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.
On her fourth Bullseye release, Michelle Willson has arrived. With producer Scott Billington at the helm and her superb band in the pocket, Willson is a match for any woman out there with a mike in her hand and a headful of tunes. She is no blues howler; her vibe is a passionate sophistication that craves rhythm and groove. She is a hipster at heart, and her jazzy feel for the blues—and the swing that never leaves her voice—set her apart from the pack. And while Willson fancies the Kansas City and jump styles, she can raise the temperature to sweltering ("Think About Me") and slip into something a little low-down (the title track). This proves
Thirty-one-year-old Polish-born pianist Piotr Anderszewski has become something of a star—and with only a few duet partnerships with violinist Viktoria Mullova (on Philips), a single previous solo album (of Bach, on Harmonia Mundi), and an engaging film appearance (as a commentator in NVC Arts' Art of the Piano) under his belt.
In the misty, faraway '80s—with their vital radio breeding ground dubbed "college rock"—Echo & the Bunnymen were among the most revered of British imports to the U.S., along with such peers as the Smiths and the Cure.