More Top Stories: Coldplay, Courtney Love

Plus: Marilyn Manson, Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd, Method Man

August 18, 2010 11:00 AM ET

Courtney Love Settles Nirvana Publishing Dispute
Courtney Love settled with management company London and Co. after the Hole singer failed to share the proceeds from her $20 million sale of the Nirvana publishing rights. London and Co. sought $1 million in their initial lawsuit. [BBC]

Coldplay Extend Deal with Universal
Coldplay have extended their contract with Universal Music Publishing to cover the band's future songs. Details of the deal were not disclosed. "They've sold over 50 million albums worldwide and their huge success is entirely deserved. We're obviously very proud to be Coldplay's publisher so it's great that we've been able to extend our relationship with them in this way," Universal Music Publishing president Paul Connolly said. [ The Hollywood Reporter ]

Marilyn Manson, Evan Rachel Wood Split
The on-again, off-again romance between Marilyn Manson and actress Evan Rachel Wood has cooled once again. The duo began dating in 2006, then split in 2008, and then got engaged in January 2010. "They fought a lot," a source said of the split. [ Us Weekly ]

Method Man Plots Juggalos Lawsuit
Tila Tequila isn't the only artist planning legal action against the Gathering of the Juggalos: Method Man, who also endured cuts and bruises when Juggalos threw objects at him while he performed, promises to sue the "mother fuckers" behind the festival. [TMZ]

Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd "Totally Broke"
In an interview with Spin, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd discusses the hard times he encountered following the breakup of the grunge band. "Soundgarden broke up; my other band, Hater, broke up; my fiancée broke up with me; and then I broke three ribs. I got addicted to pain pills, drank a ton, and wound up OD'ing on morphine. I was laid out in my house for five days, and no one knew it. It was a fucking horrible time — this total rock & roll cliché," Shepherd said, adding that he's "totally broke" and living on recording studio couches. [ Spin]

Arcade Fire Take Over Sirius XM
Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Richard Reed Parry and Jeremy Gara will take over the satellite radio station all weekend long, August 20th to 22nd, to play cuts from The Suburbs and their earlier works, plus their favorite tracks from their own music collections. Arcade Fire will also share their thoughts on Wyclef Jean running for president of Haiti. [Press Release]

David Gilmour and The Orb Collaborate on New Album
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and The Orb have teamed up for a new album called Metallic Spheres, due out October 4th. The Orb have often been compared to Pink Floyd in the past for the electronic music duo's mind-altering live shows. [Pitchfork]

Kings of Leon Turn Down Glee Role
Kings of Leon say that they have turned down offers to appear on TV shows like Ugly Betty and Glee. "We could have sold out so much more. We turn stuff down constantly," Jared Followill said. [MTV]

Taylor Swift Reveals Album Cover
Taylor Swift took to her Facebook page today to unveil the album cover for her October 25th-bound new album Speak Now. [Taylor Swift Facebook]

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