Atlanta rapper Cee-Lo, a founding member of veteran hip-hop group Goodie Mob and contributor to southern rap supergroup Dungeon Family, will release his debut solo album, "Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections," April 2 via Arista. Cee-Lo has previously collaborated with the likes of Outkast, Common, Lauryn Hill, and Carlos Santana.
Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista Nashville) speeds to the top of The Billboard 200 after selling a potent 423,000 units -- the highest January debut in the SoundScan era -- and bounces Creed's "Weathered" (Wind-Up) to No. 2 after eight weeks at the top. "Drive," which also opens at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, marks Jackson's best-ever showing on the charts.
With eight nominations each, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Toby McKeehan, and Rebecca St. James lead the field for the Gospel Music Association's (GMA) 33rd annual Dove Awards. Michael W. Smith earned seven nominations, while Kirk Franklin, Selah, producer Brown Bannister, newcomer Shaun Groves, and Third Day each grabbed five nods.
In a day of high-profile lobbying, Don Henley, Courtney Love, Carole King, Beck, Stevie Nicks, and Sheryl Crow, along with the Deftones, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Paul Doucette (matchbox twenty), and Dexter Holland (Offspring), met with state lawmakers yesterday (Jan. 23) in Sacramento, Calif., in the latest effort to repeal the state's "seven-year" statute. The law exempts musicians from the seven-year limit on entertainment contracts and allows record labels to sue artists for damages from undelivered albums.
Marilyn Manson, Disturbed's David Draiman, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Static-X's Wayne Static, and Orgy's Jay Gordon have been drafted to sing five tracks co-written by Korn's Jonathan Davis and multi-instrumentalist Richard Gibbs for the upcoming "Queen of the Damned" soundtrack. The Warner Bros. album is due Feb. 19; the film, starring the late Aaliyah and based on the novel by Anne Rice, arrives three days later in U.S. theaters.
Former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will release a new album in the U.K. on Feb. 18 and take part in a charity concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday (Jan. 27), both featuring special guests. The album, "The Thunderthief," is due out from Discipline Global Mobile, the label founded by King Crimson's Robert Fripp, who also plays on the album.
Despite earlier denials, Virgin Records has ended its relationship Mariah Carey. In a brief statement released today (Jan. 23), the label's EMI parent announced the multi-album contract, which would have paid the singer a reported $100 million, was amicably settled for $28 million.
Hard rock act Papa Roach has set a June 25 release date for its sophomore DreamWorks album "lovehatetragedy." Vocal tracking and mixing for the set, produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine), will be wrapped next month at O'Brien's studio in Atlanta. Preliminary song titles include "Explosive Energy Movement," "Time and Time Again," "Heart of Darkness," "Sid," "Black Clouds," "Code of Energy," "She Loves Me Not," and "Things Get Worse."
Soul vocalist Sade will on Feb. 5 release her first Epic live album, "Lovers Live," which will be followed Feb. 19 by an accompanying VHS/DVD documenting last year's tour in support of the set "Lovers Rock." Both releases were recorded at tour stops in Anaheim and Inglewood, Calif., with the VHS/DVD directed by Sophie Muller, who previously worked with Sade on the videos for "King of Sorrow" and "By Your Side." The CD and home video are due Feb. 18 internationally.
From the first verse of the first track, Kasey Chambers' sophomore set, "Barricades & Brickwalls" (due Feb. 12 from Warner Bros.), bursts with passionate songwriting and a singing voice fraught with emotion, yet tough as steel.
Pop music fans will want to pick up a copy of "Longshot," due March 26 on DVD from Spartan Home Entertainment. The film features cameo appearances by some of the biggest names in teen pop, including Britney Spears, 'N Sync, O-Town, and LFO, among others.
Sting, Dixie Chicks, LeAnn Rimes, the Band's Robbie Robertson, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have signed on for the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, set for Feb. 8 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Rita Coolidge, local groups Eclipse and the Desert String Band/Bunkhouse Orchestra, and the choristers of the Cathedral of the Madeleine will also participate.