When Americans want a dose of mainstream rock that favors sentimentality, melodic and tuneful songs, it seems as though there's little choice but to look to across the Atlantic to such lamb-like U.K. acts as Coldplay and Travis for satisfaction. But that was before Birmingham, Ala.'s Remy Zero dropped onto the pop landscape with its soaring, impressively catchy single "Save Me," which serves as the theme music for the hit WB-TV series "Smallville."
R.E.M. and No Doubt will perform at the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Love Rocks: Celebrating the Biggest Hearts in Entertainment benefit concert, which will honor U2 frontman Bono for his years of philanthropic work. The event, to be held on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, will be hosted by comedian Drew Carey and will also feature appearances by comedians Ray Romano and Kevin Nealon. Other guests will be announced shortly.
Destiny's Child has gathered 14 remixes and alternate versions of its songs for "This Is the Remix," due March 12 from Columbia. The set features previously released remixes of such hits as "Bootylicious" (remixed by Rockwilder), "Say My Name" (remixed by Timbaland), "No, No, No Part 2" and "Bug a Boo" (both featuring Wyclef Jean), and "Emotion" (remixed by the Neptunes).
Alicia Keys is nominated in three categories for Holland's Edison Music Awards, to be held Feb. 27 at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall. Keys is up for best international newcomer, best R&B/hip-hop artist, and best international female. Candidates for best Dutch group are Johan, Postmen, and Kane; up for best international group are Destiny's Child, Live, and Radiohead. Lifetime achievement awards will be presented to Simple Minds and Rob de Nijs. Performers will include Shakira and Jewel.
The Dave Matthews Band and Nelly are among the latest acts confirmed to perform during the 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremonies later this month. Also joining previously announced performers U2 and Alicia Keys will be a tribute to Mercury's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack by Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Gillian Welch, and the Soggy Bottom Boys (Dan Tyminski and Pat Enright). Nelly will join 'N Sync for the latter's "Girlfriend."
The seven-year career of idiosyncratic jazz-pop quartet Soul Coughing will be surveyed on "Lust in Phaze," due March 19 from Rhino. The set will contain 20 songs culled from the group's three Slash/Warner records -- 1994's "Ruby Vroom," 1996's "Irresistible Bliss," and 1998's "El Oso" -- plus scattered rarities including a live version of "Casiotone Nation," a Propellerheads radio edit of "Super Bon Bon," and the non-album track "Buddha Rhubarb Butter."
Lucky Kid Rock fans in four U.S. cities will be treated to the often awe-inspiring presence of comedy rock act Tenacious D. The duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass have signed on to open shows in Indianapolis (March 22), Louisville, Ky. (March 23), Kansas City, Mo. (March 28), and St. Louis, Mo. (March 29) on Rock's forthcoming North American tour.
Chart-topping rapper Eminem is nearly finished with his third Interscope album, "The Eminem Show." The set, co-produced by the artist with Dr. Dre, is the follow-up to 2000's "The Marshall Mathers LP," which has been certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales of 8 million units. "The Eminem Show" is due sometime in April.
Heavy metal-leaning punk quartet the Donnas has signed a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records, which is planning to release the group's fifth album this summer. The band has recorded three albums for Berkeley, Calif.-based independent Lookout! Records, including last year's "Turn 21," which hit No. 17 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and has sold about 34,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter has agreed to enter a counseling program and perform community service to resolve a misdemeanor charge stemming from a nightclub brawl in Tampa, Fla. After the 22-year-old performer completes the misdemeanor intervention program and his community service, the charge of resisting/opposing a law enforcement officer without violence will be dropped, prosecutor Pam Bondi said Friday.
Fresh from his pre-game Super Bowl XXXVI performance, Paul McCartney has announced an April North American tour, with a European run to follow in May. The trek, which will be McCartney's first since 1993, comes in support of the former Beatle's latest solo album, "Driving Rain" (Apple/Capitol). The North American leg of the tour will begin in early April in California, and wrap at the end of the month in New York, encompassing 14 shows in the U.S. and one in Canada.