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October 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Spam is now being served in audio form. The latest in unwanted electronic communication is an MP3 file that began landing in in-boxes around the world last week. It features a spooky, synthesized Darth Vader-sounding female voice touting the over-the-counter stock of Exit Only Inc. "Hello, this is an investor alert!" the halting, at times unintelligible, voice says. Her pitch invokes the growth prospects of Exit Only, a website operator that runs Text4Cars.
October 16, 2007 | Matea Gold
Country music superstar Garth Brooks' announcement Monday morning that he's releasing a special edition of his forthcoming three-disc "The Ultimate Hits" album to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure overwhelmed the breast-cancer awareness organization's website, forcing volunteers to switch to phones to continue fielding preorder requests. The "pink edition" of Brooks' album will be available exclusively on starting Nov.
October 12, 2007 | From Reuters
Music label Zomba said Thursday that it had sued gossip website, alleging that it illegally posted recordings by pop star Britney Spears. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday, accused the site and its proprietor, Mario Lavandeira, of illegally obtaining and posting at least 10 completed songs and unfinished demos from Spears' upcoming album, "Blackout," during the last three months, Zomba said in a statement. "Blackout" was to be released Nov.
October 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Britney Spears' "Blackout" is coming sooner than expected. The pop star's new album will be released Oct. 30, Jive Records announced Wednesday, citing Internet leaks as the reason the date was moved up from Nov. 13. Jive said it "is doing everything possible to prevent and avoid any further illegal distribution of songs," including the leaking of "unfinished material and demos represented as completed legitimate songs."
September 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
It seems like forever since Britney Spears had six-pack abs and a hit song on the charts. But the fallen pop princess -- tarnished by a tumultuous divorce, late-night partying and erratic behavior -- is trying to get her music career back on track. For real this time. Her new single, "Gimme More," debuted Thursday night on the website of New York City pop station Z100 (; there's a video on YouTube; and a new album is due for release Nov.
August 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Acknowledging that its proprietary audio technology is a marketplace flop, Sony Corp. is shuttering its Connect digital music store and opening its portable media players to other formats. The moves were announced Thursday at a Berlin consumer electronics trade fair as the Japanese electronics pioneer unveiled a pair of digital Walkmans that can play the Windows Media Audio, MP3 and AAC audio formats. Like rivals' players, including Apple Inc.'
August 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Blake Lewis has reaped another "American Idol" reward -- a record deal. Lewis, who finished second to Jordin Sparks in the final "Idol" faceoff in May, has signed a contract with Arista Records in conjunction with 19Recordings, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, it was announced Friday. His debut album is slated for release later this year. Lewis, 26, of Bothell, Wash., specialized in beat box sound-effects during his run on the Fox talent show's sixth season.
August 17, 2007 | Randy Lewis
Bruce Springsteen's first new album in five years with the E Street Band, "Magic," will be released Oct. 2. After last year's exploration of vintage American folk and blues songs in "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," and his 2005 acoustic solo album "Devils & Dust," "Magic" is described by Springsteen's longtime manager, Jon Landau, as "a high-energy rock CD."
August 17, 2007 | Susan Reimer, Baltimore Sun
I hesitate to admit this in polite company, but if I didn't listen to books, I wouldn't read at all. I have a daily commute that is almost an hour in each direction, and for many years I have spent the rest of my time driving kids hither and yon. During that time, I bet I "read" 500 books -- books that I would not have had the time or the inclination to read if I'd had consumption or two broken legs.
August 14, 2007
Phil Spector's ongoing murder trial hasn't stopped the fabled producer from returning to the career that made him famous. His production work in recent years has been sporadic, but he has produced a new track titled "Crying for John Lennon" by 20-year-old singer-songwriter Hargo, to be included in a forthcoming Lennon documentary, "Strawberry Fields."
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