Here & There …

Maroon 5, Fergie are iTunes top sellers for 2007 – Associated Press

Is ripping a CD legal? Not according to the RIAA – Gizmodo

Reverb’s greening of the music industry – InRich TV

Not all iPods are iPods – Baltimore Sun / Apple A Day

Buying analog in a digital world – CNN

Catching up with Slade. Yes, Slade – News Shopper

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Two new dates for Radiohead. Look for the band in Dublin on June 6 and Milan on June 17; Johnny Winter adds January dates in NJ, WY, ON and CO; Iron Maiden travel to Brazil in March, and Greece and Czech Republic in August; Incubus add China shows to its March routing and Deep Blue Something schedule IL, PA and NJ into the band’s tour plans.

Sean Costello update lists shows in NC, FL, WA and CA; Nile fills up its March calendar with shows in places like New Oleans, Atlanta, San Antonio, Cleveland and Denver; Madina Lake does Europe in January; Lori McKenna additions include shows in eastern and central states and JJ Grey & Mofro add gigs in FL, MS, TN, AL and GA;

During the last two hours we also updated the schedules for Josh Gracin, Kid Koala, Jars Of Clay, Billy Currington, Bad Religion, Ozomatli, Shiny Toy Guns, Seth Walker, Slade, Sue Foley and The Tommy Castro Band.

And there’s more, plenty more where that came from. We have kilos of data waiting to be inspected, tested and posted before the day is complete. Check out the progress in Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 PM (PST) from!

This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1946, Hank Williams’s first recording session, for the small Sterling label, took place. He and his band, the Drifting Cowboys, had already been playing on a Montgomery, Alabama, radio station for more than a decade. Williams moved to the newly-formed MGM label the following year, and had all his major hits for that company. He remained with MGM until his death on New Year’s Day, 1953.

In 1964, singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed by the manager of a Hollywood motel. A woman had run into the motel office claiming Cooke had tried to rape her. Cooke influenced Otis Redding and other soul singers through his merging of gospel music and secular themes. He had sold 15 million records by the time of his death at age 29. Cooke’s hits included “You Send Me,” “Chain Gang” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.”

In 1972, police in Knoxville, Tennessee arrested James Brown for disorderly conduct after a white man accused him of trying to incite a riot while talking to fans after a show. The charge was dropped after Brown threatened to sue the city.

In 1982, the punk rock group The Jam played its final concert in Brighton, England. Group leader Paul Weller later fronted Style Council.

In 1987, a group of mothers whose children disappeared under former military rule in Argentina joined British rock star Sting on stage in Buenos Aires for a song dedicated to human rights. The mothers joined hands with Sting as he performed “They Dance Alone,” a song about people who disappeared under Chile’s military government.

Also on this date in 1987, Mayor Tom Bradley proclaimed Los Lobos Day in Los Angeles to honor the local rock ‘n’ rollers who revived “La Bamba,” the song first made a pop hit by Richie Valens.

In 1996, 15-year-old Richard Kuntz of Burlington, North Dakota shot and killed himself while listening to an album by shock rocker Marilyn Manson. Kuntz’s father later appeared at a U-S Senate hearing on violent rock and rap lyrics.