Rhino has compiled 136 tracks -- 64 of which were No. 1 R&B and pop hits -- for the six-CD box set "Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience," due Oct. 16. The set features familiar hits from Marvin Gaye ("Let's Get It On"), Isaac Hayes ("Theme from Shaft"), Bill Withers ("Lean On Me"), and LaBelle, whose "Lady Marmalade" has recently been turned into an international smash cover version by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink.
Uniting musicians, actors, and celebrities, the four biggest television networks will on Friday (Sept. 21) simulcast a special benefit for victims of last week's terrorist attack on the U.S. "America: A Tribute to Heroes" will air at 9 p.m. ET/CT on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, as well as any other TV or radio network that wants to join. Musicians already confirmed to participate include Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Faith Hill, Paul Simon, Will Smith, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
With the Rolling Stones a memory for him, the group's former bassist Bill Wyman has spent his recent years playing, archiving, listening, interviewing, and writing about the music that acted as the band's catalyst almost 40 years ago. Having written about the band's early days in the meticulously detailed "Stone Alone," he has returned with "Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey To Music's Heart & Soul," a book dedicated to former Stones Brian Jones and Ian Stewart. It's also devoted to the history and characters involved in the genre.
"Planet of the Apes" isn't the only simian-based artistic endeavor that's been making noise this summer. Parlophone/Virgin act Gorillaz have been steadily climbing the charts since their eponymous debut was released 10 weeks ago (June 19). After debuting at No. 39, "Gorillaz" jumps 21-14 on The Billboard 200 this week -- and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Four Broadway shows will close this weekend -- or earlier, if they can get union concessions -- as ticket sales dropped dramatically following the terrorist attacks in New York. "The Rocky Horror Show," "Stones In His Pockets," "A Thousand Clowns," and "If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You" announced yesterday (Sept. 17) they would shut after doing what one producer called "abysmal" business last week.
Martina McBride -- who currently has the No. 11 single on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues" -- releases a "Greatest Hits" collection today (Sept. 18). The RCA set features four new cuts, including the current single, and 13 older songs, including "Independence Day," "Wrong Again," and "Love's the Only House."
Luciano Pavarotti pleaded innocent to tax evasion charges yesterday (Sept. 17) in an Italian court. The tenor is on trial on charges of filing false tax returns from 1989-95. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.
With fourth quarter deadlines looming for the major record labels to launch their music subscription services, and Congress taking increased interest in music licensing issues, music publishers are on the verge of an agreement with the majors that would allow the use of their content in the MusicNet and Pressplay subscription services, sources familiar with the situation confirm to Billboard Bulletin.
The lineup for the 2002 edition of the U.K.'s All Tomorrow's Parties festival has begun to take shape, with Shellac serving as the musical curators. This year's event will be held April 19-21 and April 26-28 in Camber Sands, with the same lineup over both weekends. Among the acts confirmed so far are the Breeders, Rachel's, Shipping News, Silkworm, Will Oldham, Low, and Robbie Fulks.
TNT's John Lennon tribute concert, postponed in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., will be broadcast live Oct. 2 from New York's Radio City Music Hall. Newly dubbed "Come Together: A Night For John Lennon's Words & Music, Dedicated to New York City & Its People," the event will benefit relief efforts in addition to the originally announced charities. The event will air live on the cable network at 8 p.m. ET and be rebroadcast at 8 p.m. PT.
Gov't Mule will release "The Deep End Vol. 1," its first studio album since the August 2000 death of founding bassist Allen Woody, Oct. 23 via ATO. The project -- comprising the upcoming album, a second studio set due next spring, and a documentary film -- finds singer/guitarist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts recording with a cast of 25 bass players, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh.
Veteran vocalist Boz Scaggs has lined up a 20-city U.S. theater tour in support of his new Virgin album, "Dig." The tour kicks off Oct. 20 in Houston, and wraps Nov. 19 in Anaheim, Calif. "Dig," released last week, is Scaggs' first collection of original material in seven years.