Weezer is currently on the road in North America for what it has dubbed the Hooptie Tour, consisting of special promotional appearances and shows in support of its just-released self-titled third Interscope/Geffen album. The trek continues tomorrow (May 17) at Six Flags amusement park in Los Angeles, and is slated to run through mid-June.
Cellist Lynn Harrell is singing praises for New York after he got back the $4 million Stradivarius he mistakenly left in the trunk of a taxi. "I love this town," Harrell told the Daily News yesterday (May 15) after being reunited with his 1673 Stradivarius.
Destiny's Child's "Survivor" (Columbia) enjoys a second week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, despite a 45.8% drop-off from its first week U.S. sales of more than 663,000 copies. The set fended off a strong debut from Paul McCartney's "Wingspan: Hits and History" (Capitol), which sold more than 220,000 units to land at No. 2.
New York-based publisher Helios Music Corp. has filed a copyright-infringement suit against modern rock quartet Garbage, alleging that the band's song "I Think I'm Paranoid" lifted lyrics from the 1967 American Breed hit "Bend Me, Shape Me," Billboard Bulletin reports.
Performances by Lyle Lovett, El Gran Combo, Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Living Colour, and Bebel Gilberto highlight the 16th season of New York's Central Park SummerStage concert series. This year's program will kick off June 15 with the North American debut of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba company, and an exploration of Puerto Ricans in New York by the Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre.
An attorney for the World Wrestling Federation has sent Orange County, Calif.-based independent label Cornerstone R.A.S. a cease and desist letter asking it to stop the sale and distribution of the new album from Wesley Willis, entitled "The Wesley Willis Fiasco Live E.P."
Seminal 1960s supergroup Buffalo Springfield is getting its first turn on the retrospective carousel with "Box Set," due July 3 from Atco/Elektra/Rhino. The band, which only lasted a brief two years before its members splintered off to find other musical successes, will be celebrated through 88 tracks spread over four CDs.
Destiny's Child leads music nominees for the first BET Awards with nods for best female group, video of the year, and viewers' choice award. Artists with double nominations are Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Nelly, OutKast, and Musiq Soulchild.
U2's ongoing tour of North America is the rock outing fans are most excited about this summer, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. The tour, which also features Interscope labelmates PJ Harvey supporting, took in 32% of 6,726 votes in the poll.
In 1998, three members of the platinum-selling act Days of the New were fired. But instead of slinking off into obscurity, the ousted members turned lemons into lemonade: They recruited a new singer, created a new band, and are now experiencing commercial success as Tantric, with an eponymous debut album on Maverick/Warner Bros.