Uncle Kracker will begin touring in earnest later this week. The retro-leaning artist played one show in Las Vegas over the weekend, but will kick the tour into gear with a show Thursday (July 17) in Milwaukee.
As expected, hip-hop imprint Ruff Ryders has signed a worldwide joint venture with Virgin Records, for new artists and future compilations. Past Ruff Ryders artists such as Eve, the Lox, Jadakiss and Styles will remain on Interscope Records, while DMX will remain on Island Def Jam.
Composer Philip Glass, opera vocalist Jessye Norman, experimental jazz act Kronos Quartet and Native American flautist R. Carlos Nakai are among the acts slated to perform at a Sept. 21 charity event at the Lincoln Center in New York.
Rancid, Simple Plan, the Used, Less Than Jake, the Ataris and other acts on the 2003 Warped Tour will appear in "Punk Rock Holocaust," a feature-length slasher flick being filmed on this summer's tour. The movie went into production June 19 at the opening date of the Warped Tour in Nampa, Idaho. "Punk Rock Holocaust" is being directed by 23 year-old Doug Sakmann.
Legendary jazz pioneer and big band leader Benny Carter, who helped break Hollywood's bar to black composers, died Saturday at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Carter, who was one of the first black composers and arrangers to work on mainstream Hollywood films, had been hospitalized for about two weeks, complaining of bronchitis and fatigue.
Australian singer/actor Delta Goodrem was hospitalized Friday in Sydney after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a treatable form of lymphatic cancer. The 18-year-old Sony Music artist has had a hectic schedule promoting her new Epic album, "Innocent Eyes," which is currently No. 1 in Australia, and bowed last week on the U.K. album chart at No. 2.