"The Project" -- the yet-to-be-officially-christened group of original Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Matt Sorum -- is still auditioning singers, but there's some stiff competition said to be up for the job.
Billboard has named award-winning journalist Keith Girard as editor in chief, effective April 21. Currently the editor of business weekly InvestmentNews, Girard has 25 years of experience at such print, broadcast, and online outlets as The Washington Post, CNN, and CBSMarketwatch.com.
As had been rumored for several weeks, Radiohead and the Beastie Boys will headline the inaugural Field Day festival, set for June 7-8 at Enterprise Park in Calverton, Long Island, about 70 miles east of Manhattan. Among the other performers confirmed for the event are Underworld; Sigur Ros, the Roots, Elliott Smith, Spiritualized, Interpol, Liz Phair, Tortoise, Blur, N*E*R*D, and Beck.
B2K took the favorite music group award and thrilled the audience with a performance at Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. Saturday's event at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., found kids screaming for B2K as they performed a "My Girl"/"Girlfriend" medley, with fans hanging on their every word and greeting them with shouts of "We love you!"
The White Stripes' "Elephant" (XL Recordings) still wears the No. 1 crown on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (April 13). It was a quiet week that saw only one top-10 entry, "The Very Best of the Lighthouse Family" (UMTV), which contains the many hits the British-based duo has released since 1995. On the singles survey, "Make Luv" by Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham (Positiva) leads for a third week.