It's shaping up to be an Elvis Presley summer. The remix of "A Little Less Conversation" by Dutch DJ Junkie XL is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, and this week debuted at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 to give the King his first charting hit on that tally since 1982. On Aug. 13, fans will be able to follow Presley's incredible rise to fame with the three-volume DVD collection, "Elvis: The Great Performances." The boxed set retails for $49.99; individual DVDs can be purchased for $19.99.
Grant-Lee Phillips will commercially release "Ladies' Love Oracle," a collection of solo acoustic material, Aug. 20 via Zoe/Rounder. Recorded over the course of three days during October 1999 in producer Jon Brion's basement studio, the album was originally only available online and at the former Grant Lee Buffalo frontman's live shows.
The week-long 2002 Rochester (N.Y.) MusicFest will conclude with a pair of concerts featuring up-and-coming R&B stars Ashanti and Tweet, as well as such established artists as Al Green and the Isley Brothers. The festival, which runs July 14-21 at venues around the city, will boast a series of mostly free concerts daily leading up to the ticketed weekend events.
Nelly's "Nellyville" (Universal) storms The Billboard 200 to knock out Eminem's "The Eminem Show" and become the country's new No. 1 album. Eminem's Web/Aftermath/Interscope set had an impressive five-week run, but couldn't block Nelly's first week U.S. sales onslaught of 714,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Between the album and the single "Hot in Herre," Nelly now holds the top slot on 10 Billboard charts, including Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
R&B superstar Keith Sweat returns Aug. 13 with his latest Elektra album, "Rebirth." The set is led by first single "One on One," which debuts this week at No. 75 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Sweat executive produced the album and produced or co-produced most of the tracks.
For his latest album, "Tropical Storm," Jamaican toaster Beenie Man has teamed up with a host of guest artists, including Lil' Kim, So Solid Crew, and dancehall greats Sly & Robbie. Due Aug. 20 via Virgin, the set is led by the single "Feel It Boy," which teams Beenie Man (real name: Moses Davis) with labelmate Janet Jackson and production team the Neptunes (also a Virgin artist under the N*E*R*D moniker).
The California Senate's Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry have tentatively set a July 23 date for a joint hearing looking into the record industry's accounting practices.
Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half a century, has died. He was 75.