Pop Beat: Indigo Girls, A*Teens, Deftones ...

Folk-rock duo record tracks for compilation disc.

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. ...

Folk-pop duo Indigo Girls recently recorded two new tracks — "Leaving" and "Devotion" — for an upcoming 16-song compilation called Radio Box: A Retrospective, due Oct. 17, according to Epic Records. The release will be accompanied by reissues of their first four albums, with new art, liner notes and additional songs. ... A*Teens, the Swedish pop quartet that is reprising the hits of '70s pop superstars Abba, taped an appearance on "SNICK House," a Nickelodeon variety program. The show was taped Monday (July 17) at the "SNICK House at Your House" contest winner's home in Cape May, N.J., and is expected to air July 29. At the taping, the group performed six songs — including "Take a Chance on Me, "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia" — from their CD The Abba Generation. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns Nickelodeon.) ...

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has recorded a 25-track CD of spoken-word material titled Bamboo Parachute. The CD will be available on the band's Web site (www.deftones.com) and concerts. Proceeds from Bamboo Parachute will go to homeless teens and to WEAVE, a Sacramento, Calif., nonprofit agency specializing in domestic-violence issues. ... Elvis Week 2000 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the MGM Elvis Presley concert film Elvis, That's the Way It Is by screening a new edition of the film on Aug. 12. Elvis Week, the annual Memphis, Tenn., commemoration of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll, will feature more than 50 other events, including lectures, candlelight vigils and fan club meetings, from Aug. 10–16. ... Microsoft announced on Tuesday (July 18) the release of Windows Media Technologies 7, its new platform for recording, storing and playing digital music and video. EMI Music Group announced that Wednesday they will release more than 90 hours of downloadable music in the new format, including work from catalog artists Blondie, MxPx, N.W.A and Sammie. ...

Two early Napster investors have announced AppleSoup (www.applesoup.com), a new "peer-to-peer" file-sharing system. The new service will feature built-in copyright protection and will allow users to share files directly, without routing through a central server. Reuters reported that AppleSoup will launch in the next six to eight weeks. ... The Bangles are reuniting to record a new album, their first since 1988's Everything, a spokesperson for the band said. The original members plan to enter the studio in August, before heading out for a seven-date tour in September. Afterward, the Bangles will resume working on the album, which is planned for a spring release, followed by a summer tour. ... Britney Spears' July 26 show in Denver has been canceled because the stage equipment for the pop superstar's giant show is too big for the venue, according to a Jive Records spokesperson. There are no plans to reschedule the sold-out Denver date. Meanwhile, Spears' July 31 show, originally set for the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, has been moved to the Great Western Forum in nearby Inglewood, and another concert at the same location has been added for July 30. ...

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, denied on Friday (July 14) having ever supported Islamic terrorist groups. The "Peace Train" singer was denied entry into Israel last week because, Israeli authorities say, he donated money to opposition group Hamas. Islam claims the only donations he has ever made are to humanitarian causes, the Associated Press reported. In a statement, Islam said, "I've never knowingly supported any terrorist groups — past, present or future." ... English rockers Blur have a best-of album tentatively slated for release Nov. 7, a Virgin Records spokesperson said. According to the label, the album is likely to contain one or more new tracks. ... INXS have announced a brief series of live shows in August, with singer Jon Stevens taking the place of Michael Hutchence, INXS' longtime lead singer who died in 1997. The first two shows will be Aug. 16 and 17 in Australia, followed by four dates in New Zealand on Aug 20, 22, 23 and 25. ...

Wednesday's birthdays (July 19): Vikki Carr, 59; Allan Gorrie (Average White Band), 54; Bernie Leadon (Eagles), 53; Brian May (Queen), 53; Leroy Wolfgramm (Jets), 35; and Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd), 1952–1990.

— sonicnet.com staff report