Unlike so many bands who have either carefully copied or mindlessly aped their British Invasion heroes, Dayton, Ohio's Guided by Voices has always followed the spirit rather than the letter of that musical law.
Missy Elliott is anticipating big things for "Get Ur Freak On," the first single from her forthcoming Gold Mind/Elektra album "Miss E . . . So Addictive." Up-and-coming vocalist Nelly Furtado appears on a remix of the track, offering up a reggae chant. "People are going to bug out when they hear it," Elliott tells Billboard. "Nelly's hot on the pop side, but R&B people are going to respect her when they hear this."
Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will embark on a U.S. club and college tour this spring, performing acoustic versions of Soul Coughing tunes as well as new solo material. The 16-date tour will focus mostly on the East Coast and include dates with G. Love & Special Sauce, Violent Femmes, and They Might Be Giants.d
Vivendi Universal and Sony Music Entertainment have entered into a non-exclusive agreement to distribute and market their new digital music subscription service, Duet, through internet portal Yahoo!, Billboard Bulletin reports. The service, slated to roll out this summer in the U.S. and globally by year's end, will initially offer only streaming subscriptions. Ultimately, consumers will be able to choose from tiers of options for streaming, downloads, or both. Pricing will be disclosed at launch.
Actor/director Billy Bob Thornton is planning to release a country album this summer. "I'm not doing this as a hobby," Thornton says. "I really love music. And really care about it. I hope everybody listens to it in the right spirit. I mean I wrote the songs right out of my gut."