Pop/rock combo Sugar Ray is finalizing the details for its fifth album, "In the Pursuit of Leisure," due June 3 from Atlantic. The set will be preceded by the single "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)," which will be shipped to U.S. radio outlets next week for airplay consideration.
Tonight's (April 8) episode of "American Idol" will be centered on the theme of Billboard chart-toppers. The Fox reality show/talent contest's remaining finalists will perform songs that have reached No. 1 on the magazine's tallies, as they court viewers who will ultimately vote one of them off of the show. Results of tonight's voting will be revealed on tomorrow night's episode of the show.
Toby Keith's three wins topped the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards, held last night at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. His "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" won honors for video of the year, male video, and cocky video. The show was broadcast live on CMT and co-hosted by Keith and actress Pamela Anderson.
Interscope has entered into a deal with rapper 50 Cent's G-Unit Records. 50 Cent will sign and develop artists for release via G-Unit, the first of which will come from the rap trio of the same name, which features himself, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks. That album is expected by the end of the year.
the Smithereens, has founded Patrons & Artists Together, a boutique entertainment partnership meant to fund his recording and touring projects and reward participants with a unique music experience, as well as provide free music via the Internet. Limited to 100 subscribers at a cost of $1,200 each, the program offers CD releases that will not be available through conventional channels, private concerts, and more.
Foo Fighters frontman/rock drummer extraordinaire Dave Grohl is showing up everywhere -- his latest gig is as the drummer on the new Killing Joke album, Billboard reports in the April 12 issue. The project, which will be out in June on Sony worldwide, is tentatively titled "Axis of Evil." Produced by Gang Of Four's Andy Gill, the album is the veteran U.K. rock act's first since 1996's "Democracy."