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Techno icons' upcoming live album/DVD to link to Internet-only tracks.

Underworld will provide daily downloadable music and video to fans via a server that can be accessed only from their upcoming DVD, Everything, Everything, due Oct. 10. "It's called 'Live,' " Underworld's Rick Smith said of the feature. "If you have the DVD in the drive of your computer, you can click on it and access different things each day. It's quite exciting for us. It makes the DVD less finite." The long-awaited live-album portion of Everything, Everything will be released Sept. 12. ...

Barenaked Ladies will offer a five-week album preview on their Web site (www.bnlmusic.com) beginning Tuesday (Aug. 8) and continuing until Maroon's Sept. 12 release, according to Reprise Records. The site will feature a streaming version of "Pinch Me," the album's first single, as well as four additional tracks, which will each appear on the site for one week. ...

Singer/songwriter Richard Ashcroft will play a three-song acoustic set and answer fan questions during a live webcast and chat Aug. 18 on nme.com. The event will be webcast simultaneously on the singer's official Web site, richardashcroft.co.uk, and at virtuetv.com. The former Verve frontman will make his first major solo appearance the next night at the V2000 festival in Staffordshire, England. Ashcroft's solo debut, Alone With Everybody, was released Stateside on June 27. ...

Techno veteran Dave Clarke will release two new download-only tracks Sept. 28 on the Web site iCrunch (www.icrunch.com). "Before I Was So Rudely Interrupted" will be "clubby," according to a message from Clarke on the site. The other track has yet to be titled. ... Hip-hop/rockers (hed)pe have posted an MP3 of the song "Bartender" on their Web site. The track is the first single off (hed)pe's second album, Broke, due Aug. 22, a Jive Records spokesperson said. ...

Three remixes of the title track of Madonna's upcoming Music album — released as promotional downloads on the Web sites sonicnet.com, MTV.com and VH1.com — were pulled last week. The sneak preview from Music (Sept. 19) was released Wednesday and was supposed to have been available until Aug. 16, according to the MTVi Group. Officials at the MTVi Group, which runs all three sites, would not say why the tracks were removed. Madonna's representative at Warner Bros. did not return calls by press time. A fourth remix, by the duo Deep Dish, was still available Friday (Aug. 4) at madonnamusic.com, a site owned by Madonna's Boy Toy Inc. The single will be released in stores Aug 26. ...

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. ... 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. ...

Voodoomusicfest.com, Rollingstone.com and iCast.com will present live webcasts from New Orleans' second annual Voodoo Music Festival, set for Oct. 28 at City Park. The lineup 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. ...

Former Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten will cover the Democratic National Convention for eYada.com, the talk-radio Web site said Thursday (July 27). Rotten, who has a weekly talk program on the site, plans to broadcast from the convention floor Aug. 14 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. ... There are plenty of sound samples to be had on the Internet, but what about sheet music samples? Online sheet music store Musicnotes.com has hooked up with several music publishers, including Warner Bros. and Mel Bay, to offer 10,000 written samples of music, the PR Newswire reports. The interested customer can then purchase and download the sheet music versions of songs in their entirety. ...

"I've Seen It All," a duet between Icelandic songstress Björk and Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, is available in RealAudio format at www.downloadsdirect.com. "I've Seen It All" is featured on Björk's forthcoming Selmasongs, the soundtrack to the Lars von Trier film "Dancer in the Dark," in which the singer stars. Björk won the Best Actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for the role. Selmasongs is due Sept. 19. ... After teaming with comic book legend Stan Lee to create a cartoon that opens her set on her current tour, Mary J. Blige has announced plans to spin off the animated short into an Internet-based series, according to MTV News Online. In the clip, a highly stylized Blige battles criminals and miscreants around an inner-city neighborhood and demonstrates several superpowers, including the ability to fly. ...

Elektra Records recently launched Rockbox 2000 (www.Rockbox2000.com), featuring full-length streaming audio and video from Elektra artists such as AC/DC, Metallica, Third Eye Blind, the Cure, Staind, Ween, Pantera and Phish. In addition to the music, Rockbox 2000 also features behind-the-scenes video footage, digital stills from shows, tour dates and bios. ...

A new song from British rockers Radiohead is available from an unofficial band Web site (www.ateaseweb.com). The song, "Alligators in New York Sewers," was performed for the first time July 9 in Caesaria, Israel, and was posted shortly afterward as a RealAudio or MP3 download. ... And those who missed Radiohead's June 15 concert at Teatro Tivoli in Barcelona, Spain, can download the entire show in RealAudio at http://members.aol.com/nodata1/webcast.htm. The concert also can be downloaded from Napster. ... Web site Riffage.com has bought 1500 Records, an imprint formerly owned by the Interscope/Universal label group. Under the new business model, artists signed to 1500's roster — including techno-rock act God Lives Underwater and hip-hop group Ugly Duckling — will split the net profits on album sales. ...

Music by the Chemical Brothers, Air and over 60 other artists is available to send through Egreetings, the Web-based greeting-card service. The Chemicals' beats can be heard on a "Block Rockin' " birthday card, which uses the duo's hit "Block Rockin' Beats" (RealAudio excerpt), and a "Hey Boy Hey Girl" general greeting card. Air cards will feature the songs "Sexy Boy," "All I Need" (from their 1998 LP, Moon Safari) and "Playground Love" (from their recent score for "The Virgin Suicides"). Cards are available at www.egreetings.com by clicking on "music scene."

— sonicnet.com staff report

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