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NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Jackson Browne, Republicans Settle Copyright Case

Jackson Browne is hopeful that the protection of music copyrights will be bolstered by the settlement of his lawsuit against U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over unauthorized use of one of his songs in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. Last August Browne sued McCain, the Ohio Republican Party and the Republican National Committee for ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Prince Closes out Montreux Jazz Fest

Prince fans from across Europe converged on Montreux for two shows by the American musician whose rare appearance on the continent stretched well into Sunday morning. The 51-year-old star closed the two-week Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival with a mix of old hits including “Little Red Corvette," “Peach" and “Purple Rain" and fresh titles such as “Elixir" from ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bee Gees' 50th Anniversary Inspires Two New Collections

The Bee Gees' 50th anniversary will be celebrated with a pair of retrospective packages on Nov. 3 from Reprise. "Mythology" is a four-disc box set curated and produced by surviving Bee Gees Barry and Robin Gibb that will dedicate one disc each to the three brothers in the group, including the late Maurice Gibb, and one to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bruce Hornsby Busy with Music, Film, Broadway Musical

Bruce Hornsby Busy with Music, Film, Broadway Musical

A new album, a new label, a Broadway play and a cameo in a Robin Williams film are keeping multi-Grammy winning artist Bruce Hornsby busy for 2009. “Levitate," Hornsby's 12-song set, is slated for a September 15 release via Verve and finds the multi-instrumentalist collaborating with his band the Noisemakers on their first recordings together since 2004's ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Genesis Rounds out Reissues with Live Box Set

Genesis Rounds out Reissues with Live Box Set

When Genesis released “Genesis: 1970-1975," its third boxed set of studio albums, last fall, keyboardist Tony Banks told Billboard.com that “the next logical thing to do would be something with the live albums. We have a few of those, and we have quite a bit of stuff in the vaults that could be added to flesh ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Michael Jackson's Legal Problems May Outlive Him

Superstar singer Michael Jackson will be remembered for a lot of things, from hit records to a galvanizing stage presence to his enormous personal troubles. But lately the King of Pop had become the King of Litigation, having been sued by royalty, veterinary hospitals, lawyers, “she's not my lover" Billie Jean, Wall Street, the family of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Beastie Boys' 'Hot Sauce' Due Sept. 15

The Beastie Boys have confirmed that their eighth studio album, “ Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," will be released Sept. 15 by Capitol. The set will include 17 tracks, including “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win" featuring Santigold and “Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas, which the artists performed together at the Bonnaroo festival in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Spinal Tap Springs 'Back from the Dead'

Spinal Tap is “Back From the Dead." At least according to the title of the group's new album. The June 16 release commemorates the 25th anniversary of the cult-classic film “This Is Spinal Tap." David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) and Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) have “revisited and reimagined" their 1984 soundtrack compositions. They've ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Fortune at Stake on Michael Jackson London Concerts

Michael Jackson's planned 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London would have been the highest-grossing single concert engagement. Now it's a major problem for the promoter AEG Live. More than $85 million worth of tickets have already been sold for the series of performances, which have the now sadly ironic title “This Is It." As much ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Diana Collaborates with Barbra Streisand on Her New Album

Barbra Streisand has joined forces with Canadian jazz singer-pianist Diana Krall on her first studio album in four years, which is set for release on September 29, her record label said on Monday. Columbia Records said the album “Love Is The Answer" is Streisand's first full-length collection of new studio recordings since 2005's “Guilty Pleasures" and her ...