U.K. rock veteran Paul Weller is in the midst of a busy round of activity in the lead-up to the British release of a live set containing material from throughout his career, which now spans 24 years of almost constant chart residence. "Days of Speed," an 18-track album recorded on a global tour which has been ongoing since February, is due Oct. 8 on Independiente in the U.K., and includes songs from the Jam, the Style Council, and Weller's solo career.
Sugar Ray, Korn, Dr. Dre, Metallica, Eminem, and matchbox twenty are among the more than 30 artists that are teaming with Hollywood, Calif.-based XingMail Inc. to offer their fans artist-branded E-mail addresses, Billboard Bulletin reports. Other artists offering the service via their official Web sites include Uncle Kracker, Willa Ford, Ruff Ryders, Rob Zombie, Randy Travis, Motley Crue, and Disturbed.
R&B star Faith Evans will release her third solo album, "Faithfully," Nov. 6 via Bad Boy/Arista. Executive produced by Bad Boy founder Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Evans, and Todd Russaw, the album will be led by the M.A. Saulsbury-produced single "You Gets No Love." A supporting video clip directed by Chris Robinson was recently shot in Los Angeles.
Label-less Chicago rock outfit Wilco is allowing visitors to its official Web site to listen to a streaming version of its unreleased fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," in its entirety. In addition, the group has decided to go ahead with its planned U.S. tour, despite the recent terrorist attacks. The 13-date trek begins Friday (Sept. 21) in Dallas.
While Britney Spears is planning to raise money for the children of victims of last week's terrorist attacks on the U.S., she and boyfriend Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync won't be involved in Michael Jackson's charity single, according to the couple's spokesperson.
The 2nd annual High Times Doobie Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for Sept. 12 at New York's Wetlands Preserve, was another victim of last week's terrorist attack on the city. The counter-culture magazine has decided not to reschedule the event; it has instead announced the winners, and will opt to present the awards virtually via an as-yet-unscheduled Webcast through hightimes.com.
Rhino has compiled 136 tracks -- 64 of which were No. 1 R&B and pop hits -- for the six-CD box set "Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience," due Oct. 16. The set features familiar hits from Marvin Gaye ("Let's Get It On"), Isaac Hayes ("Theme from Shaft"), Bill Withers ("Lean On Me"), and LaBelle, whose "Lady Marmalade" has recently been turned into an international smash cover version by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink.
Uniting musicians, actors, and celebrities, the four biggest television networks will on Friday (Sept. 21) simulcast a special benefit for victims of last week's terrorist attack on the U.S. "America: A Tribute to Heroes" will air at 9 p.m. ET/CT on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, as well as any other TV or radio network that wants to join. Musicians already confirmed to participate include Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Faith Hill, Paul Simon, Will Smith, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
"Planet of the Apes" isn't the only simian-based artistic endeavor that's been making noise this summer. Parlophone/Virgin act Gorillaz have been steadily climbing the charts since their eponymous debut was released 10 weeks ago (June 19). After debuting at No. 39, "Gorillaz" jumps 21-14 on The Billboard 200 this week -- and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Four Broadway shows will close this weekend -- or earlier, if they can get union concessions -- as ticket sales dropped dramatically following the terrorist attacks in New York. "The Rocky Horror Show," "Stones In His Pockets," "A Thousand Clowns," and "If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You" announced yesterday (Sept. 17) they would shut after doing what one producer called "abysmal" business last week.
Martina McBride -- who currently has the No. 11 single on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues" -- releases a "Greatest Hits" collection today (Sept. 18). The RCA set features four new cuts, including the current single, and 13 older songs, including "Independence Day," "Wrong Again," and "Love's the Only House."