The long, slowly budding career of Chuck E. Weiss continues Jan. 22 with the release of his third album, "Old Souls & Wolf Tickets" (Rykodisc). The album is the follow-up to 1999's Tom Waits-produced "Extremely Cool" (Slow River/Rykodisc), which was Weiss' first album since his debut, "The Other Side of Town" (Select), which was released in 1981.
Frankie Gaye, whose combat experience during the Vietnam War was credited with influencing his older brother Marvin's legendary Motown album "What's Going On," died Friday of complications following a heart attack. He was 60.
International pop star Kylie Minogue will see her latest album, "Fever," released in Feb. 26 in the U.S. via Capitol Records. The set boasts the same 12 song track list as the European version of the album (Australian and Japanese pressings featured additional tracks), which was released last October and has since sold more than 2 million copies, according to the label.
New York-based rock act the Strokes have tacked 10 North American dates onto a previously announced round of international performances in support of its RCA debut, "Is This It." The new shows begin Jan. 21 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and wrap Feb. 7 in Honolulu. A four-date Japanese visit begins Feb. 12, followed by 25 European dates through April 2.
Fresh off its Extended Midget tour in support of its self-titled third Interscope/DGC album, Weezer has begun recording a slew of new songs for its next set, tentatively due for a spring release. Demo versions of 13 new songs -- including "Porcupine," "Dope Nose," "Sandwiches Time," and "December" -- are available in MP3 form on Weezer's official Web site.
Celine Dion's first English-language studio album since 1997's "Let's Talk About Love" will be previewed a week before its release during with a one-hour network television musical special, Billboard Bulletin reports. The album "A New Day Has Come" is set for worldwide release March 11 on Epic, and will contain songs produced by David Foster, Robert "Mutt" Lange, Christopher Neil, Humberto Gatica, Walter Afanasieff, and Ric Wake, among others.
Rock favorites Guided By Voices and the Strokes heated up New York last night (Dec. 30) during the first of two shows at Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre. The sold-out crowd was treated to alternating sets from the two acts, beginning with a high-energy, 20-minute blast from the Strokes. Frontman Julian Casablancas ran into the audience during opener "When It Started," bellowing for fans to fill the aisles and the empty space between the stage and the front row.
Robbie Williams ended the year as the undisputed king of the U.K.'s seasonal bestsellers charts, the final editions of which were released yesterday (Dec. 30). Having secured the Christmas No. 1 positions on both the singles and album charts seven days earlier, the Chrysalis-signed British superstar held down both slots for another week. It's the third week at the summit for the single "Somethin' Stupid" (a duet with Nicole Kidman) and a sixth week at No. 1 for the parent album, "Swing When You're Winning."
The Canadian music scene has been home to a number of international superstars, from divas such as Celine Dion to country artist Shania Twain. But in a newly published, meticulously crafted look at the Canadian rock scene from 1985 to 1995, neither artist is mentioned, except for a picture of Dion with the word "Missing" in the disclaimer.
There are few things so powerful as a man, his emotions, and a guitar. Never was that more evident than during this year's Country Music Association (CMA) Awards show, when Alan Jackson debuted "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)." A multitude of songs have been written and recorded in the wake of Sept. 11. But none captures the myriad emotions unleashed by the terrorist attacks on an unsuspecting nation more perfectly than Jackson's eloquent ballad. The song -- the lead single from his forthcoming Arista Nashville album, "Drive" -- is currently at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart after a brief six-week climb.
Four songs not included on the two-CD version of "The Concert for New York City" will appear on the forthcoming two-DVD home video release of the event. Due Jan. 29 via Columbia, the set will include the Who's performance of "Behind Blue Eyes," Elton John's "I Want Love," John's teaming with Billy Joel on "Your Song," and the first rendition of "Freedom" performed by Paul McCartney.