Michelle Branch, Paula Cole, Sheryl Crow, and Reba McEntire are among the artists who have signed on for Stormy Weather 2002 -- A Benefit for Walden Woods, set to take place Nov. 13 at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater.
The last few months have proved to be quite the roller-coaster ride for veteran rap outfit Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. After reuniting for its forthcoming Ruthless/Epic album, "Thug World Order," due Tuesday (Oct. 29), the Cleveland natives were soon at odds. In the midst of headlining the Grey Goose Vodka music tour, the group ousted member Bizzy Bone for being drunk onstage and passing out, only to recently welcome him back into the fold.
Los Angeles-based modern rock outfit Crazy Town will release its sophomore album, "darkhorse," Nov. 12 via Columbia. The 11-song set is led by the single "Drowning," a video for which was recently shot by Brendan and Emmett Malloy (Foo Fighters, Blink-182). Produced by the band with Howard Benson (P.O.D.), "darkhorse" features a guest guitar appearance by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo on the song "Hurt You So Bad."
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based rapper Fabolous is readying his second album, "Street Dreams," for a Jan. 14 release on Elektra/Desert Storm Records. The disc will feature production from the likes of DJ Clue & Duro, Timbaland, the Neptunes, Rockwilder, Rick Rock, and Just Blaze, as well as guest appearances by Mary J. Blige and Kanye West.
Singer/songwriter John Mayer will hit the road next month for a run through colleges and theaters, beginning Nov. 7 in Pompano Beach, Fla. The first eight dates on the tour will feature support from Robert Randolph & the Family Band; another five shows will boast bluegrass ensemble Nickel Creek in the opening slot.
Should the surviving members of bands continue to tour after key members have passed away? It depends on the act, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 5,710 voters, 44% said "maybe," depending on the group and its motivation to continue.
Faith Hill's "Cry" (Warner Bros.) dethrones Elvis Presley on The Billboard 200 this week thanks to an opening week U.S. sales tally of 472,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's Hill's second consecutive No. 1 debut, matching that of "Breathe" in November 1999, and the best opening by a female country solo artist since SoundScan was initiated in 1991. "Cry" also bows at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
A prominent member of a San Diego County Indian tribe was charged yesterday (Oct. 23) with murder in the stabbing death of a man outside a Nelly concert, but no charges were filed against a tribal chairman who was also jailed.
Bluegrass artist Alison Krauss makes an appearance on the upcoming soundtrack to Adam Sandler's animated film "Eight Crazy Nights." Krauss sings with the comedian on two of the album's eight songs. The soundtrack will be released on Nov. 19 by Columbia, while the film is slated to hit theaters on Nov. 27.
2000 - Rock band Killing Heidi and dance duo Madison Avenue, both of which are debut acts with chart-topping hits on independent labels, lead the winners at the 14th Scape Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) Awards in Sydney. Killing Heidi wins ARIAs for best group, album, new artist, and rock release for ""Reflector."" Madison Avenue wins for record of the year, best new artist (single), and best-selling single for ""Don't Call Me Baby.""