Australian rock legends Midnight Oil will release a new studio album, "Capricornia," in North America in February 2002 via Liquid 8, a new label with distribution through BMG. Marking the first new, U.S.-issued Oils set since 1998's "Redneck Wonderland," the set will be preceded by a single, "Golden Age."
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) says that its anti-piracy efforts in the first half of the year led to record numbers for seizures, arrests, and convictions, Billboard Bulletin reports. The trade group assisted in seizing 1.26 million illegal recordable CDs (CD-Rs) in the first six months of 2001, up 133% from the first half of 2000. It also aided in 1,762 arrests and indictments for selling illegal CDs or CD-Rs, an 89% increase.
Veteran metal act Slayer will set out on a North American tour beginning Oct. 29 in New Orleans. The trek comes in support of the group's latest American Recordings album, "God Hates Us All," which debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200 last month. Slayer is currently in Europe with Static X on the Tattoo the Planet tour, which wraps Oct. 14 in Birmingham, England.
On the heels of the group's recently released Restless debut, "Mink Car," They Might Be Giants now have a holiday EP coming down the pike. The group will release the five-track "Holidayland" disc Nov. 6, led by a version of the track "Santa Claus" by 1960s Northwest garage rock act the Sonics.
On the eve of the release of her sophomore album, "Fortune Cookies" (Elektra, due Oct. 30), singer/songwriter and native New Yorker Alana Davis can't hide her anxiety. In the four years since the release of her very fine debut, "Blame It on Me," the Lilith Fair-hued order of the day has given way to teen pop.
The major labels and music publishers are expected to announce today (Oct. 9) a licensing deal that will help pave the way for several planned online subscription services, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. Under the two-year deal between the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), its Harry Fox Agency licensing arm, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), label-backed services such as Pressplay and MusicNet will pay an undisclosed advance for selected songs whose copyrights are controlled by the publishers.
Filter's official Web site continues to post new information about the industrial-tinged Chicago band's forthcoming release, "Amalgamut," due in early 2002 from Warner Bros. In a recent post by leader Richard Patrick, the singer revealed the names of three of the album's forthcoming 12 tracks.
'N Sync, Madonna, Ricky Martin, and the Backstreet Boys all have contributed exclusive remix tracks to a new compilation due Oct. 30 from Maverick Musica, a new Latin imprint of Madonna's Maverick Records. "pLATINum rhythm" is a collection of Latin dance-pop hits and remixes, and also includes previously released songs by the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Bebel Gilberto, and Alejandro Sanz.
Paul McCartney says returning to his usual bass playing duties on his new album, "Driving Rain," was "simple and satisfying." As previously reported, the set, McCartney's first since 1999's "Run Devil Run," is due Nov. 13 in North America. "One of the things that began when we were doing 'Run Devil Run,' was me remembering that I'm mainly the bass player," he said. "Talking about the old way the Beatles used to record brought that back to me. So although I've played a bit of guitar and stuff on the occasional track, I've basically been the bass player. That's my role."
Pop acts Michael Jackson, 'N Sync, Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys, and Aaron Carter will join with rock heavyweights Aerosmith, Kiss, and Mick Jagger for an Oct. 21 benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Dubbed United We Stand and produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, the eight-hour event will take place at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium, and will also feature R&B legends Al Green and James Brown, with more acts due to be announced.
Alanis Morissette, the Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, and Bruce Cockburn are among the headliners set for Music Without Borders Live, a Canadian fundraiser for the United Nations scheduled for Oct. 21 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. A spokesperson for MuchMusic says the Canadian music television network will air the show live. Each act is expected to play for about 40 minutes, according to a statement.
"In Search Of...," the Virgin debut album from production duo the Neptunes' N*E*R*D project, will be released Nov. 20 after being pushed back from its original Sept. 25 street date. Earlier this summer, the group was said to be replacing the original backing tracks with live instrumentation, but it's not entirely clear what songs will wind up on the finished product.