Usher, Eve, Busta Rhymes, Donell Jones, Tweet, and newcomer Sharissa are among the imported headliners set for Ocho Rios, Jamaica's fourth annual Sashi Experience festival. To be held Aug. 25, the event will also feature Jamaican musicians Super Cat, Bling Dawg, T.O.K., Dawn Penn, Major Damage, and the John Shop Family performing on Ocho Rios' James Bond Beach.
Pioneering U.K. electronica duo Underworld has set a Sept. 23 international release date for its latest album, "A Hundred Days Off." The set is due a day later in North America via V2 and will be preceded on Sept. 2 by first single "Two Months Off." The album is the group's first since the departure of DJ Darren Emerson, whose debut album as a solo artist is expected later this year.
Bobby Brown is resting at his New Jersey home after being released from a Virginia hospital for treatment of an infection, a family spokesperson said. The 33-year-old singer was traveling through the state with his wife, Whitney Houston, in their tour bus when they stopped at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg last week.
Columbia has set an Aug. 6 DVD release for trumpeter Chris Botti's "Night Sessions: Live in Concert." The DVD is drawn from a November 2001 concert at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre and features guest appearances by Shawn Colvin and Sting, in whose band Botti previously played. The live band also features bassists Jimmy Johnson and Christian McBride, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Abe Laboriel, Jr., and pianist Billy Childs.
During downtime between Slipknot tours and albums, vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarist Jim Root, and drummer Joey Jordison have returned to a pair of long-festering side projects. Taylor and Root are working with their pre-Slipknot act Stone Sour, while Jordison has dropped the drums to play guitar in Murderdolls. Both will release debut albums this summer via Slipknot's label, Roadrunner.
Performance art troupe Blue Man Group is plunging headfirst into the rock world for its upcoming stint on the Area2 tour, scaling back its theatrics and putting more emphasis on the musical aspect of its show.
D'Angelo, Common, Dead Prez, Blackalicious, and Macy Gray are among the artists who have contributed to the latest edition in the Red Hot charity album series, "Red Hot + RIOT!," due Oct. 16 from MCA. The set salutes late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, with proceeds benefiting Red Hot's various AIDS-related fundraising efforts, particularly in Africa. Kuti died of AIDS-related causes in 1997.