The marriage may be over, but in the case of Richard Thompson's split from Capitol Records, the love remains. Indeed, the breakup was so amicable that when the label releases the Thompson retrospective "Action Packed: The Best of the Capitol Years" on March 27, it's making the project a priority.
Shaggy's "Hotshot" (MCA) reclaims the top spot on The Billboard 200 from the album that earlier this month ended its four-week reign at No. 1: Dave Matthews Band's "Everyday" (RCA). "Hotshot" sold more than 209,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan, knocking "Everyday," which moved 199,400 units, down to No. 2.
The Who's Pete Townshend has taken to his official Web site to refute a number of rumors regarding his band's upcoming activities, specifically that Townshend is writing material for a new Who studio album. "I am not working hard on 'the Who release' at all," he writes. "[Lead singer] Roger [Daltrey] and I are not working together yet. He has played me three really good songs, but I don't feel they quite fit the current Who brief. [Bassist] John [Entwistle] has not played me or Roger any songs yet."
Renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who got his start with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, is becoming a new kind of messenger: one for peace. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan pinned a dove on Marsalis' lapel yesterday (March 20), shook his hand, and declared him the newest of the United Nations' cultural ambassadors.
The hybrid sound of U.K.'s Minibar -- whose T Bone Burnett-produced debut album, "Road Movies," arrives from Universal Records April 10 -- should appeal to a diverse audience, according to Universal director of marketing Derek Simon.
Although it's hardly the tactic one might suggest, Shawn Colvin says approaching her new album with "complete terror" ultimately worked for her. "Whole New You," due March 27 from Columbia, was "difficult from start to finish," says Colvin with a rueful laugh. "I kept thinking we would turn a corner, but it was worse than giving birth."
With eight nominations, Alan Jackson leads the list of nominees for the TNN Country Weekly Music Awards, just ahead of George Strait, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw, who each pulled in seven nods. The event will be held June 13 at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center and broadcast live on TNN.
Musician/poet/activist Michael Franti (Beatnigs, Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy) has revived his '90s group Spearhead. The soul/funk/hip-hop group will release "Stay Human" -- its first album in four years -- May 15 on the Six Degrees label.
On April 23, MTV will begin airing satellite service DirecTV's music/travelogue series, "Music In High Places," starting with a week's worth of older episodes. MTV's initial broadcasts will feature Alanis Morissette at the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Collective Soul in Morocco, Brian McKnight in Brazil, and Shawn Colvin in French Polynesia. New episodes of the series will continue to air first on DirecTV.
The Goo Goo Dolls will grace international fans with a 22-song best of collection this May, entitled "Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce." The Third Rail/Hollywood Records release will span the band's decade-plus recording career, and will include newly remastered versions of such favorites as "Name," "Bulletproof," "Burnin' Up," and "Iris." There are no plans to release the set stateside.
Black Sabbath, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, and De La Soul with Busta Rhymes will perform at the first ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards on April 7 in Los Angeles. The awards show will be telecast April 10 on ESPN, and will be hosted by model Rebecca Romijm-Stamos, rapper LL Cool J, and actor Chris Klein.
Rap superstar Eminem (real name: Marshall Mathers III) has reached a divorce agreement with his wife that gives them joint custody of their 5-year-old daughter. The couple worked out a temporary divorce agreement last week that also gives the rapper their $450,000 home, his lawyer said. His wife, Kim Mathers, would receive $475,000 in cash to purchase a house.