Most of the residents of Ferriday, La., showed up to see Jerry Lee Lewis reunited with his famous cousins for their induction into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame. But Lewis stayed away because he didn't like the twin-engine plane sent to pick him up.
O.J. Simpson urged the crowd at a Cincinnati hip-hop concert to leave recent racial unrest behind and work to improve the city's image. "Rap has gotten a bad rap, and I know about bad raps," Simpson said Saturday at a show that featured rappers Foxy Brown and Juvenile. "We are trying to bring back hip-hop to Cincinnati. Let's not do anything to spoil it."
Will Young, the winner of the recent "Pop Idol" TV talent series, walked straight into the record books yesterday (March 3) with his debut RCA single "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible." Already assured a No. 1 entry on the U.K. singles chart thanks to immense media coverage, the single sold 1,108,269 copies -- the best first-week total in the history of the U.K. singles chart, easily outstripping Band Aid's 750,000 opening tally for 1984's "Do They Know It's Christmas."
Underground hip-hop duo Blackalicious, comprised of lyricist the Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel, has drafted a stellar lineup of guests for its MCA debut, "Blazing Arrow," due April 30. The set -- the pair's first after several releases for the Solesides and Quannum Projects labels -- features former Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, singer/songwriter Ben Harper, Dilated Peoples' Rakaa and DJ Babu, and Jaguar Wright, among others.
Harlan Howard, the country songwriter who wrote "I Fall to Pieces," "Busted," and more than 100 other hits, died yesterday (March 3) in Nashville. He was 74 and had suffered from heart trouble, according to his widow Melanie.
Hard rock outfits Nickelback, Default, and Injected will lead MTV's annual Campus Invasion tour, which will also feature rising U.K. modern rock act Starsailor on the inaugural MTV2 stage. The trek bows April 4 in Russellville, Ark., with dates so far booked through April 27 in Binghamton, N.Y. Last year's outing featured American Hi-Fi, Sum 41, and Saliva.
The biggest-selling various artists compilation series in history will bow its latest installment March 19, as the 20-track "NOW That's What I Call Music! 9" (UTV Records, a division of UME) hits stores with recent hits from Jennifer Lopez, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, and others. Remixes of tracks by Pink, City High, and Petey Pablo are also included.
Even though artists who win Grammy awards or perform during the annually televised ceremony can traditionally expect a sales bump in the weeks following the event, a majority of music fans say the show holds no sway over their purchasing plans. Out of 4,372 respondents to a recently completed Billboard.com poll, 51% said their music purchases were not influenced by Grammy accolades or performances.
Thanks to the vision of its namesake leader, the Pat Metheny Group (PMG) has been one of jazz's most durable names for more than two decades, seamlessly incorporating the personalities of its members into the fabric of the group dynamic, while developing but never sacrificing the continuity of a distinct ensemble sound.