Founding Garbage drummer Butch Vig has again been sidelined for a number of dates on the band's current tour, according to the band's official Web site. Vig is suffering from "an acute inner ear infection causing painful sensitivity to sound," the site reports. Session drummer Matt Chamberlain (Fiona Apple, Tori Amos) will be filling in for him until he recovers.
Esteemed pop producer and artist Nick Lowe -- whose 11th album, "The Convincer" (Yep Roc), was released Sept. 11, 2001 -- has finally booked a North American tour to support the album, after initial efforts to do so were thwarted by the terrorist attacks of that day. Lowe will embark on a solo acoustic trek July 12 at Santa Barbara, Calif.'s Lobero Theatre, and will wind through North America until an Aug. 9 date at the Edmonton Folk Festival.
Mellow doesn't mind being compared to Air. After all, both French groups share a similar love of vintage synthesizers, swinging lounge, intergalactic swirls, and digitized flourishes. Mellow would, however, like the comparisons to stop, but the band knows some recent career choices will render that impossible.
Southern California alt-metal band Alien Ant Farm has canceled all its scheduled performances in the wake of last week's tour bush crash which left a driver dead and band members with a variety of injuries.
Eminem bolts to the top of The Billboard 200 with his third album, "The Eminem Show" (Aftermath/Interscope), on sales of 285,000 units in just one weekend, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper blows by the competition, sending last week's No. 1, P. Diddy's Bad Boy/Arista compilation "We Invented the Remix," to No. 2 after a 44% slide to sales of 144,000 units. Eminem also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hop-Hop Albums tally.
Marilyn Manson has parted ways with bassist Twiggy Ramirez, according to a statement. Although the departure is amicable -- the two remain friends -- Ramirez will not take part in future recording sessions for Manson's upcoming Interscope album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque," which is expected to be released in late 2002. Ramirez will be replaced by bassist Tim Skold, formerly of industrial rock outfit KMFDM.
Country singer Pam Tillis has wrapped "It's All Relative," a tribute album featuring the songs of her legendary father, Mel Tillis. The disc is due Aug. 27 and will be her debut on Columbia/Lucky Dog, to which she signed earlier this year. It features guests including the elder Tillis himself, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, the Jordanaires, Delbert McClinton, and Marty Stuart.
Updating a story first posted yesterday (May 29), rising underground rock outfit Thursday has signed a new deal with Island Def Jam and taken to its official Web site to decry what it says is unfair treatment from Victory Records, to which it was previously signed.
Recognizing the music industry's move away from retail-available singles, Billboard has introduced Hot Rap Tracks, a 25-position chart based on radio airplay information supplied by Nielsen BDS. The new chart, which debuts today on Billboard.com, replaces the sales-based Hot Rap Singles list.
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson has overseen the track selection of a new Beach Boys hits compilation, which EMI will release July 2 in North America. The disc will be highlighted by a new recording of "California Feelin'" -- a "lost" Beach Boys track dating from the '70s that has never been officially released.
The Blind Boys of Alabama, now in their 63rd year of performing, will release the 12-track "Higher Ground" Sept. 3 via Peter Gabriel's Real World Records. Following the formula of last year's "Spirit of the Century," "Higher Ground" sees the band churning out gospel renditions of songs from well-known artists, including Prince, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Jimmy Cliff.