Two former members of Destiny's Child have settled all of their lawsuits against group members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and T. Michelle Williams, and their manager, Mathew Knowles, Billboard Bulletin reports. Terms of the out-of-court settlements -- reached on the eve of trial proceedings that were set to begin July 15 -- were not disclosed.
A host of rappers have turned to science on the upcoming offering, "Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment." Due Aug. 20, the Rhino EP will feature seven tracks from the likes of Coolio, De La Soul, and Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am, among others, who are all fans of the popular Cartoon Network series "Dexter's Laboratory."
Acclaimed post-punk outfit Hot Water Music will release its second Epitaph album on Oct. 22. Titled "Caution," the Gainesville, Fla.-based quartet's 12-song disc was produced by Brian McTernan (Promise Ring, Snapcase), who also manned the studio for the group's previous set, 2000's "A Flight and a Crash." That album reached No. 49 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.
The Who's John Entwistle had cocaine in his system at the time of his June 27 death in Las Vegas, which has been ruled an accident by the Clark County (Nev.) Coroner's Office, Billboard.com has learned. The consumption of cocaine exacerbated a pre-existing condition known as ischemic heart disease, which restricts the flow of blood. Death occurred due to "lethal drug effect in setting of significant natural disease," according to the coroner.
Will it ever end? That's the question Kiss fans have been asking since the band announced back in early 2000 that it would say goodbye to the road. Since then, Kiss spent months out on various legs of its farewell tour, then disappeared from the arena scene for a while.
Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson has signed with Best Buy-affiliated Redline Entertainment and is working on his solo debut album, "New Earth Mud." The set is tentatively due later this year, but Robinson has been road-testing more than a dozen new songs, including "Katie Dear," "Mint Tea," "Untangle My Mind," and "Safe in the Arms of Love," at concerts in North America and Europe.
Music attorney Don Engel, speaking on behalf of artists yesterday (July 23) at a California Senate Committee music business hearing in Sacramento, described record industry accounting practices as "intentionally fraudulent," and compared the practices to those of Enron and WorldCom.
With five nominations, including best R&B/soul or rap new artist for her single "Foolish," Ashanti leads the field for this year's Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. The late Aaliyah earned four nominations, followed by another newcomer, Alicia Keys, with three for the eighth annual honors, which will take place Aug. 24 at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Auditorium.
A new tune about so-called "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh by Nashville singer/songwriter Steve Earle has kicked up a fight between critics who feel he's unpatriotic and defenders who consider him provocative.