The Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America announced Thursday morning (July 20) that they filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday in New York against Scour Inc. (www.scour.com), a Napster-like file-sharing service whose majority shareholder is Hollywood mogul Michael Ovitz. Scour allows users to download high-quality copies of current films, such as "Gladiator" and "X-Men," as well as songs from such artists as Beck, Eminem and Britney Spears. The two entertainment-industry organizations are seeking an injunction, as well as monetary damages, against the service for allegedly distributing copyrighted material. ...
Following a hearing Tuesday (July 18) in Orchard Park, N.Y., the court
case involving Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney has been postponed
for two weeks. The singers, along with McGraw's tour production manager
Mark Russo (who has since resigned to join another firm), were arrested
June 3 when Chesney allegedly attempted to ride away on a police horse
and the other two men interceded between Chesney and the police.
Chesney and McGraw were playing a George Strait Music Festival
performance at Ralph Wilson Stadium near Buffalo, N.Y. ...
LeAnn Rimes has rescheduled a
handful of tour dates after canceling her tour because of a strained
right vocal cord. Her single "I Need You" (
href="http://media.addict.com/music/Rimes,_Leann/I_Need_You.ram">RealAudio excerpt) is at #24 on the Billboard Hot Country
Singles & Tracks chart. Rescheduled tour dates include Sept.
2930 at Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nev.; Oct. 14 at Viejas
Casino in Alpine, Calif.; Oct. 2729 at Caesars Atlantic City in
Atlantic City, N.J.; and Nov. 1718 at the Cerritos Center in
Cerritos, Calif. Rimes also will appear at Tiger Jam III, held Oct. 7 in
Las Vegas, to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation. ...
COLOR="#003163">Lee Ann Womack
COLOR="#003163">Lee Ann Womackwill announce the nominees for
the 34th annual Country Music Association Awards on Aug. 1 from
Nashville's Adelphia Coliseum. The CMA Awards will air Oct. 4. ...
Portions of Marty Stuart's
performance at the recent Uncle Dave Macon Days festival and an
interview with Stuart will be featured in the PBS TV "American Roots
Music" project, which recognizes pioneers from country, folk, blues,
gospel, Cajun, zydeco and tejano. The Library of Congress, the
Smithsonian Institution, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country
Music Foundation, the Experience Music Project, the National Endowment
for the Arts and PBS are all collaborators in the four-part series,
which will air later this year. Spotlighted music will be available on
CD, DVD and video. ...
Country Music Hall of Famers Kitty
Wells and Little Jimmy
Dickens will headline the first Legends Fest on July 30 at
Buck Lake Ranch in Angola, Ind. Wells skyrocketed to fame and became a
female country pioneer with her 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky
Tonk Angels" (
href="http://www.sonicnet.com/artists/clip.cgi?track=~r-XXXXXX/0000776_0101_00_0002.ra">RealAudio excerpt color="#003163">Jack Greene
color="#003163">Stonewall Jackson color="#003163">Jeanne Pruett color="#003163">Johnny Russell
color="#003163">Johnny Russellalso are set to perform.
The documentary "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack," lensed by folk hero
Ramblin' Jack Elliott's daughter
Aiyana, is gaining more exposure after winning the special jury prize
at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Also screened at the Nashville
Independent Film Festival, the film is the subject of a piece in
Elle magazine's August issue. A photo spread of Elliott and
singer Odetta by photographer Annie
Leibovitz is also planned for the October issue of Vanity Fair.
Additionally, Vanguard will release a soundtrack to the film Aug. 15
with previously unreleased duets by Elliott and Odetta,
color="#003163">Bob Dylan, Johnny
Cash and Woody Guthrie.
Reba McEntire has canceled a July
29 benefit concert in Dodge City, Kan., the Wild Wild West show,
allegedly because of a breach of contract. McEntire's booking agent Rod
Essig told the Dodge City Daily Globe the show organizers, the
charity Piece of a Dream Foundation, failed to pay a July 10 deposit to
the singer. ...
Texas alt-country artist Charlie
Robison is recording material for his sophomore Lucky Dog
album. The set, which includes his singer/songwriter brother
color="#003163">Bruce Robison color="#003163">Jim Lauderdale
color="#003163">Jim Lauderdale, is scheduled to be released
early next year. ...
Mike Dungan became president of Capitol Nashville,
COLOR="#003163">Garth Brooks' label home, on Monday (July
17). Dungan, a former Arista Nashville executive, replaces Pat Quigley,
who was brought in to market Brooks. After the commercial failure of
Brooks' album Garth Brooks in ... The Life of Chris Gaines,
which included the single "Lost in You" (
HREF="http://media.addict.com/music/Brooks,_Garth/Lost_In_You.ram">RealAudio excerpt), the relationship between Brooks and Quigley
reportedly became strained. Dungan is the fourth Capitol Nashville
president in five years. Capitol's roster also includes:
COLOR="#003163">Trace Adkins, Susan
Carter, Tyler England,
COLOR="#003163">Mindy McCready COLOR="#003163">Allison Paige COLOR="#003163">Cyndi Thomson COLOR="#003163">Keith Urban
COLOR="#003163">Keith Urban, Steve
Wariner and Tim Wilson.
Texas businessman Ed D'Avanzo sued George
Strait for $2.4 million, claiming the singer, his production
company and his manager are responsible for the failure of pet food
line South Texas Pet Products Inc. D'Avanzo claims the product failed
because Strait would not make appearances to retailers and the public
concerning the line. According to Strait representatives, the artist
gave permission for Strait Nutrition Dog Food to use only his name and
likeness to promote the product. ...
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings,
Jimmie Dale Gilmore,
COLOR="#003163">Kevin Welch, Stacey
Earle, John Cowan and
Judith Edelman are among the many
roots artists appearing at Winterhawk Festival 2000, to be held July
2830 in Hillsdale, N.Y. The festival's sister event, the 12th
annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, will take place July 2123,
also in Hillsdale, with performances by Janis
Ian, Patty Larkin,
Eddie From Ohio,
COLOR="#003163">Dar Williamsand others. ...
Artist and country historian Marty
Stuart's vintage costume collection is featured in the new
book "Hillbilly Hollywood: The Origins of Country & Western Style" by
Debby Bull. Stuart, whose collaboration with
COLOR="#003163">Earl Scruggson "Mr. John Henry, Steel
Driving Man" (
excerpt) was nominated for a Grammy, also provides commentary
on the stars and style for this project. ...
Clay Walker's song "The Chain of
Love" will be featured in Clint Eastwood's upcoming film Space
Cowboys, which opens Aug. 4. ... The Dixie
Chicks changed their Nashville performance date from Sept.
17 to Sept. 9, so as not to conflict with
COLOR="#003163">Britney Spearsafter the pop singer
rescheduled her tour to appear Sept. 17 in Nashville. ...
Sara Evans, a critics' darling for
her rich, traditional sound, is finishing work on her third album,
Born To Fly, to be released Sept. 26 on RCA. An international
version of the project will include the
color="#003163">Martina McBrideproduced bonus track
"You," which marks McBride's first production work for another artist.
Evans co-wrote six tracks of the 12-song set, with guest
color="#003163">Bruce Hornsbyplaying on her cover of "Every
Little Kiss." ...
Lucinda Williams and
COLOR="#003163">Gillian Welchare slated for a tribute to
singer/songwriter Greg Brown. The
set, tentatively titled Driftless, is set for release next year
on Red House. ... Honky-tonkers Trent Summar &
the New Row Mob, whose debut album is due Aug. 8, are among
performers tapped for the second annual convention for indie
distributor RED, held July 1923 in Southbury, Conn. RED handles
distribution for indie labels from country and gospel to punk and rap.
Powerhouse vocalist Trisha
Yearwood has added dates to her European tour, including
British dates in Manchester, England (Sept. 24), London (Sept. 25),
Birmingham, England (Sept. 26), and a date in Glasgow, Scotland (Sept.
sonicnet.com staff report