With Kiss nearing the launch of its co-headlining trek with Aerosmith, the band's former guitarist, Ace Frehley, wants to make certain that fans know he won't be a part of the tour, and that he's hard at work on his next solo record. In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Frehley outlines the reasons why he won't be hitting the road.
Not quite karaoke and not quite artist albums, several CDs aimed at the children's music market are delivering pop hits sung by fellow kids. Independent label Razor & Tie has developed the concept into the successful "Kidz Bop" franchise.
In waving goodbye to a tumultuous music career, Sinéad O'Connor will leave her mark with "She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty." Due Sept. 9 from Vanguard, the set boasts one disc made up of rare and previously unreleased studio material and a few new songs, and a second with a concert performance captured in late 2002 in Dublin.
Nappy Roots, Anthony Hamilton, Goapele, Little Brother, Jacki O, Kayne West, Novel and Mystic have been tapped to perform at the fourth annual Billboard-AURN R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, set for Aug. 8 at Miami Beach's Jackie Gleason Theater. 50 Cent leads the finalists with 10 mentions, including R&B/Hip-Hop album of the year and rap album of the year.