News …

Sugarland founder sues band for $1.5 million. Kristen Hall says she was supposed to continue receiving a cut of the band’s profits after she left in 2005 – Associated Press

Jewel elopes with rodeo boyfriend Ty Murray in Bahamas – Reuters

U.S. music production company hits Mary J. Blige with $2 million copyright-infringement lawsuit – BBC News

Living a day in the life of the Jonas Brothers Boston Herald / The Edge

Getting up-to-speed with Taylor SwiftChicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Katy Perry does the Q&A dance – The Fresno Bee

Views …

The Faint in So Cal – “The techno-apocalypse is in progress as the band, at the Glass House in Pomona, reinvents its sound.” – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in St. Louis – “Tom Petty could run for president – and win – in November” – The Riverfront Times

Backstreet Boys in Toronto – “Coming out like prize fighters ready for a 100-minute bout of hits, the foursome kicked things off with “Larger Than Life” while pretending to spar with each other.” – Toronto Sun

She And Him in Chicago – ” … evoked bygone innocence with a majestic set of traditional country and harmonic pop.” – The Chicago Tribune

Sonny Rollins in New York City – “He started a solo in melodic bursts, then stepped off the song’s grid and went for it.” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Doobie Brothers in Roseburg, Oregon – “As screaming guitars sent vibrations through the audience’s feet, most of the concertgoers eventually returned to their seats, but this more reserved state would be only temporary during the Douglas County Fair’s second night.” –

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

Mel Tillis is 76

Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 69

Airrion Love (The Stylistics) is 59

is 58

Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs) is 51

The Edge (U2) is 47

Rikki Rockett (Poison) is 47

Kool Moe Dee is 46

Scott Stapp is 35

Mark Wills is 35

Tom Linton (Jimmy Eat World) is 33

J.C. Chasez (*NSYNC) is 32

Drew Lachey (98 Degrees) is 32

Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry) is 31