Video gamers may have to until Oct. 30 to get the new Tony Hawk PlayStation 2 game, but on Oct. 16, Maverick and Activision will fuel the hype by releasing a "soundtrack" of sorts. Previously released tracks from NOFX, Sum 41, Alien Ant Farm, Outkast, and the Deftones, among others, will be included on the "Music from and Inspired by Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3" album.
The "media war" between Kylie Minogue and Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, played out in Britain's tabloid newspapers last week (despite a pronounced lack of animosity between the artists), resulted in a hands-down victory for the Australian pop queen on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 23).
Nearly 60 million people in the United States watched music and film stars pay tribute to real-life heroes during an unprecedented benefit for victims of the terrorist attacks. The telethon was shown Friday night (Sept. 21) on more than 30 networks, including the six biggest broadcasters -- ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN, and the WB. Musical performers included Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Mariah Carey.
It'll be a blues Christmas this year, as B.B. King releases his first holiday-themed album, "A Christmas Celebration of Hope" Nov. 6 on MCA. The set, which King produced, will feature the artist layering his legendary blues stylings over a selection of classic and new holiday tunes, including "Please Come Home For Christmas," "Auld Lang Syne," and "Back Door Santa.
Jane's Addiction's Jubilee reunion tour has been extended through Oct. 29, with 17 dates finalized so far. As previously reported, Live and Femi Kuti will open on the tour's initial dates, with Prodigy and Stereo MCs taking over in mid-to-late October. More shows are expected to be announced, with dates running through Nov. 11.
Radiohead will release a live album, "I Might Be Wrong - Live Recordings," through Capitol on Nov. 13, a label spokesperson confirms. Recorded in Norway, Germany, France, and the U.K. during the band's 2001 world tour, the yet-to-be-titled, eight-song concert disc will feature the previously unreleased track "True Love Waits."
Musicians played a key role in the nation's healing process throughout the weekend, lending their voices and talents to a variety of events. Friday night, as the New York Mets returned to the field for the first home baseball game in New York since terrorist acts took down the World Trade Center, a police pipe and drum band led an emotional tribute to the city's fallen heroes, followed by Diana Ross singing "God Bless America." Things turned somewhat more jubilant during the traditional seventh-inning stretch, when Liza Minnelli belted out "New York, New York" for the hometown crowd.
After four decades at the keyboard, Herbie Hancock still needs to be on the cutting edge. "It's part of my nature," he insists. "I get excited when trying out new stuff, whether it be an idea or equipment. It stimulates my juices." With the Sept. 25 release of his new album "Future2Future" on the RED-distributed Transparent Music (the New York-based label he co-owns with his manager David Passick and former Verve president Chuck Mitchell), Hancock continues to keep the musical borders open, with a landscape that intertwines live jazz instrumentation with electronic wizardry while traversing drum'n'bass, hip-hop, left-field, and house styles.
Isaac Stern, the master violinist who saved Carnegie Hall from the wrecking ball, died Saturday. He was 81. Stern was one of the last great violinists of his generation and helped advance the careers of generations of musicians who followed, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Yo-Yo Ma.
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. have left artists and labels grappling with how to handle potentially sensitive lyrics or imagery, Billboard Bulletin reports. Most label executives acknowledge that their approach to marketing new albums has changed, at least in the near term. "I think each label will be particularly sensitive to anything that might be deemed even closely offensive," says one executive.
While the major labels' digital music subscription offerings may not be coming together as quickly as was originally anticipated, representatives of Pressplay and MusicNet say the services are still on target to launch before the end of the year, Billboard Bulletin reports.