Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was released yesterday (Aug. 6) from a federal prison in Oregon after serving nearly five years behind bars. The 36-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records was released in the morning and shortly after boarded a plane for Los Angeles.
Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger benefit concert for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 22 at Seattle's Key Arena. The show will be the centerpiece of the FAO's Groundwork 2001 celebration, which will feature a week's worth of concerts sponsored by the city's Experience Music Project.
R&B veterans Kool & the Gang will on Aug. 22 release their 23rd album, "Kool & the Gang Presents Gangland." The KFTA album will be the first since the group's long-time lead singer JT Taylor departed for the second time in 1999. To compensate for the loss, Gang leader Kool (real name: Robert Bell) says the act has turned back the clock to the early '70s, specifically the De Lite album "Wild and Peaceful," which spawned such hits as "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging."
Performer/producer Delmar Arnaud (aka Daz Dillinger) and label OCF have filed a nine-count breach-of-contract suit against Death Row Recordings (DRR), music publisher Suge Music, and their founder, rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Chart-topping rap outfit D12 has been thrown off the Warped Tour after a brutal assault on Detroit rap rivals Esham and T.N.T. The incident occurred last Friday during a tour stop in Camden, N.J., leaving T.N.T. with bruises and cuts, and Esham with a broken nose, a ruptured eyeball, a concussion, and hearing damage to his left eardrum.
When veteran metal act Megadeth hits the road next month for a U.S. theater/club tour, the band will let its fans choose its set lists in each city. Each show on the trek -- which kicks off Sept. 7 in Magna, Utah, and is scheduled to run through Oct. 16 in New York -- will feature 24 songs picked from a list of more than 30 listed on the band's official Web site.
Even though Atomic Kitten's "Eternal Flame" (Innocent/Virgin) started a second week at the top of the U.K. singles survey, Britain's big chart achiever of the week is David Gray. The singer/songwriter's "White Ladder" album (iht/East West) finally reached No. 1 in its 66th week on the chart, some two years and five months after its original release.
Seminal California punk act X will next month see its first three albums remastered and re-released on CD in their entirety for the first time. Rhino will reissue 1980's "Los Angeles," 1981's "Wild Gift," and 1982's "Under The Big Black Sun," each with bonus tracks and featuring the original artwork.
Tracks by Erykah Badu, Nelly Furtado, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Amel Larrieux featuring the Roots will be found on the "Red Star Sounds Volume I: Soul Searchin'" compilation, due Oct. 9 from Epic and Red Star, a new label created by the Heineken Foundation. Proceeds from the release will benefit VH1's "Save the Music" initiative.
Albums by a trio of R&B artists -- newcomer Alicia Keys, Sisqo, and Jagged Edge -- are at the forefront of the latest list of gold and platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Keys' debut album, "Songs in A Minor" (J Records), Sisqo's sophomore Def Soul/Def Jam set "Return of Dragon," and JE's "Jagged Little Thrill" (Columbia), were certified for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies (gold) and 1 million copies (platinum), in a first accounting for each by the RIAA.