Hibernating jam-band juggernaut Phish and Elektra Records will kick off the Live Phish series of CD releases Sept. 18 with the release of five full concerts on a total of 14 discs. A sixth show will follow in early October. As previously reported, the group was planning to simultaneously release six live albums, but production issues delayed the last of the batch.
The U.K. edition of the Tibetan Freedom Concert, scheduled for Sept. 15 at London's Brockwell Park, has been postponed due to "unexpected scheduling complications and logistical issues," according to organizers. The show was set to feature the first live performance in more than two years from event founders the Beastie Boys, plus performances by Joe Strummer, Pulp, and Morcheeba.
Country singer Terri Clark lost her license to drive for a year and got six months probation yesterday (Aug. 9) after pleading guilty to reckless driving in Nashville. The probation was part of a plea bargain to reduce the charge from drunken driving. Her license was suspended because she refused to take a blood-alcohol test.
Country trio the Dixie Chicks have signed on to headline the inaugural Texas Twilight Gala to benefit pediatric AIDS charities. The group will perform an acoustic set with the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Sept. 15 invitation-only event at the Austin (Texas) Music Hall. Shawn Colvin and Terry Hendrix are also slated to perform.
Lenny Kravitz has settled on his first name as the title for his sixth Virgin album. "Lenny," due Oct. 23, was produced primarily by the artist. First single "If I Could Fall In Love" is due to hit radio by the end of the month. It's Kravitz' first album of new material since 1999's "5," which peaked at No. 28 on The Billboard 200 and featured the single "Fly Away," which hit No. 12 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Virgin has bumped the release of "Glitter," Mariah Carey's debut album for the label, to Sept. 11. The move comes just a few days after Twentieth Century Fox pushed back the U.S. opening of the film "Glitter," which features Carey in her first starring role, to Sept. 21.
In a sign that Napster is moving closer to relaunching its service, the company's servers were operating for a brief time on Wednesday for testing purposes, Billboard Bulletin reports. Napster plans to debut a fee-based version of its file-swapping technology later this summer.
A handful of front row tickets to second leg shows on matchbox twenty's ongoing U.S. tour have been donated by the band to VH1 Save the Music and Musicians on Call. Each organization will auction the tickets via the VH1 Web site to raise funds for their programs.
During the late '90s, Ben Folds Five established itself as a purveyor of intelligent, piano-based pop on the strength of singles like "Song for the Dumped" and "Brick." Now, founder Ben Folds explores poignant, sarcastic, and sometimes humorous themes on his own via "Rockin' the Suburbs," due Sept. 11 via 550 Music/Epic.
LL Cool J, Ludacris, Nas, Erick Sermon, Joe, and India.Arie are among the artists represented on "The Goodlife," a 19-track compilation album that marks the first release from Universal's joint venture with sportswear company FUBU's FUBU Records. Other artists appearing on the set, due Sept. 11, include Dawn Robinson, Beenie Man, Supercat, Mr. Cheeks, Keith Murray, Nate Dogg, and Drunken Master.
Dan Tyminski -- a member of Alison Krauss' band Union Station who did the singing for George Clooney in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- leads the list of nominees for this year's International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards with 10 nominations. Tyminski is up for best male vocalist and guitarist, and the Dan Tyminski Band is up for the emerging artist honor. Tyminski's other nominations included three for best song, including one for "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" from the "O Brother" set.