A former Beatle teams up with an ex-Rolling Stone on the upcoming two-CD set by Bill Wyman and his group of famous friends, the Rhythm Kings. Aptly titled "Double Bill," the group's fourth album is set for U.K. release on Wyman's Ripple label via Papillon on April 23 and includes a guest appearance by George Harrison.
Guitarist Carlos Santana has stepped into a new role as a shoe salesman. The ''Carlos'' collection of women's shoes went on sale this week at 21 Macy's department stores in California, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada, and at Burdines stores in Miami. They come in 13 styles, ranging from $59 to $70 a pair, including funky, jeweled sandals, suede boots, and metallic strappy spikes.
Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney have a return date in western New York in May, but it won't be part of the national concert tour the country singers are planning to kick off that month. They're scheduled to stand trial on charges stemming from a June 3 incident in the Buffalo area, when a ride Chesney took on a police horse led to a scuffle with Erie County sheriff's deputies.
Joe makes it a second week at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 this week with his single "Stutter" featuring Mystikal. The R&B singer continues to fight off Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent, at No. 2. "Stutter" is also at No. 1 for the fourth straight week on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Veteran rock act Steely Dan stole the
spotlight at the 43rd annual Grammy
Awards last night (Feb. 21) in Los
Angeles. The band's first album in 20
years, "Two Against Nature" (Giant)
produced four awards, including the
coveted album of the year honor, for the
duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker,
who had never before won a Grammy. e
Paul McCartney is among a star-heavy list of contributors to "Brand New Boots And Panties," the long-promised tribute to beloved U.K. rock icon Ian Dury, who died of cancer last March. The album, due for U.K. release April 9 on the east central one label, includes contributions from such luminaries and Dury fans as Madness, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor, and Shane McGowan.
Perhaps it's a wave started by Carlos Santana, whose Arista comeback album "Supernatural" earned him a record tying eight Grammys last year. Indeed, while the music charts seem dominated by younger talent, veteran artists such as Steely Dan and U2 took home many of the most coveted trophies (see earlier report) at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards last night (Feb. 21) in Los Angeles.
When it comes to the career-building concept of paying dues, the Beatnuts are well-versed. With eight years in the business and five albums ("Intoxicated Demons," "Street Level," "Stone Crazy," remix EP "The Spot," and "Musical Massacre") to their credit, Psycho Les and Ju-Ju know what it takes to maintain hip-hop longevity. The New York-based duo remains consistent on its latest set, the March 6 Loud Records release "Take It Or Squeeze It."
Eminem seemed humble when he claimed three Grammy Awards (see earlier report) in Los Angeles last night (Feb. 21) amid protests over his furious lyrics, but the Staples Center crowd wasted no time rewarding the rapper's controversial duet with Elton John with a standing ovation. He and John embraced and raised their arms, after which Eminem raised both middle fingers to the audience.
Shaggy's "Hotshot" (MCA) makes it a third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, easily outdistancing the Beatles' "1" (Capitol) at No. 2 on the strength of more than 293,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan. By jumping 6-4, Dido's "No Angel" (Arista) reaches a new chart high in its 40th week on the chart. The new Billboard 200 will be posted tomorrow (Feb. 22) on Billboard.com.
Mary J. Blige and Lil' Kim, known for success on the music charts, have set a new fundraising record for the M.A.C. AIDS Fund. The R&B stars helped to raise $4 million for people suffering from HIV and AIDS, the most the fund has ever raised in one year. This pushes the total the fund has raised since its 1994 inception to almost $20 million, according to John Demsey, president of M.A.C.