In the mood for some major rays of sunshine during these not-so-sunny times? If so, this fine full-length debut from Australian five-piece DJ collective the Avalanches needs to seriously find its way to your CD player—and sooner rather than later.
Oklahoma native and former foundry worker Joe Diffie has lasted a decade in a country environment known for an uncertain career life-expectancy, and he's managed this feat largely because he can sing like a bandit.
Charlie Zaa's return to basics after his foray into more stylized fare puts him back in an element that's more assuredly his. Steeped in strings, strong guitar, and requinto, De Un Solo Sentimiento has a distinct trio sound, punctuated by a piano for bolero feel and very subtle mariachi on some tracks ("Si No Puedo Ser tu Amor").
No Doubt, Destiny's Child, and Incubus are the newest acts confirmed to perform at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live Dec. 4 on Fox from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. They join previously announced performers Alicia Keys, 'N Sync, Tim McGraw, and Shaggy. Other artists set to appear include Sting, Mandy Moore, Lee Ann Womack, R. Kelly, Ludacris, Lil' Romeo, Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, Godsmack, Joe, Creed, Lifehouse, Petey Pablo, Jamie O'Neal, Blink-182, and this year's Billboard Century Award winner, John Mellencamp.
The Foo Fighters have recorded 29 songs for their upcoming fourth RCA album at frontman Dave Grohl's home studio in Virginia, according to a post on the band's official Web site. "There are lots of new songs to choose from," Grohl reports of the set, due in mid-2002, adding, "We've just really started getting into it, picking ones with the most potential first."
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger celebrated the Tuesday (Nov. 20) release of his new Virgin solo album, "Goddess in the Doorway," with an invitation-only concert last night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Backed by a six-piece band, the 58-year-old vocalist ran through new single "God Gave Me Everything," album tracks "Visions of Paradise," "Everybody Getting High," and "Lucky Day," and the Stones chestnuts "Miss You" and "Respectable."