Universal Music Group is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Underground's demise with releasing the first installment in a series of previously unreleased live recordings by the Lou Reed-led rock group. Universal has yet to reveal details on possible future volumes of the series.
From platinum curls to corn rows, Sisqo is never one to stay the same for long. The Baltimore native aims to prove that he's more than merely a singer with a love of thong lingerie on his sophomore solo effort, "Return of Dragon" (due out June 19 from Dragon/Def Soul).
Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross will lead a tribute to Whitney Houston at tomorrow night's (June 19) BET Awards at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. As previously reported, Houston will be honored with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony.
After successfully teaming with producer Joel Silver on Warner Bros.' action films "Exit Wounds" and "Romeo Must Die," rapper DMX is reteaming with Silver and the studio for a third time on an untitled project inspired by the 1931 German crime thriller "M." The project is the first of a multipicture deal that Warner Bros. signed with DMX and will likely begin production in the fall.
Napster is edging closer to launching its paid online music service, but it's keeping quiet about key details, Billboard Bulletin reports. A spokeswoman declines to say how many files will be available, how many customers the service expects to attract, or what it will cost. Even the launch date is up in the air.
With its new Independiente set "The Invisible Band," Travis yesterday (June 17) took the No. 1 spot on the U.K. album chart. The mark was achieved in one week, while it took the Scottish band 13 weeks to register the same with its 1999 predecessor "The Man Who." The new album sold close to 200,000 copies to hit the top; "The Man Who" gradually ascended to No. 1 in August 1999 in its 13th chart week.
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was ordered today (June 18) to appear in court next month and enter a plea on assault charges stemming from an alleged air-rage incident during a flight to Britain in April. Buck, 44, made a brief appearance at Uxbridge Magistrates Court in London, where he paid $28,000 bail and was told to attend a hearing at another court on July 31. He wore a dark pinstriped suit and dark tie and was accompanied by his wife.
Modern rock titans Foo Fighters have begun recording demos for their fourth studio album, frontman Dave Grohl writes on the band's official Web site. "It looks like it won't be too long before we really start in on the record," he says.
Six months before the release of Leroy's eponymous debut, four of its tracks were secured for film and TV spots: the blues-etched opening track "Good Time" (ABC sitcom The Job), the hip-hop-inflected "New World" (the film 10 Things I Hate About You), the hot-buttered soul vibology of "Trans Am" (TV's Felicity), and the straight-up rocker "Make It Hot" (two upcoming films, Chain of Fools and Joy Ride).
Growing up in Portland, Maine, the six members of Rustic Overtones were far enough from the big-city din to develop their own sound but close enough to absorb the diverse influences (rock, funk, hip-hop, punk, ska, swing, space-age pop) that they exhibit on their first national release.