Seminal West Coast rapper the D.O.C.'s long-awaited album "The Deuce" will finally see the light of day Feb. 25 on Silverback Records/RUMM/RED. The album, rumored for release as early as a year ago, will be the rapper's first effort in six years, and features guest appearances by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Nate Dogg, and more.
Legendary rock outfit King Crimson has set March 4 as the release date for its latest studio album, "The Power To Believe." The follow-up to the 2000 "ConstruKtion of Light" (Virgin), the album will be released worldwide by Sanctuary, except in Japan where Universal will release the set.
Dozens of small stores have been given two weeks to clear their racks of pirated CDs, tell where they got them, and pay damages to the five largest record labels, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said yesterday (Dec. 16).
Further details have surfaced regarding R. Kelly's upcoming Jive album "Chocolate Factory," which has been moved to Jan. 28 from its original Jan. 14 release date. The 14-track set will come bundled with a six-track bonus CD, featuring cuts that have been lifted from Kelly's heavily bootlegged but as-yet officially unreleased album "Love Land."
Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash has set a spring release for her first studio album in a decade. Due March 25 via Capitol, "Rules of Travel" features the first recorded duet between the artist and her father, country music legend Johnny Cash, as well as guest vocal appearances by Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, and Teddy Thompson.
2001 - German opera singer Martha Moedl, who rose to international fame with her performances of Wagner in the 1950s and 1960s, dies at a hospital in Stuttgart, Germany, after a long illness. She is 89.
In what's being called a weekend upset, Jennifer Lopez' latest film, "Maid in Manhattan" edged out early favorite "Star Trek Nemesis" for the top spot at the box office. Sony/Revolution Studios' "Maid," which also stars Ralph Fiennes, nabbed an estimated $19 million at U.S. theaters over the weekend, while Paramount's "Nemesis" was a close second as it earned an estimated $18.8 million.