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Midday Update

12:04 PM Wednesday 2/13/08 |   |

New dates for George Benson, Curtis Stigers and Man Man, plus items about Wyclef Jean, the cost of free music and what singers shouldn't do onstage are all part of your Midday Update!

Here & There …

The music industry might be hurtin, but the music I.D. industry is doing quite well - WirelessWeek

Singer's lewd act onstage provokes audience attack - The Sunday Sun

Wyclef Jean on career, family and Haiti - Vancouver Sun

Just how much will free music cost? - Yahoo Tech / Ben Patterson

Survey conducted by Microsoft indicates that nearly half of today's teens rely on their parents to tell them about copyright - Arts Technica

French singer Henri Salvador dies - BBC News

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

The new dates for George Benson place the jazz guitarist / singer in the U.K. in June and July. June shows include stops in Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, and July includes Cardiff, Bournemouth and a two-night stand in London.

The new Curtis Stigers listing includes stops in various locations such as a March 14 date in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a March 22 date in Paris, France. Other stops include Boise, Berlin, Wilmington, Hamburg and Dortmund.

Man Man takes to the raod in April, playing cities like Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Austin and Atlanta.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Lunch At Allen's, Marc Jordan, Kimya Dawson, Jason Isbell, Little Feat, Loretta Lynn, Louisiana Red, John McDermott, Jah Roots, Heart To Heart, Harry Manx, Geoff Achison, David Dondero and Carolyn Wonderland.

Yeah, the ol' Pollstar.com search engine is a-chuggin' today! A lot of data is coming in today, so don't even think of missing Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PST), from Pollstar.com!

This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers was formed as the first organization to protect the work of songwriters. The agency was started by composer Victor Herbert after he heard other people using his music without compensating him. Herbert sued, took the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and won.

In 1961, Frank Sinatra unveiled his own record label, Reprise. Sinatra had a low opinion of rock music but nonetheless the label would release recordings by The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and the Kinks.

In 1966, The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on American television, on "The Ed Sullivan Show" from New York.

In 1972, Led Zeppelin was forced to cancel a concert in Singapore after authorities wouldn't let the group off the plane because of their long hair.

In 1974, the heavily-publicized Bob Dylan and the Band tour ended at the Forum in Los Angeles. Many of the tracks on Dylan's Before the Flood album were recorded at this concert.

Also on this date in 1997, singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton lost his honorary deputy sheriff's badge after being arrested for drug possession in Hamilton, Montana. Police found more than half a kilogram of marijuana in Axton's house. He pleaded guilty and was given a three-year deferred sentence and a 15-thousand-dollar fine. Axton had been confined to a wheelchair since suffering a stroke the previous year. He died October 26th, 1999.

In 2002, Waylon Jennings, the singer-songwriter-guitarist who defined the outlaw movement in country music, died at 64 after a long battle with diabetes-related health problems.

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