Prominent Canadian firm Nettwerk Music Group has inked a new U.S. distribution pact with Warner Music Group's Alternative Distribution Alliance.
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Jack Johnson's "To the Sea" rode a big curl to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, enlivening an otherwise somnolent sales picture.
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Johnson's Wax: Music merchants are building little shrines, complete with thatched huts, to Jack Johnson this week. Besides entering at No. 1 with some of the biggest first-week sales witnessed this…
L.A.'s Don't Knock the Rock Festival, home of what its organizers call "off the radar" music pics, is soliciting donations to mount its seventh annual go-'round, scheduled for Cinefamily's Silent…
It's a week of good news for Beatlemaniacs (like Variety's Cynthia Littleton). The New York Times reports that tribute band Rain will bring its Fabs show to the Neil Simon Theater in Gotham in…
"The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia," director Julien Nitzberg's crazed, unsettling and sometimes poignant group portrait of the titular Southern family, follows up last month's New…
Marvin Isley, bassist for the Isley Bros. during their hit-making funk resurgence of the '70s, died June 6 in Chicago. He was 56, and had suffered from diabetes since the late '90s.
Here's some incredible synchronicity. In the same week that Nielsen SoundScan figures indicated the lowest cumulative album sales (less than 5 million units) since the company began tracking such…
Carlene Carter and L.A. musicians Dave Alvin, Exene Cervenka of X and once and future Golden Palominos vocalist Syd Straw will lend their support to the music industry's Nashville flood relief…
On Monday, an appellate court in Seattle will hear arguments in a long-running court battle that focuses on the right to re-sell CDs. In 2007, Universal Music Group sued Troy Augusto, a Los Angeles…