Weezer, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the artists that will contribute previously unreleased material to "Gimme Skelter," a compilation album due in September from Buddyhead Records. Wryly described by Buddyhead co-founder Travis Keller as "a benefit compilation -- benefiting the state of music," the project will be distributed through Nettwerk in North America and Parlophone in Europe.
Marilyn Manson's "The Golden Age of Grotesque" gives the theatrical rocker the second No. 1 album of his career. One of four albums to debut inside the top-20, the Interscope release sold 118,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to debut on top of The Billboard 200. Manson last reached the top of the chart with 1998's "Mechanical Animals," which moved 223,000 copies in its first week.
James Brown had plenty of reasons to feel good yesterday (May 20) as South Carolina officials pardoned the soul legend for his past crimes in that state. Brown, who served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after a 1988 arrest on drug and assault charges, and was convicted of a drug-related offense in 1998, was granted a pardon by the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
With six nominations, Our Lady Peace leads the list of nominees for Canada's 14th annual MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA). Close behind is fellow rock act Treble Charger with five, while Chantal Kreviazuk, Matthew Good, Shawn Desman, and Swollen Members are tied with four nods each. The awards will be handed out June 22 at the MuchHeadquarters in Toronto.
Rapper Camoflauge (real name: Jason Johnson), whose homespun albums made him a celebrity in Savannah, Ga., while flirting with greater fame, was fatally shot while walking with his toddler son outside his recording studio. The 21-year-old artist died Monday evening at a local hospital after he was shot outside Pure Pain Records in midtown Savannah.
British singer/songwriter Elvis Costello defended musicians who speak their minds in these "fairly dangerous times" and warned Americans to guard against "any attempts by people who swindle their way into office." He made the remarks yesterday (May 20) at a Beverly Hill, Calif., event where he was being honored by songwriters society ASCAP.