News …

MySpace Music signs three of the four major labels – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Morrissey receives public apology from The Word magazine for racism allegations – The Times Online U.K.

Donnie Wahlberg talks about New Kids return – Boston Herald

Napster’s 4th quarter revenue exceeds Wall Street’s expectations – Reuters

Calvin Harris loses new album in baggage mix-up – BBC News

iTunes vs Amazon MP3. Is Amazon winning? – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Views …

Paul Simon revives Capeman in NYC – “The Capeman might be his most important and enduring work because it doesn’t rely on him to perform it. It is a classic tragedy, firmly rooted in modern times.” – New York Post

Josh Ritter in London – “Attired in a smart black suit and tie, Ritter proved that he has the confidence to cope with stardom.” – The Times Online U.K.

Joe Jackson in Montreal – ” … the audience’s delighted reaction to a well-paced set list, with some interesting surprises, was certainly a worthy sidebar.” – Montreal Gazette

Los Lobos in Victoria, British Columbia – ” … still makes exciting and original music.” CHEK News / Victoria Times Colonist

Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige in Toronto – “Call it hip-hop heaven.” – Toronto Sun

Kris Kristofferson in London – “… there were gems of narrative concision with not a word wasted …” – The Evening Standard / This Is

The Lemonheads in Boston – ” … proof positive that Dando is still in the game.” Boston Herald

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

Doris Day is 84

Wayne Newton is 66

Billy Joe Royal is 66

Tony Orlando is 64

Richard Thompson is 59

Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 58

Mick Mars (Motley Crue) is 52

Mike Ness (Social Distortion) is 46

Sebastian Bach is 40