Ryan Adams' next solo release, "Gold," will likely be a two-CD set, a spokesperson for the Whiskeytown singer's label, Lost Highway, tells Billboard.com The nearly-finished album will probably be released by the end of August and includes guest performanc es by Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, singer/songwriter Chris Stills (son of Stephen Stills), and Benmont Tench, the spokesperson says.
Paul McCartney pushed for the worldwide eradication of land mines during a meeting yesterday (April 19) with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington, D.C., but evidently made no headway on a ban. The United States, which has declined to sign a 139-country treaty outlawing land mines, has a stockpile of the weapons estimated at 11 million.
For most 13-year-olds, summer is a chance to run around and enjoy the break from school. But for teen pop star Aaron Carter, it will mean hitting the road on a 45-date U.S. tour, set to kick off June 15 in Phoenix and wrap Aug. 26 in Providence, R.I.
Holland's largest annual heavy metal festival, Dynamo Open Air, has been canceled as a result of the growing European foot-and-mouth crisis. The three-day festival, featuring Motorhead and Megadeth, was due to take place May 24-26 in Lichtenvoorde. Approximately15,000 of the 25,000 available tickets had already been sold, and will now be refunded.
Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain will on June 19 release his fourth Lava/Atlantic album, "Far From Over." McCain, who has gained a reputation as a hard-working touring act by performing more than 300 dates a year with his band, will tease the new set with the single "Hearts Fall," an acoustic tune featuring harmony vocals from Shawn Colvin.
John Mellencamp will kick off a tour July 31 at San Diego State University that is expected to run through next spring, Billboard reports in its April 28 issue. Setlists will include old songs he has never performed live, as well as material from the Columbia album "Cuttin' Heads," which is expected in September.
Jack Johnson, the new rock band fronted by rapper Mos Def, is finishing up work on its Rawkus debut album, tentatively titled "Black Bastard." The group, which also includes Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know, Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun, and Parliament/Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell, plans for an early fall release for the set, to be teased with a single this summer.
Embattled Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) pled guilty today (April 20) in a Queens, N.Y., courtroom to criminal possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a March 1999 crack cocaine arrest in the borough. In exchange for the plea, the prosecutor in the case will seek the minimum penalty at a June 13 sentencing hearing, which could constitute between two and four years in jail.