Spanish authorities arrested a 31-year-old man in Zaragoza for releasing an unauthorized version of the new Madonna song Give Me All Your Love. The man was said to be a huge Madonna friend who had somehow gotten the leaked track into his possession.
The sister of late drummer Bruce Gary of the Knack is suing Capitol Records for royalties from digital downloads that she says is owed. She alleges that she is due 50% of net receipts on downloads as they are licensed versus what an artist normally gets for sales (12 to 18%).
Emmylou Harris will celebrate her 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on January 21 at the Ryman Auditorium. She will be joined by Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin and Rodney Crowell.
Slayer's Kerry King has said not to expect any further Big Four (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax) shows. "If you look at how much work went into making it all happen in the first place, then I really doubt we can do the same thing again. You had four headlining bands touring together and that takes so much organizing."
Sirius/XM will be broadcasting a number of New Year's Eve concerts live on December 31. Look for shows by Further (Grateful Dead channel), Willie Nelson (Willie's Roadhouse), Southside Johnny (E Street Radio), Cheap Trick (Classic Rewind) and Little Feat (Radio Margaritaville).
Ed Roman, a Las Vegas guitar maker who has built instruments for the likes of Eric Burden, Ted Nugent and Keith Urban passed away on December 14 at the age of 61.
When it comes to year-end lists, we need to give credit where credit is due and that goes to the readers of Denver's Slicing Up Eyeballs. They voted for their best albums of 2011 and the top ten is full of veteran artists.
All You Need is Now - Duran Duran
Ninth - Peter Murphy
Collapse Into Now - R.E.M.
50 Words for Snow - Kate Bush
Move Like This - Cars
Red Barked Trees - Wired
The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years - Wild Swans
Tomorrow's World - Erasure
The Great Escape Artist - Jane's Addiction
handOver - Skinny Puppy