"OX4 - The Best of Ride," highlighting the recorded output of the defunct British shoegazer outfit, will see a stateside release Nov. 5 through San Francisco independent label The First Time Records. Expanding on the U.K. version issued by Ignition in October 2001, the U.S. set appends a bonus four-track disc of rare material.
With three nods, Oasis leads the nominations for the 13th annual Q Awards, to be held Oct. 21 at the Ex-Saatchi Gallery in London. The band is vying for the "best act in the world today" honor -- an award it has taken four times -- and best live act, while "The Hindu Times" (Big Brother/Sony), which bowed at No. 1 in the U.K. in April, is up for best single.
A songwriter is in a London court today (Oct. 15) claiming Swedish pop group Roxette stole one of his songs, robbing him of potential earnings and causing him "seven years of emotional trauma." Stephan Malmstedt, a Swede living in London, told Britain's High Court his compatriot Per Gessle, Roxette's songwriter, copied the tune of the band's 1993 hit "Sleeping in My Car" from one of his own songs, "Jenny and I."
Although Rhino is nearing the release of the first installment in a multi-year Black Sabbath reissue program, the band's next studio album -- the first to feature its classic lineup of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Bill Ward (drums), and Geezer Butler (bass) since 1978's "Never Say Die!" -- looks certain to remain on the back burner for quite a while.
Last week, the Web site for Epitaph Records began streaming four songs from the Transplants' self-titled debut, a merging of punk heavyweights Tim Armstrong (Rancid) and Travis Barker (Blink 182/Box Car Racer) that's due in stores Oct. 22. Not bad for a band that started as little more than a friendly collaboration in Armstrong's basement studio.
Kylie Minogue, Silverchair, and Kasey Chambers were the big winners at the 16th Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards, held today (Oct. 15) at the Sydney SuperDome. Minogue won for best pop release and best-selling single for "Can't Get You out of My Head" (FMR), highest-selling album for "Fever," and the outstanding achievement award. Chambers, george, taxiride, Alex Lloyd, and Grinspoon were among the performers.
The performance lineup for the 2002 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards continues to grow, with triple nominee Alison Krauss and Keith Urban among the latest additions. Others added to the Nov. 6 event at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House are Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Phil Vassar, and Darryl Worley.
Could a move to New York for Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz cure his incessant insomnia? Throughout all four of the groups DGC studio albums, including the recent "Hard Candy," this sleeplessness has become a familiar theme. "I'm a single insomniac living in L.A.," Duritz tells Billboard.com.
Milwaukee-based underground rock quartet the Promise Ring has split, an Anti/Epitaph label spokesperson confirms. On tour to support its recent label debut "Wood/Water," the band reportedly announced the break-up last week at one of its West Coast Plea For Peace dates. "It's safe to say that they have indeed broken up," reveals Anti/Epitaph owner Brett Gurewitz in a statement. "I don't know the reasons yet and all I can say is, this is very sad news."
2000 - For the fourth time in its storied career, U2 have a U.K. No. 1 single, after ""Beautiful Day"" surprisingly outsells Robbie Williams' and Kylie Minogue's ""Kids"" to take the top place on the new sales chart.
Pete Townshend has taken to his official Web site to weigh in on the future of the Who, which recently wrapped a successful North American tour despite the late June death of founding bassist John Entwistle. Townshend admits he is wrestling with whether to continue collaborating with vocalist Roger Daltrey as the Who, under some different moniker, or at all.