September 26, 2000 |
Citing paralyzing legal pressure, multi-platinum rock band the Offspring has bowed to the demands of its record label and has scrapped plans to post an album on the Internet more than a month before the CD goes on sale. The band's plans had raised the hackles of Sony, the record label that distributes the Offspring's music. Sony and other major record labels are currently embroiled in legal battles against several online services that allow fans to freely swap music over the Net.
September 15, 2000 |
Multi-platinum music sensation Offspring plans to rock the recording industry by posting an album on the Internet more than a month before the CD goes on sale. The really radical idea, however, is that the punk band believes that its giveaway--the first by a major recording artist--will drive sales of the CD when it hits stores in November.
June 6, 2000 |
Napster Inc., whose controversial song-swapping software has created an uproar over copyright issues, scrambled Monday to fix a legal snafu that outraged both music pirates and the recording industry alike. On Friday, the San Mateo, Calif.-based company e-mailed a cease-and-desist letter to Orange County punk rock act the Offspring, which had been hawking on its Web site $10 T-shirts and caps and $1 bumper stickers imprinted with the Napster logo.
June 5, 2000 |
At least someone's making money off Napster. Orange County punk-rock group The Offspring, which has supported the controversial music-swapping software company, started hawking unauthorized Napster merchandise last week on the band's Web site, http://www.offspring.com. The band plans to keep the profits from all sales, although sources say the revenue is likely to be minimal.
August 22, 1999 |
"You're where? Near the airport?" Steve Rennie, partner in the Internet-aggressive music booking and marketing firm ArtistDirect, shakes his head as he talks on the phone with Bryan "Dexter" Holland. The lead singer of the Offspring is caught in traffic coming up from his Orange County home to the company's Encino offices for a strategy session on the redesign of the band's Web site. Holland finally arrives nearly an hour late, so you'd expect him to be pretty grumpy.
July 19, 1999 |
The arena-rock warhorse is a dwindling breed consisting of holdovers from past decades and a few '90s-bred ponies that haven't proved they can carry the load as a big draw over the long haul. Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots broke down before they even made it to the back stretch. Pearl Jam could run the race--but does it want to? The Dave Matthews Band? Not a bad bet; somebody has to take over the Grateful Dead's jam-band slot. Smashing Pumpkins, Hole and Nine Inch Nails?