A total of 55 high-profile music icons and industry executives have joined together to judge the 2008 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). This year's judges include Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Tom Waits, Ray Davies (The Kinks), Ricky Martin, McCoy Tyner, T-Pain, Loretta Lynn, Chaka Khan, Robert Smith (The Cure), and many more. An equally impressive group of top-level music industry executives rounds out the panel. Consistent in its tradition of having such esteemed judges, ISC continues to raise the bar for songwriting competitions.
Blogs are abuzz about a possible iTunes Subscription service that will cost about $130/yr. This announcement, if true, could come out as early as the end of September or October.After 22 years, LL Cool J comes to the end of his contract with Def Jam with "Exit 13," due Sept. 9, and the veteran rapper says he made sure he "put my heart and soul into this album."Sheryl Crow is giving away free music -- a tactic she calls the "Tupperware" party approach to inspiring young people to vote. The singer announced a plan today (Aug. 21) to give a digital copy of her album "Detours" to the first 50,000 people who register three friends to vote.Absent from the scene for ages, R&B star Maxwell will embark on his first tour in six years this fall, beginning Oct. 8 in Boston and running through Nov. 21 in Philadelphia.Kenny Chesney is plotting an Oct. 14 release for his next album, "Lucky Old Sun," which has already spawned a hit in the form of "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven."The Allman Brothers Band is planning to use next year's engagement at New York's Beacon Theatre as the focal point for the group's 40th anniversary celebration.Rihanna begins a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Disturbia," but barely fended off the best chart debut in more than 18 months, in the form of David Archuleta's "Crush." His track opens at No. 2.Malaysian Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Mohammed Shafie says Canadian singer Avril Lavigne's Aug. 29 concert at Kuala Lumpur's 45,000 capacity Stadium Merdeka has been postponed.
Talent manager and film producer Joan Hyler was in critical condition after she was hit by a car Friday night on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, authorities said. Read Full Article
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Alan Citron, the former GM of online celebrity gossip site TMZ.com has joined Buzznet as head of special projects. Read Full Article