Billy Joel is the latest artist confirmed to take part in one of the Music To My Ears concerts to benefit the family of late Billboard editor in chief Timothy White. Joel will join the lineup for the Oct. 7 show at Boston's FleetCenter, which will also feature Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, John Mellencamp, Sting, and James Taylor.
Unreleased Nirvana material may see daylight by the end of the year, ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic tells Billboard.com. Although he and drummer Dave Grohl will continue their battle against Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, for control of the band's assets later this month in a Washington state courtroom, Novoselic says "there's actually good will going on right now."
Singer/songwriter Paul Simon will replace Paul McCartney at this year's 25th annual Kennedy Center honors, traditionally attended by the president and first lady. As reported earlier today, McCartney withdrew because of an unexplained personal obligation. The Kennedy Center said McCartney would be on the 2003 list, and Simon would also have been honored in the future.
2001 - Soul singer Betty Everett is found dead at her home in Beloit, Wis. She is 61. A onetime gospel singer, Everett is best known for her single ""The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss),"" which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964.
Billboard.com has linked with software developer Broadjam to create a comprehensive online music search service that will provide entertainment and media professionals with a central source of copyright and music licensing information.
Godsmack is hard at work in Miami writing the follow up to its 2000 Universal breakthrough "Awake." Having recently replaced longtime drummer Tommy Stewart with Shannon Larkin (Ugly Kid Joe, Amen), the group hopes to start recording by Oct. 1 with eyes on a February or March 2003 release.
The Russian space agency has given 'N Sync's Lance Bass five days to come up with payment for a trip to the international space station this fall, spokesperson Konstantin Kreidenko said today. Kreidenko said that if payment is not received by Friday (Aug. 23), Bass will not be permitted to take part in the mission, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 28. The price tag for such a "space tourist trip" is said to be about $20 million.
Teenage pop trio Sugababes chimed in at No. 1 on the British singles charts yesterday (Aug. 18) with "Round Round" (Island). The group's second consecutive chart-topper -- following May's "Freak Like Me" -- bumped "Pop Idol" semi-finalist Darius' "Colourblind" (Mercury) from its two week porch the top spot.
Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil yelled obscenities and walked off a nightclub stage last Thursday in Steamboat Springs, Colo., when fans couldn't sing the lyrics to one of his songs, the club manager said. Jim Turczynski, manager of Levelz nightclub, said Neil became angry shortly after midnight while performing with a backup band during a stop on his solo tour.