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Courtney Love has been sued by a management firm for allegedly failing to pay commissions for the partial sale of her share of the Nirvana publishing catalog. Love, the widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, sold a portion of the catalog last year for $19.5 million. The suit says London & Co. was hired to provide business management services to Love and was to be paid 5% of the revenue Love received. London is seeking $975,000 plus court costs.

PREtreating staind

Atlantic Records is teaming up with Amazon.com to let fans preorder Staind's upcoming album via mobile phones. Staind is the first band to take advantage of Amazon's new TextBuyIt service, which allows buyers to preorder "The Illusion of Progress" by texting the word "Staind" to a special short code. The album comes out Aug. 19.

A KILLERS DEAL

Bravado, the global merchandising arm of Universal Music Group, has entered into an agreement to manufacture and distribute merch for the Killers. "Merchandise goes hand in hand with CD sales, especially with a band this popular," Bravado CEO Tom Bennett said. Bravado also handles merch for such acts as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nickelback and Alicia Keys.

Paull's digital world

Sony BMG has tapped Michael Paull as executive vp global digital. He will be responsible for developing and executing the company's digital strategy worldwide.
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