Four people have been indicted by the U.S. Justice Department after illegally buying and then reselling tickets for major shows, like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. The ticket scam by Wiseguy Tickets Inc. earned the men involved $25 million, according to the Justice Department.
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After a stint in rehab and whispers that he was going to be replaced, Steven Tyler appears ready to lead Aerosmith back on the road. In a video posted on the band’s website, Tyler jokes that “I just auditioned and I got the gig.” After scrapping a North American tour while the band considered a new lead singer, the rock quartet intends to kick off a European tour in Sweden on June 10.
The Rolling Stones’ classic 1972 double-album Exile on Main Street is being rereleased with 10 new tracks. Variety reports that the previously unheard songs–with titles like “Plundering My Soul,” “Dancing in the Light,” and “Pass the Wine”–were recorded during the original Exile sessions. Universal Music Group has scheduled a May 18 release.
Record company EMI filed a formal appeal today protesting a court ruling that the Australian band Men at Work copied a flute melody from the traditional children’s nursery rhyme “Kookaburra” in the 1982 no. 1 hit “Down Under,” according to Variety.
EMI’s claim states that similarities to two bars of the original song, whose publishing company is seeking millions of dollars in royalties from EMI, might be detected by “the highly sensitized or educated musical ear” but not by most ordinary listeners.
For a side-by-side comparison of the two melodies, click here.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s publicist says the British musical composer is “very interested” in buying London’s Abbey Road recording studios, the BBC reports. Most of Webber’s musicals were composed at the famed studios, including Jesus Christ Superstar and the upcoming Love Never Dies. The studios are probably most famous as the facility the Beatles used to record most of their albums. Webber, 61, is one of a number of parties who have expressed interest in purchasing Abbey Road in the wake of rumors that EMI is looking to sell them.
NBC has announced that SNL will return on February 27 with Jennifer Lopez pulling her second double-duty spot as host and musical guest (a feat she previously pulled off in February of 2001). The star will be plugging her return to the big screen in The Back-Up Plan and her new album Love? (both slated for April).
Lady GaGa was the big winner at the 30th annual BRIT Awards in London, winning all three awards she was nominated for, including Best International Album. Jay-Z won Best International Male Solo Artist, and Lily Allen was honored as Britain’s Best Female Solo Artist. Other honorees included:
British Male Solo Artist: Dizzee Rascal
British Breathrough Act: JLS
British Group: Kasabian
British Album: Lungs, by Florence & the Machines
British Single: “Beat Again,” by JLS
For a complete list, click here
Jim Morrison is headed to a theater near you. The feature-length documentary, When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors will hit theaters on April 9. Directed by Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) and narrated by A-list Doors fan Johnny Depp, When You’re Strange has been popping up on the festival circuit recently everywhere from Sundance to San Sebastian to Santa Barbara. The film is a mix of archival and previously unseen footage of the legendary ’60s L.A. quartet behind such classics as “Light My Fire,” “Riders on the Storm,” and “The End” and led by the charismatic Morrison who died in 1971. The film’s soundtrack will be released on March 30.
Here’s your chance to own a little piece of history. According to the Associated Press, the cash-strapped music label EMI is looking to unload Abbey Road studios, the legendary recording mecca (and tourist attraction) where the Beatles recorded some of their most famous songs, including those on their final studio album, 1969′s Abbey Road. While EMI would not comment on the sale, it’s believed that the studio could raise tens of millions of dollars. EMI has seen several high-profile acts like Radiohead and the Rolling Stones jump ship amidst cutbacks resulting from its acquisition by the private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners in 2007. EMI originally bought the Georgian town house in London’s residential St. John’s Wood neighborhood in 1929 and turned it into one of the industry’s most cutting-edge studios where such rock n’ roll classics as Radiohead’s OK Computer and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon were recorded.
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