Sonic Youth has scoured its archives for a host of previously unreleased material to augment the forthcoming reissue of its 1992 DGC album "Dirty." The new edition, due March 4, sports 20 additional tracks, including B-sides and 11 unissued rehearsal recordings. It will also include a 28-page booklet, with essays from group members Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo as well as journalist Byron Coley.
With the best-selling album and soundtrack of the year, Eminem dominates U.S. year-end certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Billboard Bulletin reports. The rapper's third album for Interscope, "The Eminem Show," exceeded platinum shipments (1 million copies) in its first week and closed out the year at seven-times platinum.
Veteran singer Diana Ross was arrested early yesterday (Dec. 30) in Tucson, Ariz., on suspicion of drunken driving, police said. A breath test showed the pop diva with a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Tucson police Sgt. Judy Altieri said.
The artistic life of Henry Rollins is entering yet another cycle. The punk rocker is returning to his spoken word performance schedule with a tour opening Jan. 7 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Rollins tells Billboard.com he's not surprised audiences have continued to pay to hear him voice his ideas for more than two decades.
2000 - Eddy Shaver, a talented guitarist and son of Texas singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, dies in his sleep while at home in Waco, Texas. Shaver, 38, played guitar with his father in the roots rock group Shaver. The duo had recently finished recording a new album, ""The Earth Rolls On.""
As Ministry's Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker contemplated their sixth studio album together, the two sought to get back to the blistering sonic form that produced 1988's groundbreaking electro-industrial set "The Land of Rape and Honey" and 1992's influential "Psalm 69." In order to do that, they knew they'd have to cut out the infighting, record company problems, and the creative and chemical input from friends that hampered previous recording sessions.
With second-week sales of 128,000 copies, Girls Aloud's "Sound of the Underground" (Polydor) continued its reign as the U.K.'s No. 1 single in the traditionally quiet final chart of the year. The only movement anywhere in the top-10 of the region's singles chart came from the Cheeky Girls' "Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)" (Multiply), which regained its peak position of No. 2. The track changed places with One True Voice's "Sacred Trust" (Ebul/Jive), which fell to No. 3.
1999 - One of three victims of a Dec. 27, 1999 shooting at a nightclub attended by Sean ""Puffy"" Combs files a $100 million lawsuit against the rapper, his Bad Boy Entertainment, and others. Julius Jones claims that he was ""Shot, battered, and assaulted"" as the result of an altercation at Club New York allegedly involving Combs, Bad Boy rapper Jamal Barrow, and other employees of the label.