Songs by Elvis Presley, as well as Elvis covers by Wynonna and the A*Teens make up the soundtrack to the forthcoming animated Walt Disney Pictures film "Lilo & Stitch." Due June 11 via Walt Disney Records, the album also leans on the film's lush Hawaiian setting with two songs by Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu and the Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus.
U2 lead singer Bono's voice cracked today (May 24) as he tried to explain the emotions he felt talking to a group of South African mothers infected with the AIDS virus. "This is an amazing place, amazing people," he said at the prenatal HIV clinic at Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwaneth hospital. "This is very, very hard for an Irish rock star to admit. I'm actually speechless."
Songs recorded by Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue led the field with three honors at the 47th Ivor Novello Awards, Britain's premier songwriting honors, in a ceremony yesterday (May 23) at Le Meridien Grosvenor House on London's Park Lane. The Ivors, awarded only to British songwriting teams, were inaugurated 47 years ago as a response to the domination of American pop music in the United Kingdom.
Annie Lennox has been named the recipient of the 2002 Billboard Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest honor for distinguished creative achievement. The award -- given annually to an artist who has not received the wider recognition his or her ongoing body of work merits -- will be presented in December during the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The program will air on Fox Television.
Health problems have forced Silverchair to cancel two shows in Australia, but the band's manager says sell-out dates in New York and Europe in early June will go on as planned. Guitarist Daniel Johns' reactive arthritis has flared up again, to the point where he finds it difficult to even hold a guitar.
Buddy Guy was among the multiple winners at the W.C. Handy Awards, staged by the Blues Foundation last night (May 23) in Memphis, Billboard Bulletin reports. Guy won for contemporary male artist of the year and blues instrumentalist of the year (guitar); his Silvertone album "Sweet Tea" was named contemporary blues album of the year.
Where some bands present themselves as four separate individuals, post-punk gatecrashers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (commonly referred to, for brevity's sake, as Trail of Dead) operate as a smartly dressed youth gang that tackles adversity with loud guitars, panache, and matching haircuts.
Hole, the Courtney Love-led rock outfit that shot to fame in the mid-'90s on the strength of singles such as "Doll Parts" and "Asking for It," has officially called it quits. "I will always treasure the time we played together," Love said in a statement. "[Guitarist] Eric [Erlandson] has been an important part of my family for over 10 years and he'll continue to be a part of my life." Said Erlandson, "we're incredibly proud of the music we've made together, but it seems like time for both of us to move on."
Green Day is aiming for a July 2 release via Reprise for a B-sides and rarities album titled "Shenanigans." The 15-track set compiles lesser-heard recordings from the post-"Dookie" phase of the California punk trio's career. The album follows on the heels of last year's greatest-hits set "International Superhits" and includes the unreleased tunes "DUI" and "Ha Ha You're Dead."
As a youth, Paul McCartney would skip school with fellow Beatle John Lennon and the two would go visit a local art gallery in their Liverpool, England, hometown. McCartney has returned to the same gallery for the first comprehensive exhibition of his art. The show of some 70 paintings by McCartney, dating from 1987 to 2001, opens tomorrow (May 24) at the Walker Art Gallery and runs through Aug. 1.