Brotherly pop band Hanson, which parted ways with Island Def Jam earlier this year, has set a summer North American acoustic tour. At the shows, the group will unveil a number of songs slated for its as-yet-untitled fourth album.
LL Cool J has renewed his contract with Def Jam, the label where the rapper has spent his entire career. "I have been with Def Jam from the very beginning and am proud to be a part of their ongoing growth and success," the artist said in a statement. "Together, we paved the way for an entire hip-hop community and I am blessed to continue to call Def Jam my home."
Rock outfit A Perfect Circle will return Sept. 16 with its sophomore Virgin album, "Thirteenth Step." As previously reported, the set is the band's first with new bassist Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson), formerly known as Twiggy Ramirez.
Alan Jackson's forthcoming "Greatest Hits Volume II" will feature 16 favorites by the artist, two new songs and a bonus disc with eight additional tracks. Due Aug. 12 via Arista Nashville, the set boasts the Jackson/Jimmy Buffett duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," currently No. 7 in its seventh week on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Aretha Franklin, Michael McDonald and James Ingram are set to perform on the two-hour NBC-TV special "McCormick Presents Burt Bacharach Tribute on Ice," which will air Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. ET/PT. Bacharach will also perform at the event, which will be taped Sept. 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
August will find the Sundance Channel spotlighting the artists and labels leading the new wave of American roots music. The four-part series "Keeping Time: New Music from America's Roots" will premiere Aug. 7.
As first tipped here in May, comedy/rock duo Tenacious D has compiled its short-lived HBO series, music videos, short films, a 90-minute concert from London's Brixton Academy and a tour documentary for the double-DVD set "The Masterworks." The project will be released Sept. 9 by Epic.
2000 - Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls loses his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stage and into the photographers' pit. Gers is rushed to the hospital where he receives six stitches to a gash in his forehead.
About a hundred fans and friends of late soul singer Barry White celebrated the life and music of the larger-than-life icon in a Los Angeles park yesterday (July 7), three days after he lost a battle with kidney disease.