Chart-topping hard rock outfit Crazy Town has written 30 songs for its second Columbia album and is working in Hollywood, Calif., at the group's newly purchased studio. The label says an as-yet-intones producer will eventually be brought in to assist, but for now, guitarist Squirrel and rapper Epic Mazur are overseeing the sessions.
The Wu-Tang Clan train will keep rolling with the Feb. 26 Koch/In The Paint release of "The Sting," the second album from Wu-Tang Killa Bees. The group is a spin-off of the Wu-Tang Clan featuring various original members alongside latter-day Wu proteges such as Cappadonna, Killarmy, Sunz of Man, Shyheim, and a revolving cast of new associates.
Michael W. Smith will host a one-hour radio special featuring gospel artists responding to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from a spiritual perspective. Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Steven Curtis Chapman, Phil Keaggy, and Ginny Owens will be among those to join Smith in a living-room style conversation about life after the attacks. The artists will also perform acoustic versions of their music.
Shaggy's 2000 MCA album, "Hotshot," continues to fly off retail shelves, but fans won't have to wait long for some new spins on that album's smash hit singles. On Feb. 12, the label will release "Hotshot Ultramix," featuring remixes of "Angel," "It Wasn't Me," "Dance and Shout," and "Hope" by the likes of Punch, Sting International, J.C. Moreno, Gordon Dukes, Christopher "Longman Productions" Birch, and Tony CD Kelly.
The members of legendary hip-hop group the Sugar Hill Gang last week were awarded almost $3 million in a suit they brought against Snapple Beverage Corp. and Turner Broadcasting System over the wrongful use of their images and voices in advertising, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Ani DiFranco, Bruce Hornsby, Joe Henry, and Blues Traveler's John Popper will perform at a Jan. 19 benefit concert at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The event, to be hosted by activist Gloria Steinem, commemorates the 29th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe V. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the U.S.
The race for the U.K.'s Christmas No.1 single can be as calculated as the pop industry itself. But it can always redeem itself with a left-field surprise. This year, that surprise arrives in the form of an obscure, middle-aged veteran whose resume includes stints in King Crimson and the Flowerpot Men.
Upon a casual listen, Willie Nelson's forthcoming Lost Highway album, "The Great Divide," sounds like it could be pages ripped from the Red-Headed Stranger's road-worn journal. Themes of passionate rebellion, relationship discord, and the consequences of time are as comfortable to Nelson as a weathered bandanna.
Veteran rock artist David Bowie has opted not to renew his contract with Virgin Records, and has instead launched his own independent label, ISO. Based in London and New York, the label will be home to all of Bowie's future recordings. "I've had one too many years of bumping heads with corporate structure," Bowie said in a statement.
Ex-Lemonhead principal Evan Dando, relatively dormant in recent years, has a flood of activity on his calendar in the coming months. The artist, who will close 2001 with four shows on the East Coast, has been working on his first solo album, tentatively set for release in 2002, as well as with numerous other musicians.
Robbie Williams is Britain's undisputed chart king of the week. Yesterday (Dec. 16), his Chrysalis "Swing When You're Winning" album started a fourth week at the top of the U.K. album chart, and yielded the new No. 1 single, a remake of "Somethin' Stupid" with superstar actress Nicole Kidman.