Rock/rap bad boy Kid Rock will launch a U.S. tour next month in support of his latest Lava/Atlantic album, "Cocky." While the only confirmed dates so far are the Feb. 22 opener in Saginaw, Mich., and a Feb. 24 show in Toledo, Ohio, the trek is expected to last into May, and a summer tour is also in the works. Another 30 cities and venues have been announced, but exact dates and on sale information for those, as well as for additional stops, has not yet been finalized.
Brooklyn, N.Y. duo They Might Be Giants, coming off a rejuvenating year that saw the release of their seventh full-length album, "Mink Car" (Restless), and a holiday EP, as well as extensive touring, are planning even more activity for 2002.
U.K. modern rock act Bush will launch a U.S. club and theater tour Feb. 28 at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium. The jaunt, which comes in support of last year's Atlantic album "Golden State," is set to end April 2 at the Warfield in San Francisco. No opening act has been named.
Creed's "Weathered" has joined 'N Sync's "No Strings Attached" (Jive) and Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" (Web/AftermathInterscope) as the only albums in the SoundScan era that have held No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for their first eight weeks of release. "Weathered" suffers a 17% sales dip to 138,000 units, but has no trouble holding off Linkin Park's "[Hybrid Theory]" (Warner Bros.), which is No. 2 for a third week in a row.
Irish modern rock act the Cranberries will begin an extensive world tour Feb. 17 in Copenhagen. The trek, in support of last year's MCA set "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee," will play European locales through an April 29 date in Montpellier, France, and will hit North America shortly thereafter.
Dido had her nomination for a best British newcomer award revoked yesterday (Jan. 16), after officials realized she isn't that new after all. The singer, who rose to stardom after rapper Eminem chose her song "Thank You" as the backing track to his worldwide hit "Stan," was...
Ozzy Osbourne and his family will be the focus of a new MTV reality series, "The Osbournes," set to debut March 5. The weekly show will follow the family -- including his wife/manager, Sharon, and teenage children Jack and Kelly -- for six months. The Osbournes gave MTV virtually unlimited access into their lives, as cameras followed them around wherever they went.
Influential British post-punk act the Psychedelic Furs will see its first three studio albums repackaged in expanded editions on March 5 via Columbia/Legacy. Featuring restored packaging and artwork from the original U.K. versions, "The Psychedelic Furs," "Talk Talk Talk" and "Forever Now" will each contain a number of bonus tracks and, at minimum, one previously unreleased song.
Tracks from a diverse roster of artists, including Moby, Dido, Sade, Charlotte Church, the late Eva Cassidy, and Maxwell, will be found on "The Classic Chillout Album," due March 26 from Epic. The collection is intended as the first in a series of "ambient" releases, similar to two double-disc albums of the same name issued by Sony Music U.K. last fall.
Creed, P.O.D., Godsmack, System Of A Down, Nickelback, Sevendust, and Mushroomhead are among the acts that have contributed new tracks to Universal's "Music From and Inspired by 'The Scorpion King'," due March 26 from Universal. The film, the third in the series of "The Mummy" films, stars wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Kelly Hu. It opens April 19 in U.S. theaters.
As first reported here in November, Dave Matthews Band will return to arenas and amphitheaters for its spring North American tour, which kicks off April 4 in Washington, D.C., and concludes May 24 in Vancouver. The shows will feature as-yet-unconfirmed opening acts. "We've been in the stadiums for a while, and now we've made a conscious decision to downsize and make it easier on everybody," the band's manager Coran Capshaw told Billboard in November.
U.K.-based animated act Gorillaz will release the B-sides/rarities album "G-Sides" Feb. 26 via Virgin. The nine-track set includes the new songs "Faust" and "The Sounder;" remixes of "19-2000" (one each by Soulchild and Wiseguys/House Of Wisdom remix) and "Clint Eastwood" (Phi Life Cypher remix) from the group's eponymous debut; the B-sides "Ghost Train," "Hip Albatross," and "12D3;" and videos for "Tomorrow Comes Today" and "Rock the House."