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Sunday
Sep022012

‘Made in America’ Rocks with Jay-Z, Obama and More

PRNewsFoto/BET Networks(Philadelphia, Pa.) -- “Made in America” concert goers are still buzzing about Jay-Z’s blow out set at his inaugural music festival Saturday night, in which special guests including Kanye West and Common brought down the house with HOVA.

The rap mogul even roped in President Obama, who made a video appearance to voice his support for Made in America’s patriotic purpose and urge attendees to register to vote.

An hour ahead of the start of MIA’s second day, there seemed to be almost as many voter registration volunteers as concert goers.

Blame it on the rain or Jay-Z’s show-stopping set — it sounds like it’ll be all but impossible to top his chaos-enduring rendition of “N***** in Paris.”

But with an A-list group of performers on deck Sunday — from Drake to Run DMC to Pearl Jam — a legendary show is likely to go down anyway.

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Tuesday
Jun192012

Pearl Jam's Former CFO Charged with Stealing from Band

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(SEATTLE) -- The former chief financial officer of Pearl Jam’s management company, Rickey Charles Goodrich, has been charged in Seattle with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the band, according to SeattlePI.com.  

King County prosecutors have charged Goodrich with 33 counts of theft for allegedly stealing $380,000 from the band’s accounts during his tenure as CFO of Curtis Inc., Pearl Jam’s management company.  Seattle police, however, are estimating that the band’s losses are higher. They claim that Goodrich’s theft has caused the band to lose around $566,000 -- including investigation expenses -- between 2006 and 2010, when he was fired, according to the website.

Goodrich declined to comment for the SeattlePI story.  He is due to appear in King County Superior Court in Seattle on June 28 to enter an initial plea.

According to prosecutors, Goodrich -- who was original hired by by Pearl Jam Touring Co. in 2005 as the band’s accountant and financial officer -- transferred money from company accounts to pay personal debts and also is alleged to have used band credit cards to pay for personal expenses including family vacations, SeattlePI reports.

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Saturday
Apr282012

Musicians Call on Backpage.com to Shut Down Sex Ads

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Several big-name musicians have joined the fight to shut down the adult section on Backpage.com, a website featuring classified ads and owned by Village Voice Media.

The site has come under fire by a wide range of critics, including 48 attorneys general, who say Backpage is not doing enough to keep underage girls out of the sex ads.  Artists including former R.E.M. band mates, Pearl Jam and Alicia Keys have added their names to a petition on Change.org asking the website to stop running the ads.

In a statement, Mike Mills, formerly of R.E.M., said, “Village Voice Media has a history of being a strong advocate for the arts, reporting extensively on musicians and their work in its 13 weeklies across the country. That musicians are now speaking out … should send a clear message to the company that it needs to take action to ensure no child is sexually exploited through use of its site.”

The Roots, Drive-By-Truckers and The Civil Wars have also added their names to the petition.

One industry analysis firm estimated that Backpage.com makes $22 million a year from the sale of ads in the adult category – and although the company disputed that number, they refused to give ABC News another figure.

Backpage.com did take “Nightline” into a screening room at Backpage, where employees look at every adult ad to try and identify underage girls. Backpage said they flag 400 suspicious ads a month and send them to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“It would be the wrong thing for Backpage to take down its adult category,” said Liz McDougall, the attorney for Backpage.com told “Nightline.” “Because you are losing a key tool for law enforcement to get insights into this illicit activity, to get greater data than has ever existed before, to locate, to identify the perpetrators and to rescue victims.”

A bi-partisan group of U.S. senators also introduced a resolution this week asking Backpage to take down the ads.

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Friday
Nov052010

Pearl Jam Releasing Live Album Celebrating 20th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy - Monkey Wrench Records(NEW YORK) -- Since Pearl Jam is celebrating 20 years of being a band, the group has decided to release a new live album.

Live on Ten Legs will be released on Jan. 18 and features 18 songs that were recorded live from tours that took place between 2003-2010.  All the tracks were remixed and remastered by long time Pearl Jam producer, Brett Eliason.

The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally.  Fans can currently pre-order the album for $12.99 on the band's official website. 

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