Before the scandal involving R. Kelly began to surface in February, the R&B singer's sparkling career seemed unstoppable. He had a much anticipated album with Jay-Z coming out, a hit on the charts with rapper Fat Joe, and was selected to perform his inspirational hit "The Greatest" at the opening ceremonies of this year's Winter Olympics.
Australian rock act the Vines has confirmed plans for a North American tour in support of its Capitol debut, "Highly Evolved," due July 16. The tour kicks off July 9 with an appearance on MTV and wraps Aug. 19 with a performance on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."
(Feature excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com) Although Dave Matthews says he "wasn't too rattled" by the mixed fan response to 2001's "Everyday," he's pleased that the latest Dave Matthews Band offering, "Busted Stuff" (due July 16 on RCA), returns to the more intimate, soulfully acoustic-based sound that loyalists have come to appreciate and anticipate.
Carlos Berlanga, a pop singer and composer who was a leading figure in Madrid's cultural revival after the 1975 death of longtime dictator Gen. Francisco Franco, has died at the age of 42. Berlanga died in Monteprincipe Hospital in Madrid Wednesday night after a long battle with liver disease, his family said. He had been awaiting a transplant, according to Efe, the state news agency.
Pop veteran Joe Jackson is going back on his word. Even though he had said it would never happen, he is reforming the original Joe Jackson Band to record an album and tour in celebration of next year's 25th anniversary of his debut album, "Look Sharp!"
Usher leads the field of finalists for the second annual Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The Arista artist is a contender for eight awards, including top artist, top single for "U Got It Bad," and top album for "8701." Other multiple-award finalists include Ja Rule with six, Alicia Keys and the late Aaliyah with five, and Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z with four.
Modern rock outfit Lifehouse has wrapped work on the follow-up to its double platinum DreamWorks debut, "No Name Face." The 13-track set, titled "Stanley Climbfall" and due Sept. 17, reunites Lifehouse with producer Ron Aniello and mix engineer Brendan O'Brien, both of whom were behind the boards for "No Name Face." The band has lined up a host of summer tour dates, most of which encompass performances at festivals, fairs, or amusement parks.
Label-less U.K. rock icon Morrissey will play his first live dates in two years this summer, beginning Aug. 1 in Salt Lake City. So far, only a handful of West Coast shows are set, including a three-night September stand opening for Mexican rock act Jaguares in California.
R&B star R. Kelly, freshly released from a Florida jail, reported to Chicago police today (June 7) to face child pornography charges stemming from a videotape that authorities say shows the Grammy winner having sex with an underage girl. Kelly, whose first name is Robert, was accompanied by defense attorney Edward Genson when he walked into the Cook County (Ill.) Criminal Courts Building shortly after 9 a.m.
R&B star R. Kelly, jailed overnight on child pornography charges, appeared in a Barstow, Fla., court today (June 6), where a judge set bail at $750,000 and forbade him to have contact with minors not related to him. Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography yesterday and later arrested near a house he rents in Davenport, about 35 miles southwest of Orlando. It was not clear when Kelly would be returned to Chicago to face the charges.