Link-O-Rama …

Universal to acquire Univision’s music unit – Reuters

Chinese music groups file infringement suit against search engine Baidu – Reuters

Keith Richards talks about Mick, drugs and Zep – The Press Association

Looking for a personal MP3 player that looks like a toy? –

New documentary called “Wesley Willis’s Joyrides” remembers the artist as a “wild, crazy guy” – San Francisco Chronicle

Catching up with Chris Daughtry – Baltimore Sun

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

“One Night Of Queen” has been rocking audiences in New Zealand and Germany, and now it’s time for the U.S. to experience what may be the biggest and flashiest Queen / Freddie Mercury tribute ever to trod the boards. The tour’s time frame is March and April and cities include Dayston, Sioux Falls, Cincinnati, Akron, Schenectady, New York, Charlottesville, Aspen and Wilkes-Barre.

Brooklyn-born Dub Trio travels to Europe and the U.K. in April and May. Dates include Budapest (April 16), London (April 22), The Hague (May 1) and Utrecht (May 2).

International man of love songs Julio Iglesias has several new international show listings for March, April, May and June. Cities include Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo and Brasilia in March, Biloxi, MS, in April, Westbury, NY, in May and Moscow and St. Petersburg in June.

And the Supersuckers head Down Under for some April gigs. New listings include stops in Melbourne and Sydney.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Rihanna, Red Sparowes, Mark McKinney, Minus The Bear, My Chemical Romance, Lionize, Lightspeed Champion, Justin Townes Earle, James McMurtry, Guy Forsyth, Health, North Mississippi Allstars, Puddle Of Mudd, The Hot Club Of Cowtown and Wayne “The Train” Hancock.

But we have more info yet to shout about! That is, just as soon as we bend, fold, spindle and mutilate all the raw data that was dumped off on our loading dock this morning. Don’t miss another dose of tour dates in Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PST), from!

This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1966, the Cavern Club, the Liverpool nightspot where the Beatles began their climb to fame, was closed because of mounting debts. The stage upon which the Beatles performed more than 300 times, beginning in 1961, was cut into small sections and sold as souvenirs.

In 1968, Frankie Lymon, who fronted the 1950’s group the Teenagers died of a heroin overdose in New York City.

In 1970, pop singer Bobby Bloom shot himself through the head with a derringer in his motel room in Hollywood, California.

In 1986, the British pop duo Wham! announced they were breaking up. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley said they were going their separate ways after selling more than 30 million copies of such hits as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Careless Whisper” and “Edge of Heaven.” Michael said he would continue writing songs and singing while Ridgeley said he wanted an acting career.

Also on this date in 1989, Sebastian Bach, the Toronto-born lead singer of the heavy metal band Skid Row, spent the night in jail in Hampton, Virginia for using abusive and violent language on stage.

In 1990, Paul McCartney returned to Japan for the first time since he was expelled for marijuana possession 10 years earlier.

In 1994, Canadian singer Celine Dion made her New York debut at Town Hall. Reviews were mixed.

In 1997, Marion (Suge) Knight, the head of Death Row Records, was sentenced in Los Angeles to nine years in prison for violating his parole on a 1992 assault conviction. Knight was involved in a fight at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in September, 1996 in which a group of assailants, including rapper Tupac Shakur, pummelled a suspected gang member. Shakur was fatally wounded a few hours later as he sat in a car driven by Knight. Knight was released from prison on August 6th, 2001.