Idiosyncratic Welsh popsters Super Furry Animals are taking a break from the writing and recording of their sixth album for a fall North American tour, kicking off Sept. 18 and Detroit and wrapping Oct. 11 in Portland, Ore.
David Bowie is one of the few veteran artists among the nominees for this year's Panasonic Mercury Music Prize, announced this morning (July 30) in London. U.K. television host and former Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland revealed the 12 nominees at the city's Commonwealth Club. Bowie's latest Columbia/ISO album, "Heathen," debuted at No. 5 on the U.K. album chart in June.
As thousands crowded the beach in Asbury Park, N.J., this morning (July 30), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performed for a smaller and luckier crowd inside Convention Hall on the city's boardwalk and an audience of millions via NBC's "Today" show.
A Jamaican court issued an arrest warrant yesterday (July 29) for rapper Ja Rule when he failed to appear on charges of using profanity during a concert last year. Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, was in Jamaica this weekend to perform Saturday night at the same music festival -- Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest.
Most of the scheduled performances at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' acclaimed Mostly Mozart summer festival have been canceled in response to the orchestra's decision to go on strike.
Like a bloody nose on the face of pop rock music, Andrew W.K. (real name: Andrew Wilkes-Krier) has sucker-punched the Ozzfest set with his in-your-face/dance-on-the-barstool Island debut "I Get Wet." As a second-stage act on this summer's biggest rock tour, the Michigan native has been received warmly by fans who shout along with his party-friendly tunes.
Independent label Incidental Music is preparing a tribute to legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson, "Nothing Left to Lose," for an Oct. 8 release. The set will be the second indie compilation to honor Kristofferson this year, following the release of "Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down" on the Jackpine Social Club label earlier this summer.
Rapper Nelly has begun lining up dates for a fall tour in support of his chart-topping Fo' Reel/Universal set "Nellyville." The trek will kick off Sept. 26 in Worcester, Mass., with dates scheduled through an Oct. 26 finale in Las Vegas. The opening act is likely to be the Cash Money Millionaires, who supported Nelly on tour in support of his debut album, "Country Grammar."
2000 - 'N Sync's annual Challenge For The Children celebrity basketball game, held at St. John's University in New York, raises $550,000 for a group of charities. The event sees musicians Queen Latifah, Youngbloodz, Jordan Knight, and Pink, actors Dean Winters and Duane Martin, and MTV VJ Ananda Lewis join members of 'N Sync in a star-studded game.
It has been 10 years since Peter Gabriel's last studio set, "Us," but the artist has finally wrapped work on its follow-up, "Up," due Sept. 24 via Geffen. The 11-song set is led by first single "The Barry Williams Show" (which was not written about "The Brady Bunch" star of the same name).