Massive Attack returned to the U.K. charts in style yesterday (Feb. 16) as its fourth album, "100th Window" (Virgin), became the group's second to debut at No. 1, repeating the feat of its 1998 predecessor "Mezzanine." The band reached No. 13 with its influential 1991 debut "Blue Lines" and No. 4 with 1994's "Protection."
Yoko Ono has recorded a dance version of her late husband John Lennon's final song, her U.K. record label said. Ono has teamed up with British pop act the Pet Shop Boys for a dance remix of the Lennon song "Walking on Thin Ice."
2001 - Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a joy ride in an ambulance. Griggs and band member Kevin Weaver came upon the vehicle, with keys inside, in the parking lot of a Tallahassee, Fla.-area Days Inn, where they were on a tour stopover. The men took the ambulance for a short ride and returned to the lot, where police charged them with grand theft auto. Griggs and Weaver are released after posting $1,000 bail each.
Billy Corgan is so intent upon differentiating Zwan from the sadly departed Smashing Pumpkins that he credits his performance on Mary Star of the Sea to the previously unknown "Billy Burke." It's a move that initially smacks of pretension, but it's ultimately fair enough. He wants a fresh start as a member of a band that bares little resemblance to his indelible former unit. While Zwan sometimes displays the anguished heart of the Pumpkins, the band also has a leaner, upbeat sound that is, at times, downright sweet and playful. No one will ever mistake Corgan for a glowing ray of sunshine, but he sure knows how to craft a poppy hook—as evidenced on the giddy "Baby Let's Rock!" and the bouncy "Lyric."
In its major-label debut, Puerto Rican party band Algarete, which by some accounts is the single most active group on the island, enthusiastically translates its blend of ska, rock, rap, and reggae to disc, not allowing the studio to mellow out a certain aggression.