It took three years for the Promise Ring to reinvent itself. That's the length of time it's been since the act released "Very Emergency," a Midwestern power-pop blend of scrappy guitars and Davey VonBohlen's excited vocals, which sounded as if he had stumbled upon a cure for shyness.
Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner has set a July 16 release date for his first solo album. The as-yet-untitled album, said to be heavily inspired by the singer's move from Minneapolis to New Orleans, will be released via Ultimatum Music. Soul Asylum fans fear not, as the band is planning to record an album for release next year.
The rash of festival tours that hit the North American circuit each summer offer music fans a better value than solo artist tours, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Out of 1,342 voters, 38% said package tours offering multiple top-level artists for one price are more favorable than solo artists treks. Conversely, 31% of those voting took the exact opposite side of the argument, stating simply that they do not like festival tours.
The 2002 edition of New York radio station WHTZ/Z100's annual "Zootopia" summer concert will feature performances by some of the biggest stars in music, including Celine Dion, P. Diddy, Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, and Alanis Morissette. The event, set for June 2 at New Jersey's Giants Stadium, will also feature appearances by Marc Anthony, Shakira, Pink, Goo Goo Dolls, Craig David, Michelle Branch, and Aaron and Nick Carter, among others.
Luke Wilson ("Bottle Rocket," "The Royal Tenenbaums") will star opposite rocker Bob Dylan in Intermedia Films' "Masked & Anonymous," the big-screen directorial debut of television writer/director/producer Larry Charles.
With nods in four categories, including outstanding female performer, Jennifer Lopez leads the list of music nominees for the 2002 American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards. Honoring outstanding artistic achievement and the enhancement of the Latino image in entertainment, the awards will be handed out during a May 18 ceremony at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. The event will taped by ABC for a scheduled June 1 broadcast.
James Al Hendrix, who introduced his son, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, to music, died yesterday (April 17) after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 82. A former Golden Gloves boxer who worked as a plumber, electrician, and gardener before retiring because of poor health in 1979, Hendrix died in his sleep at his Seattle home.
A downpour today (April 18) in Sydney forced organizers of Britney Spears' first live performance in Australia to scramble. Spears was to have played at a 10,000-capacity open-air arena at Sydney's Fox Studios, but torrential rain on Wednesday and the prospect of more today made it necessary to reschedule the show for later in the day at a smaller site at the studios.
For a second straight week, Ashanti holds on to top spot on The Billboard 200 with her self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut, while her single "Foolish" once again leads Billboard's Hot 100. Although sales of "Ashanti" fell 51% to 246,000 units, according to SoundScan, the album remains No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, and "Foolish" continues its reign on top of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It's the second week in a row Ashanti has been No. 1 on these four charts.
Canadian rock act the Tragically Hip has slated June 11 for the North American release of its ninth studio album, "In Violet Light." Produced by Hugh Padgham (David Bowie, Genesis, the Police) and recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas, the 11-track set is the follow up to 2000's "Music @ Work."
Singer and actor Tyrese (full name: Tyrese Gibson) has been hospitalized for injuries from a motorcycle accident last week, his spokesperson said. The 23-year-old performer sustained cuts and injured his back in the crash last Friday in a desert area of Riverside County in Southern California. Tyrese and some friends had been riding their motorcycles in an off-road area when the accident happened.
Afro-Peruvian music pioneer Susana Baca has always been the kind of artist who performs better in front of a crowd. Knowing this, she, producer Craig Street, and the folks at Luaka Bop Records decided to try a novel approach for the recording of "Espiritu Vivo" (Live Spirit), her third album for the New York-based imprint: They invited an audience to the studio sessions.