"Totally Hits 2005," the ninth volume in a series of Warner Strategic Marketing/BMG Strategic Marketing compilations, pulls together 20 tracks by Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Simple Plan and Mario, among others. The set is due May 17.
System Of A Down premiered "Mezmerize," the first of two new albums it will release this year, for journalists last night (April 13) in New York. Due May 17 via American Recordings/Columbia, the set picks right up where 2002's "Toxicity" left off, with SOAD's unique brand of metal instantly familiar and intact.
The Pixies, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, the Futureheads, the Misfits, Spoon, the Clientele, Mindless Self Indulgence, Powerman 5000, El Pus, Nashville Pussy and Digable Planets have signed on to perform as part of the inaugural CMJ/Rock Hall Music Fest.
Latino hitmakers Frankie J, Baby Bash and Natalie will team up for a spring tour that will kick off April 29 in Corpus Christie, Texas. The run will find each of the artists performing solo and in combinations, backed by a full band and a team of dancers.
The mother of Michael Jackson's accuser today (April 14) told jurors a bizarre story of weeks during which she was shuttled around by Jackson's associates, made a virtual prisoner and warned that "killers" were after her.
50 Cent's "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia continues its reign as Billboard's Hot 100 chart-topper for the eighth consecutive week. The song also remains in the No. 1 slot on the Hot 100 Airplay and Rhythmic Airplay lists. This week's Hot 100 also features career best chart positions for Weezer and matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas (as a solo artist).