U2's new album, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," isn't due in stores for another two weeks, but pirated versions have already hit the Internet, raising questions about whether the group will decide to bump up the release date. A spokeswoman for the band said Monday that the group was aware of the illicit copies but that no decision had been made to change the official release date, Nov. 23 . . .
In New Jersey, what The Boss says, goes. When Bruce Springsteen signaled his displeasure over plans to name an Asbury Park condo project The Rising -- the same name as his Grammy-winning album and song -- the project's developers immediately agreed to change the name. In a letter to a local weekly, the rocker wrote: "I respectfully ask the city fathers and developers to place both my and my song's names out of the running for any new buildings, streets, hot-dog stands (well, maybe hot-dog stands) as the city moves toward its exciting future" . . .
Toby Keith will become the first country artist to perform on the Internet performance series AOL Music Live when his concert streams tonight at 9 from The Factory in Franklin, 20 miles south of Nashville. The AOL Music Live series has previously featured Nelly, Usher, Avril Lavigne and Rod Stewart.
-- Compiled by K. Wilcox
from Web and wire reports
of U2, whose CD is being pirated before its official release.