Jools Holland's new 22-track big-band disc, "Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues," will see release in the North America on Jan. 8 via Rhino. The album, which contains the last song George Harrison wrote (with his son Dhani), was released...
The list of top 10 tours of 2001 is dominated by acts that broke two decades ago, with the exception of two pop supergroups -- 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys -- that notched remarkably similar numbers via completely different strategies. U2's Elevation tour easily emerged as the top-grossing trek, at $143 million from 113 shows on both sides of the Atlantic. The tour felt no affect at the box office from Sept. 11, with dates continuing to sell out even in the weeks following the terrorist attacks on the U.S.
Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland pleaded guilty yesterday (Dec. 19) in Las Vegas to domestic battery after fighting with his wife last month at the Hard Rock hotel. The 38-year-old's case will be dismissed if he has no more problems in the next six months and completes 26 counseling sessions.
The Eagles, Sheryl Crow, the Offspring, Weezer, and the Dixie Chicks are among the acts that will perform in a series of high-profile concerts to benefit the Recording Artists Coalition's (RAC) artists rights activities. Three "Concerts for Artists' Rights" will be held in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif., area simultaneously on Feb. 26 -- the night before the 44th annual Grammy Awards -- and several others are in the works.
Creed's "Weathered" (Wind-Up) and the eighth volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series (EMI/Zomba/Sony/Universal) once again lead the pack on The Billboard 200 following a bulging holiday sales week. "Weathered" expanded its lead with a 22% sales hike to 555,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, and becomes the first album released in 2001 to hold onto the No. 1 spot on the chart for four consecutive weeks. Similarly, "NOW 8" is in its fourth week at No. 2.
Enya, Sting, and Paul McCartney are among the nominees for the Golden Globe award for best original song - motion picture, announced today (Dec. 20) by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Enya's nomination is for "May It Be," from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" soundtrack, while Sting's is for "Until...," drawn from the "Kate & Leopold" soundtrack. McCartney's nod is for the title cut from the "Vanilla Sky" soundtrack.
The recent enthusiastic embrace by mainstream audiences in Canada of Vancouver-based hip-hop duo Swollen Members -- alias MCs Mad Child and Prevail -- means the act has assuredly lost its long-held (and coveted) underground status.
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rob Zombie, Green Day, the Offspring, and Rancid are among the artists confirmed to contribute to a Ramones tribute album, due for a spring release on DV8/Columbia. According to the label, some of the tracks are already completed, but most artists are expected to record their songs after the holiday season. Zombie is understood to be helming the album in tandem with Johnny Ramone.
The Florida Orchestra has dropped a lawsuit against Arista Records over royalties from the rerelease of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which it recorded with Whitney Houston in 1991. Both sides said yesterday (Dec. 18) they are "actively working" to resolve the dispute, which prompted a lawsuit on Friday. The orchestra filed a motion in Hillsborough Circuit Court Monday voluntarily dismissing the lawsuit. "We're very hopeful it will work out real quickly," orchestra attorney Frank Jakes said.
After a series of ill-timed false starts, neo-soul innovator Joi is hoping the release of "Star Kitty's Revenge" -- her third solo album (due Jan. 29, 2002, on Universal Records) -- will garner her the recognition that has eluded her since she debuted with 1994's "The Pendulum Vibe."
Gilbert Becaud, a French crooner who wrote songs that inspired such international stars as Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf, died yesterday (Dec. 18) in Paris. He was 74. Charley Marouani, Becaud's agent, said the singer died of lung cancer on his houseboat on the Seine river, surrounded by family and friends. He had refused to go to a hospital despite being in pain for the last few days.