A Los Angeles Times investigation into the long-unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur concluded that his killer likely was a gang member who used a pistol provided by rival rapper the Notorious B.I.G. No arrests have been made in Shakur's death following the Sept. 7, 1996, shooting near the Las Vegas Strip.
Pete Yorn, the Wallflowers' Rami Jaffee, and Los Angeles musician Marc Dauer have launched Trampoline Records with "Greatest Hits Vol. 1," an 18-track compilation that features previously unreleased tunes from all three principals, a number of songs from up-and-coming artists, and tracks from such former major-label artists as Minibar, Phil Cody, Peter Himmelman, and Pete Droge.
Kelly Clarkson wasn't the only participant in "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" that greeted yesterday (Sept. 5) with bleary-eyed triumph. "The whole rush of the last three months caught up with me," said Mike Darnell, executive VP alternative programming at the Fox television network. "I haven't slept for three nights."
"Worship and Tribute," the innovative sophomore release by New York post-hardcore outfit Glassjaw, almost went unrecorded. Mired in business disputes with its former label, Roadrunner Records, the group nearly disbanded last year.
The Dixie Chicks blast straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after their latest Monument/Columbia, "Home," sold a whopping 780,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. One of six top-20 entries on the chart, "Home" notched the third biggest sales week of the year, behind only the first two full weeks of Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope), which dips to No. 2. Fittingly, "Home" also lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally.
"Let's roll" were among the last words spoken by Todd Beamer, who joined a group of passengers that confronted the hijackers of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11. The same words serve as the title of an eclectic inspirational compilation that pays tribute to Beamer and all of the heroes of the day the U.S. was targeted by terrorists.
National radio syndicator Excelsior Radio Networks (XRN) and Entertainment Management Group Worldwide, Inc. (EMGW), a licensee of Billboard Music Group, are teaming up to launch Billboard's Hot Dance Countdown. The new weekly syndicated program is set to debut the weekend of Sept. 28-29.