Still riding the momentum of its popular 2000 sophomore release "J.E. Heartbreak" -- which spawned three hit R&B singles, including "Let's Get Married" -- the Jagged Edge is excited about this week's release of "Jagged Little Thrill" (So So Def/Columbia).
Alliance Entertainment Corp.'s music database All Music Guide (AMG) plans to launch a branded series of compilations on enhanced CDs this fall, Billboard Bulletin reports. Titles in "The All Music Guide CD Series" will be enhanced with AMG content, including photo galleries, artist biographies, and album listings, as well as trivia sweepstakes and other exclusive content. The enhanced features can be accessed by placing the albums in a CD-ROM drive.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton yesterday (June 26) joined pop singers Mariah Carey and India.Arie at a Newark, N.J., elementary school to celebrate the restoration of instrumental music classes. VH1, through its Save The Music Foundation, and cable television provider Cablevision donated about 750 musical instruments to the school system.
The inaugural Mekka festival has unveiled the lineup for each of the 10 cities it will hit this summer, beginning Aug. 4 in Detroit. As previously reported, the trek is highlighted by Roni Size, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Craig, Armand Van Helden, Crystal Method, and the New Deal.
A record company that released an album of Bruce Springsteen's early recordings without his permission has lost its bid to keep copyright control over the songs and has been ordered to destroy its recordings. A federal judge in Newark, N.J., issued the ruling in dismissing a lawsuit brought by Pony Express Records against Springsteen. The artist and Pony Express Records had filed competing claims for copyright control.
Hard rock act System of a Down has readied its sophomore American/Columbia album, "Toxicity" for an Aug. 14 release. The 14-track album, produced by the band with American label head Rick Rubin, was whittled down from more than 30 finished songs. It's the follow-up to 1998's self-titled debut, which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Singer Amel Larrieux, whose debut Epic solo album, "Infinite Possibilities," was infused with spacy electronics, futuristic funk, and jazzy rhythms, brings that same soulful consciousness to voicing the superheroine in ''Maatkara,'' an animated adventure series on the Sci Fi Channel's Web site. "She is just someone you would like to be like," Larrieux said of the Egyptian princess Maat. "She becomes a warrior but is a gentle soul. That's something of a balance I'm trying to find."
Not just a burgeoning pop talent any longer, 2K/Virgin recording artist Brooke Allison has taken on the responsibility of being a "Growing Up Advisor" for a new area on AOL's Kids Only Channel. The 14-year-old Allison, whose self-titled debut album was released last week, was a natural choice for the AOL job, as her single "The Kiss-Off (Goodbye)," samples the online service's trademark "good-bye" sign-off sound.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has rejected Napster's appeal of a February appellate ruling that upheld an earlier finding that the file-swapping service is liable for copyright infringement, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Veteran U.K. rock outfit Oasis will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its first live gig with a six-date U.K. theatre tour. The jaunt will begin Oct. 7 with the first of two shows at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire and will close Oct. 14 in Glasgow. Oasis played its first show on Aug. 18, 1991, at the Boardwalk in its hometown of Manchester, but didn't tour the U.K. widely until the fall of 1993.
Up-and-coming vocalist Kelis will join the Roots on stage for seven dates on Moby's inaugural Area: One tour, set to kick off July 11 in Atlanta. Other artists newly confirmed to appear at various stops on the trek are DJ Liquid Todd at the Jones Beach, N.Y., shows (July 15-16) and DJ Jason Bentley at the Los Angeles date (Aug. 5).