Superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold will take the stage as scheduled tonight (April 18) in Shanghai and tomorrow in Beijing, despite the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that has forced the cancellation of every other major musical event in China and Hong Kong since late March.
The third album in the Red Star Sounds series, released through the non-profit Heineken Music Initiative in a joint venture with Island Def Jam Music Group, is due in August. The album, to be titled "Red Star Sounds, Vol. 3: Def Jamaica," will feature reggae stars and hip-hop artists collaborating on tracks.
The two surviving members of R&B outfit TLC will stage their farewell live performance June 1 at New York radio station Z100's annual Zootopia concert. As reported yesterday, the event will be held at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and will also feature performances by Ashanti, Ja Rule, 'N Sync's JC Chasez, Ginuwine, Daniel Bedingfield, Simple Plan, Bowling For Soup, and Wayne Wonder.
Britney Spears will drop her bid for a restraining order against the Japanese man she claimed had stalked her after lawyers for the two sides reached an agreement, a Los Angeles court spokesperson said yesterday (April 16).
The Madonna camp is looking to clamp down on online peer-to-peer piracy of her new Maverick album, "American Life," by flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. Those who download tracks from such services as KaZaA are greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, "What the f*** do you think you're doing?" The new album is due April 22; the title track is No. 37 this week on the Billboard Hot 100.
50 Cent's "In Da Club" maintains its grip on the top slot of Billboard's Hot 100, once again fending off R. Kelly's "Ignition." Oddly enough, one of the emerging challengers looking to topple the now eight-week reign of "In Da Club" comes from 50 Cent himself. His latest single, "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg, jumps 10-5 on the tally as it benefits from a major spike in radio play.
NBC's "Today" morning show will kick off its annual concert series tomorrow (April 18) with a performance by Fleetwood Mac outside its New York studios. The Rockefeller Center Plaza location will also play host to the likes of Mariah Carey, Alan Jackson, Annie Lennox, Ashanti, LL Cool J, and R.E.M. through October.
For Scottish rogue act Idlewild, the U.K. commercial success of its third album, "The Remote Part" (released domestically March 25 by Capitol), allowed it to finally become more than just a cult favorite on its native soil. The group started playing out in Edinburgh in 1995 while its members were still teenagers, releasing two singles and a mini-album, "Captain." On the strength of these and live shows legendary for bedlam, the band landed a major label deal and in 1999, released its Odeon debut, "Hope Is Important."
pioneers the Buzzcocks will be celebrated June 10 by EMI/Capitol with the release of "Buzzcocks: Inventory -- Singles Box Set." The set will collect the group's 14 singles recorded for EMI, from its first single, "Spiral Scratch EP," to 1981's "What Do You Know," each complete with all the original B-sides.