12 items by Bill Werde

  • Rock Radio No Longer Rolling

    Rock Radio No Longer Rolling | ARTICLE

    Just before midnight on February 24th, Y100, the last modern-rock station in Philadelphia, played the final notes of Pearl Jam's 1992 breakthrough hit...

    March 24, 2005 12:00 PM ET
  • P2P Gets Profitable

    P2P Gets Profitable | ARTICLE

    Two pioneers of file-sharing -- Napster's Shawn Fanning and Grokster's Wayne Rosso -- are quietly working with the major labels to find ways of making peer-to-peer sites profitable. Mashboxx, a new P2P site started by Rosso, is expected...

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Payola Probe Expanding

    Payola Probe Expanding | ARTICLE

    New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is making headlines for his crusade against payola in the music business, but radio stations and record labels are being scrutinized by a higher authority as well: the federal government. The...

    November 18, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Security Tight for New CDs

    Security Tight for New CDs | ARTICLE

    With hotly anticipated albums out this fall from Eminem, U2, Destiny's Child and Lil Jon, labels and artists are taking unprecedented steps to avoid pre-release leaks. Many artists are demanding higher security in the studio, not allowing...

    November 4, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Pearl Jam, DMB Go Solar

    Pearl Jam, DMB Go Solar | ARTICLE

    The Vote for Change Tour raised more than $15 million to get out the vote for John Kerry. Now artists from the historic shows, including R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam and Bonnie Raitt, are looking beyond...

    November 2, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Payola Probe Heating Up

    Payola Probe Heating Up | ARTICLE

    A new investigation into the issue of payola in the music industry has been launched by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. In September, each of the four global record labels -- EMI, Warner Music Group, Universal and Sony-BMG --...

    November 1, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Jay-Z Out of Retirement

    Jay-Z Out of Retirement | ARTICLE

    Nearly a year after announcing his retirement, Jay-Z is busier than ever. The rapper, currently on tour with R. Kelly, is expected to record two new tracks for a greatest-hits compilation scheduled for next summer. But he...

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Congress vs. File-Sharing

    Congress vs. File-Sharing | ARTICLE

    Can Washington, D.C., end file-sharing once and for all? Two new bills in Congress target file traders and peer-to-peer networks. The Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act -- which is expected to be passed by the Senate as...

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Eminem Takes Aim at Bush

    Eminem Takes Aim at Bush | ARTICLE

    Due out November 16th, Eminem's hotly anticipated Encore marks a strong return to the rapper's Slim Shady persona. On September 14th in Los Angeles, Interscope president Jimmy Iovine hosted a listening party for retailers, during which he...

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Music Blog Boom

    The Music Blog Boom | ARTICLE

    For the last six months, Oliver Wang, a thirty-two-year-old San Francisco DJ and freelance writer, has been transferring soul and hip-hop classics from vinyl to MP3 and posting them on the Internet. "I have 7,000 albums," he...

    September 8, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Microsoft to Debut Store

    Microsoft to Debut Store | ARTICLE

    Apple's iTunes music store is about to face some serious competition, as online giant Microsoft prepares to roll out its own music store on September 2nd. With the ability to funnel 350 million users a month to...

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Beatles for Sale on Net?

    Beatles for Sale on Net? | ARTICLE

    The Beatles catalog -- the holy grail of legal downloadable music -- may be coming to a Web site near you. Until now, the Beatles have refused to sell their music online. But sources at more than...

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM ET