The first album to anthologize the 20-year recording history of The The, one of the U.K.'s most notable modern rock bands of the past two decades, will be issued May 20 by Epic in Britain. Titled "45 RPM," the set features many of the best-known tracks by the Matt Johnson-led group, as well as three new songs. The album will be supported by a U.K. tour and precedes remastered editions of the band's studio albums, due in July.
In 2000, following the release of his Grammy Award-nominated album "Simplemente" (Sony), Chayanne seemed primed for a crossover. He was known to mainstream America, thanks to a starring role in the film "Dance With Me" alongside Vanessa Williams and he was a major Latin superstar who was also hugely successful in Europe, the U.S., and other markets. Moreover, crossing Chayanne over into the English-speaking market wasn't just a thought: When "Simplemente" came out, he was already working on English tracks.
As first tipped here last week, Aerosmith has been selected as the second mtvICON honoree in celebration of its nearly 30-year career. As with last year's tribute to Janet Jackson, Aerosmith's songs will be performed by a host of other acts, including Kid Rock, Train, and Pink, who is expected to cover the group's 1989 No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Janie's Got a Gun." The event will tape April 14 in Los Angeles and air three days later on MTV.
After the March 11 launch of a world tour in support of his latest Interscope album, "Escape," in Toronto, Latin vocalist Enrique Iglesias has promised a return engagement in September. But for some who attended the initial concert, it will mark the first time they actually hear the music as intended.
More than a quarter-century after its release as a double album of amplified noise and feedback, former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" got its first live performance this past weekend from a Berlin avant-garde classical ensemble.
Will Young's "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible" (RCA) continues to climb the all-time sales ladder as it begins a third week at the top of the U.K. singles chart. The title is now the 16th biggest-selling single of all time in the U.K., but will face stern competition this week from a new version of the perennial favorite "Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates, the singer that Young beat in the final of the "Pop Idol" TV show.
Five-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys' performance Friday in London at a building connected to Parliament has drawn the ire of one of Britain's legislators. An invited audience of journalists and schoolchildren saw the 21-year-old Keys sing at Portcullis House in a room often used for lawmakers' committee meetings. Playing a keyboard, the singer performed several songs including her hit single "Fallin'" and a rendition of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly."
When the head of your record label gives you an ultimatum to either co-write with Los Angeles' current crop of hitmakers or see your career come to a screeching halt, artistic and economic freedoms don't exactly seem too near on the horizon. But in a unique twist of fate, Big Head Todd & the Monsters now have both, roughly two years after facing such an ultimatum from ex-Giant Records boss Larry Jacobson.
Billy Joel and Elton John have postponed the rest of their U.S. concert dates together to allow Joel to recover from an illness. The two were scheduled to play tonight (March 18) at Madison Square Garden; at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on March 20, 22, 28 and 30; and at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., on April 4, 8, and 11.
The full slate of summer dates for the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"-related Down From the Mountain tour has been confirmed. The North American trek is set to begin June 25 in Louisville, Ky., and close Aug. 4 at the dramatic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.