Former Pavement principals Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg are keeping busy as fall approaches, Malkmus with a fresh round of tour dates in support of his self-titled Matador solo debut, and Kannberg with the debut Matador set by his new band, Preston School of Industry.
Mariah Carey will sit for her first interview since suffering an emotional breakdown with ABC News' Barbara Walters. The interview is scheduled to air Sept. 12 on "20/20" at 10 p.m. ET. Carey was last interviewed by Walters after her divorce from Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola in November 1998.
Professor Griff has something to say. And Public Enemy's Minister of Information goes on record Sept. 11 with "And the Word Became Flesh" (The Right Stuff/EMI), his first new solo project since 1998's "Blood of the Profit." The 24-track, four-skit set represents 15 years of previously recorded poetry from his four earlier solo albums, as well as his work with PE.
The California State Senate will hold a hearing Sept. 5 in Sacramento, Calif., to begin investigation of the so-called "Seven-Year Statute," Billboard Bulletin reports. Don Henley and Courtney Love are expected to testify at the hearing, which will be held by the newly formed Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry. The committee is chaired by state Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Los Angeles), a former music agent at the William Morris Agency.
The seventh volume in the hits compilation series "NOW! That's What I Call Music" (EMI/Universal/Sony/Zomba/Virgin) easily holds onto No. 1 on for a third straight week on The Billboard 200. Despite a sales decline of 29% to 279,000 copies, according to SoundScan, the set has no trouble fending off a challenge from Alicia Keys' "Songs in A Minor" (J Records), which rebounds 6-2 on the chart.
Rapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possessing an unmarked firearm. On Tuesday, a Norwalk, Calif., judge also ordered Hale to pay a $1,000 fine. The 32-year-old rapper had faced a felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, which was dropped as a result of the plea, said his lawyer, Mark Geragos.
Owing to a scheduling conflict requiring its members to rehearse for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, 'N Sync has pulled out of its planned appearance at a Sept. 7 Michael Jackson tribute concert in New York.
U.K. electronic duo Basement Jaxx has unveiled plans for a fall North American tour, kicking off Sept. 29 in Denver and running through an Oct. 20 performance in New York. Group principals Felix Bunton and Simon Ratcliffe will be backed a full live band, dancers, and "exciting visuals," according to a statement. The duo completed a six-date North American DJ tour last month.
Artemis Records has signed 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, the band that features actor Russell Crowe on vocals and guitar, Billboard Bulletin reports. The album "Bastard Life of Clarity," previously available outside of Australia only on the Internet, will be released Sept. 11 in the U.S. First single "Sail Those Same Oceans" has shipped to triple-A radio.
Glammed-up metal act Dope will return with its sophomore set, "Life," on Oct. 30 via Flip/Epic. For fans who need a Dope fix sooner, the album will be preceded by the single "Now or Never," which should start popping up on radio in mid-September.
Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrell and his actress wife, Leighanne, have launched their own music label and production company, Brileigh Prods., in association with Insight Entertainment Group, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leighanne Littrell told the Reporter that the company plans to focus on the label division to start, with the hopes of developing and signing two or three artists during the first year. The Littrells are looking to produce film and television projects by the end of next year.
Severe bronchitis has forced rock singer Stevie Nicks to postpone concerts last night (Aug. 21) and tonight at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The former Fleetwood Mac singer experienced some respiratory problems last month as she embarked on the tour in support of her latest Reprise album "Trouble in Shangri-La Tour," according to her spokesperson.
Plans to rename a Springfield, Mass., city street in honor of blues musician and former resident Taj Mahal have run into a dead end. Following objections from people who live on Monroe Street, city councilors on Monday night decided instead to add a plaque to the street instead of changing its name to Taj Mahal Way.