During the two years that have passed since the breakup of Soul Coughing, the band's former frontman Mike Doughty tells Billboard.com he is seeing a whole new side of the music business as he navigates the waters of a solo career. Indeed, money continues to roll in from sales of his Internet-only 1996 album "Skittish," recorded when Soul Coughing was still active.
Interpol, the Datsuns, the Polyphonic Spree, and the Thrills have signed on for U.K. music magazine NME's Awards Tour 2003, kicking off Jan. 24 in Dublin and wrapping Feb. 9 in London. The final show coincides with NME's annual Carling Awards, set to be handed out Feb. 13 in London.
2000 - Due to the throat troubles of their frontmen, Chino Moreno and Fred Durst, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, respectively, cancel separate shows north of the U.S. border. Deftones were to play to several thousand fans at the Aberdeen Pavillion in Ottawa, while Durst et al were to rock Vancouver with its Anger Management Tour.
Billy Corgan's post-Smashing Pumpkins group Zwan has signed to Reprise and will release its debut album in late January or early February, a spokesperson confirms. The group features Corgan on guitar and vocals, former Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-Slint guitarist David Pajo, and bassist Paz Lenchantin, previously a member of A Perfect Circle.
Justin Timberlake and Faith Hill have been added to the performance lineup for the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, joining previously announced performers Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd. The event will air Dec. 9 on Fox live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" commands Billboard's Hot 100 for a third-straight week, as the rapper rides high in the worlds of both music and movies. His first major feature film, "8 Mile," is No. 1 at the U.S. box office, and its accompanying Shady/Interscope album, on which "Lose Yourself" appears, has became the first soundtrack to lead The Billboard 200 through its first two weeks of release
Pressplay, the digital music service from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, has inked a content licensing deal with Warner Music Group, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pact gives Pressplay content from all five major labels. The only other subscription service to feature content from all five is Listen.com's Rhapsody.
Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson took the witness stand yesterday (Nov. 13) in a California courtroom in a $21 million lawsuit by his longtime promoter that accuses the singer of backing out of two millennium concerts.
Eminem topped the fan-voted MTV Europe Music Awards Thursday night (Nov. 14) at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi, with three honors. The rapper/actor took trophies for best album for his Shady/Interscope set "The Eminem Show," best hip-hop artist, and best male, the latter delivered by actor Pierce Brosnan.