Five rare tracks join the previously unreleased "Suffer Me" on matchbox twenty's "EP," due Nov. 11 via Atlantic. The release also sports five live cuts ("You're So Real," "Hand Me Down," "Long Day," "Push" and "If You're Gone") taped April 16 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
Disturbed, Taproot, Chevelle and Unloco take center stage on the upcoming Intoxication/Reprise Records release of "Music as a Weapon II," a live CD recorded on the bands' spring tour of that same name. The album will be released Nov. 18 in two versions, a CD and a CD/DVD combo set.
Blues legend B.B. King and Hungarian-born composer Gyorgy Ligeti have each been selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music to receive the prestigious 2004 Polar Music Prize. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the awards at a May 24 gala in Stockholm.
Ludacris earns his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with his third Def Jam set, "Chicken & Beer." U.S. sales of the album topped 429,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily placing it ahead of OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista), which had a two-week run at the top.
Sting has been selected as the MusiCares Person of the Year. Presented by the Recording Academy, the award acknowledges the artist's accomplishments as a musician, humanitarian and environmental activist.
Former Temptations singer Barrington Henderson yesterday (Oct. 14) sued the famous soul group, its label, Motown Records, and group founder Otis Williams for allegedly failing to pay millions of dollars in royalties owed him, his lawyer said.
New songs by Snoop Dogg, Warren G. and Westside Connection highlight the forthcoming Vybe Squad/Koch Entertainment soundtrack to the Activision video game "True Crime: Streets of L.A." The songs are featured in the game, which also makes use of vintage rap tracks by the likes of Ice-T and the D.O.C.