Dire Straits has won a cyber-squatting case in the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO ruled that the domain www.direstraits.com should be returned to the group as the owner, Alberta Hot Rods of Canada, had no intellectual claim on the name and did not offer any reply to the case. The company has been involved in other disputes, including one in Tom Cruise's name.
Neil Young's Chrome Dreams II will be bundled in some outlets with a bonus CD containing a track from the upcoming 2008 Archives release. The CD will contain one track from Live at the Riverboat which contains music from a week of concerts performed by Young in Toronto after the breakup of Buffalo Springfield.
A four disc Luther Vandross career retrospective will be released by Epic/J/Legacy on October 16. Love, Luther will contain the singers hits plus a number of rare and unreleased tracks, covering his time with the groups Luther and Charme up to his final hit, 2001's Take You Out. 1981's There's Only You will be released to Urban AC and Smooth Jazz stations in the next couple of weeks.
R&B singer and songwriter Kip Anderson passed away on Wednesday at the age of 69. Anderson recorded for some of the genres great labels, including Savoy, Chess, Excello and Fury, but was never able to reach chart success. He is still admired by purists for his great southern R&B voice.
Composer, producer, arranger and pianist Doug Riley passed away last Monday from heart failure at the age of 62.
Riley was involved with many different artists, starting in 1969 as the producer for the Motherlode hit When I Die. Over the years he performed or arranged for artists like Bob Seger, Ringo Starr, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and David Clayton-Thomas.
Cher reportedly broke the three middle toes on her left foot after falling down concrete stairs at her Malibu home. The fall took place on August 15.
Wayne Newton and Marie Osmond will be two of the contestants on the upcoming season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
As we get to report about every four months or so, Gary Glitter is hoping to get released early from a Vietnam prison this Sunday. It is Independence Day and, as on most major Vietnamese holidays, the country announces the names of prisoners whose sentences have been shortened due to good behavior.