The U.K. is heading for its next dance crossover No. 1 single, if initial sales yesterday (Aug. 6) are reflected across the entire chart week. Early data had "21 Seconds" by Relentless act So Solid Crew, a recent favorite at BBC Radio 1 and on TV outlets including The Box and Kiss TV, outselling the current chart-topper, Atomic Kitten's "Eternal Flame" (Innocent/Virgin) by three to one. Jennifer Lopez's new U.K. release "Ain't It Funny" (Epic) is in the third spot.
Hard rock act Tool, rapper Snoop Dogg, and rockers the Black Crowes are among the artists confirmed for the third edition of New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival. Set for Oct. 27 in City Park, the eclectic day-long festival will also feature performances by local favorite Better Than Ezra, as well as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Spooks, G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, John Mayer, Will Hoge, and Tuba. More artists are expected to be added.
The stain left by the red dirt that's indigenous to the South -- called "red clay" by the locals -- is nearly impossible to remove. And that's how newcomer Que Bo Gold (aka Niqua Jones) describes his music. "Red Clay," Gold's debut, is due Sept. 25 via Universal.
The Cranberries will begin a five-date U.S tour on Aug. 14 in Los Angeles to promote their forthcoming album, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee," due Oct. 23 from MCA. Tickets for the tour, a semi-acoustic trek that will hit small venues, will be primarily available through the band's official Web site, or radio station giveaways. Only an Aug. 16 date in Colorado will be onsale to the public.
Vince Gill, Richard Marx, Kenny Loggins, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Chesney, Tammy Cochran and SHeDAISY will perform Oct. 1 at Nashville's All Star Music Bash, a charitable event that will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event, to be held at the Opryland Hotel, will also include a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. Individual tickets may be purchased for $150 per person, or a table of 10 can be reserved for $2,000. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (615) 662-7917.
Nearly two weeks after Mariah Carey's emotional and physical breakdown, the studio releasing her new movie has announced that the release date has been pushed back to next month. "Glitter," which stars Carey as an aspiring pop singer, was to open Aug. 31. But 20th Century Fox said yesterday (Aug. 6) it would now open Sept. 21.
The Justice Department (DoJ) has begun an investigation into possible anti-competitive aspects of the majors' online subscription services, MusicNet and Pressplay, as part of a deeper probe into industry practices, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was released yesterday (Aug. 6) from a federal prison in Oregon after serving nearly five years behind bars. The 36-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records was released in the morning and shortly after boarded a plane for Los Angeles.
Tracks by Erykah Badu, Nelly Furtado, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Amel Larrieux featuring the Roots will be found on the "Red Star Sounds Volume I: Soul Searchin'" compilation, due Oct. 9 from Epic and Red Star, a new label created by the Heineken Foundation. Proceeds from the release will benefit VH1's "Save the Music" initiative.
Albums by a trio of R&B artists -- newcomer Alicia Keys, Sisqo, and Jagged Edge -- are at the forefront of the latest list of gold and platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Keys' debut album, "Songs in A Minor" (J Records), Sisqo's sophomore Def Soul/Def Jam set "Return of Dragon," and JE's "Jagged Little Thrill" (Columbia), were certified for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies (gold) and 1 million copies (platinum), in a first accounting for each by the RIAA.