More than 20,000 signatures have been gathered on an Internet petition denouncing the decision of syndicated music show "Soul Train" to give its Lady of Soul entertainer of the year award to 21-year-old R&B newcomer Ashanti.
Enrique Iglesias, Alan Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, and Al Green are among the performers confirmed to appear at the Concert For America, to be broadcast Sept. 11 by NBC as part of the network's coverage of the one-year anniversary of terrorist attacks on Washington, D.C., and New York. Josh Groban, Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by music director Leonard Slatkin will also appear.
Marianne Faithfull will support her recently released Virgin album, "Kissin' Time," with a tour encompassing a handful of U.S. dates and an extensive European itinerary. Faithfull will kick of the trek Sept. 13 in Chicago, and stage shows in Boston, Alexandria, Va., Philadelphia, and New York before her October and November European dates.
Storied producer/musician/songwriter Daniel Lanois has signed to Epitaph Records' Anti imprint, home to such noted artists as Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, and Solomon Burke. Lanois' as-yet-untitled fourth album and first for the label is due in January.The set will be his first studio release in nearly a decade and is the follow-up to 1993's "For the Beauty of Wynona" (Warner Bros.), which hit No. 26 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), in conjunction with the major labels, has filed suit against four Internet Service Providers (ISPs), aiming to shut down the music download Web site Listen4ever.com, Billboard Bulletin reports.
2001 - Foo Fighters cancel the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins is hospitalized. Hawkins ""apparently overindulged during festivities"" following the Foo's performance at the V2001 Festival in Chelmsford, England, according to a statement.
Bay Area alternative rock act Creeper Lagoon is currently at work on an EP for Brooklyn independent label Arena Rock Recording Company with eyes on a late 2002 or early 2003 release, according to a label spokesperson.
Come Oct. 5, Linda Thompson will embark on her first U.S. tour in two decades. The veteran folk singer/songwriter will be on the road in support of the recently released "Fashionably Late" (Rounder), which debuted at No. 15 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
In the months leading up to last week's 25th anniversary of his death, 15 Elvis Presley albums (eight previously certified, seven new titles) released by RCA were reviewed by the Recording Industry Association of America, which has certified his cumulative total of U.S. shipments at 100 million units.