Tony Rogers, keyboardist for veteran groove-rockers Charlatans U.K., has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, according to a post on the group's official Web site. Rogers, who joined the group in 1996 following the death of founding member Rob Collins, was diagnosed in late June with the disease and has since had an operation and started chemotherapy and radiology treatment.
Indie rock outfit Modest Mouse has lined up more than a month's worth of U.S. tour dates in support of a new EP, "Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks." The eight-song set, due Sept. 25 from Epic, includes the new songs "Here It Comes," "So Much Beauty In Dirt," and "Three Inch Horses, Two Faced Monsters," plus "The Air," a remix of earlier songs blended into a new track.
In its first 20 years, MTV has had a profound effect on the musical tastes of those who watch the dedicated music channel, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Out of 5,392 respondents, 35% say that watching the channel has exposed them to a wider range of music than they would normally have listened to, while an additional 27% believes that MTV has occasionally influenced their musical tastes.
Maxwell is living in the moment. The self-described "perfectionist" reveals that he is learning to stop worrying about the future and trying to enjoy more of the present. That attitude is reflected in the songs and title of Maxwell's third studio album, "Now," due Aug. 21 on Columbia Records.
Michael Jackson's forthcoming Epic album, "Invincible," will include a collaboration with Carlos Santana, according to producer Teddy Riley, Billboard Bulletin reports. While Epic says no release date has been set, Riley, who worked on the project, says the album will "definitely be released before the end of the year." A source says it is expected Oct. 29 internationally.
Two members of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. and a bodyguard have been charged in connection with a shooting outside a New York deli, police said. Suif Jackson, 31, a bodyguard for the group, was arrested Friday shortly after the 12:15 a.m. shooting as he exited a car witnesses had placed at the crime scene, police spokesman Detective Eugene Canapi said.
London garage collective So Solid Crew -- featuring MCs such as Megaman and Romeo, plus DJs such as Oxide and Dan the Man -- made its expected arrival at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Aug. 12) with "21 Seconds." It sealed a triumphant weekend for Ministry of Sound, the powerhouse dance company which owns the Relentless label, on which it was released.
Teen pop artists were unsurprisingly the big winners at the Teen Choice Awards, held last night (Aug. 12) in Los Angeles. 'N Sync picked up awards for best single for "Pop," and best album for its new Jive set "Celebrity," while Spears was named favorite female artist.
After writing and producing for a host of established artists, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter/producer Tommy Torres has launched his solo career with a persuasive album of mostly original compositions (most are co-writes) that break rank with standard Latin pop.