Artists from various genres of music turned out last night (Oct. 28) for the first of a series of benefit concerts for the newly formed Artists Empowerment Coalition (AEC). Held at New York's Beacon Theater, the show featured performances from Hezekiah Walker, Najee, Montell Jordan, Naughty By Nature, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Faith Evans, and DMX.
Veteran synth-dance-pop group Erasure will release an album of covers Jan. 28 via Mute North America. Dubbed "Other People's Songs," the duo's 12-track set features songs by Peter Gabriel, Buddy Holly, and the Righteous Brothers, among others.
Veteran rap act Cypress Hill has scheduled its fifth annual Smoke Out event for Nov. 23 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The notoriously pro-marijuana group will be joined by a long list of fellow hip-hop artists and hard rock acts, including Snoop Dogg, Mudvayne, Kool Keith, Redman, the Circle Jerks, Everlast, and Taproot.
There was great news for Foo Fighters but disappointment for Justin Timberlake as the new U.K. charts were unveiled yesterday (Oct. 27). Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters went straight to No. 1 with their new RCA album "One By One." But Timberlake's solo debut single for Jive, "Like I Love You," entered at No. 2, unable to remove "Dilemma" by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland (Universal) from the top.
The previously unreleased Aaliyah ballad "Miss You" is available as of today (Oct. 28) for streaming from AOL's First Listen program. The track will be included on a collection of new and archival cuts from the late artist, "I Care 4 U," due Dec. 10 from Blackground. A portion of proceeds from the set, the track list for which is expected to be imminently unveiled, will go to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund.
The mother of pop singer Bjork says she is frail but determined to continue her hunger strike against a plan to develop the Icelandic highlands. Hildur Runa Hauksdottir stopped eating Oct. 7 to try to persuade Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Inc. to pull out of the plan to build an aluminum smelter and hydroelectric plant in the wilderness area.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney said yesterday (Oct. 27) that he will postpone the final and biggest concert of his current world tour out of respect for the victims of the Bali bomb blasts. The artist's only Australian show was slated for Nov. 23 in Melbourne in front of more than 30,000 fans, and was to be his first date on the continent in more than a decade.
Jay-Z apparently believes in the adage "You're only as good as your last hit." For his eighth Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam set, "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse" (due Nov. 12), the Brooklyn, N.Y., MC has crafted a sequel of sorts to 2001's Grammy Award-nominated "The Blueprint."
2001 - Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald runs in the 26th annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. McDonald raises over $1,000 in pledge money for patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.