Avril Lavigne -- the current pop star of choice for teen and pre-teen girls -- is about halfway through her first major headlining tour, and this much is clear from her uninspired performance: She's…
Third Eye Blind portrayed the Kinks in Sunday night's "American Dreams," the latest in a series of cameos in which current stars play rockers of the early '60s. Columbia Records is banking on the…
Just when it appears every significant rock 'n' roll record under the sun has made the transfer to CD, something comes out of the vaults to prove that thinking wrong.
Keely Smith is back in town, at Feinstein's at the Regency, celebrating the release of a new Basie CD. The singer, who admits to being 75 and "happier than I have been in my life," is singing with a…
Sony Pictures Digital has bought the media-creation software assets of Sonic Foundry for $18 million. The Sonic Foundry software was relabeled "Screenblast Movie Studio" and "Screenblast Music…
Thesps Roselyn Sanchez, Carlos Ponce and Miguel Varoni have been tapped hosts of the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
In the digital era, singer-songwriter has become an increasingly hermetic calling. It's now possible to record a professional-sounding album without ever leaving the house. At the Knitting Factory…
Nearly five years ago, Sir George Martin said he was retiring and wanted to spend his time sailing (Variety, Sept. 4, 1998). Well, he's hardly stopped working, but he is hitting the high seas.
Lollapalooza will feature a new kind of playing this year, following an agreement with Games Media Properties to create a central vidgame pavilion at the revived summer music tour.
The Recording Industry Assn. of America has settled all four of its legal complaints against college students that it accused of setting up and running free file-swapping services with thousands of…
An intoxicating throwback to Europe between the wars, Ute Lemper is the darkest diva of contemporary times, a rarity not swept up in the big voices and tempi of modernity. Her new Decca album "But…