For The Record: Quick News On Pink, Suge Knight, Shakira, Dave Matthews Band, RIAA, Missy Elliott, Lindsay Lohan & More

Pink reveals abusive past; Knight files for bankruptcy; Shakira receives humanitarian award.

One of the songs on Pink‘s new album, I’m Not Dead, is about her experience in an abusive relationship, she reveals in the new issue of Seventeen. The magazine’s cover star explains inside that she delved deep into her past on “Long Way to Happy” because she knows the impact of that pain. “It affects your entire life and you never truly get away from it. You can just be completely ripped apart.” Pink said the experiences of friends who have endured similar struggles also inspired the song. “I don’t know why there’s so much abuse in the world, I really don’t,” she said, “but I have friends who’ve been molested by family members, I have friends who have been raped, [and] I’ve had my own sh–. It’s just painful.” Pink explained that she doesn’t regret the experience “because I have this platform to talk about it and share it with people. And I am so strong because of it and so much wiser. I know better now and I wouldn’t take any of it back.” …

As Marion “Suge” Knight waits for a Los Angeles judge to decide whether the court will seize his Death Row Records assets, the rap boss filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday morning (April 4) in an effort to avoid losing control of the label. A spokesperson for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles confirmed the action in Knight’s name, but additional information on which assets the business filing listed was not available. … Shakira, whose Barefoot Foundation aids children in Colombia, was honored for her humanitarian efforts at the United Nations on Monday with an award sponsored by Woman Together, a nonprofit organization that provides loans to help low-income women produce textiles. The ceremony featured a fashion show with clothing made in part by women from Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Peru, India, Bangladesh, Morocco and Brazil. “Let’s not forget at the end of this day when we all go home, 960 children will have died in Latin America,” Shakira said after receiving her award. Model Karolina Kurkova was also honored for her work protecting children. …

Dave Matthews Band fans can finally (well, legally anyway) download the group’s music. iTunes announced Tuesday that the band’s entire catalog is now available through the online store. Fans can purchase individual tracks or download full albums. … System of a Down‘s Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan are heading to Washington, D.C., for three days in late April to lobby congressional leaders to end their complicity in Turkey’s ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide. Events will include a demonstration outside the gates of the Turkish Embassy on April 24 and an April 25 congressional screening of “Screamers,” a documentary by Carla Garapedian about the band’s campaign for Armenian Genocide recognition. …

Northern California’s U.S. attorney’s office announced two guilty pleas Monday as a result of last year’s “Operation Remaster,” an undercover sting that targeted large-scale suppliers of pirated music, software and movies, according to a statement from the Recording Industry Association of America. The Remaster raids in October hit 13 spots in California and Texas, resulting in the seizure of 500,000 CDs, 1 million CD inserts and 5,500 “stampers” — metal discs used to press multiple CD copies. … The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry hit out at file sharers in Europe early Tuesday, bringing 2,000 cases in 10 countries, according to a Reuters report. Among the countries targeted were Portugal, where officials blame file sharing by college students for contributing to a nearly 40 percent dip in CD sales over the past four years. …

Marky Ramone, the MisfitsJerry Only and John Cafiero, Black Flag‘s Dez Cadena and the VoidoidsIvan Julian have formed a new group called Osaka Popstar. The band’s debut album is due May 23 and features the single “Wicked World” written by Daniel Johnston, who also contributes vocals on Osaka Popstar’s cow-punk version of “Man of Constant Sorrow.” … Classic rockers the James Gang, featuring Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, will reunite this summer for their first tour in 35 years. The James Gang Rides Again outing kicks off at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on August 9 and is currently slated to wrap up September 9 in San Diego. The group is best known for the hits “Funk #49″ and “Walk Away.” …

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s HFStival, set for May 27 and 28 in Columbia, Maryland. Kanye West will headline the concert’s first night, with Counting Crows topping May 28′s bill. Others who’ve been confirmed to perform include Cypress Hill, Matisyahu, Rise Against, Matchbook Romance, the Misfits, OK Go, Cute Is What We Aim For, Dashboard Confessional, Coheed and Cambria, the Strokes, Yellowcard, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, AFI, H.I.M., Boy Sets Fire, Blue October, Flyleaf and Damone. … Hot off a sold-out tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, New York indie-rockers Elefant will hit clubs for a headlining tour in May. The three-week excursion will include supporting acts Sound Team, Aberdeen City, Voxtrot and Silversun Pickups. Their new album, The Black Magic Show, will be released April 18. …

Martin Gilks, an original member of the British alternative pop band the Wonder Stuff, died Monday following a traffic accident. The drummer, dubbed the “Groove Controller” in the band’s early days, reunited with the group (which disbanded in 1994) for a string of U.K. reunion dates in 2000. He declined to participate in a new Wonder Stuff lineup that launched in 2004, concentrating instead on Furtive Mass Transit, the management company he’d set up with his brother. Gilks was 41. … British singer Sandi Thom earned more than just a global audience of more than 100,000 people when she webcast her living-room performances for 21 consecutive nights. She received several label offers and ultimately signed with RCA/ Sony BMG.

04.03.06

A judge could decide the fate of Death Row Records as early as Tuesday thanks to label co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight‘s decision to skip a court-ordered appearance at a Saturday hearing regarding his assets. According to The Associated Press, the action could set the stage for a court-appointed receiver to seize control of Death Row’s holdings, which include recordings by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur. Knight has missed several hearings in connection with a $107 million judgment he lost last year to Lydia Harris, a former associate who claimed she helped start the label. …

The last time Lindsay Lohan hosted “SNL,” she got an intervention of sorts from cast members such as Tina Fey and show producer Lorne Michaels for her alleged eating disorder. But though the actress has since eaten her words — supposedly revealing her bulimia to Vanity Fair only to claim later she was misquoted — she’s taking a step back onto the “SNL” stage April 15 to host the show a third time. The musical guests will be Pearl Jam. … A new edit of Missy Elliott‘s “We Run This” will be the first single from the “Stick It” soundtrack, due April 17, three days before the gymnastics movie is due in theaters. Talib Kweli, Punjabi MC and Jurassic 5 also have tracks on the album. …

Nickelback took home two Junos — Canada’s answer to the Grammys — Sunday night, scoring Best Rock Album for their 2005 LP All the Right Reasons along with the Best Group award. Neil Young‘s Prairie Wind won the Best Adult Alternative Album prize, while Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas shared International Album of the Year honors. The Juno Fan Choice award was given to Simple Plan, Broken Social Scene won for Best Alternative Album, and the Arcade Fire took the Songwriter of the Year prize. Daniel Powter, the man behind the “American Idol” elimination sendoff song “Bad Day,” scored New Artist of the Year. Michael Bublé was the night’s biggest winner, snatching up trophies for Best Singer, Best Album, Best Artist and Pop Album of the Year for his It’s Time disc. …

Cypress Hill, the Streets and Common are among the latest acts added to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, Sonic Youth, Matt Costa, Tortured Soul, Deadboy & the Elephantmen, Refugee Allstars, Oysterhead (Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool and ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland), and a pairing of Umphrey’s McGee and Disco Biscuits are the other additions, as well as a comedy tent. … Lifehouse, whose “You and Me” is currently the longest-running single on the Billboard Hot 100 (60 weeks and counting), will kick off an East Coast tour April 10 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The trek, with Matt White opening, ends April 30 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. …

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello will be honored during the second annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards on Thursday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Morello is being recognized for the support he has lent to workers fighting for justice and for his efforts to unite musicians and activists taking a stand against corporate interests. Over the years, Morello has devoted his time to organizing benefit concerts and has participated in civil-disobedience movements to support workers’ rights. He has been involved in labor struggles including a Los Angeles janitors strike, the Immokalee farm workers’ campaign against Taco Bell and the Southern California grocery workers strike. … According to Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, the band’s summer tour with Bauhaus will be its last — at least for “a while.” The trek launches May 27 in Ridgefield, Washington, with TV on the Radio on the bill through a June 14 stop in Camden, New Jersey. Peaches has been tapped to open on the trek’s second half, starting June 16 in Holmdel, New Jersey, and running through July 8 in Mountain View, California. …

Megadeth are back in the studio working on a follow-up to their 2004 release, The System Has Failed. According to a posting on the band’s Web site, frontman Dave Mustaine says he’s “spent the last few days tracking with [guitarist Glen Drover] and [drummer Shawn Drover], and it is the coolest thing to see them be a part of it for real now. And yesterday, especially, was an interesting guitar day, when I witnessed the moment the songs went from an idea in my head to [Glen] getting it. And he is such a great player that each song immediately comes to life as soon as he played on it.” … Shot to Hell, the forthcoming album from Zakk Wylde‘s Black Label Society, will hit stores July 3, coinciding with the first week of this year’s Ozzfest. The band will be headlining the touring festival’s second stage. …

Timbaland, Linda Perry and John Shanks will be among the songwriters taking part in ASCAP’s inaugural “I Create Music” Expo April 20-22 in Los Angeles. Tom Petty, Jill Scott, Akon, Jimmy Jam, Glen Ballard, Desmond Child, Mike Elizondo, John King of the Dust Brothers, the Underdogs, Glen Phillips, DJ Quik, Jill Sobule and Heart‘s Ann and Nancy Wilson will also serve on various panels. … Parisian indie punks Phoenix have announced dates for a spring tour. Following their Coachella debut, Phoenix will stay Stateside for a five-date trek hitting select cities in May. Their third album, It’s Never Been Like That, hits stores May 23. …

Frank Black will follow-up 2005′s acclaimed Honeycomb with a double album, Fastman/ Raiderman, due June 20. The Pixies frontman worked with a variety of musicians on the 27-song project, including Levon Helm from the Band and Simon Kirke from Bad Company. … A tribute disc honoring Memphis-based power-pop legends Big Star will finally see release on May 23 after seven years of delays. Called Big Star, Small World, the album features contributions from Wilco, Gin Blossoms, Afghan Whigs, Matthew Sweet, Juliana Hatfield, Teenage Fanclub, the Posies and others.