The Dualtone Music Group's Johnny Cash tribute album, "Dressed in Black," has been completed, with contributions from the likes of Hank Williams III, Rodney Crowell, the Mavericks' Raul Malo, Rosie Flores, Rev. Horton Heat, and Robbie Fulks, among others. Due Sept. 10, the set was co-produced by BR5-49's Chuck Mead and longtime Cash band member Dave Roe, who play acoustic guitar and standup bass, respectively, on all 18-tracks.
Veteran heavy metal outfit Judas Priest is planning a summer North American tour to coincide with the July 23 release of a concert DVD, "Live in London," via SPV USA. The tour will kick off July 5 in Toledo, Ohio, and confirmed dates run through Aug. 21 in San Francisco.
Former Verve bassist Simon Jones and guitarist Simon Tong have resurfaced in the band the Shining, which will release its Epic debut, "True Skies," this fall in North America. The Shining will play its first North American live shows July 8 in New York and July 11 in Los Angeles. The band's lineup is rounded out by vocalist Duncan Baxter, guitarist Dan MacBean, and drummer Mark Heaney.
Boasts abound on rapper/actor Will Smith's "Born To Reign," due June 25 via Columbia, but none so strong as on the set's opening title track. Set to an ominous beat, the song clocks in at just 1:51 and finds Smith lecturing the rap community on his choice of the path of righteousness vs. the perils of the thug life lyrics and lifestyles that have become commonplace in music.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), and rights management organization Harry Fox Agency have reached an out-of-court settlement on a copyright-infringement suit filed last month against online file swapping network Audiogalaxy.com, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Surviving members of the Grateful Dead are keeping alive plans for a reunion this summer, now that concert promoter Clear Channel Entertainment has appealed a Walworth County (Wisc.) highway committee's decision last week to deny it a permit for two August shows at East Troy's Alpine Valley Theatre.
A cross-country road trip by five youths with video cameras is serving as the launch pad for a combination film and star-studded hip-hop compilation, "One Big Trip," due Aug. 13 release on double-sided DVD/CD via Deconstruction Company/Hiero Imperium Records.
Pianist George Winston will release an album of Doors covers, "Night Divides the Day," Oct. 8 via Windham Hill. The 13-track album runs the gamut from familiar cuts such as "People Are Strange" and "Light My Fire" to lesser-known fare such as "Love Street" and "Spanish Caravan."
Britney Spears is ready to put her film career in the fast lane as a rumored Spears-NASCAR project has officially been given a green light. The superstar singer and her newly named production company, Britney Spears Productions (BSP), have closed an agreement with NASCAR to develop and produce a dramatic ensemble film set in the auto racing world.
Mick Jagger, the rock'n'roll rebel and former scourge of the British establishment, said Saturday he was delighted with his latest accolade -- a knighthood for his services to music. The 58-year-old artist, who was the bad boy of rock in the 1960s and 1970s, was one of several artists to win honors announced Saturday.
Although Nickelback and lead singer Chad Kroeger led the field with 12 nominations, the group was far from the biggest winner at the 2002 MuchMusic Video Awards were presented last night (June 16) in Toronto.