Elektra Records has set an April 29 release date for "Plasma," a double live album featuring performances by Phish's Trey Anastasio and his band recorded on their summer and fall 2002 tours. The album's release will coincide with a short spring tour Anastasio has planned, for which dates have not yet been announced.
Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has lined up a 30-date North American tour in support of his third Warner Bros. solo set, "The Ragpicker's Dream." The outing launches June 26 in Portsmouth, Va., and wraps July 31 in Vancouver.
Norah Jones, Ray Charles, Mark Knopfler, and Ben Harper have been tapped to headline the 24th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, one of the world's largest musical gatherings, according to organizers. The festival, which overtakes downtown Montreal, runs June 26-July 6.
50 Cent's "In Da Club" maintains its lead on Billboard's Hot 100 for a second-straight week, once again besting Jennifer Lopez's "All I Have" featuring LL Cool J. Additionally, "In Da Club" hasn't loosened its grip on urban markets, as it tops Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for a fifth-straight week and Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks tally for a sixth in a row.
New York's Carnegie Hall will host a three-day concert series celebrating the 150th anniversary of legendary piano maker Steinway & Sons. Under the title "A Celebration of Music," the June 5-7 event will feature performances by Herbie Hancock, Randy Newman, Nancy Wilson, Art Garfunkel, Ramsey Lewis, and others.
2000 - Rapper Foxy Brown is treated for minor injuries following a car accident in Brooklyn in which her car hits a fence. Police discover that Brown is driving with a suspended license and order her to appear in court a month later to explain why she had not shown up for a previous summons on a parking violation.
A sales rush following Norah Jones' five wins at last week's Grammy Awards propels her debut album, "Come Away With Me," back to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. In the week following the Grammy broadcast, the Capitol/Blue Note set sold a whopping 621,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 331% sales increase for the album, which was No. 3 last week, sends Jones' to-date sales total over the 4 million mark.
Seven mothers of R&B/hip-hop artists who have lost their lives through violence or tragic circumstances will be honored Tuesday (March 11) at a New York event staged by the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation (CWMF), founded in memory of rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls).
Although shows are still being confirmed, Neil Young will hit Europe in May for a solo acoustic tour. Dates are set through May 24 in Paris. Young has not toured solo since 1999, when he embarked on a 38-date North American trek that featured performances of nearly 70 different songs. A spokesperson says Young will tour North America this summer backed by a band but had no further information at deadline.