Johnny Marr's manager nixes rumors about Smiths reunion, calls earlier reports "rubbish" - Uncut.co.uk
EMI's annual report is not for the financially squeamish - The Times Online U.K.
New study claims payola, major labels and radio are as tight as ever - Wired / Listening Post
Lorrie Morgan files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, calls it "an unfortunate yet necessary part of the restructuring of my business" - Associated Press
Beyonce wants you to call her "Shasha Fierce." Or Ms. Fierce if you're nasty - Reuters
Jerry Lee Lewis says he wants Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on his next album, says "I have known them back when they were real young kids" - The Press Association
Tommy Emmanuel talks about his "fingerstyle guitar" technique - Taipei Times
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
This morning's incoming data stream was kind of a mishmash of sorts, with most bands and artists adding a few dates here and a few dates there. Following are some highlights:
Young Dubliners updates with December 20 in Modesto, California, at the State Theatre of Modesto, August 6, 2009 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, at Wonder Bar, August 7 of next year in NYC at Blender Theatre At Gramercy and August 8 in Westhampton, New Jersey, at Burlington County Amphitheater.
We have a few new club dates for The Gaslight Anthem - November 19 in Madison, Wisconin, at High Noon Saloon, November 24 in Covington, Kentucky, at Mad Hatter and December 28 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, at the Stone Pony.
10,000 Maniacs add an Orlando, Florida, date - January 29 at the Hard Rock Hotel. The band also adds January 31 in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, at Blue Martini.
And ReBirth Brass Band adds Birmingham, Alabama, for a show at Zydeco on December 12. Other additions include Portland, Oregon, at McMenamins Mission Theater on January 8, two nights in San Francisco - January 9 & 10 - at The Independent and January 16 in Baton Rouge at Varsity Theatre.
During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Sarah McLachlan, The Lee Boys, Fred J. Eaglesmith, Elliott Brood, Plain White T's, Chuchito Valdes, Stan Ridgway and The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.
That brings us to the halfway mark as we grab a bite to eat before we dive into the afternoon's raw data delivery. Don't miss Your Latest Update, popping up sometime around 3pm (PDT) on Pollstar.com!