Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann and Canadian rock act Barenaked Ladies will perform on the next episode of the NBC drama "The West Wing." Part of Wednesday night's (Oct. 2) installment of the series will center around a Rock the Vote event where the two acts are performing on behalf of the organization.
Hard rock outfit Filter has canceled all its planned tour dates for the remainder of 2002, following lead singer Richard Patrick's announcement that he has entered rehab. Filter was to headline the 11-city Rellim tour beginning tomorrow night (Oct. 2) in Minneapolis. Refunds for advance tickets will be available at point of purchase.
U.K. pop act Hear'Say has officially split. The five-member group was fabricated for the 2001 season of the reality series "Popstars," a precursor to "Pop Idol" that was exported to the U.S. this year as "American Idol."
A fan of rock band Creed is in an Oklahoma City jail today (Oct. 1), accused of violating a restraining order filed by the group's lead singer Scott Stapp. Tamera Jeanine Andrade, 35, was arrested Saturday night before Creed's concert at the city's Ford Center.
The full tracklist has been unveiled for former Beatle George Harrison's forthcoming studio album "Brainwashed" (Dark Horse/EMI Recorded Music), which he was working on prior to his death last November.
R&B starlet Toni Braxton will release her fifth studio album, "More Than a Woman," Nov. 19 via Arista. The set is the follow-up to 2000's "The Heat," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally and has sold 2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new album's first single, "Hit the Freeway," was produced by ubiquitous duo the Neptunes and will be supported with a video directed by Dave Meyers and Charles Infante.
Reversing what it has done with the three albums in its "Labour of Love" series of covers, veteran U.K.-based pop reggae act UB40 has assembled a who's who of reggae greats to reinterpret 14 of the band's own songs for its latest project.
Rock act 3 Doors Down will spend most of this month in the Mediterranean, visiting with and performing for U.S. troops stationed overseas. The goodwill tour arranged by Navy's Morale Welfare & Recreation division and Glenn Smith Presents will find the band performing for the 5th Fleet at three American naval bases and on board a deployed aircraft carrier.
Eminem has recruited some of the biggest names in hip-hop to contribute to the soundtrack for his film debut, "8 Mile." The album is due Oct. 29 from Shady/Interscope; the Universal Pictures film, directed by Curtis Hanson ("Wonder Boys," "L.A. Confidential") and also starring Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, and Brittany Murphy, arrives Nov. 8 in U.S. theaters. Eminem leads the album with three new solo tracks including "Lose Yourself," which was the top debut last week at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
A week of sold-out Liza Minnelli shows earlier this summer at New York's Beacon Theater have spawned the live album "Liza's Back!," due Oct. 29 from J Records. The album was produced by Phil Ramone and finds Minnelli re-teaming with J president Clive Davis, who signed her to Columbia in the early '70s.