"Last of the Mississippi Jukes," filmmaker Robert Mugge's documentary tribute to the Magnolia State's blues and juke joints, will be released on DVD next month via Sanctuary. Concurrent with the March 18 release, the label will also issue a 14-track soundtrack with music featured in the film, including songs by the likes of Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bobby Rush, and Chris Thomas King.
Rapper 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" easily remains No. 1 on The Billboard 200 following its first full week of retail availability. The Shady/Interscope set, which was rush released on Feb. 6 to thwart bootlegging and illegal downloads, sold a stunning 822,200 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, just a 5.7% drop-off from its shortened first-week total of 872,000 units.
Vancouver police are recommending charges against nine people, including six youths, in a riot at a Guns N' Roses concert last year that resulted in $264,000 worth of damage to the downtown GM Place arena. Reports recommending charges of mischief and participating in unlawful assembly have been sent to prosecutors, Sgt. Rob Bosley said.
Boy-band hitmaker Lou Pearlman is the target of a Florida state probe into complaints that hundreds of aspiring models and actors were duped into paying up to $1,500 each for spots on his company's Web site. Clients say they were led to believe that Pearlman's company, Trans Continental Talent Inc., would help them find work -- not just post their pictures online.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has confirmed hundreds of artists for this year's 34th annual outing, which will be expanded to an 11-day festival for the first time, starting Thursday, April 24 and running through Sunday, May 4.
City officials threatened to seek criminal charges against the Chicago nightclub where 21 people were killed early Sunday in a stampede, saying the owners violated a court order by keeping the club open. Authorities say the E2 club had been ordered to shut down because of safety violations, including failure to provide enough exits.
Updating a story first posted earlier today, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the fourth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 26-27 in Indio, Calif. The Beasties, who are working on their first Grand Royal studio album since 1998's "Hello Nasty," will be playing just their third live date since the 1999 Tibetan Freedom Concert in East Troy, Wisc. The trio will also perform at a revived version of that event in April in Japan.
Paul McCartney has unveiled plans for a European leg of his wildly successful concert tour, kicking off March 25 in Paris and wrapping May 27 in Dublin. The new dates encompass the former Beatle's first performances in his native U.K. since 1993.
2001 - James Taylor ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Caroline "Kim" Smedvig. The two marry at a Boston church during a small ceremony attended by about 50 family and friends. Smedvig, an executive with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is given away by John Williams, the Hollywood film composer and Boston Pops conductor laureate. Andre Previn and Yo Yo Ma perform at the wedding.
As first tipped here last week, Korn, Disturbed, and Marilyn Manson will headline Ozzfest 2003, which kicks off its eighth edition June 28 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in San Antonio, Texas. Fest father Ozzy Osbourne and Chevelle will also be on the main stage of the 28-date tour, details of which were unveiled today (Feb. 18) at the Osbourne family's Los Angeles-area home.