British sensation Robbie Williams is facing a lawsuit from American folk legend Woody Guthrie's copyright holders. According to New York-based Ludlow Music Inc., Williams should have credited Guthrie, who died in 1967, for music and lyrics on "Jesus in a Camper Van," a track that appears on Williams's first U.S. album, "The Ego Has Landed," released earlier this month on Capitol. British music magazine NME reports that the song takes lyrics from Guthrie's "New York Town," which was adapted by Loudon Wainwright III on his 1974 song "I Am the Way." Wainwright is credited on Williams's record, but Guthrie isn't. Ludlow Music's Larry Richmond told NME: "Robbie Williams, or whatever his name is, has appropriated that recording, that copyright, and he has written a new song based on it. That's the focus of the dispute." Richmond also said that his lawyers will try to stop sales of the track, which originally appeared on Williams's British release "I've Been Expecting You" . . .
Singer Duncan Sheik will be visiting Albania this week. Acting under the aegis of the group Warchild USA, Sheik will hand out guitars and percussion instruments to children in refugee camps. He'll also be on the lookout for adult musicians in the camps, reports MTV News, and if all goes well, he'll try to stage a concert at week's end . . .
Along with Pearl Jam's version of "Last Kiss," Epic Records' "No Boundaries" album, which benefits international aid organizations working with Kosovo refugees, includes a Butch Vig remix of Korn's "Freak on a Leash" and live versions of Neil Young's "War of Man," the Indigo Girls' "Go," Alanis Morissette's "Baba," Sarah McLachlan's "Mary" and an acoustic version of Bush's "Come Down."