Vlado Perlemuter, a world-renowned pianist who worked with Maurice Ravel and tried to capture the diverse colors and tones of a symphony orchestra in his solo playing, has died at age 98, his recording company said today (Sept. 6).
A Los Angeles Times investigation into the long-unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur concluded that his killer likely was a gang member who used a pistol provided by rival rapper the Notorious B.I.G. No arrests have been made in Shakur's death following the Sept. 7, 1996, shooting near the Las Vegas Strip.
Pete Yorn, the Wallflowers' Rami Jaffee, and Los Angeles musician Marc Dauer have launched Trampoline Records with "Greatest Hits Vol. 1," an 18-track compilation that features previously unreleased tunes from all three principals, a number of songs from up-and-coming artists, and tracks from such former major-label artists as Minibar, Phil Cody, Peter Himmelman, and Pete Droge.
Kelly Clarkson wasn't the only participant in "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" that greeted yesterday (Sept. 5) with bleary-eyed triumph. "The whole rush of the last three months caught up with me," said Mike Darnell, executive VP alternative programming at the Fox television network. "I haven't slept for three nights."
After the international multi-platinum success of his 2000 MCA album "Hotshot," one couldn't blame Shaggy for feeling lucky. Fittingly, the artist has titled the follow-up "Lucky Day," and is planning an Oct. 29 release for the set. First single "Hey Sexy Lady" arrived at U.S. radio outlets this week for airplay consideration; Shaggy will perform the track tonight (Sept. 6) on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Nothing comes easy for Texas rock act ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, who are now on a North American tour sandwiched between headliner Queens Of The Stone Age and up-and-coming outfit Burning Brides (Peaches takes over for Burning Brides beginning Sept. 20 in St. Louis).
Macy Gray, 311, and Blind Boys Of Alabama are among the initial artists announced for the fourth annual Voodoo Music Experience. Set for Nov. 2 in New Orleans City Park, the event will feature more than 20 acts across three stages.
The Aerosmith touring machine, which rolls into Camden, N.J., tomorrow (Sept. 7) with Run-D.M.C. and Kid Rock, is once again flying high in support of the recently released Columbia greatest hits package "O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits." While happy to be back on the road, the band is already looking forward to its next studio project. Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton tells Billboard.com it will be a back-to-basics affair that will challenge its members and, they hope, inspire longtime fans.