Express - Wednesday: Cornell To Front RATM?, Napster Offer, Royal Trux Quit





In a soap-opera worthy turn of events, the vacancy at the mic for Rage Against The Machine may be filled by....Chris Cornell??!!
The ex-Soundgarden frontman has been auditioning with Rage, to replace the departed Zack De La Rocha.
No word from Epic Records as to whether the band had made a decision or it they would even retain the RATM moniker or start anew.


Napster has offered a payout to the major labels totalling $1 billion as a settlement to their copyright disputes. The file sharing gurus would pay Universal, Sony, EMI, BMG and Warner $150 million
a year for five years. This money would be raised by instituting a monthly rate for Napster users, varying from $2.95 for limited downloading to unlimited downloading for $9.95/month. Napster states that this
plan could be in place by the summer. Industry insiders claim the labels would not be interested at this point. Stay tuned...

Indie noise rock outfit Royal Trux has called it a day after 16 years of existence. The sludge rock
outfit consisting of vocalist Jennifer Herrema and guitarist Neil Hagerty had constantly been dogged by heroin rumors and
drugs did indeed play a part in their break up, as did "the usual complications (division of power, etc)." Herrema's future plans are unclear
but Hagerty will embark on a solo career, with an album on Drag City due out March 19.



Source: The Tripwire Information Society (Pure Energy)

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Express - Wednesday: Cornell To Front RATM?, Napster Offer, Royal Trux Quit