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Pop band sued for publishing man's phone number on Web site.

A California man is suing Duran Duran for listing his home phone number on their Web site as the contact number for such items as T-shirts and tickets. The band is not commenting on the suit, which seeks unspecified damages. Cornell Zachary, 56, claims his health was permanently ruined by the multitude of calls he received. ... Tupelo, Miss., the hometown of Elvis Presley, will celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll during the second annual Elvis Presley Festival starting Thursday (Aug. 3). The four-day event, dubbed "Tupelo, Mississippi: Where It All Began," will feature performances from such artists as jump-blues group Roomful of Blues, singer/songwriter Delbert McClinton and the Mississippi Mass Choir. Guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both members of Presley's original band, also will play. For more information, see www.tupeloelvisfestival.com. ...

Germany's Ruf Records label is planning a tribute to Jimi Hendrix due Sept. 12, the same day MCA Records will release The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will unveil an exhibit honoring the late guitarist. Blue Haze: The Songs of Jimi Hendrix, which will be distributed in the United States by House of Blues Music Co., features interpretations of the guitar legend's music by a wide variety of artists, including Taj Mahal performing "All Along the Watchtower" and Alvin Youngblood Hart doing "Remember." The 14-track CD also includes appearances by Buddy Miles and Double Trouble, who cover "The Wind Cries Mary" and Michelle Shocked, who does "House Burning Down." ... Martha Stewart Living's Spooky Scary Sounds For Halloween, due Sept. 5, will be the first theme album for home entertaining released by Martha Stewart Living and Rhino Entertainment, the companies announced. A Christmas music compilation is scheduled to follow later in the fall. ...

"Thong Song" singer Sisqó, whose ballad "Incomplete" is at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, has signed a television sitcom development deal with Big Ticket Televison, according to Reuters. Big Ticket previously turned singer Brandy into a TV star, with the show "Moesha." (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns Big Ticket.) ... Meanwhile, Sisqó and TV actor Shemar Moore have been tapped to host the sixth annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. A spokesperson for the event said organizers were hoping to confirm two women to join the men at the event, which will be held Sept. 2 at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. ...

Joan Osborne will tour behind the Sept. 12 release of Righteous Love, her first album of new material since 1995's triple-platinum Relish. The monthlong tour begins with performances Sept. 1 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse and Sept. 3 at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, and winds up Oct. 6 at the Higher Ground Music Hall in Winooski, Vt. The title track from Righteous Love will be featured on an upcoming episode of the HBO series "Sex and the City." ... The lawyer representing former Destiny's Child members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett in their lawsuit against the group and its manager, Mathew Knowles, said the suit may never reach court. Dallas lawyer Gerald Conley said he has been given "certain financial information from the defendants, which we are now reviewing with an eye toward possible mediation in the next month or so." Knowles couldn't be reached for comment. ...

New Orleans' second annual Voodoo Music Festival, set for Oct. 28 at City Park, has announced a lineup that includes such acts as Stone Temple Pilots, Eminem, 311, Ben Harper, Cypress Hill, Counting Crows, Live, Blues Traveler, Guster, Black Eyed Peas and French Quarter funk brethren Galactic. Voodoomusicfest.com, Rollingstone.com and iCast.com will present live webcasts from each of the festival's three stages. ... Universal Music Group will sell downloadable songs by such artists as Live, Marvin Gaye and Smash Mouth in a market trial beginning this week, the company said Tuesday (Aug. 1). Universal will make about 60 songs available for $1.99 apiece at such Web sites as RollingStone.com, Launch.com and Music.com. The songs will be provided in a new format called bluematter, which provides lyric sheets, album credits and photographs along with music. ...

Irish rockers U2 have posted a 40-second streaming sample of their upcoming single "Beautiful Day" on their Web site (www.u2.com). The song, driven by echoing guitars and real drums that recall U2's '80s sound, will be included on the band's upcoming album, which is slated for release this fall. ...

Thursday's (Aug. 3) birthdays: Beverly Lee (Shirelles), 59; Morris "B.B." Dickerson (War), 51; Johnny Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire), 49; Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), 39; and Ed Roland (Collective Soul), 37.

— sonicnet.com staff report