In The News: Bad Brains vinyl set arrives

AUCTIONS

“Kerze” (Candle), an oil painting by artist Gerhard Richter, sold for a whopping ?7,972,500 at Sotheby’s recent Contemporary Art Evening auction. The painting’s sale price came in at more than three times the high-end pre-sale estimate of ?2.5 million. Created in 1983, “Kerze” was featured on the cover of Sonic Youth’s watershed Daydream Nation album.

BUSINESS NOTES

Sony BMG Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz told a German newspaper that the company is developing an online music subscription service that would give users unlimited access to its music and be compatible with a host of digital music players. He did not offer a timeline for unveiling the service… B.B. King is the new owner of the landmark juke joint Club Ebony in his hometown, Indianola, Miss…

CHARITY

Memphis, Tenn. native and ’N Sync alumni Justin Timberlake has made two separate donations of $100,000 each to the Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Foundation

CONTESTS

TBD Records, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and animation Web portal Aniboom.com are sponsoring an online contest inviting Radiohead fans to produce an animated music video for any song from In Rainbows, the band’s 2007 album that originally was available for download at a consumer-determined price. The competition runs through April 27…

GIGS

The Roots, Ricky Skaggs, Los Lonely Boys, the Neville Brothers and Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead are among the headliners for eight free, simultaneous Earth Day festivals on April 20 in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Washington, D.C… The Dave Matthews Band and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the first-ever Mile High Music Festival July 19-20 in Colorado. Other scheduled performers include John Mayer, The Black Crowes, O.A.R., Michael Franti, Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steve Winwood, Spoon, Flogging Molly, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic and The RootsPaula Abdul and Miley Cyrus are among the stars who will headline the “Today” show’s 13th annual concert series, which starts April 25. Other scheduled performers include Sheryl Crow, Ashlee Simpson, Rascal Flatts, Natasha Bedingfield, Neil Diamond, Mary J. Blige, Alanis Morissette, the B-52s, Donna Summer, Chris Brown, Kenny Chesney, Rihanna and ColdplayRocker Patti Smith has landed her first major solo art show of her drawings and photos in Paris. The exhibit features art the 61-year-old created between 1967 and 2007… George Michael is giving North America one more try. The pop star, who got his start in the 1980s in Wham!, is gearing up for his first tour of the United States and Canada in 17 years, opening a multi-city “25 Live’’ tour in San Diego on June 17. Michael’s greatest-hits album, Twenty Five, drops April 1… Davy Jones and His Dixieland All Stars, Jean Kittrell & the St. Louis Rivermen, New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra, High Sierra Jazz Band, Randy Sandke’s New York All Stars, Spats Langham & His

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