with federal land managers.…"

MCR Parts Ways With Drummer Over Alleged Theft
"Alt-rockers My Chemical Romance have fired their drummer after he was reportedly caught stealing from the band.…"

Elvis Presley Estate Suing Arista
"Elvis Presley's estate is suing Arista Music in Germany for $9m in unpaid royalties dating back to 2002 for ringtones, downloads and apps.…"

China Cracks Down On Copyright Theft
"China says it seized about 13 million illegal video, music and print products over the past year in a campaign to tackle fakes and copyright theft.…"

Contract: Fair Would Have Owed Sugarland Thousands
"The Indiana State Fair would have owed country group Sugarland thousands of dollars even if the band's show was canceled because of weather under a contract officials have released. …"

EMI Bidding, Round 2
"Second round bids for EMI are due after U.S. Labor Day on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told Dow Jones Newswires yesterday. A number of buyers are aggressively bidding for all or parts of the music group currently controlled by Citigroup.…"

UMG Revenue Falls, Digital Sales Rise
"For the first half of 2011, Universal Music Group's revenue decreased 1.9% to $2.64 billion USD a 1.9% decrease compared to the first half of 2010 (-2.0% at constant currency). Digital music sales grew 13.5%, but failed to offset falling demand for physical product. Revenues in the second quarter increased by 0.6% at constant currency.…"

Indiana Liability Cap In Stage Collapse Questioned
"The $5 million limit on the state's liability for the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse is unfair in the eyes of at least one state legislator, but a top state senator says he's skeptical of raising the cap. …"

Facebook To Allow Further Music Integration
"Facebook is preparing to bolster the programming tools it offers to licensed music services like Rhapsody, Spotify, MOG and Rdio to make it easier for users of the social network to find out what songs their friends are digging.…"

DOJ Moves To Block Sprint AT&T Merger
"The U.S. Department of Justice has moved to block the proposed $39 billion dollar merger between telecom giants AT&T and T-Mobile, citing antrtrust concerns.…"

Arkansas Surpreme Court To Weigh In In Ticketmaster Fee Suit
"The Supreme Court of Arkansas will take up the subject of Ticketmaster's fees in a class action lawsuit brought against the company over their fee structure.…"

Judge Blocks Effort To Get Spears' Med Records
"A judge won't give a company suing Britney Spears access to her medical information.…"

SXSW Economic Impact Report Shows Power Of Music Festivals
"A recent report on the economic impact of the SXSW Conferences & Festivals on the city of Austin is a reminder that such gatherings are not just good for promoting a locale but also provide direct economic benefits. Yet many festivals are getting defunded or canceled due to financial concerns. Are such cuts short sighted or simply pragmatic?…"

eMusic Partners With The Echo Nest
"eMusic has partnered to use the The Echo Nest’s music data platform to enhance its music discovery options. Their first project together, eMusic Radio, launched in beta today. Teaming man and machine, it includes several dozen curated programs based on emerging artists, local music scenes, and genres.…"

Adding To The Indiana Stage Collapse Lawsuits
"The family of a Fort Wayne woman killed when a stage collapsed in strong wind at the Indiana State Fair filed a lawsuit Monday alleging gross negligence and recklessness by the promoters and producers of the concert.…"

Lawyer Sues SXSW Over 'Serious Head Injury'
"An Austin attorney has filed a lawsuit claiming he's had to end his law practice because of an injury he suffered while attending a concert at the South by Southwest festival earlier this year.…"

China Bans Pop Songs From Downloading Sites
"China's Ministry of Culture has ordered music download sites to delete songs by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, the Backstreet Boys and other pop stars within two weeks or face punishment.…"

New Blackberry Music Cloud-Based Music Service Debuts
"Blackberry mobile phone makers Research In Motion (RIM) have joined the growing throng of cloud-based music services with the launch of BBM Music.…"

Feds Raid Gibson Guitars - Company Denies Allegations
"The head of Gibson Guitar Corp. said Thursday that the company is being unfairly targeted after a raid by federal authorities at factories in Memphis and Nashville.…"

Village People Fight For Rights To YMCA
"A member of the 1970s disco group Village People who lives in south-east Wales is launching a legal fight for the rights to their classic hit YMCA.…"

LA Officials Deny 30-Year Sunset Junction Fest
"Los Angeles officials have denied a permit to a 30-year-old street festival days before its scheduled weekend opening because organizers couldn't come up with cash.…"

MP3 Tunes Founder Responds To EMI Ruling
"Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge ruled that digital locker was protected by the DMCA's safe harbor provision when users stored illegally obtained songs there.…"

Judge Orders Indiana State Fair Stage Wreckage Preserved
"An Indiana judge ordered the state on Tuesday to preserve the wreckage from a stage collapse at the State Fair that killed seven people, after an attorney for the estate of one victim said he didn't think the state could be trusted. …"

Record Companies Plan Music Downloading Appeal
"Recording industry attorneys are appealing a recent ruling that reduced the amount of money a Minnesota woman must pay for willfully violating the copyrights of 24 songs.…"

Machine Gun Kelly Charged In Connection With Flash Mob
"Authorities say rapper Machine Gun Kelly organized a flash mob at a suburban Cleveland mall and was charged with disorderly conduct.…"

Officials Digging Into Belgian Fest Deaths Investigation
"Officials say prosecutors have launched an investigation into the deaths of five people during a violent thunderstorm at the annual Pukkelpop outdoor rock festival.…"

ReverbNation Acquires GigMaven
"ReverbNation has acquired GigMaven as part of an ongoing effort to expand performance opportunities for the 1.7 million artists and 20,000 venues that have registered to use its online music marketing and sales platform.…"

First Lawsuits Land In Indiana State Fair Tragedy
"An Indiana law firm has filed two lawsuits on behalf of people injured when a strong wind gust sent metal scaffolding tumbling into a crowd at the Indiana State Fair.…"

Gallagher Sues Gallagher Over Hangover Accusations
"Oasis singer Liam Gallagher says he is suing his estranged brother and former bandmate, Noel, for saying his hangover forced the rumbustious Brit rockers to cancel a concert.…"

Spotify Ups Paid Members Amid Free Membership Restrictions
"After Spotify introduced restrictions to its free service in May, it gained an impressive 520,000 subscribers.…"

MetroPCS Starts Unlimited Music Plan With Rhapsody
"MetroPCS Communications Inc., the nation's fifth-largest wireless phone carrier, is jumping into the unlimited music business behind its smaller competitor, Cricket.…"

CA Supreme Court Won't Hear Phil Spector Appeal
"The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider legendary rock music producer Phil Spector's appeal of his murder conviction.…"

Polish Singer Cleared Of Bible Tearing Charges
"A Polish judge has found a death metal singer innocent of offending religious feeling, ruling that his ripping up of a Bible during a show was a form of artistic expression consistent with the style of his band.…"

Apple To Be Hit With $25M Suit From South Korea
"Nearly 27,000 South Koreans are suing Apple for $US26 million ($24.9 million) for what they claim are privacy violations from the collection of iPhone user location information.…"

Beatles Campaign For Music Matters
"The estate of iconic British band has pledged its support for the anti-piracy campaign Music Matters by sanctioning a special animated short film set to their recordings.…"

Police Recover Portugal The Man's Gear
"Things looked rough for Portugal The Man after the band had their road gear stolen following their performance at this year's Lollapalooza. Fortunately, for all involved, Chicago PD appears to have located the lion's share of the misappropriated kit.…"

Digital Music Royalties Battle In Full Swing
"The battle over digital music royalties has begun again. The U.S. Copyright Royalty Judges have opened a new proceeding to set the statutory rates for 2013-2017 with a decision expected by the end of 2012.…"

The Game's 'Game' Compromises LA Public Safety?
"A rapper could face criminal charges after a tweet from his account incited a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system at one of busiest stations of the Los Angeles County sheriff's department, the agency said Saturday.…"

5 Dead After Indiana State Fair Stage Collapses - Governor: Wind Gust That Fell Ind. Stage A 'Fluke'
"Five people were killed and a dozen injured after a stage collapsed during a storm Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair, where the country group Sugarland was set to perform, the Indianapolis Star and WTHR reported. …"

Ghostface Killah Sues UMG Over Royalties
"Ghostface Killah, AKA Dennis Coles, has filed a lawsuit seeking to collect full royalties for his work with the seminal hip hop group Wu Tang Clan.…"

eMusic Debuts Streaming Radio Beta
"Somewhat forgotten in the hubhub surrounding the U.S. launch of Spotify, eMusic has launched their new Internet radio feature.…"

Contestants Sue The X Factor
"Two contestants are suing the Fox talent show The X Factor, claiming that the show's producers put them through a physical ordeal, causing them to fail their audition.…"

Tracy Lawrence Charged After Scuffle With Promoter
"Country performer Tracy Lawrence was hospitalized and charged following a brawl with a promoter after a August 6th gig at the Smokin' Country Concert festival.…"

Judge Says Trial Needed To Resolve Globes Dispute
"A trial is needed to determine whether the longtime producer of the Golden Globe Awards had the rights to negotiate a deal keeping the glitzy awards show on NBC through 2018, a federal judge has ruled.…"

Live Nation Swings To A Profit In Q2
"Improved ticket sales, more profitable concerts, and growth in advertising sales helped Live Nation into the black in the second quarter, beating analyst predictions.…"

17 Arrests, 31 Medic Calls At LA Music Festival
"Police say they arrested 17 people and firefighters say they treated 31 at a weekend music festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park near Chinatown.…"

Big Boi Arrested In Miami On Drug Charges
"Grammy-winning OutKast rapper Big Boi has been arrested in Miami on charges of illegally possessing drugs including ecstasy and Viagra pills.…"

ABC Apologizes For Nicki Minaj Nip Slip
"ABC News is apologizing for a wardrobe malfunction that gave singer Nicki Minaj more exposure than she bargained for.…"

Lil Wayne Sued For $15 Million Over 'Bedrock'
"Rapper Lil Wayne faces a $15 million legal battle over allegations he stole the hit song "Bedrock."…"

NY Gov. Cracks Down On Piracy
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an amendment to the New York statute against music piracy to add hard drives, flash drives, memory cards or other storage devices to the list of potential bootleg recording vehicles.…"

Big Sean Charged After NY Park Concert
"Rapper Big Sean faces charges in upstate New York after a woman complained she was sexually assaulted during a concert.…"

Warner Music Narrows Loss, Revenue Up
"Warner Music Group Corp., which just went private, said its losses shrank in the third-quarter as revenue grew as sales of downloaded and streamed music compensated for steadily declining CD sales.…"

U.K. Government Announces Sweeping Copyright Reform
"On August 3 the British government announced plans to modernize and reform U.K. copyright law following up on recommendations contained in the Hargreaves report commissioned by British Prime Minister David Cameron and a technical review by telecoms regulator Ofcom. The most significant decision is the scrapping of the government's plan to block copyright infringing websites.…"

McCartney: I'm Going To Police Over Hacking Claim
"Former Beatle Paul McCartney said Thursday he would contact police over his ex-wife's claim that the couple had been spied upon by a British newspaper.…"

Aretha 'Extremely Disappointed' Over Royalty Lawsuit
"Aretha Franklin says she's "extremely disappointed" over a lawsuit filed by her longtime songwriting partner over song royalties from her latest CD and copyright infringement.…"

Long Island Voters Reject Islanders Arena Plan
"Voters in a suburban New York community already paying some of the highest property taxes in the country overwhelmingly rejected a referendum Monday to borrow $400 million for the construction of a new hockey arena and ballpark.…"

Dollywood Refunds Lesbian Couple After Shirt Flap
"Dollywood officials have offered a refund to a lesbian couple after an employee asked one of the women to turn her T-shirt reading "marriage is so gay" inside-out to avoid offending others during a recent visit to the Tennessee theme park complex.…"

Breaking Benjamin Broken In Legal Dispute
"The platinum-selling rock band from northeastern Pennsylvania is mired in a legal dispute over what its founder and lead singer, Benjamin Burnley, called an unauthorized remix of one of the band's hit songs, "Blow Me Away."…"

Live Nation Files $10m Lawsuit Over Insurance Coverage
"Live Nation Entertainment Inc. has filed a $10 million against an insurer, alleging that the company wrongfully denied coverage for class action suits pending against Live Nation subsidiary Ticketmaster.…"

Spotify In Patent Infringement Suit
"Digital music service Spotify, which recently arrived in the U.S., has been sued by music and video streaming software maker PacketVideo for allegedly violating a patent it holds for digital music distribution.…"

6 Men Plead Not Guilt To Beating At McGraw Concert
"Six Massachusetts men have pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault charges stemming from a brutal beating at a Tim McGraw concert in Mansfield.…"

AOL Shutters UK Music Sites
"As AOL reorganizes in the wake of their acquisition of the online aggregator site The Huffington Post, they've announced that they are shuttering their primary music and sports websites in the U.K. - AOL Music and FanHouse.…"

Four Shot After George Clinton Show In Ohio; 1 Dies
"A man fired several shots from a handgun during a large fight near an outdoor concert venue featuring funk music artist George Clinton, killing one person and wounding three others, police said Sunday.…"

WME May Take A Big Hit Over Building Dispute
"William Morris Endeavor Entertainment will appeal an arbitrator's ruling against them in their multi-million dollar legal dispute with real estate developer George Comfort & Sons Inc., who built an office building the agency chose not to occupy post-merger with Endeavor Entertainment.…"

Cheap Trick Wants Bands, Crews and Fans Protected
"Cheap Trick was the band onstage at the Ottawa Bluesfest when the stage collapsed and they have released a statement (in the third person) about the incident.…"

LA Coliseum Audited For Possible Fiscal Mismanagement
"The city's controller said Wednesday her office has launched an audit of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's finances amid allegations of possible fiscal mismanagement.…"

Love Parade - A Year After The Tragedy
"Over 2.200 witnesses may have been questioned by the police, but the question of responsibility a year after the Love Parade tragedy in Germany's Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia) on July 24th 2010 in which 21 died and over 500 were injured is still unanswered.…"

TicketNetwork Receives State Tax Subsidies For New Headquarters
"Ticket resale site TicketNetwork Inc. is the second company to receive state tax credits in exchange for new jobs, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday.…"

BMG Submits Bid For EMI
"Music publisher BMG Rights submitted its bid for EMI to bankers Citigroup on Friday, according to the New York Post.…"

Walmart - Now Streaming Movies
"The world's largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD, in a second bid for a share of popular movie rental and streaming website Netflix Inc.'s business and just two weeks after Netflix announced new price increases.…"

Former Employee Files Suit Against HoB & Live Nation
"A former general manager of the House of Blues (HOB) Downtown Disney in Anaheim outlet has filed a lawsuit against HoB and their parent company Live Nation, alleging violation of labor codes, wrongful termination and defamation.…"

$5 Million Dollar Lawsuit Filed In 2009 Stage Collapse
"The family of a Saskatchewan woman killed in a stage collapse at the 2009 Big Valley Jamboree has filed a lawsuit against the City of Camrose, Alta., the concert promoter and several other related companies, seeking more than $5 million.…"

Mo. Attorney General Goes After Storm Aid Promoter
"Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is filing suit over two alleged fundraising scams involving the Joplin tornado. …"

Access Completes WMG Sale
"Access Industries has completed its acquisition of Warner Music Group in a cash deal worth $3.3bn, or $8.25 a share.…"

Minnesota Case Slashes Downloading Fines
"A federal judge has again reduced the penalty imposed on a Minnesota woman for illegally sharing 24 songs online, this time from $1.5 million to $54,000.…"

Artists, Venues And Promoters Form Fans First Ticketing Coalition
"Dozens of major artists have joined with industry professionals and more than 60 venues to form the Fans First Coalition, a nationwide, not-for-profit with a stated goal of protecting fans from fraudulent and unscrupulous ticket practices.…"

'Idol' Creator Sues For Stake In Rival 'X-Factor'
"The creator of "American Idol" sued the show's broadcaster and producer claiming they have reneged on a deal to give him a stake in a rival competition show that is about to premiere in the United States.…"

Matching Actors Piracy Rights With Musicians'?
"In the 2008-film "No Country for Old Men" Javier Bardem's hitman character mercilessly collected unpaid debts with a deadly bolt gun.When it comes to movie pirates, the 42-year-old Academy Award winner is more understanding.…"

Amazon Cloud With 'Unlimited' Possibilities
"Amazon has enhanced it's cloud music offering to stay competitive with Apple and Google. Paid Amazon cloud storage plans now include unlimited space for music.…"

Aretha's Publishing Company Sued Over Royalties
"A longtime songwriting partner of Aretha Franklin has sued her publishing company, claiming it did not sign a royalty agreement for a song on her recently released album.…"

Ja Rule Sentenced In Tax Case
"Rapper and actor Ja Rule was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison for failing to file income tax returns, and said a combination of youthful inexperience, bad advice and an inability to manage fame and fortune lead to his financial troubles.…"

Lopez And Anthony Throw In The Towel
"With three failed marriages between them, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony finally seemed to find true love together when they married seven years ago. They had twin children, went on tour together, did a movie together and even planned a music-based reality show they were working on together.…"

Promoters Wary After Missouri Music Festival Bust
"Jimmy Tebeau figured a shuttered youth camp deep in the Missouri Ozarks would be the perfect venue for his Grateful Dead tribute band - and to host other touring musicians and thousands of free-spirited fans.…"

LimeWire Sued...Again
"When LimeWire agreed in May to pay major record labels $105 million, it also promised to pay independent labels, according to a lawsuit filed by Merlin. The indie licensing organization says it had not to filed a lawsuit previously because LimeWire signed an agreement in 2008 promising to pay indies in proportion to any settlement with the majors.…"

It's Go Time - Spotify To Launch In US...Today
"Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service that is popular in Europe, is finally launching in the United States.…"

Beyonce's Father Denies Stealing From Her
"Mathew Knowles insists he still has an amicable relationship with his daughter Beyonce — even though she dumped him as her manager two months ago — but is alleging that people close to her have tried to destroy his reputation with allegations that he stole from her.…"

Lady Gaga In Trouble For YouTube Naughtiness
"Lady Gaga's YouTube account was suspended Thursday. The notice read that the suspension was due to "multiple or severe violations of YouTube's copyright policy."…"

Web Sheriff Goes To The Mats Against Russian Clone
"So, the cold war has returned, only this time cast as a stand-off between the Web Sheriff and an alleged Russian imposter, operating under the imprimatur…"

Former Queens Of The Stone Age Bassist Arrested After SWAT Standoff
"Nick Oliveri, former singer and bassist for the Queens of the Stone Age was arrested in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a four hour standoff with SWAT…"

Warner Music Staffer Accused Of Stealing $700K
"A former NYC staffer of Warner Music conned the company out of $700,000 according to a Manhattan Criminal Court complaint. Andrew Robertson allegedly set up a fake company and billed WMG for undelivered goods between March 20, 2007 and this past July 1st.…"

DMX Increases Prison Time With Failed Drug Test
"The rapper known as DMX will have to spend at least an extra week in an Arizona state prison for failing a drug test.…"

Foxy's 'Full Moon' Charges Dropped
"A judge on Tuesday dropped charges that rapper Foxy Brown violated a court order by mooning her neighbor after the woman told prosecutors she would not testify at the trial.…"

R Kelly Faces Foreclosure On Chicago-Area Mansion
"Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion.…"

New York City Opera Musicians Protest Contract
"Musicians of the New York City Opera are staging a protest as the company announces its new season.…"

Music Mogul Denies Ordering Tupac Shot
"Hip hop mogul James Rosemond has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Brooklyn, and his attorney Jeffrey Lichtman says his client is being framed.…"

2 Suspects Detained In Folk Singer Slaying
"Two men have been detained in the slaying of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral and that more suspects are being sought, authorities said Tuesday.…"

Coheed & Cambria Bassist Accused Of Robbing A Pharmacy Before A Gig
"A judge on Monday increased bail for a rock band bassist accused of stealing prescription painkillers from a pharmacy just hours before a show.…"

Concert Hall Destroyed In Fire Gets No Insurance Due To Improper Sprinkler System
"A judge has decided that the owners of a southern Indiana concert hall destroyed in an arson nearly two years ago aren't owed any insurance money because they didn't properly maintain the sprinkler system.…"

Live Nation Hit With Lawsuit Over Service Charges
"A Baltimore man has filed suit against promoter giant Live Nation and their Ticketmaster division, alleging that the company overcharged him for tickets to a Jackson Browne concert.…"

Warner Shareholders Approve Sale To Access
" Warner Music Group Corp. said its shareholders on Wednesday approved the sale of the world's third-largest recording company for about $1.3 billion to Access Industries Inc. as a global decline in CD sales weighs down the industry.…"

Music Mogul Rosemond Pleads Not Guilty In NY
"Hip hop mogul James Rosemond has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he ran a cocaine trafficking ring between Los Angeles and New York.…"

Nelson Pot Plea Deal Rejected
"A judge has rejected a plea deal that would have resolved Willie Nelson's marijuana possession case in West Texas with a fine, saying the country singer shouldn't get what she considers special treatment.…"

It's A Miracle! US Music Sales Rise For First Time Since 2004
"U.S. music album sales grew in the first six months of the year from a year ago, the first gain since 2004, thanks to rising sales of digital tracks and albums.…"

Bret Michaels' Case Over Near Fatal Tonys Accident Moved
"Bret Michaels' lawsuit over an accident at the 2009 Tony Awards that the singer claims nearly killed him should be heard in New York where the accident happened, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled.…"

Rocker Rick Springfield Pleads Not Guilty To DUI
"Prosecutors say an attorney for Rick Springfield has entered a not guilty plea on the rocker's behalf in a drunken driving case.…"

Sting Cancels Kazakhstan Concert Over Human Rights Violations
"Sting has cancelled a concert in Kazakhstan's capital Astana over claims of human rights violations on oil workers in the Central Asian country.…"

James Dolan Joins Live Nation's Board Of Directors
"Madison Square Garden chairman and Cablevision CEO James Dolan has been tapped to join Live Nation's board of directors, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission have revealed.…"

Justin Timberlake Part Of Group Buying MySpace
"Justin Timberlake apparently wasn't satisfied with just playing a social media impresario in the movies, so now he's becoming one in real life.…"

Overheard At NARIP
"The National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) had their monthly Biz Brunch recently to bring together industry producers, songwriters, and publishers to network and discuss trends.…"

Electric Daisy Employee Arrested In Alleged Counterfeit Scheme
"An employee for a sprawling electronic music festival in Las Vegas was arrested for allegedly plotting a $1 million counterfeit ticket scheme.…"

Coalition Announces Boycott Of CBS Over Grammys
"A coalition of musicians that has protested the Recording Academy's decision to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is stepping up the pressure, calling for a boycott of the Grammys' telecast partner, CBS, and hiring a lawyer to explore legal action.…"

New Hackers AntiSec Release Private Universal Music, Viacom Data Torrent On Pirate Bay
"With an online warning that they are picking up where hackers LulzSec left off, a new group calling itself AntiSec has released a large torrent of hacked data via the Pirate Bay's servers.…"

Jeezy Sued Over Alleged No-Show
"Atlanta-based rapper Young Jeezy has been hit with a lawsuit after allegedly failing to post for a scheduled gig in the Virgin Islands.…"

MySpace - SOLD, Refocusing On Music
"MySpace has been sold to ad network Specific Media for a reported $35 million. News Corp, which paid $580 million for MySpace in 2006, had hoped to get as much as $100 million for the struggling social network.…"

Patti LaBelle Fights Back With Countersuit
"Veteran R&B diva Patti LaBelle says in a countersuit filed against a West Point cadet who claims she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up outside a Houston airport terminal that the altercation began after the cadet hurled racial insults at her.…"

MySpace - Bought High, Selling Low
"NewsCorp paid $580 million for MySpace in 2006. Now its close to being sold for $30 million, far less than the $100 million that they had hope to get for it; and the two prospective buyers are ones that few have ever heard of.…"

Lady Gaga Hit With Lawsuit Over Japan Relief
"Lady Gaga's spokeswoman says a lawsuit accusing the music star of misleading fans with an online pitch for donations to victims of the Japan earthquake is meritless.…"

Arvika Bankrupt, Abandoning Ticket Holders
"The Swedish music festival Arvika has just declared itself bankrupt. The festival, which was supposed to take place between July 14 and 16 has not sold enough tickets and is forced to shut down.…"

Report: Exec. Paid For Deals At LA Coliseum
"Coca-Cola and other firms that had business before the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission paid at least $1.7 million dollars to companies owned by a Coliseum executive, according to a newspaper report.…"

Singer Paulina Rubio Arrested In Miami After Crash
"Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio is charged in Miami with refusing to comply with police officers after a traffic accident.…"

'Tax Dodge' Protest At U2 Glastonbury Show Turns Violent
"Violence erupted in the crowd watching U2's debut performance at Britain's Glastonbury festival Friday, as security guards foiled a protest against the Irish rockers' tax status.…"

Voodoo Music Festival Promoter Stephen Rehage Cleared Of Rape Charge
"An attorney for the founder of the Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans says that a rape charge against his client has been refused by the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office.…"

Merlin Makes Magic With Sony Cloud
"Global rights agency Merlin has cut a deal with Sony to deliver its large independent label catalog to Sony's cloud-based digital music service "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity".…"

Banton Gets 10 Years
"A federal judge sentenced Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton to 10 years in prison Thursday, the lowest sentence legally allowed for his role in a large cocaine trafficking deal in 2009.…"

Viacom Sues Cablevision Over Video Streaming App
"Viacom, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central and other television channels, is suing cable TV distributor Cablevision over an iPad app that Viacom says streams video of its channels without permission. …"

"Universal Music Group will be among the bidders for EMI Music Group, a source close to the label has told the LA Times. Since Warner Music Group along with several others have also expressed strong interest, the stage is being set for an aggressive competition for the beleaguered music group. …"

Cash-Short Philly Orchestra Announces Big Pledges
"The Philadelphia Orchestra announced Tuesday that it has received several major gifts and pledges toward its effort to emerge from bankruptcy and establish solid financial footing. …"

Michael Jackson's Former GM Pleads In Tax Case
"A former general manager for Michael Jackson has pleaded guilty for failing to file tax returns during the time she worked for the late pop star. …"

Live Nation Spends 55k Lobbying In Q1
"Concert promoter and ticket seller Live Nation Entertainment Inc. spent $55,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on ticket legislation and a proposed royalty that would be paid to performance artists for radio airplay, according to a disclosure report. …"

Apple Patents Camera Shutoff Technology
"Apple has filed a patent for technology that would allow venue owners to disable video recording in cellphones such as Apple's ubiquitous iPhone during concerts. …"

Best Buy's Soft Steps Into The Cloud
"Best Buy has quietly launched a cloud music service; and like Apple's announced iTunes Match, this licensed music service works on a scan and match basis, avoiding large transfer of files to the cloud. …"

Fugitive Hip-Hop Mogul Arrested On Drug Charges
"A fugitive hip-hop mogul recently linked by a convicted killer to a shooting that wounded Tupac Shakur was arrested Tuesday in a drug case after he was discovered hiding out at a popular Manhattan hotel. …"

EMI Considers Sale Or IPO
"Struggling British music company EMI Group Ltd. says it is exploring the possibility of a sale or an initial public offering. …"

Denver Venue Lays Down The Law For Scalpers
"The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is warning theater-goers about scalpers selling tickets to performances. …"

Music Producer Points Gang Violence To 'Shaq'
"A Los Angeles music producer testified that gang members kidnapped him in 2008 and told him the reason was an "issue" with basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and his business partner, according to transcripts from a preliminary criminal hearing. …"

Embezzler Faces 'Music'
"A former payroll manager embezzled about $421,000 from a record label that features rock artists ranging from Megadeth to the Steve Miller Band, authorities said. …"

Black's Popular 'Friday' Video Pulled From YouTube Amidst Legal Flap
"Rebecca Black's official "Friday" music video has been taken off YouTube. The page where the video starring the 13-year-old singer once played now says it "is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black." …"

U2 Guitarist's Project Rejected By Coastal Agency
"A proposal led by U2 guitarist The Edge for five mansions overlooking Malibu, Calif., has been rejected by California's coastal development agency, despite assurances by him that it would be one of the greenest developments in the world. …"

Hampton Coliseum Settles Wheelchair Accessibility Lawsuit
"The city of Hampton has agreed to improve wheelchair accessibility at the Hampton Coliseum to settle a federal lawsuit.…"

Man Confesses To Tupac Killing
"New York City police have begun an investigation into an online posting supposedly from a convicted felon who claims to have shot and robbed slain rapper Tupac Shakur.…"

Sony Seeks To Block Jackson Video From Defense
"Attorneys for Michael Jackson’s doctor want access to raw footage that was used for the star’s posthumous concert film, “This is It.” But Sony Pictures is fighting the request.…"

Basshunter Cleared Of Sexual Assault Charges
"The Swedish Europop musician - real name Jonas Altberg - had been accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls after he had appeared at Kitty's nightclub in Kirkcaldy, Scotland on December 10 last year. …"

Pandora's 'Box' Wide Open In Market Debut
"The shares of popular but unprofitable Internet radio service Pandora (P) soared more than 50% in its market debut.…"

FIFA Taps Placido Domingo For Corruption Panel..Wait, What?
"Sepp Blatter, president of World Cup Soccer organization FIFA, announced on Monday that Spanish tenor Placido Domingo has been asked to join Henry Kissinger and former FBI head Louis Freeh in a special panel tasked with rooting our corruption in FIFA.…"

Live Nation Shares Still Wavering
"Shares of Live Nation have risen after a Friday New York Post report claimed the company is in early buyout discussions with Liberty Media. Shares rose 6% on Friday but were down over 3% in early Monday trading, suggesting the market was less certain a deal would get done.…"

AEG Looks To Refi On O2 Arena Debt
"AEG's O2 Arena is looking to refinance their debt with a new $246 million and an infusion of cash from AEG.…"

Labor Dispute Outside Tony Awards Venue Solved
"The stagehands' union and producers of the Tony Awards reached an agreement Friday on how the show's red carpet area will be staffed, ending a labor dispute that threatened to derail Broadway's biggest night.…"

Joan Jett 'Loves Rock N' Roll'...But Not Tributes
"Joan Jett loves rock and roll, but not on a tribute album she says an ex-employee put together without her permission.…"

Wiseguys Sentenced In Ticketing Scheme
"The three men who were operating Wiseguy Tickets, Inc. were sentenced connection with their multimillion-dollar scheme to bypass the security mechanisms of online ticket distributors to buy premium tickets in bulk and resell them for a profit, United States Attorney Paul J Fishman announced.…"

MJ Merchandiser Sues Perfumer Over Star's Image
"A Las Vegas perfumer promoted by Michael Jackson's father is being sued for using the name of the deceased superstar to sell fragrances.…"

Willie Nelson Escapes Jail In Pot Bust
"Country music legend and avowed marijuana aficionado Willie Nelson must pay a Texas court $787 to settle marijuana possession charges.…"

Reggae Star Banton Asks For Shorter Jail Sentence
"The Grammy winner was convicted in February of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in Florida in 2009. He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison at his sentencing hearing June 23 in Tampa federal court.…"

Paris Bar Honors The Doors; May Have To Close Them
"The walls of the Paris bar are plastered with images of Jim Morrison and The Doors, and a bust of the lead singer presides over the beer tap -- all part of the owner's lifelong passion for the band. But an attorney for the group doesn't love it madly.…"

Union Sues 'Spider-Man' On Behalf Of Julie Taymor
"The union that represents theater directors is seeking any royalties owed Julie Taymor, the original director of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."…"

Report: Ex-LA Coliseum Exec Had Side Deals
"The former events manager for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission reportedly made tens of thousands of dollars in side deals with companies that used the stadium or adjacent Sports Arena. …"

Rapper Flo Rida Charged With DUI In Miami Beach
"A large crowd pleaded with officers to let rapper Flo Rida go and one fan offered to drive him home after he was charged with driving under the influence early Thursday in Miami Beach, police said.…"

Nevada State Senate Nixes Stadium Bill
"The Nevada State Senate failed to pass a bill to support the development of one of three proposed stadium projects.…"

Paulina Rubio Wants To Bar Media From Deposition
"Singer and actress Paulina Rubio wants the media barred from attending a deposition by her manager in a Miami breach contract lawsuit.…"

Country Performers May Be Called In Gambling Corruption Case
"A federal gambling corruption trial at the Alabama Statehouse could look like a country music concert or a political convention rather than a court case.…"

Ja Rule To 'Reign' From Prison
"Rapper Ja Rule is set to go to prison almost four years after he was charged with having a loaded gun in his luxury sports car as he left a New York City concert.…"

AEG Faces Jackson Suit Over Cancelled Shows
"The insurer of Michael Jackson's canceled comeback concerts has asked a judge to nullify a policy intended to protect concert promoters if the singer wasn't able to complete the shows.…"

Apple's Jobs On Stage To Reveal IOS5, Apple Cloud Service
"Apple CEO Steve Jobs briefly emerged from a medical leave Monday to unveil a free service that lets customers share calendar entries, songs and other files among their devices more easily.…"

Music Promoter Gets 21 Months In Mariah Carey Scam
"A purported music entrepreneur who bilked a New Jersey investor out of $330,000 by claiming he was promoting a series of Mariah Carey concerts in Dubai has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.…"

Dre Settles 'Chronic' Damages Suit
"Dr. Dre won't be behind the microphone at a federal courthouse after all -- the rapper settled a lawsuit over damages from unauthorized online sales of his album "The Chronic" a day before trial.…"

KFC Yum! Center Tax Assessment Not So Yummy
"The Jefferson County Attorneys Office has found that they The Louisville Arena Authority is on the hook for nearly $56,000 in property assessments and fees for the KFC Yum! Center.…"

Parental Warnings Threaten To Cross The Pond
"Parental warning notices are being added to digital music sites in Britain; and the U.S. is almost certain to follow.…"

Female Flasher Booted From Kid Rock Show..Wait, What?
"Scotiabank Place security sparked controversy after ejecting a woman from the venue after she flashed her breasts during the a Kid Rock concert.…"

BamaJam Festival Crumbles After Giley Pleads Guilty
"The developer of the BamaJam music festivals says a 2011 festival is unlikely and he is offering full ticket refunds after pleading guilty to government corruption charges.…"

MySpace Bids Are Less Than Satiating
"By all accounts News Corp wants to unload MySpace before it's fiscal year ends on June 30th and yesterday was reportedly the deadline for yet another round of bids.…"

Want To Share Your Password With A Friend? Hope You Like Handcuffs
"State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login -- even with permission -- to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody.…"

Coalition Of Finnish Producers Sues Pirate Bay
"A group of 23 Finnish music production companies is suing the Pirate Bay file-sharing website in an attempt to halt illegal downloads and distribution of music in the Nordic country, an anti-piracy group said Friday.…"

Union Files Complaint To Stop Move Of NYC Opera
"A union representing New York City Opera workers has filed a federal complaint against the financially troubled company, saying its plans to move out of Lincoln Center after 45 years are aimed at undermining the labor rights of performers.…"

Promoter Sues Caesars Over Easton Residency Deal
"A Las Vegas promoter has launched a lawsuit against Caesars Entertainment, alleging the casino giant cost him more than $1 million dollars when they backed out of a deal for a Sheena Easton residency.…"

New Strategy For Intellectual Property Rights In EU
"The European Union has outlined plans for a new intellectual property framework to be implemented across its 27 member states, including legislation to tackle digital piracy and simplify pan-European digital licensing.…"

Emotional Traffic' Spurs Countersuit, McGraw V. Curb Records
"Attorneys for country music star Tim McGraw have filed a countersuit against Curb Records, seeking a ruling that would release him from his 20-year contract with Mike Curb.…"

Eminem's 'Broke'n Victory, Other Artists To Follow?
"Despite his team winning a lawsuit against Universal Music Grpup over digital download royalty payments that some estimate could lead to a $30 million payout, Eminem may not receive any of the money from an eventual settlement.…"

Former KISS Guitarist Arrested For Domestic Violence And Dead Dogs
"Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent, AKA Vinnie Cusano was arrested on Sunday in Tennessee, being accused of allegedly battering his wife.…"

Hangout'...And Get Arrested
"Gulf Shores police say officers made 189 arrests during the three-day Hangout Music Festival last weekend, about 60 percent of them involving drugs.…"

Leave It To Sony - Music Security Breach In Greece
"Sony says it has discovered a security breach affecting 8,500 user accounts in a music entertainment website in Greece.…"

Record Co. Deal Could Secure Apple's Cloud
"Apple Inc. is close to securing deals with all four major recording companies on a music service that will allow users to stream songs stored on remote computer servers, presumably to an array of portable Apple-made devices, a person familiar with the matter said yesterday.…"

Music To Live Nation Investors' Ears
"News of improved ticket sales is music to investors' ears this week. Shares of Live Nation rose 9.1% Wednesday after Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said May ticket sales were up 7% year over year. Shares were up another 2.7% in midday trading Thursday.…"

Phil Spector's Lawyers Seek Rehearing Of Appeal
"Lawyers for music producer Phil Spector have asked an appeals court to take a second look at his arguments for a new trial, contending the court ignored a defense argument that the trial judge had violated his neutrality in the case.…"

Tim McGraw Sued By Curb Records
"Tim McGraw and Curb Records could be headed to court over an unreleased album. The independent record label filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit last week against McGraw, claiming the country superstar failed to provide a fifth and final album that met contractual obligations under their deal by an April deadline…"

Bertelsmann Posts Solid Q1
"Media giant Bertelsmann saw both their revenue and profits increase in the first three months of the year the company said.…"

Three Charged In Slaying Of MTV Music Coordinator
"Three people have been charged in a string of 10 armed robberies and two slayings, including the murder of an MTV music coordinator in Los Angeles.…"

Blavatnik Reportedly In Private Talks Over EMI
"According to several reports, the owners of EMI has already been holding private meetings with Russian-born tycoon Len Blavatnik, who just won the bidding war for Warner Music Group. It's no secret that WMG CEO Edgar Bronfman, who negotiated Blavatnik's purchase, has always coveted EMI; and some observers believe his new boss is on track to make it happen. Other aren't so sure. …"

WMG Shareholders Sue Over Blavatnik Deal
"Warner Music Group's board of directors "abandoned their duties" when agreeing to a $1.3 billion sale last week. According to a lawsuit filed by shareholder Barbara A. Varipapa in Delaware's Chancery Court, The companys shares are already locked up in favor of the proposed transaction, rendering the minority shareholders vote meaningless. …"

LimeWire Finally To Bed After $105M Settlement
"File-sharing software company LimeWire, which shut down last year after being barred from allowing people to share copyright-protected files online, reached a $105 million out-of-court settlement with the major record labels Thursday, the labels said.…"

UMG Down In Q1
"A day after a report that overall music sales had increased in the first months of 2011, Universal Music Group announced a drop in both sales and revenue.…"

Dylan Nixes Chinese Censorship Claims
"In an open post to his fans, Bob Dylan has taken exception with the press coverage of his recent concerts in China, which suggested that the troubadour caved in to government requests to censor his setlist.…"

Black Eyed Peas' Pajon Sues His Business Manager
"Black Eyed Peas guitarist George Pajon has filed a lawsuit against the band's longtime business manager, alleging breach of contract, negligence, professional fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.…"

Medical Examiner: NYC Jazz Musician Was Stabbed
"The New York City medical examiner's office says a jazz musician was stabbed to death before his body was stuffed into a storage chest in his home.…"

Lindsay Lohan Says She's Glad Theft Case Resolved
"A lawyer entered a no contest plea Wednesday for Lindsay Lohan in the theft of a necklace, setting the stage for a summer of confinement, counseling and community service.…"

Google Launches Cloud Music Beta
"Google is launching a new service in the U.S. that lets users store their music remotely and access them from any compatible device, including mobile phones, tablets and computers.…"

Woman Allegedly Raped By Parking Lot Attendant At Stagecoach
"A Los Angeles man has been arrested and accused of raping woman during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival.…"

OSHA Pushes For Disaster Preparedness At NY Theaters
"The federal agency that governs workplace safety has sent a letter to 63 New York City theaters saying future inspections of the venues will include reviews of their emergency action plans.…"

Library Of Congress Partners With Sony In Music Streaming Service
"For the first time, the Library of Congress is streaming some of its vast collection of sound recordings of popular music, speeches and comedy online for free.…"

Judge Approves Bo Diddley Assets Sale
"A Florida judge has ruled that Bo Diddley's former managers can sell the late rock 'n' roll legend's assets and take a 15 percent commission.…"

Live Nation Partners With Groupon In Ticketing Deal
"Live Nation deals have been flying fast and furious and the latest is a joint venture with online coupon website Groupon to develop a new channel for event ticket deals.…"

Charges To Be Dropped In Bieber NY Mall Frenzy
"Justin Bieber has agreed to record a public service announcement on cyberbullying in order to resolve criminal charges filed against his manager and a record executive after a frenzy at a New York mall.…"

Serb Folk Music 'Queen' Gets 1 Year House Arrest
"Serbia's flamboyant folk music queen Svetlana Raznatovic, better known as Ceca, will spend eight months under a house arrest and pay a euro1.5 million ($2.2 million) fine as part of a contentious plea bargain approved by a Belgrade court on Monday.…"

Blavatnik Lands WMG For $3.3bn In Cash Deal
"Russian-American billionaire Len Blavatnik's Access Industries won a bidding war on Friday for Warner Music Group, buying the storied music company for $3.3 billion in an all-cash transaction.…"

New Zealander Tiki Taane A Fan Of Freedom
"According to the Australian Associated Press, Taane was arrested on stage at an April 9th gig after allegedly encouraging his fans to chant the chorus from the NWA song F*** Tha Police while several members of the local constabulary were present. Taane spent the night in jail for his troubles.…"

HFA Takes 'Foreground' In Background Music
"The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. and PCMusic, a provider of customized background music solutions for businesses, have announced a licensing agreement.…"

Australian Teen Charged Over Bieber Egging
"Australian officials have charged a teenager with breaking into a Justin Bieber concert and throwing eggs at the Canadian pop star.…"

Ticketmaster Settles With Maryland AG Over Springsteen Ticket Flap
"Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced that his Consumer Protection Division has reached a settlement with Ticketmaster subsidiary over allegations that the company misled consumers into purchasing higher-priced secondary market tickets.…"

Warner Music Deal May Close This Week
"The final bids for Warner Music were tendered this week, with some sources reporting that BMG Rights Management and Universal Music Group have teamed up in an effort to land both Warner and EMI.…"

Live Nation Signs With Carnival Cruiselines In Unique Sponsorship Deal
"Live Nation has pacted with Carnival Cruises in a sponsorship deal that will see the cruise line become the official sponsor of several "Rock the Deck" concert series at Live Nation venues across the U.S.…"

Klipsch Pacts With Live Nation
"Live Nation has signed an agreement with speaker manufacturer Klipsch in a multi-venue naming rights deal.…"

Neil's Vegas Appearance...In Court
"Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has an Aug. 8 trial date in Las Vegas on misdemeanor charges stemming from a confrontation with an ex-girlfriend in the audience of a casino showroom…"

Court Rejects Spector's Appeal
"A California appeals court rejected music producer Phil Spector's bid to overturn his murder conviction on Monday, saying it was permissible for prosecutors to call a parade of women who said Spector had threatened them with guns in the past.…"

Rick Springfield Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI
"Rick Springfield has been released from jail after being arrested by sheriff's deputies Sunday night on suspicion of drunken driving.…"

Flavor Flav Arrested In Las Vegas
"Police in Las Vegas say rapper and reality television star Flavor Flav was arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for driving offenses.…"

Dionne Warwick Strikes Against Broadway
"US singer Dionne Warwick has taken legal action against the producers of a new Broadway musical, claiming it uses her name and likeness without consent.…"

Man Stabbed At Tiesto Concert In Winnipeg Convention Center
"Police are investigating a stabbing at an electronic dance music concert at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.…"

Sony Slapped With Lawsuit Over Data Breech
"A gamer has filed suit against Sony, accusing the company of failing to adequately safeguard user information as the legal fallout for the company's massive data breach gets underway.…"

Diddy's Entourage Under Inquiry
"New York City police say a sergeant allowed a police escort for Sean "P. Diddy" Combs for one city block after a concert. The police department says the assistance was unauthorized and is under investigation.…"

Rahm Emanuel, Jam Concerts And Chicago Politics
"Chicago-based Jam Productions has been tapped to produce a concert celebrating the inauguration of incoming Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.…"

Fab Phili' Orchestra Turned 'Drab Phili' Orchestra
"The musicians known as the Fabulous Philadelphians are feeling more drab than fab about their management these days.…"

ICM Looks To Reorganize
"Senior agents at International Creative Management (ICM) aree reportedly looking to acquire a controlling stake in the company from a major shareholder, the Connecticut-based equity fund Rizvi Traverse Management LLC.…"

Keith Richards Daughter's Case Set For Dismissal
"Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' daughter Theodora will get her New York City graffiti and drug case dismissed in exchange for doing two days of community service, a judge said Thursday. …"

New Zealand Outlaws File Sharing
"New Zealand passed a law against online piracy on Thursday which outlaws file-sharing and threatens repeat offenders with having their Internet access cut off.…"

Argentine Band Convicted In Deadly Fire
"An Argentine appeals court has thrown out innocent verdicts for a rock band in the deaths of 194 people in a nightclub fire and found them guilty.…"

A Win, Just What The 'Doctor' Ordered
"The new incarnation of Death Row Records does not have the rights to sell Dr. Dre's iconic rap album "The Chronic" digitally, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.…"

Jackson Estate Settles Lawsuit Over Heal the World
"Michael Jackson's estate has settled a lawsuit against a nonprofit claiming it is the successor to the singer's Heal the World charity. …"

Rapper Gucci Mane's Lawyer Denies Battery Charge
"Rapper Gucci Mane's lawyer is denying accusations that the musician pushed a woman out of his Hummer as he drove down a suburban Atlanta street in January. …"

Philadelphia Orchestra Files For Chapter 11
"The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, long considered one of the best in the nation, will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection an apparent first in recent history for a major U.S. orchestra.…"

Warner Close To A Deal
"Warner Music Group Corp. is seeking to sell the entire company, rather than parts of the business, and could agree on a buyer within weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.…"

Case Against Reed's Manager Dismissed
"Lou Reed's manager won't be prosecuted on a New York City harassment claim stemming from a bizarre squabble with a consultant over money. …"

Phil Spector Murder Conviction In Appeals Court
"A panel of three appellate judges gave lawyers on both sides a hostile reception Tuesday as they argued for and against motions to overturn the second-degree murder conviction of legendary music producer Phil Spector. …"

Lil Wayne's Guards Face Cop Impersonation Charges
"Two security guards face charges of impersonating police officers after they escorted rapper Lil Wayne to an Indiana nightclub. …"

Facebook Faces New Lawsuit Over Ownership
"The drama of the Facebook story heightened on Tuesday as a man with a shady past used old emails and a powerful law firm to press his claim to half the online social networking firm…"

Wiz Attendee Found Unconscious Behind Arena
"Police at the University of New Hampshire are investigating how a woman ended up unconscious behind the Whittemore Center Arena after a concert Friday night.…"

Crist And 'Talking Head' Talk It Out
"Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign ad last year, both parties confirmed Monday.…"

Ceca: Guilty Of Embezzlement
"Serbias flamboyant folk music queen Svetlana Raznatovic, better known as Ceca, pleaded guilty to embezzling millions in exchange for a lenient sentence, prosecutors said Tuesday, bringing to an end a legal soap opera that has transfixed the country.…"

XM Settles With Indie Community
"Independent music agency Merlin and other members of the indie music community have agreed to a settlement of $3.6 million in a long-running dispute with XM Satellite Radio over the Pioneer Inno recordable radio receiver. Out of court settlements had been reached with the four major record labels between 2007 and 2008.…"

Gucci Mane Arrested, Charged With Battery In Georgia
"Rapper Gucci Mane was arrested Friday, accused of shoving a woman out of his Hummer in January as he was driving down a suburban Atlanta road, authorities said. …"

Did Eminem's Legal Victory Open The Floodgates?
"A recent ruling in the case of FBT Productions v Interscope may have paved the way for numerous artists to seek what may amount to billions in unpaid royalties from major labels.…"

Judge Rules Cohl's Stones Suit Against LN Can Proceed
"A Florida judge has approved a lawsuit by promoter Michael Cohl against his former employer Live Nation, resulting from dispute over who will promote the next tour by The Rolling Stones.…"

2 NY Men Arrested In Shooting Death Of DJ Megatron
"Two New York City men have been arrested in the shooting death of radio and TV personality DJ Megatron. …"

FBI Made Bi-Coastal Effort To Find B.I.G. Leads
"FBI agents on both coasts participated in a nearly two-year investigation aimed at finding out who gunned down the Notorious B.I.G. and whether any Los Angeles police officers were involved, according to recently released records. …"

Fest Cancellation A First Amendment Violation?
"The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday the cancellation of a South Florida music festival featuring artists from Cuba may have violated the event organizers' constitutional right to free speech.…"

Lawyers Say Jackson Was 'Desperate' Over Finances
"A defense lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor says the singer was so anguished about his deteriorating finances in his final days that he took desperate actions that caused his own death. …"

Bogus Drake Managers Swindle Theater
"A Pennsylvania theater says it's been the victim of a swindle by people posing as managers for rapper Drake.…"

Pandora's Federal Subpoena
"As part of filings with the Security And Exchange Commission for its upcoming IPO, Pandora revealed that early in 2011 it had received a subpoena from a federal grand jury investigation related to information sharing on its Apple and Android mobile applications.…"

Vince Neil Faces New Legal Troubles
"Less than six weeks after being released from jail on a drunken driving charge, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is facing two new misdemeanor charges in a Las Vegas casino showroom confrontation with an ex-girlfriend. …"

Tentative Deal Could End Detroit Symphony Strike
"The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its striking musicians say a tentative agreement has been reached that could resolve a six-month walkout. …"

Ceca Busted Big Time
"Renowned Serbian turbo-folk singer Svetlana Raznatovic, widely known as Ceca, has been indicted on embezzlement charges, prosecutors in Belgrade say.…"

Spears Lawsuit 'Stinks Up' The Court
"A brand marketing company that brokered a deal for Britney Spears' fragrance line sued the singer and her father Wednesday, claiming the pair secured a new deal that stinks to the tune of more than $10 million.…"

Live Nation Makes A Bid For Warner
"Live Nation has reportedly thrown their hat into the recorded music ring with a bid for Warner Music Group. If the bid is successful, the acquisition would give Live Nation control over the third largest label group.…"

Global Music Sales Down In 2010
"Global Music sales dropped by almost $1.5 billion in 2010, a loss of 8.4%, according to a report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).…"

Web Sheriff Cracks Down On Piracy
"Music piracy specialist, Web Sheriff has been making inroads into film protection, working with major studios and Hollywood distributors and having protected two U.S. #1 Box Office movies in the 4th quarter of 2010.…"

Man Dies After Fall At Peterson Events Center
"A man attending a concert by the band Further at the Petersen Events Center, fell to his death after crashing through a 4th floor window.…"

5 Browns Dad Gets At least 10 Years In Abuse Case
"The father of the renowned piano group The 5 Browns has been sentenced to serve at least 10 years in a Utah prison on charges that he sexually abused his three daughters when they were children. …"

Amazon A'Head In The Clouds
"Overnight Amazon beat both Google and Apple to market with the launch of a freemium cloud based digital media locker and robust integrated music player that accesses stored tracks across multiple computers and Android devices.…"

Prosecutor Suggests Willie Nelson Sing For Court
"A Texas prosecutor says Willie Nelson can resolve marijuana possession charges by agreeing to plead guilty, pay a fine -- and sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the court. …"

Nokia Raises 'Hel'sinki Against Apple
"Nokia is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing patents in its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers, the Finnish company said Tuesday.…"

Songtrust Signs With HFA
"The Harry Fox Agency has signed a deal with DIY music publishing service Songtrust to provide back-office support for the collection and distribution of royalties. …"

Website To Pay $950K For Posting Beatles Hits
"A website that posted digital copies of The Beatles music a year before they became legitimately available has agreed to pay record companies nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit. …"

Rick Ross In Marijuana Bust
"Rapper Rick Ross has been arrested in Louisiana on a marijuana possession charge. …"

Judge Tosses Hurwitz's Fillmore Suit
"A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Seth Hurwitz' IMP against Live Nation in an attempt to block taxpayer money from funding the construction of the Fillmore in Silver Spring.…"

NY Court: Keep Internet Copyright Disputes At Home
"New York's top court says publishers should bring Internet copyright infringement lawsuits in courts where their business is located, even if there's no evidence that's where their copyright was violated. …"

Fest's First Scalper
"Organizers of central Nebraska's Nebraskaland Day summer festival say they are dealing with a problem they've never encountered: ticket scalping.…"

Lady Gaga Criticizes Malaysia Gay Lyric Censorship
"Lady Gaga has urged young Malaysians to protest the censorship of lyrics in her hit song that encourage acceptance of gays.…"

The 'He Said, He Said' Of A Halifax Concert Scandal
"Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly is dismissing concert promoter Harold MacKay's version of a secret deal to keep the Black Eyed Peas show on the Halifax Common.…"

UK Music Industry 'Bailout' Announced
"The U.K. Government has taken significant steps to support the music industry in the country, with a package of initiatives that include the launch of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) and an easing of licensing requirements.…"

Bad Checks Take Down City Stages?
"The founder of Birmingham's defunct City Stages music festival is scheduled to go on trial April 1, facing charges that he signed bad checks to performers and vendors.…"

Weasel Strikes Again
"Screeching Weasel singer Ben Weasel (a.k.a. Ben Foster) struck two women during the band's concert at SXSW in Austin Friday night at Austin's Scoot Inn.…"

Supreme Court Bows Out Of Em's Royalty Battle
"The Supreme Court won't get involved in a fight between Eminem's former production company and Universal Music Group over downloads of the rapper's songs and ringtones.…"

House To Vote On Cutting Off Funds For NPR
"House Republicans on Thursday took another swipe at taxpayer support for public broadcasting with legislation to bar federal funding of National Public Radio and prohibit local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues.…"

Petey Pleads To Possession
"Hip-hop artist Petey Pablo has pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm.…"

Tru Life' Hurts - 8 Years Locked Up
"A rapper once being promoted as a rising star at a label run by Jay-Z was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for taking part in a deadly attack on a man he said he didn't mean to harm.…"

Former Iron Maiden Frontman Jailed For Fraud
"Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Andrews (AKA Paul Di'Anno) has been sentenced to jail for nine months after being convicted of benefits fraud.…"

Texas Music Festival Promoter Sentenced
"James Watson, the man who bamboozled investors into pouring at least $2.5 million into a festival scheme, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay $391,690.50 restitution to Bank of America, United States Attorney Jose Angel Moreno annou…"

D'Angelo Takes Disorderly Conduct Plea In NYC Case
"D'Angelo has resolved his New York City prostitution case by pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. …"

Ja Ruling' From Prison
"Ja Rule is set to go to prison in June in a New York City gun case.…"

Ontario Embraces Performance Industry
"The Major International Festivals and Events Network (MIFEN) has recognized the Ontario governments commitment to the festivals and events industry. The honor was announced by the Minister Chan, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.…"

Kanye West And 'Suge' Knight Settle Lawsuit
"Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has dropped an appeal in a lawsuit he filed against hip-hop star Kanye West over a 2005 shooting in Miami.…"

Moses' Parts The Wall Street For Music Scene
"Can a former rock-band-member-turned-investment-banker lead a music revolution on Wall Street?…"

Buffalo Police Investigate Two Stabbings At City Music Venue
"Police in Buffalo are investigating the stabbing of 2 men during a rap concert at a popular music venue.…"

Penalties For LA Memorial Coliseum Teen Rave
"California regulators say the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum violated its license to sell alcohol by allowing teenage boozing during the Electric Daisy Carnival rave last year.…"

Spector, Shapiro Settle $1M Legal Fee Dispute
"Imprisoned music producer Phil Spector has settled his lawsuit against attorney Robert Shapiro over a $1 million retainer days before a trial was scheduled to begin.…"

Americans With Disabilities Act Regulations To Impact Online Ticketing
"On March 15th, new changes to Americans With Disabilities Act regulations will take effect, including revised requirements for venues and ticketing companies with online sales systems.…"

Twitter 'Love' Costs $430K
"Courtney Love's 140 character Twitter rants against a fashion designer are costing her more than $430,000, an attorney says.…"

Drivin' N Cryin' N Honorin'
"After 26 years of making music, Georgia lawmakers are putting the spotlight on the Atlanta-based band Drivin' N Cryin'.…"

Australian One Movement Festival Sparks Political Battle
"Western Australia's Parliament has announced it intends to investigate more than $3 million (AUD) in grants given to the Perth-based One Movement festival.…"

The 'Prince' Of Legal Fees
"A New York City law firm says Prince owes more than $700,000 in legal fees for services that included helping to settle financial obligations to his former wife.…"

Christina Aguilera Arrested For Drunkenness
"Fresh from a stumble at the Grammys and muffing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, singer Christina Aguilera was arrested early Tuesday near the Sunset Strip on suspicion of being drunk in public but will not be prosecuted, authorities said.…"

Estate Of Sky Saxon Sues Label Over Royalties
"The estate of Sky Saxon, former songwriter and frontman for the 60s garage rock outfit The Seeds who died in 2009, has sued his label, GNP Crescendo Record over royalties. …"

Vegas Jail Gambles On Early Release For Vince
"Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has been released from jail after serving 10 days of a 15-day sentence for a drunken driving conviction. …"

Rapper Juvenile Posts Bond After Drug Arrest
"New Orleans rapper Juvenile was arrested on a drug charge and released from a northern Louisiana jail after posting bond, police said Sunday.…"

Aussie ISP Wins In Piracy Suit Appeal
"U.S. Film studios have lost their latest appeal against Australian ISP iiNet in a piracy lawsuit.…"

Indiana State Fair - Now Taking Donations
"The Indiana State Fair could get a little help from its friends under legislation winding its way through the Legislature.…"

Chandler Man Guilty In Concert Promotion Scheme
"A suburban Phoenix concert promoter accused of running a Ponzi scheme has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of money laundering and wire fraud.…"

Perlman Dissolves Contract With Philharmonic
"World-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman has resigned his post as artistic director of the Westchester Philharmonic in New York.…"

Lena Horne's 'Jazzy' Estate Auction
"The estate of sultry jazz singer and actress Lena Horne is selling some of the fancy gowns, jewelry, fine art and books that filled her New York City apartment.…"

The Legality Of Recycling Music
"When startup Redigi announced last week that they'd open a marketplace to re-sell "used" mp3's this summer, many in the music industry questioned the legality of the company's plans.…"

Buju Banton: GUILTY
"Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009, a verdict that elicited anguish and disbelief among supporters in a crowded courtroom and from other artists in his native Jamaica.…"

Blacklisted Brown Wants Into The Green
"Chris Brown wants a judge to ease a restraining order barring him from being near ex-girlfriend Rihanna.…"

The Plot Thickens - Rave Producer Hired Lobbyist
"An administrator for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission who doubled as a paid consultant to a producer of raves also hired his own City Hall lobbyist as he sought to keep the controversial events at the stadium, according to records and intervie…"

BB King Blues Club In Vegas Files For Bankruptcy
"B.B. King's Blues Club on the Las Vegas Strip has filed for bankruptcy. …"

Jackson's Estate Earned $310 Million Since Death
"Despite more than $310 million in earnings since his death, Michael Jackson's lavish spending habits still haunt his legacy and have required lawyers to create new deals and restructure old debts, court records show.…"

Recycle Your Songs?
"Startup ReDigi will be opening "the world's first online marketplace to legally recycle, buy and sell, used digital music files" this summer.…"

Church Jam-Banding 'Graced' With Legal Battle
"A Pennsylvania county wants a federal judge to dismiss as "frivolous" a civil rights lawsuit filed by a self-described church whose worship services consist of jam band concerts.…"

Strikers...Is That Your Final Answer?
"Detroit Symphony Orchestra officials have given striking musicians their `final offer' - and a deadline.…"

Father Of The Five Browns Pleads Guilty
"The father of The 5 Browns musical group pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children.…"

Apple's Monopolistic Undertones
"As far as subscription music is concerned, Apple has now cornered the king of every subscription music service. If any of them moves an inch, in any direction, Apple takes/kills their king.…"

Borders Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
"Bookseller Borders, which helped pioneer superstores that put countless mom-and-pop bookshops out of business, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, sunk by crushing debt and sluggishness in adapting to a rapidly changing industry.…"

Billy Elliot' Musical Sued For $4 Million
"Two theatergoers are suing a Broadway musical for millions after claiming they were injured during a performance of "Billy Elliot: The Musical."…"

Pandora Ponders Public Profitability
"Pandora announced on Friday that it has filed Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as the first step towards an initial public offering of stock.…"

Kentucky's Monroe Row
"A dispute over the use of bluegrass music great Bill Monroe's name is headed for a bench trial in western Kentucky.…"

Reggae Star Buju Banton Faces Life In US Prison
"Buju Banton checked out some cocaine, put some on his finger and tasted it -- all of it caught on law enforcement video inside a Florida warehouse.…"

Police Arrest A Dozen People At Athens Concert
"Police say about a dozen people were arrested on drug charges outside a concert by Widespread Panic.…"

YouTube Finds The 'RightsFlow'
"This morning, YouTube took another step towards keeping music rights-holders happy.…"

Coliseum Exec Impeachment
"A Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum commissioner called Wednesday for the resignation of the venue's executive director over conflict-of-interest allegations concerning a manager who helped arrange security at a rave where a teenage girl overdosed and later …"

Hunka Hunka Burnin' Lawsuits
"Elvis Presley Enterprises said it's suing men in Florida and England on claims of copyright infringement and illegal sale of a DVD and CD box set of recordings and footage of the singer's performances.…"

Lohan: Felon - Grand Theft Necklace
"Prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to charge Lindsay Lohan with felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace reported stolen from a jewelry store last month, the most serious count the actress has faced in more than three years of trouble with the law.…"

Electric Daisy 'Regrowth' In LA
"An electronic music festival that prompted a moratorium on raves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after the overdose death of a 15-year-old girl will be allowed back this year.…"

Don't Make Me Steal Manifesto
"A loose collective of digital media pirates have created a manifesto that outlines what they say rightsholders need to do to stop them pirating. While its aimed at the film industry, the five point Don't Make Me Steal manifesto has wider implications…"

Lawyers For Jackson Doctor Have Date In LA Court
"Lawyers for Michael Jackson's doctor are due in court to discuss pretrial matters, but Dr. Conrad Murray has waived his right to be present.…"

Bruno Mars Due In Court For Cocaine Plea Deal
"Bruno Mars is due before a Las Vegas judge on a plea agreement on a felony cocaine possession charge.…"

Judge Rules Jackson Family Can Sue AEG
"Michael Jackson's mother can go forward with her civil lawsuit against entertainment giant AEG Live involving the death of the pop superstar, a judge ruled Wednesday.…"

YouTube's Money Tree
"Citing growing traffic, a 200-300% jump in advertising revenue over the last year and an improved Content ID system that allows music rights holders to profit from infringing content (like videos of cats singing Lady Gaga), YouTube says that free content …"

Could The Detroit Strike Finally Relent?
"Detroit Symphony Orchestra management officials say they are submitting a contract proposal to striking musicians as their walkout reaches the four-month mark.…"

Cohl Countersues LN, Suit Reveals Hints Of Stones Tour
"After being sued for breach of contract in November by Live Nation, Michael Cohl has fired back at the promoter giant with a counter-suit, alleging the company was in breach of contract by attempting to block his efforts…"

You Light Up My Life'...And Criminal Record
"More sour notes have hit the "You Light Up My Life" songwriter accused of molesting 13 women lured to his New York City apartment for supposed acting auditions.…"

Chris Brown Completes Domestic Violence Program
"Chris Brown has completed a domestic violence counseling program required as part of the singer's guilty plea to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna nearly two years ago.…"

Mars Takes Plea Instead Of Cuffs
"Pop star Bruno Mars is taking a plea deal that'll get him a fine, probation and eventual dismissal of a felony cocaine possession charge in Las Vegas.…"

Your Honor, I Am An Innocent Man...' - Conrad Murphy
"Michael Jackson's doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop superstar's death as the case moved rapidly toward a trial that will likely be televised.…"

Live Nation Cuts Profit Forecast Due To Lawsuit
"Concert and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment has cut its annual profit forecast by 7 percent after agreeing to settle a class action lawsuit against its Ticketmaster division.…"

Bob Marley's Heirs Win Image Case In Nevada Court
"A federal jury has sided with Bob Marley's family in ruling against a Nevada company accused of making and selling apparel featuring the reggae icon's image.…"

Detroit Symphony Talking But No Music Yet
"The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its striking musicians have returned to the bargaining table.…"

Michael Jackson's Estate Sues Over Website
"Michael Jackson's estate is seeking the shutdown of a website that is selling a book written by the singer's mother and has released music attributed to the late pop superstar.…"

French Court Convicts Warner Head, Ex-Vivendi Boss
"A French court fined Warner Music Group chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. (EURO)5 million ($6.7 million) on Friday for misleading investors about the Vivendi media conglomerate when he was a top executive there.…"

Crüe Scrüed
"A photograph from 30 years ago is staging its vengeance against Mötley Crüe.…"

Dr. Feel 'Not So' Good - Sorry Vince
"Motley Crue singer Vince Neil will take a plea deal and serve two weeks of jail time, plus two weeks of house arrest, for driving drunk in his Lamborghini last summer near the Las Vegas Strip.…"

Dr. Dre Violates Fan Privacy?
"Rap and hip-hop star Dr. Dre are on the docket at the Michigan Supreme Court.…"

RIAA V. '.music'
"The RIAA is lowering it's horns and taking the .music initiative head-on.…"

At Last, Etta Gets Her Own Money
"A Southern California judge has ruled that Etta James' husband may use $60,000 of the ailing R&B singer's savings to pay for her medical care.…"

The Lennon Suit Lawsuit
"A New York City landlord has a message for the collector who recently sold the suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album: You never give me your money.…"

Stock Tweets Might Land 50 Cent In Hot Water With The SEC
"Rapper 50 Cent (briefly) made a killing in the stock market this weekend after he made a Twitter post advocating that his followers snap up a OTC (penny) stock for H&H Imports, a company which 50 owns 7.5 million shares and warrants for 22.5 million share…"

Judge Takes Conrad Murray's License
"A judge has dealt the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death two setbacks, bringing him a step closer to a trial that could end with him being sent to prison and also taking away his livelihood.…"

All Hands On Deck To Save EMI
"In what may prove to be a last ditch effort to keep EMI from falling into the hands of lender CitiGroup, current owner Terra Firma, and its head Guy Hands, are appealing a recent US court decision that cleared the bank of charges that it defrauded investo…"

Coroner Labels Jackson Death A Homicide
"A coroner who performed the autopsy on Michael Jackson testified Tuesday that the pop star's death would have been classified a homicide even if the singer gave himself the final dose of the anesthetic propofol.…"

Sorry UMG, Copyright Infringement Charges: Denied
"The U.S. Court of Appeals shot down copyright infringement allegations from Universal Music Group and affirmed an eBay seller's right to resell promotional CDs that he buys from used music and other stores.…"

Rapper Waka Flocka Waives Hearing, Remains Jailed
"Officials say rapper Waka Flocka Flame waived a court hearing and remains in jail on drug and gun charges.…"

Jackson Manslaughter Hearing Opens In LA
"Choreographer Kenny Ortega, the last person to work with Michael Jackson on his ill-fated concert tour, told a judge Tuesday the superstar seemed unwell and not in condition six days before he died and went home early from rehearsals at Ortega's suggesti…"

Pink Floyd And EMI Settle Legal Differences
"Pink Floyd and EMI Group Ltd. have settled their legal dispute and agreed to a new five-year contract.…"

Brutal Murder Indicts Songwriter's Son
"An Academy Award-winning songwriter's son has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of his swimsuit designer girlfriend, who was found in a posh hotel bathtub, according to court records that show the upgraded charges.…"

Family's $5M Claim For LA Rave Death
"The family of a 15-year-old girl who died of an ecstasy overdose after a rave has filed a claim seeking $5 million in damages from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission.…"

Rave Legislation With Less Than Rave Reviews
"Reacting to a wave of criticism about a bill that would put statewide limits on raves, California State Assemblywoman Fiona Ma has pulled back the measure until she can get more information. …"

2010's Top 'Cease And Desists'
"Clearinghouse ChillingEffects logged 12,000 DMCA cease and desist notices, some for a single URL and others like for The Pirate Bay containing hundreds.…"

Time Warner Cable Customers Could Lose Networks
"Time Warner Cable customers across the country could lose access to major broadcast networks because of a contract dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group.…"

Rapper Confesses To Cold Case
"The 1993 killing of a man outside a housing complex was a cold case for years until a suspect appeared on detectives' doorstep last week.…"

FCC Adopts New Net Neutrality Rules
"The Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules, which prevent your broadband ISP from blocking websites, but provides wireless providers with added clemency.…"

Deputies Investigating Theft From Jermaine Jackson
"Sheriff's detectives say they are investigating the reported theft of $192,000 in jewelry and luggage from Jermaine Jackson.…"

Some 'Arresting' Apple 'Juice' Leakage
"Secrets about the iPhone were among insider trading tips that led to the arrests Thursday of three employees at different tech companies and a sales exec at a networking firm, authorities said.…"

DMX-ed To Jail
"Court officials in Arizona say the rapper known as DMX has had his probation revoked and is heading to prison for one year.…"

Ticketmaster Takes Insurers To Court
"Ticketing giant Ticketmaster has filed suit against an insurance company alleging that the firm wrongfully refused to cover Ticketmaster's legal defense expenses in a class action lawsuit.…"

This 'Suit' Will Cost More Than 50 Cent
"Rapper 50 Cent made a hit song out of talking about how he gets money. Now another rapper wants to get some too, from 50 Cent.…"

Shut Up' Black Eyed Peas
"Funk pioneer George Clinton wants a federal judge to force the Black Eyed Peas to shut up when it comes to sampling his music.…"

No Charges In Rumored Bieber Assault
"Police in British Columbia have recommended against pressing charges in an alleged assault case that was rumored to have involved Justin Bieber.…"

Jury's Spector Speculation
"A jury should decide whether imprisoned record producer Phil Spector should be refunded $1 million he paid to his former criminal defense attorney after his 2003 arrest, a judge ruled Tuesday.…"

Ja Rules - Guilty
"Ja Rule agreed Monday to go to prison for two years in a gun case, becoming the second platinum-selling rapper set to do time after arrests in the aftermath of a star-studded hip-hop concert in July 2007.…"

Pardon Closes The 'Door'
"The Doors' Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon Thursday for an indecent exposure conviction in Florida that resulted when the late singer pulled what a bandmate called "a mind trip on the audience, and they totally fell for it."…"

Ex-Sunshine Band Member Gets Seven Years In Sex Case
"Telling a judge he was embarrassed, disgusted and ashamed, a former member of KC and the Sunshine Band has been sentenced in Ohio to seven years in prison for sex charges involving teen boys.…"

Daaaaaa Bears' Butt Helmets Over 'Super Bowl Shuffle'
"The owner of a beloved ditty by the 1985 Chicago Bears is preparing to shuffle on down to federal court to take on a media conglomerate.…"

Judge Rules Banton Can Perform While Awaiting Retrial
"Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton will perform a concert to raise money for his security and other expenses while he awaits retrial on federal drug charges in Florida.…"

Ray Charles Live!...And In Trouble
"Oscar-nominated "Ray" producer Stuart Benjamin was planning a Broadway production based on the life of Ray Charles but he claims in a new lawsuit that his primary investor committed fraud.…"

MJ Case Ain't So 'Black Or White' - Refiled
"Michael Jackson's father refiled a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the doctor charged in his son's death and added as a defendant a Las Vegas pharmacy that records show sold the physician a powerful anesthetic blamed for his death.…"

No, Faith?No Contest
"Authorities say Faith Evans has pleaded no contest to reckless driving after being arrested in August for investigation of drunken driving.…"

Burn...Court Refuses Music Sharing Appeal
"The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a Texas teenager who got in trouble for downloading music without paying.…"

Willie Nelson Busted For Pot - Again
"A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.…"

Oops...Britney's Mom Faces Defamation Charges
"A California appeals court rejected a bid Tuesday by Britney Spears' mother to have a defamation claim by the singer's former manager and confidante thrown out.…"

I'll Fly Away' Family Shares In Royalties
"Todd Meagher, the former manager of Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd have hit the Agency Group and TKO's Andrew Goodfriend with a lawsuit alleging, among other things, fraud, false representations, and deceptive trade practices. Meagher is seeking a cool $2…"

When 'Love' Goes Too Far, Time To Get The Bling Back
"A celebrity jeweler says Courtney Love hasn't returned nearly $114,000 worth of borrowed baubles, and the gem dealer is suing to get them back.…"

Police Investigate Falling Death Of Toddler At Staples Center
"A police investigation was under way Monday in the death of a toddler who plunged from a third-level luxury box at Staples Center after a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game.…"

Rapper DMX Back In Arizona Jail After Arrest
"Rapper DMX was arrested in Phoenix for investigation of violating probation by using drugs, authorities said.…"

Morisson May Be Gone, But His Legal Troubles Aren't
"Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants a state pardon for long-dead rocker Jim Morrison, who was convicted of exposing himself at a raucous 1969 concert in Miami.…"

Sugarland Members Settle Founder's $14M Lawsuit
"The two members of the country duo Sugarland avoided a nasty public trial with the group's founding member, settling a lawsuit over claims that she was owed an estimated $14 million of the band's profits after she left to pursue a solo career five years…"

Reggae Star Buju Banton Free On Bail In Florida
"Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton is out of jail in Florida to await his retrial on federal drug charges after a son of reggae legend Bob Marley posted his home as bond.…"

Have I Told You Lately'...You're Dismissed
"California court records show a prominent entertainment law firm that was seeking more than $3 million in fees from Rod Stewart has dismissed its case.…"

Wizzed' To Jail For Mary-Jane
"Rapper Wiz Khalifa and 10 of his colleagues have been arrested on marijuana charges in North Carolina.…"

Singer Mario Cleared: Mother Says He Never Hit Her
"Prosecutors have dropped misdemeanor assault charges against R&B singer and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Mario.…"

David Cassidy Charged With DUI
"David Cassidy has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police in the US said.…"

Minnesota Woman Fights 'Major' Copyright Fine
"A Minnesota woman ordered to pay $1.5 million for sharing songs online is not planning to pay the recording industry, as her attorneys argue the award is not in line with actual harm suffered.…"

Gucci's Not-So-Designer Arrest
"Authorities say a police officer used pepper spray on rapper Gucci Mane after he resisted arrest during a traffic stop.…"

MP3tunes Seeks Ruling Rejection
"MP3tunes has filed a motion for Summary Judgment in the EMI Records lawsuit over MP3tunes' Sideload, a music search engine.…"

Judge Postpones Reggae Star Buju Banton's Retrial
"Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton's retrial in Florida has been pushed back until February.…"

Danke Schoen' But No 'Danke Schoen' To Museum
"An advisory board is recommending against entertainer Wayne Newton's proposal to build a museum and bus tourists to his sprawling estate southeast of Las Vegas.…"

T.I.'s Plea Fails - Prison Bound
"A federal judge revoked rapper T.I.'s probation Friday and ordered him back to prison for 11 months.…"

Label Exec Busted For Firearm Possession
"He's an up-and-coming record executive who has worked with rappers like Lil Jon and Pitbull. But Bryan Leach is making news for his arrest on a gun charge.…"

Azoff Refutes Rose Countersuit Claims
"Irving Azoff has issued the latest broadside in his ongoing legal dispute with his former management client and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.…"

Ticketmaster Class Action Suit Moves Forward
"A website has been created to provide potential members of a class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster with information on the suit and how to file to participate.…"

Swift Battles Former Manager In Court
"Taylor Swift's former manager Dan Dymtrow has filed suit against his former client, claiming that he's owed millions in commissions.…"

Band Charged After Blocking Traffic With Freeway Concert
"A rock band will have to face the music after blocking a Los Angeles freeway and performing atop its trailer. …"

Girlicious 'Snorter' Pleads Guilty, Possible Dismissal
"A member of the pop group Girlicious has pleaded guilty to felony cocaine possession and has received a deferred judgment that could result in the charge being dismissed.…"

Taylor Swift Wins Trademark Case
"Taylor Swift has won a court fight against 16 individuals she claimed violated trademark by selling counterfeit merchandise bearing her name and picture.…"

MJ Impersonator Busted For Molestation
"A Michael Jackson impersonator and former Detroit-area entertainment promoter will serve between 13 and 20 years in prison in connection with the molestation of an 11-year-old boy.…"

Lil Wayne Goes Solitary
"Lil Wayne is facing the music after being accused of breaking jail rules by having gear for listening to tunes: He can expect to go solo for the rest of his time behind bars in a gun case.…"

Jazz Pianist's Scathing Review
"A professional jazz pianist and former music teacher has been sentenced to seven years and six months in federal prison for possessing child pornography and receiving it over the Internet.…"

Former Jackson Manager Seeks Financial Records
"Michael Jackson's final business manager asked a judge Tuesday to unseal detailed financial records from the singer's estate, arguing that the sealing of the documents could prevent him and other creditors from being paid.…"

Britney Still Lacks Custody...Of Herself
"Britney Spears has met with a judge overseeing her conservatorship, but no changes are being made.…"

Earth To 'Mars' - Bruno Due In Court
"Bruno Mars, singer of the hit R&B song "Just the Way You Are," faces a felony cocaine charge stemming from his arrest after a performance at a Las Vegas nightclub last month.…"

Mario 'Mama Drama'
"R&B singer and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Mario has been charged with assaulting his mother at their Baltimore home.…"

Kid Cudi Guilty All 'Day And Night'
"Rapper Kid Cudi has pleaded guilty in New York City to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.…"

Vince Neil - 'Court Court Court'
"A Las Vegas judge set a new court date for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil on misdemeanor drunken driving and speeding charges.…"

Firefighter, Ice Pick...Madonna Stalker
"A retired New York City firefighter yearning to meet Madonna has been accused of scrawling messages of adoration on the sidewalk outside her apartment building and possessing a 7 1/2-inch ice pick.…"

Jennings Catches 3 Years From Police Chase
"Singer-songwriter Chester "Lyfe" Jennings was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a high-speed police chase that ended in a crash.…"

Informant Testifies Against Buju Banton
"A U.S. government informant has testfied that Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton introduced him to a friend who the musician said had contacts to sell kilograms of cocaine.…"

Allgood Files Appeal In Jackson Suit
"Not content with a judge's decision to dismiss their $300 million lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate and management, lawyers for Allgood Entertainment have filed an appeal in the case.…"

Adam Lambert Accused Of Battery
"Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert is accused of simple battery on a photographer on Miami Beach.…"

Lohan Tweets Failure
"Lindsay Lohan has confirmed on her Twitter page that she failed a court-ordered drug and alcohol screening, and she said that if asked, she is ready to appear before the judge in her case and face the consequences for her actions.…"

"Universal Music Group will be among the bidders for EMI Music Group, a source close to the label has told the LA Times. Since Warner Music Group along with several others have also expressed strong interest, the stage is being set for an aggressive competition for the beleaguered music group. …"

Live Nation Spends 55k Lobbying In Q1
"Concert promoter and ticket seller Live Nation Entertainment Inc. spent $55,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on ticket legislation and a proposed royalty that would be paid to performance artists for radio airplay, according to a disclosure report. …"