Veteran rock artist David Bowie has opted not to renew his contract with Virgin Records, and has instead launched his own independent label, ISO. Based in London and New York, the label will be home to all of Bowie's future recordings. "I've had one too many years of bumping heads with corporate structure," Bowie said in a statement.
Ex-Lemonhead principal Evan Dando, relatively dormant in recent years, has a flood of activity on his calendar in the coming months. The artist, who will close 2001 with four shows on the East Coast, has been working on his first solo album, tentatively set for release in 2002, as well as with numerous other musicians.
Robbie Williams is Britain's undisputed chart king of the week. Yesterday (Dec. 16), his Chrysalis "Swing When You're Winning" album started a fourth week at the top of the U.K. album chart, and yielded the new No. 1 single, a remake of "Somethin' Stupid" with superstar actress Nicole Kidman.
Bianca Halstead, lead singer of the rock band Betty Blowtorch, died Saturday while riding in a speeding car that went out of control on Interstate 10 near New Orleans. Halstead, 36, died around 5:30 a.m., hours after her Los Angeles-based band finished a show at Howlin' Wolf in the city's downtown.
U.K. 2-step sensation Craig David has confirmed dates for his first full-scale North American tour. Due to kick off Jan. 29 at Billboard Live in Miami, the Armani Jeans-sponsored tour will last through a Feb. 26 finale in Seattle.
Midwestern alt-country rockers Hadacol surface with their first release for Missouri indie Slewfoot, and it's a focused, confident effort showcasing insightful, often dark lyrics, robust instrumentation, and the effective sibling harmonies of brothers Fred and Greg Wickham.
The latest in the New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking series of homegrown boxed sets (issued via the orchestra's Special Editions label) is a thoughtfully produced collection celebrating the 11-year tenure of outgoing music director Kurt Masur.