Veteran rap outfit Public Enemy will release its eighth album July 23 via SlamJamz Records and Koch Entertainment's In The Paint label. Dubbed "Revolverlution," the set will be a mixture of new and live recordings, as well as fan remixes of Public Enemy favorites.
It has been four years since folk-pop act K's Choice last released an album in the U.S., yet the band has stayed active in Europe and in its Belgian homeland. They've kept busy by embarking on often sold-out European tours, issuing various live albums, and working on vocal collaborations with such Dutch artists as Camden and Raymond Van het Groenewoud.
Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley died after injecting himself with a heroin and cocaine mixture known as a "speedball," according to an autopsy report from the King County (Wash.) Medical Examiner's Office. The artist was found dead in his north Seattle home on April 19, surrounded by drug paraphernalia. Staley, 34, had been dead for two weeks, according to the report.
Papa Roach has lined up an 18-date tour in advance of its previously announced stint on the Anger Management trek with Eminem, Ludacris, and the X-Ecutioners. The dates began last night (May 7) in Modesto, Calif., and encompass both headlining shows and appearances at radio station-sponsored festivals.
R&B star R. Kelly is expected to discuss the sex scandal dogging him an interview set to air at 11:30 p.m. ET tonight (May 8) on BET. It's not clear how forthcoming the 33-year-old singer will be with interviewer Ed Gordon about accusations he had sex with underage girls, which are both the subject of an investigation by Chicago authorities and three civil lawsuits.
Veteran rock artist Stevie Nicks and international pop star Anastacia will make special guest appearances on the upcoming "VH1 Divas Las Vegas" concert special. The performers join previously announced "Divas" Cher, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, the Dixie Chicks, and Shakira on the May 23 show, which will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Jewel says it will be "a little weird" to be without her guitar when she starts her European tour next week. She will not be able to play her guitar onstage because of a horse riding accident last month that left her with a broken collarbone and rib.
Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs -- including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return to Sender" "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley -- died yesterday (May 6) of a heart attack. He was 70. Blackwell wrote more than 1,000 songs that were recorded by performers such as the Who ("Daddy Rolling Stone"), James Taylor ("Handy Man"), Peggy Lee ("Fever"), Jimmy Jones ("Handy Man"), and Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless"). Blackwell was credited with writing songs that sold more than 185 million copies.
The family of Argentine pop star Rodrigo Bueno has sued Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., blaming the companies for a rollover accident that killed the singer two years ago. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Miami even though the accident occurred in Buenos Aires and a court there ruled the pop star was at fault.
The Violent Femmes' classic self-titled debut album will be reissued nearly 20 years after it was recorded as a double-disc, 36-track deluxe edition. Due June 18 from Slash Records/Rhino Entertainment, the new set will bolster the original 10-track "Violent Femmes" with a collection of U.K. singles and previously unreleased demos and live tracks.
Colombian vocalist Juanes will release his next Surco/Universal Music Latino album, "Un Dia Normal," on May 21. The set is the follow-up to "Fijate Bien," the title track of which won three Latin Grammys last year.