As first tipped here yesterday (Nov. 5), Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam has moved up the release of Jay-Z's swan song, "The Black Album," from Nov. 28 to Nov. 14, due to piracy. "Due to individuals illegally distributing my album, I have no choice but to move the release date," Jay-Z said in a statement.
Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd started playing his instrument when he was 7 years old, signed his first record deal at 16 and had a hit album with "Ledbetter Heights" at 19. Hailed as one of the best players of his generation, Shepherd, now 26, hit a roadblock a few years ago: drug and alcohol abuse.
When Creem relaunches on newsstands next year, the rock magazine hopes to bring back the sarcastic wit and intelligent, observant voice that Creem CEO/publisher Robert Matheu says has been lost in much of today's national consumer music magazines.