Third Eye Blind, the Deftones, Sugar Ray, Liz Phair, and Crazy Town are among the artists who will perform at Breathe, the inaugural breast cancer benefit organized by the Step Up Women's Network and Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins. Set for Oct. 27 at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, the event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will also feature Nikka Costa, Pete Yorn, Julia Fordham, and Run-DMC.
The Billboard 200 has three debuts in the top-10, but Alicia Keys is No. 1 for the third time in four weeks with her J debut "Songs in A Minor." Bowing right behind at No. 2 is Aaliyah's self-titled third Blackground/Virgin album, giving the R&B singer her first appearance in the top-10. The set sold 187,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, more than four times greater than the first-week sales of her last effort, 1996's "One in A Million."
As expected, MTV's star-studded 20th anniversary celebration is growing by leaps and bound. The latest artists confirmed to perform during the Aug. 1 "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal" show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom include Sean Combs, Kid Rock, Ja Rule, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Rob Halford, Tommy Lee, and Naughty by Nature.
Look for 'N Sync to flirt with the 2 million mark in the first week of its Jive album "Celebrity," Billboard Bulletin reports. That's what industry pundits are projecting after first-day sales Tuesday exceeded 900,000 units, according to a poll of major national accounts.
Def Jam founder Russell Simmons had the last word at yesterday's Senate hearing on entertainment ratings, even though he had not been invited to testify, Billboard Bulletin reports. The label founder -- whose request to testify apparently was made late -- was allowed by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) to comment at the end of the hearing.
Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital last night (July 25) suffering from "extreme exhaustion," according to her label, Virgin Records. MTV says Carey has pulled out of "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal," the anniversary event she was due to headline Aug. 1 in New York.
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove will celebrate the music and lives of late jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis with a U.S. tour dubbed Directions in Music. The 28-city trek will kick off Sept. 19 in Santa Cruz, Calif., and is scheduled to wrap Oct. 29 in Naples, Fla.
Hard rock act Nickelback will hit the road at the end of August with 3 Doors Down in advance of its third album, "Silver Side Up," due Sept. 11 on Roadrunner. The band will play a stateside date on Aug. 5 in Eastacade, Ore., and then head to Europe for promotion. The band will return to North America for the 3 Doors Down tour, beginning with an Aug. 31 show at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. More dates are expected to be added in coming weeks.
More than a decade after voluntarily introducing "parental advisory" labels, the recording industry is putting some promotional weight behind the stickers. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) president/CEO Hilary Rosen announced yesterday (July 24) that the industry will launch a new campaign to improve awareness of the advisory labels, which are used to denote recordings with potentially offensive lyrical content.
Being in a rock band from Miami isn't always easy. In a city known for its beautiful beaches, club music, and fashion-driven culture, MCA act Darwin's Waiting Room struggled to find venues to play and an audience for its brand of rap-inflected rock.
Event organizers have finalized the lineup for the first North American installment of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Oct. 19-21 on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). As previously reported, Sonic Youth will curate and perform at the event. Other newly confirmed acts include Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Dead C, Cat Power, and Beastie Boys' Adam Horowitz's side band BS2000. Three-day passes go on sale Aug. 2; single-day tickets go on sale Aug. 16 on the UCLA campus and via Ticketmaster.