News …

Chicago’s top cop confident investigators will solve slayings of Jennifer Hudson’s brother, mother and nephew – Associated Press

New Brit organization formed to fight illegal file-sharing in the U.K. – TechWatch U.K.

Are there potential licensing problems for Facebook’s music plans? – The New York Times / VentureBeat (registration may be required)

Sidelined by hepatitis C, Natalie Cole looks forward to returning to the concert stage – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

A lecture And music? It’s all part of the plan for Jarvis CockerBBC News

Time for “new software options and a fresh coat of paint” as Sony upgrades the Rolly music player – NetworkWorld

Views …

in New Orleans – “No festival outside New Orleans could present as much quality local music on the same bill with Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots and R.E.M.” – The Times-Picayune

Rihanna / Chris Brown in Auckland, New Zealand – “Two young performers giving a new generation of concert-goers a taste of just what a great concert should be.” – The New Zealand Herald

Coldplay in E. Rutherford, New Jersey – ” … mixed loud, aggressive rock with ethereal ballads.” – The Star-Ledger /

Tina Turner in Dallas – “In a career-spanning set, each song felt new in her capable hands.” – The Dallas Morning News

Joe Jackson in Columbus, Ohio – “In an impressive display of chops, showbiz generosity and a healthy self-image, Jackson delivered tunes from most of his various musical identities with vigor and no more than the comic attitude permanently carried by his expressive physical mannerisms.” – The Columbus Dispatch

Joan Baez in Philadelphia – “Her fluttering soprano filled the hall even when she stepped away from the microphone, transporting the audience back to the folk clubs and protest marches of the 1960s.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Cleo Laine is 81

Charlie Daniels is 72

Curtis Lee is 67

Wayne Fontana is 63

Stephen Morris (New Order) is 51

Ron Hemby (The Buffalo Club) is 50

William Reid (The Jesus And Mary Chain) is 50

Caitlin Cary is 40

Ben Harper is 39

Brad Paisley is 36

Justin Guarini is 30

Brett Dennen is 29

Dave Tirio (Plain White T’s) is 29