New music from LL Cool J, Maxwell, Busta Rhymes, and Missy Elliott with Ja Rule will be found on "Violator The Album: V2.0," the sequel to 1999's "Violator" compilation. Due July 24, the album is the first fruit of entertainment company Violator's new distribution deal with Sony. Among the featured cuts are two Neptunes-produced tracks: Busta Rhymes' "What it is Right Now" featuring Kelis, and Noreaga's "Grimey."
Weezer is currently on the road in North America for what it has dubbed the Hooptie Tour, consisting of special promotional appearances and shows in support of its just-released self-titled third Interscope/Geffen album. The trek continues tomorrow (May 17) at Six Flags amusement park in Los Angeles, and is slated to run through mid-June.
Stevie Nicks will tour North America this summer and fall in support of her new Reprise album "Trouble in Shangri-La." The full itinerary is not yet finalized, but according to Nicks' official Web site, the trek will begin July 6 in Pittsburgh and keep her on the road through late September.
Caitlin Cary, fiddler/singer of now defunct alt-country heroes Whiskeytown, is working on songs for "Ponyball," her first full-length solo album. Helping Cary on the set are two of her former bandmates -- guitarist Mike Daly and drummer Skillet Gilmore -- and musician/producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Suzanne Vega).
As the Barenaked Ladies spend the summer touring North America, several acts will join in for the 31-date run. Most stops on the trek, due to kick off July 12 at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, will feature three artists performing before the Ladies hit the stage.
Seminal 1960s supergroup Buffalo Springfield is getting its first turn on the retrospective carousel with "Box Set," due July 3 from Atco/Elektra/Rhino. The band, which only lasted a brief two years before its members splintered off to find other musical successes, will be celebrated through 88 tracks spread over four CDs.
Destiny's Child leads music nominees for the first BET Awards with nods for best female group, video of the year, and viewers' choice award. Artists with double nominations are Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Nelly, OutKast, and Musiq Soulchild.
U2's ongoing tour of North America is the rock outing fans are most excited about this summer, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. The tour, which also features Interscope labelmates PJ Harvey supporting, took in 32% of 6,726 votes in the poll.
In 1998, three members of the platinum-selling act Days of the New were fired. But instead of slinking off into obscurity, the ousted members turned lemons into lemonade: They recruited a new singer, created a new band, and are now experiencing commercial success as Tantric, with an eponymous debut album on Maverick/Warner Bros.
Dirty Martini, the label founded in 1999 by modern rock act Lit, will on June 26 release Handsome Devil's single "Makin' Money," with the band's album, "Love and Kisses From the Underground," due to follow on Aug. 8. The debut set from the Orange County (Calif.) band was produced by Lit guitarist Jeremy Popoff and Ed Stasium (Ramones, Smithereens).