Alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo will be the subject of an upcoming single disc retrospective, due April 9 via Columbia/Legacy. Collecting all of the key tracks from the group's first three Rockville Records releases, the 21-track career overview, titled "Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology," will also feature several songs from the band's Sire/Reprise swansong "Anodyne," plus seven rarities, including one previously unreleased track.
Nas, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Run-D.M.C.'s Reverend Run, and Fat Joe are among the hip-hop artists who will appear at the first Hip-Hop Youth Summit, to be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21) at the York College Auditorium in Queens, N.Y. In addition to celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, the event will introduce a host of initiatives under the guise of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, founded by label mogul Russell Simmons.
The Indigo Girls will return March 12 with their eighth studio album, "Become You," and plan to support it with an acoustic tour of North America. The 12-track "Become You" was produced by Peter Collins, who previously teamed with the group for 1992's "Rite of Passage" and 1994's "Swamp Ophelia." It's the follow-up to 1999's "Come On Now Social," which debuted at No. 34 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 250,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
Country vocal quartet the Statler Brothers will retire from touring at the end of this year. The group plans to end its concert schedule as of Nov. 1, according to a statement released last week. The final show will likely be a scheduled Oct. 27 show at the Civic Auditorium in Roanoke, Va., a representative for the group tells Billboard.com.
Three acts who won nominations for the 2002 Brit Awards, announced last night (Jan. 14) in London, will take part in a unique charity gig Feb. 4 at the city's Astoria club. The show, part of music weekly NME's 50th anniversary celebration, will feature Travis, Starsailor, and Ryan Adams, with proceeds benefiting Warchild, a network of independent organizations dedicated to assisting victims of war.
Country and teen pop reigned supreme at the 28th annual People's Choice Awards, held last night (Jan. 13) at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. Garth Brooks beat out Tim McGraw and George Strait to win the favorite male musical performer award, marking the 12th time he has walked away with the honor.
U.S. R&B star Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash last August, achieved her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Jan. 13). She became the first female artist to make her initial appearance atop the chart posthumously. "More Than a Woman," from her self-titled Blackground/Virgin album, is Aaliyah's biggest hit since "Try Again" reached No. 5 in July 2000.
After a three-year absence from the music biz, Paul Westerberg is to return April 23 with a two-CD set on Los Angeles independent label Vagrant that spans both sides of his musical personality. The package is to be set up as a single-disc Westerberg solo album, featuring first and foremost a collection of acoustic-leaning songs titled "Stereo." Inside will be an entire new album from the former Replacement's punk-veering side project, Grandpaboy, titled "Mono."
Animated U.K. hip-hop act Gorillaz snared a leading six nominations for the 2002 Brit Awards, announced tonight (Jan. 14) at Abbey Road Studios in London. The Parlophone/Virgin act was nominated for best British group, album ("Gorillaz"), newcomer, single and video ("Clint Eastwood"), and dance act. Dido, Robbie Williams, and Kylie Minogue earned four nods apiece, while the Strokes were the most-selected international act with three.
Rhino is readying the second batch of Elvis Costello reissues for release next month. Due Feb. 19 are expanded editions of three albums from three different eras of the artist's work with his longtime backing band, the Attractions -- "This Year's Model" (1978), "Blood and Chocolate" (1986), and "Brutal Youth." (1994). Each one features the album in its originally issued form plus a bonus disc of rarities, as well as a 28-page booklet with new liner notes by Costello, song lyrics, rare photos, and reproductions of memorabilia from the era.
"Beyond Words," the 12th album from vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin, is set for a March 12 on Blue Note/Angel. It's the first set to be released in collaboration between jazz label Blue Note and classical imprint Angel, which signed McFerrin early last year under the Jazz & Classics umbrella of Capitol Records.