With Roc-A-Fella flagship artist Jay-Z planning to retire after the release of his next record, his label will look to its Young Gunz to keep the flame alive. The Philadelphia-based hip-hop duo will release its debut album, "Tough Luv" on Jan. 13. The single "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" has already hit No. 10 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.
Mon Dieu! Elfin New York-born Francophile April March (aka Elinore Blake) returns with her second solo album, the highly literate and insidiously addictive "Triggers." A '60s-pop and futurism mix that seamlessly merges light and darkness, it nods to French YÉ-YÉ then goes its own way.
Gary Allan brought California cool to country music like no one since Dwight Yoakam, and while he has been consistently excellent, his dues-paying is starting to offer both commercial and artistic returns.
2001 - Mexican singer Paulina Rubio, whose languishing career made a spectacular comeback with her 2000 release, "Paulina," is the big winner at the third annual El Premio de la Gente Ritmo Latino Music Awards. Rubio wins for album of the year and best female artist of the year, while her hit "Y Yo Sigo Aqui" wins in the music video category.
When Saves The Day went into the studio to record its fourth album, the New Jersey-based quartet was working for L.A.-based independent Vagrant Records. When the album was completed, the band found itself with a crisper, fuller sound. Gone was the band's scrappy pop punk, and in its place were radio-ready guitar riffs, sunny harmonies and vocals that were sung rather than screamed. As Saves the Day soon realized, the band had recorded an album that would likely please the ears of major label executives.