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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   April 2, 2002 at 5:00 AM
EMI

Jane's Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell reportedly could be one of the first big names dropped by EMI.

NME.com reports Ben Harper also might be on his way out as the record label follows its announcement of 1,800 staff cuts with measures designed to skin the fat from its roster.

The New York Post reports that both Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, as a solo artist, just missed the axe because the label makes so much money selling their old Beatles and Rolling Stones album.

McCartney's most recently CD, "Driving Rain," failed to make much of a splash and last year's Wings retrospective tanked.


EMINEM

A French jazz pianist is suing Eminem for $10 million.

Allstar News reports the copyright infringement lawsuit, filed last Thursday in New York by Jacques Loussier, contents that the backing track on the rapper's tune "Kill You" was lifted from his jazz fusion work titled "Pulsion."

Loussier names Eminem, Interscope Records, and the label's parent company, Vivendi Universal, in the suit, which also seeks a broadcast ban on the song. "Kill You" is from Eminem's 2000 album "The Marshall Mathers LP."

Loussier founded the Play Bach Trio in 1959, which sold some 6 million albums in its 15 years of existence.


KEKE WYATT

R&B singer Keke Wyatt faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of stabbing her husband on Christmas Day.

A grand jury in Shelby Count, Ky., indicted Wyatt last week on one count of second-degree assault, MTV News reports. The charges stem from Wyatt's arrest, which took place after police responded to a domestic violence call on Dec. 25 and found Rahmat Morton with stab wounds to the chest, arms and hands. He underwent surgery at the University of Louisville Hospital, where doctors removed part of a steak knife from his back.

Morton is also Wyatt's manager.

Wyatt's second single, "Nothing in This World," from her CD "Soul Sista," is currently getting radio airplay.


U2

U2 will release a new album by this fall -- but it won't be a studio album.

Sources tell Jam! Music that the Irish rockers are planning a "best of" set covering the years 1991 to 2000. They say the album is tentatively due out in October.

The CD would be a follow-up to 1998's "Best of U2: 1980-90." U2 fan Web sites have been buzzing about the retrospective for weeks.

Last month, U2 announced that a planned European summer tour had been scrubbed in favor of returning to the studio to work on new material.


USHER

Usher is hitting the road. His "8701 Evolution Tour" kicks off May 8 in Seattle, with Faith Evans, Nas and Mr. Cheeks as opening acts.

Tour dates:

DATE CITY VENUE

Wed-May-08 Seattle, WA Key Arena

Fri-May-10 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Valley Amphitheater

Sat-May-11 Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion

Sun-May-12 San Diego, CA Sports Arena

Wed-May-15 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion

Fri-May-17 Las Vegas, NV ManadalayBay

Sat-May-18 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Sun-May-19 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion

Thu-May-23 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

Fri-May-24 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center

Sat-May-25 Detroit, MI DTE Music Theater

Sun-May-26 Cleveland, OH Gund Arena

Mon-May-27 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater

Thu-May-30 Nashville, TN AmSouth Amphitheater

Fri-May-31 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Sat-Jun-01 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion

Sun-Jun-02 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Thu-Jun-06 Columbus, OH Polaris Amphitheater

Fri-Jun-07 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

Sat-Jun-08 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion

Sun-Jun-09 Kansas City, Sandstone Amphitheater

Wed-Jun-12 Toronto, Canada TBA

Jun-13 Scranton, PA Montage Amphitheater

Jun-14 New York, NY Jones Beach

Jun-15 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center

Jun-16 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center

Jun-20 Albany, NY Pepsi Arena

Jun-21 Hartford, CT Meadows Amphitheater

Jun-22 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion

Jun-23 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion

Jun-27 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Jun-28 Hershey, PA Hershey Stadium

Jun-29 Holmdel, NJ P.N.C. Arts Center

Jun-30 Buffalo, NY TBA

Jul-4 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Jul-5 Houston, TX Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion

Jul-6 Dallas, TX Smiroff Music Center

Jul-11 Orlando, FL T.D. Waterhouse Arena

Jul-12 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena

Jul-13 Tampa, FL Ice Palace

Jul-14 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater

In February, Usher won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and last month he got a Soul Train Award for Best Male Soul Album. He's currently rehearsing for the tour.


REPLACEMENTS

Former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg is planning a series of in-store performances beginning later this month. The solo acoustic shows -- his first in five years -- come in support of his upcoming solo album, "Stereo," which hits stores April 23, Billboard.com reports. The album will include a disc from Westerberg's side project Grandpaboy, titled "Mono."

Tour dates:

April 22: Seattle (Easy Street Records)

April 23: Portland, Ore. (Music Millennium)

April 24: San Francisco (Virgin Megastore)

April 25: Los Angeles (Amoeba Records)

April 28: New York (Virgin Megastore / Union Square)

April 29: New York (Late Show With David Letterman)

April 30: Philadelphia (Tower Records)

May 1: Boston (Virgin Megastore)

May 2: Chicago (Virgin Megastore)

May 3: Austin, Texas (Waterloo Records)

May 4: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Borders Books & Music)


MORE REPLACEMENTS

The Replacements may be considering a reunion. "We'll get together again one day," former frontman Paul Westerberg tells RollingStone.com. "It will take a while, or it might take a few legal swipes of the pen, but we ain't over."

A partial reunion nearly happened last month when bassist Tommy Stinson planned to join Westerberg on a tour of the Midwest. However, Stinson had to back out because of duties with his current band, Guns n' Roses.

Westerberg has also bounced the idea of a reunion off the Replacements' other surviving founding member, drummer Chris Mars, after a chance meeting in Westerberg's driveway. "I said, 'So what do you say? Should we put it together?'" Westerberg said. "And he kind of laughed and said, 'Maybe for a week.' I read him instantly that he had moved on from this. He would do it for a week, but he wouldn't want to rehearse and stuff -- but he would be up for a few laughs."

(Guitarist Bob Stinson -- Tommy's older brother -- left the group in 1986 and was replaced by Slim Dunlap. Bob died from a drug overdose in 1995).


JAMES TAYLOR

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor singer/songwriter James Taylor with its Founders Award. The presentation will take place during the 19th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on May 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The ASCAP Founders Award is given to pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music. Previous recipients include Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim, Billy Joel, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Andre Previn, Steely Dan and Tom Waits.

The Pop Awards is an annual, star-studded gala at which ASCAP honors the writers and publishers of the most-performed ASCAP songs of the prior calendar year.

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