Next week, Arista will release "Ultimate Dance Party: The Best Of!!," a 19-track collection of high-energy club favorites, most of which have graced the past four volumes of the label's "Ultimate Dance Party" compilation series. Due June 18, the set also boasts six tracks that have not been included in the series to date from the likes of Whitney Houston, Expose, Snap!, Monica, LFO, and Dream.
Aerosmith's double-disc career retrospective finally has a name -- "O, Yeah! -- Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" -- but the album's release date has been pushed back a week to July 2. Meanwhile, the group has added a handful of dates to its summer tour with Kid Rock and Run-DMC.
Two musicians have filed a lawsuit against Britney Spears, claiming that a couple of songs on her multiplatinum second Jive album, "Oops! ... I Did It Again," were based on a tune they wrote. Philadelphia songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski claim in the lawsuit that they authored, recorded, and copyrighted a song called "What You See Is What You Get" in late 1999 and submitted it to one of Spears' representatives for consideration on a future album.
The White House is planning a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The National Symphony Orchestra and as-yet-undetermined artists will perform for two hours at the Kennedy Center on Sept. 9, and the event will be televised two days later.
Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) civil-rights organization is planning a summit meeting early next month to establish a "dialog" between labels and advocates for recording artists, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Will Young and Eminem kept hold of the No. 1 positions on the U.K. singles and album charts yesterday (June 9). Young's "Light My Fire" (S/RCA) became Britain's favorite single for a second week, as Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor) held at No. 2 and the rapper's "The Eminem Show" started a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 album.
Stalwart rock act Aerosmith's classic Columbia album "Toys in the Attic" has been certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Featuring the Boston-based band's immortal tracks "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way," the set has shipped 8 million copies to U.S. retailers since its April 1975 release
A recording of the Golden Jubilee rock concert, held last week at London's Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 50 years on the throne, will go on sale later this month to raise money for charity. The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) said "The Party at the Palace" album, featuring such artists as Queen's Brian May, Rod Stewart, and Paul McCartney, will be available beginning June 24. No North American release plans have yet been finalized.
Paul McCartney kissed his fiancee, Heather Mills, and handed her a red rose today (June 10) to the cheers of hundreds of fans gathered outside the remote 17th century Irish castle where they are set to wed.