Canada is known for many things, but R&B music isn't one of them. To that end, when listeners hear Remy Shand -- one of Winnipeg's native sons -- they might be taken aback. He brings his soulful sound to the U.S. on "The Way I Feel," released March 19 via Motown.
Hard rock outfit Korn has begun lining up its summer North American tour plans in support of its fifth Immortal/Epic album, "Untouchables." Dates are set to begin June 20 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., but the only venue confirmed thus far is June 23 stop at New York's Madison Square Garden.
While veteran Australian rock act INXS gears up for its first North American tour since the 1997 death of original lead singer Michael Hutchence, Rhino Records is excavating portions of the group's catalog for June 4 release, set to coincide with the tour.
Even with a new collaborative album with R. Kelly just released, Jay-Z is still mining his 2001 solo album for singles. "Song Cry" is the latest track extracted from the hip-hop star's Roc-A-fella/Def Jam album "The Blueprint." Despite no previous promotion from the label, the song has already appeared on Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles airplay chart, peaking at No. 12 in January.
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck told a London jury today (March 20) he had no recollection of his alleged drunken behavior during a trans-Atlantic flight last April. Prosecutors said he overturned a breakfast cart and scuffled with crew members. Buck, 45, said one of his last memories of the British Airways flight from Seattle to London was downing a sleeping pill with a glass of wine.
Seminal Washington, D.C.-based hardcore outfit Fugazi has lined up a 13-date U.S. tour in support of its latest Dischord album, "The Argument." The jaunt begins March 22 in Richmond, Va., and returns to the state for an April 6 finale in Harrisonburg, as part of the annual Macrock festival. In keeping with the band's insistence on all-ages shows and low ticket prices, admission for the gigs will be $6.
Alicia Keys has confirmed dates for a summer concert tour, set to begin July 2 during the annual Summerfest in Milwaukee. The new dates, which are scheduled to wrap Aug. 30 at the American Music Festival in Virginia Beach, Va., comprise the second leg of touring in support of Keys' Grammy-winning J Records debut album "Songs in A Minor."
U.K. rock experimentalists Radiohead plan to unveil "a great amount of new material" at a series of "intimate" European shows this summer, according to the Web site for its W.A.S.T.E. fan organization. So far, six shows have been confirmed, beginning July 21 in Lisbon, Portugal. W.A.S.T.E. is offering tickets beginning today (March 20); public ticket sales begin Saturday. The group is also tipped to appear at several U.K. festivals this summer.
Brooks & Dunn, Willie Nelson, and Alan Jackson are among those paying tribute to long-haired Texas trio ZZ Top on the upcoming RCA album "Sharp Dressed Men," a 15-track country homage to the veteran group. Set for an April 30 release, the 67-minute album also features contributions from such honky-tonkers as Trace Adkins, Tracy Byrd, and Dwight Yoakam.
After the March 11 launch of a world tour in support of his latest Interscope album, "Escape," in Toronto, Latin vocalist Enrique Iglesias has promised a return engagement in September. But for some who attended the initial concert, it will mark the first time they actually hear the music as intended.
The U.K. arm of Berlin-based independent label City Slang will simultaneously release two albums featuring the work of the veteran artist and former music business mogul Lee Hazlewood on June 3 in Europe. No North American release date has been finalized.