Forget targeting the "tween" market. The baby-bottle crowd may turn out to be one of music marketing's most profitable target demographics - The Canadian Press
Related - BabyLovesMusic.com
Already getting flak for blocking peer-to-peer file transfers on its networks, Comcast will invest in P2P company - Associated Press
Coldplay buys new piano for school that lost its musical instruments during floods - "We didn't ask for the money, but Guy Berryman is a neighbour of one of our teaching support workers and that's how they heard about us." - BBC News
Peter Gabriel launches download service for "music purists" - Telegraph U.K.
Girl listening to MP3 player apparently could not hear approach of train before it hit her - My Fox St. Louis
Mariah Carey song sparks road rage incident - WZVN / ABC 7
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Skateboarding and music mixes is what "Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam" is all about. Playing major venues, look for the tour stopping at places like Verizon Wireless Center Birmingham in Pelham, Alabama, on July 23; Mark of Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois, on July 30; Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge in Bristow, Virginia, on August 6 and Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, on August 22.
Folk / blues artist Chris Smither updates today with new listings for both this year and next. New 2008 dates include a U.K. run in October plus stops in Denver (August 9), Santa Fe (August 11), New York (November 1) and London, Ontario (November 13). New ones for 2009 include Woodstock, NY (May 2), New Hope, PA (June 4) and Fair Lawn, NJ (June 6).
Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor adds U.S. dates for October and November. Stops include Oakland, CA, on October 28; San Francisco, CA, on october 29 and Minneapolis, MN, on November 8.
G.B.H. adds U.S. dates for July. Look for the Brit punkrockers in places like St. Petersburg, FL, on July 22; Nashville, TN, on July 28, Sauget, IL, on July 29 and Kansas City, MO, on July 30.
During the last couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Gretchen Wilson, Diamond Rio, Craig Morgan, David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Chris Cagle, Amy Grant, Bill Engvall, Kansas, Mates of State, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Tab Benoit, The Elms, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Botticellis.
But that's only half the picture. Monday afternoon is just now getting underway here on the west coast and that means more fresh concert info yet to post. Don't miss Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PDT), from Pollstar.com!
This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)
In 1958, Bobby Darin's recording of "Splish Splash" was released. It was the first recording made on an eight-track recorder at Atlantic Records. Darin is said to have written the song in 12 minutes.
In 1960, disc jockey Alan Freed was charged with accepting payola - money for playing records. Freed, the deejay who did the most to spread rock 'n' roll, was a broken man by the time he came to trial in December 1962. He pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and received a suspended sentence and a $300 fine. Freed, facing new charges of tax evasion, died in January 1965 at 42.
In 1986, Kenny Rogers, Bryan Adams, Loverboy and Sheena Easton performed at an Expo 86 gala concert in Vancouver. Guests of honour at the 86-dollar-a-seat event were Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Adams gave his $100,000 fee to charity.
In 1987, Rita Marley was ousted as executor of her late husband Bob Marley's will by a Jamaican court. The surviving members of Marley's band, The Wailers, sought an investigation of the reggae star's estate.
In 1994, an acoustic guitar previously owned by David Bowie, Paul McCartney and George Michael sold for a record $300,000 at a charity auction in London.