Outside the recording studio where Run-D.M.C.'s Jam Master Jay was fatally shot, bereaved fans laid flowers, candles, personal notes, and an Adidas sneaker -- a reference to the group's hit song "My Adidas" -- with "R.I.P. JMJ" handwritten in marker. Police, meanwhile, were investigating whether a feud sparked the shooting of the 37-year-old rap star, whose real name was Jason Mizell, as skeptical friends and family mourned the beloved rap pioneer.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) expressed doubt yesterday (Oct. 31) that artists' rights legislation introduced Monday in the New York State Assembly will garner the support it needs to pass into law, Billboard Bulletin reports.
World-renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold is preparing to make his debut as a live performer later this month, as he brings his tour in support of his latest release "Bunkka" (Warner Bros.) to U.S. clubs and theaters. The trek, which will include some DJ-only sets and some mixed DJ and live performance nights, kicks off Nov. 25 in Miami and will hit 19 cities through Dec. 19 in Los Angeles.
Paul McCartney wrapped his 50-date North American arena tour Oct. 29 at America West Arena in Phoenix, having grossed about $100 million, and left a trail of house records in his wake. "Nobody goes out [on tour] to lose money, but the main thing is the audiences are having fun," McCartney tells Billboard in the Nov. 9, 2002, issue. "In some ways, [the response] has reminded me of the early Beatles tours."
In the hit song "Monterey" -- commemorating the landmark Monterey Pop Festival of June 16-18, 1967, in northern California -- Eric Burdon & the Animals sang the lyrics: "Young gods smiled upon the crowd/Their music being born of love/Children danced night and day/Religion was being born/Down in Monterey."
Drummer Lars Ulrich took to the chatroom on Metallica's official Web site earlier this week to update fans on the status of the group's next studio album. "For the first time ever," Ulrich said Metallica has "discarded some songs" that it didn't feel were up to snuff. "We are now on what we call round two on the keepers," he added.
"The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'," a two-CD package collecting Paul Simon's solo hits from 1972 through 2000, will be bundled with a bonus disc of previously unreleased live tracks. The set is due Tuesday (Nov. 5) from Warner Bros.
A famed Indian composer has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the recent hit single "Addictive" by Truth Hurts featuring Rakim borrowed heavily and without permission from a 20-year-old Hindi song. The lawsuit also charges American producers, including hip-hop impresario Dr. Dre, with practicing a form of "cultural imperialism" by not crediting Third World artists.