''Dark Side of the Moon'' is honored, Suge Knight goes broke, and more: The latest music-industry buzz

By Leah Greenblatt
May 09, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Pink Floyd: L.A. Media/Retna

· Black-light wishes and marijuana dreams: This week, Billboard pays tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, the winningest album in chart history, which has spent a huge chunk of its 33-year existence on the bright side of the top 200. According to the magazine, the album debuted at No. 95 in 1973 — and stayed on straight through July 1988, only to return later with another 759 consecutive weeks. That means that the eternal rainbow-triangle-fractal beats out Bob Marley’s Legend, the second-place contestent, by a wide margin. Say what you want about artistic merit, but at 40 million sold and counting, Money, it is a gas…

· Getting a well-deserved break: Franz Ferdinand. The Scottish road dogs are finally taking several months off at the end of the summer, following an extensive U.S. tour with Death Cab for Cutie and various recording gigs. ”We have been on the road or in the studio continuously for three years,” singer Alex Kapranos told NME magazine, ”and I think everyone needs to spend some time with their wives or their girlfriends and live a bit of ordinary life again.”

· Those who missed their chance at Guns N’ Roses’ May dates in NYC, get thee to a passport center. Axl and band have just revealed that they’ll be opening two shows for the Rolling Stones — in Nurnberg on July 10 at Frankenstadion, and in Leipzig on July 12 at Zentralstadion. Look it up in your atlas; we don’t know, either. Also playing pebble to the Stones: Brit rock acts Kasabian (in Zurich and Nice), the Kaiser Chiefs (Croatia), and the Charlatans (London, Glasgow).

· The death of Death Row? The label’s chief, Marion ”Suge” Knight, says he’s completely broke, with only $11 in his Washington Mutual checking account as well as $25,000 worth of ”personal jewelry,” $1,000 worth of clothes, and $2,000 worth of furniture, according to New York’s Daily News. His debts? They total $137.4 million — including $11.3 million in federal income tax. Declaring bankruptcy will also clear him of paying his former business partner Lydia Harris the $107 million the courts have declared is rightfully hers, as a 50 percent stake in the label that she helped found in 1989. As for Vanilla Ice, alleged Knight assault victim: probably not wasting any tears on Suge’s plight.

· Poor M.I.A.; it’s hard to tell if it’s the singer’s Sri Lankan background, radical(ish) politics, or simply bad timing, but recent rants on her MySpace journal state that plans to record a follow-up to her blogger-beloved 2005 debut, Arular, in the U.S. have been thwarted by the government, which has refused to grant her extended entry. Apparently, though, she’s plenty good enough for that American Everyman’s car, the Honda Civic, which prominently uses her song ”Galang” in its current ad campaign.

· Just Like Honey: Sweet news for Jesus and Mary Chain fans — Rhino Records is releasing five of the seminal Brits’

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