2000 - As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band's online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song "Original Prankster" were automatically entered, appear on MTV's "Total Request Live" to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band.
Authorities raided the record company of rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and 16 other locations in Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area today (Nov. 14) as part of a murder investigation. Search warrants were served across the L.A. area, from the Beverly Hills, Calif., headquarters of Tha Row Records to gritty Compton. A lawyer for Knight said some of the locations were former homes of the rap mogul, but a sheriff's spokesperson said Knight was not considered a suspect.
Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus will release his second solo album, "Pig Lib," in March via Matador. Malkmus is backed by his band the Jicks, featuring bassist Joanna Bolme and drummer John Moen. According to Matador's Web site, the album "might make you rethink [Malkmus'] past and present musical oeuvre if not your feelings about guitar playing."
Billy Corgan's post-Smashing Pumpkins group Zwan has signed to Reprise and will release its debut album in late January or early February, a spokesperson confirms. The group features Corgan on guitar and vocals, former Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-Slint guitarist David Pajo, and bassist Paz Lenchantin, previously a member of A Perfect Circle.
Justin Timberlake and Faith Hill have been added to the performance lineup for the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, joining previously announced performers Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd. The event will air Dec. 9 on Fox live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" commands Billboard's Hot 100 for a third-straight week, as the rapper rides high in the worlds of both music and movies. His first major feature film, "8 Mile," is No. 1 at the U.S. box office, and its accompanying Shady/Interscope album, on which "Lose Yourself" appears, has became the first soundtrack to lead The Billboard 200 through its first two weeks of release
Pressplay, the digital music service from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, has inked a content licensing deal with Warner Music Group, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pact gives Pressplay content from all five major labels. The only other subscription service to feature content from all five is Listen.com's Rhapsody.
Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson took the witness stand yesterday (Nov. 13) in a California courtroom in a $21 million lawsuit by his longtime promoter that accuses the singer of backing out of two millennium concerts.
The Shady/Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile" maintains its grip on the No. 1 position of The Billboard 200 for a second-straight week, withstanding a mighty charge from Justin Timberlake's "Justified" (Jive). Sales of the Eminem-heavy soundtrack slipped 28% to 508,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but that total was still enough to fend off "Justified," which sold 439,000 units and bows at No. 2. The two albums hold the same positions on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The songs of Elvis Costello will be the subject of a new compilation album that features such diverse artists as Fastball, Vic Chesnutt, Matt Pond PA, and the Posies' Jon Auer. Due Jan. 21 from Austin, Texas-based independent label Glurp, "Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello" spans Costello's 25-plus year output, but mostly focuses on work from his first decade.
Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson, and Michelle Branch will headline next month's Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo. The Dec. 11 concert will pay tribute to former President Jimmy Carter, who is being honored this year for his "untiring effort" to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts and to advance democracy and human rights.