Former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp is suing his old bandmates over authorship of several songs, including the hit tune "Undone (The Sweater Song)." The lawsuit was filed last Thursday in federal court in California, according to Allstar News. It also names as defendants the band's former manager, Pat Magnarella, and the band's accountants and attorneys.
Sharp claims he co-wrote "Undone (The Sweater Song)" from 1994's "self-titled" (a.k.a., The Blue Album) debut CD with Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo and drummer Pat Wilson, and that he owns an "undivided 1/3 interest in and to the copyright of that work," according to the suit. He makes similar claims to "Butterfly," "Tired of Sex," "Getchoo," "No Other One," "Why Bother?," "Across the Sea," "The Good Life," "El Scorcho," "Pink Triangle," and "Falling for You" from the 1996 album "Pinkerton," as well as the non-album tracks "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly," "I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams," and "Devotion."
Sharp is asking the court to find him co-owner of the songs and order he be paid the money due him.
Sharp appeared on the first two Weezer albums ("self-titled" and "Pinkerton") before leaving the band in February 1998. He was replaced by Mikey Welsh in August 2001, who has since been replaced by Scott Shiner.
Weezer's next album, "Maladroit," is due in stores May 14.
GOO GOO DOLLS
The Goo Goo Dolls have added more dates to their summer North American tour, which kicks off May 23 in Houston, Billboard.com reports. The road trip is in support of the band's latest CD, "Gutterflower," which debuted at No.4 on the Billboard Top-200 Albums chart last week.
April 27: Irvine, Calif. (Fan Nation)
May 3: London (Astoria)
May 23: Houston (Verizon Wireless Theater)
May 24: Dallas (Bronco Bowl)
May 25: Tulsa, Okla. (Brady Theatre)
May 27: Louisville, Ky. (Palace Theatre)
May 28: Detroit (State Theatre)
May 29: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
May 31: Philadelphia (venue TBA)
June 1: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center / WXKS concert)
June 2: East Rutherford, N.J. (Giants Stadium / Z100 Zootopia)
June 4: Mississauga, Ontario (Hershey Centre)
June 5: Albany, N.Y. (Palace Theatre)
June 7: Atlantic City, N.J. (Trump Taj Mahal)
June 8: Mashantucket, Conn. (Foxwood Casino)
June 11: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
June 12: New Orleans (UNO Lakefront Arena)
June 14: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)
June 15: Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay PAC)
June 16: Charleston, S.C. (WAVF radio show)
June 18: Pensacola, Fla. (Bayfront Auditorium)
June 19: Memphis, Tenn. (Orpheum Theatre)
June 21: Minneapolis (Northrop Auditorium)
June 22: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Winnipeg Arena)
June 24: Edmonton, Alberta (Jubilee Auditorium)
June 25: Calgary, Alberta (Jubilee Auditorium)
June 26: Kelowna, British Columbia (Skyreach Place)
June 28: Vancouver (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
June 29: Spokane, Wash. (Opera House)
July 1: Portland, Ore. (Schnitzer Hall)
July 2: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
"Hot In Herre" -- the lead single from Nelly's upcoming album, "Nellyville" -- is the No.1 most added song at crossover and Top 40 radio stations, the rapper's label, Universal Records, announced Wednesday.
In addition, the rapper set records when AOL Music exclusively premiered "Hot In Herre" on a recent AOL "First Listen" campaign. The new single was listened to more than 760,000 times in one day -- setting a new record for the AOL series.
Nelly describes the song as a "party anthem." "Hot In Herre" was produced by the Neptunes, longtime friends of Nelly. "I've known them for a long time, before I even had a deal," Nelly said, "back when their beats were real, real cheap. We just put it together and it's been nothing but love."
"Nellyville" is the follow-up to Nelly's 2000 Grammy-nominated debut "Country Grammar."
(Web site: nelly.net)