John Lennon's solo catalogue will be made available for download this week for the first time, beginning with the new retrospective "Working Class Hero," Billboard.com reported yesterday. The bulk of Lennon's music will arrive in North America on Dec. 6 by way of as-yet-unspecified services. A handful of unnamed tracks will also be available as ring tones. "I am very happy that John's music is now available to a new generation of music fans," said the former Beatle's widow, Yoko Ono. "New technology is something he always embraced, and this is something he would have loved" . . .
Jack White wants to buy the world a Coke -- or at least sell us one. Last weekend, the White Stripes frontman told Nme.com that he wrote a song for a Coke ad based on the theme "love in a worldwide form." White added, "I've written a song and I wrote it really quickly, and it's an interesting commercial that's been made." No broadcast date for the ad has been confirmed . . .
Mana "China" Nishiura, drummer for Japanese pop-punks Shonen Knife, was killed Friday in a car crash in New Jersey. Nishiura was on tour with her other band, DMBQ, when another vehicle struck their van, causing it to spin out of control and roll down an embankment. Nishiura was pronounced dead at the scene. The van's other passengers were treated for moderate injuries at a nearby hospital and released.
-- Michael Cotterman