Hard rock act Adema has slated an Aug. 19 release for its second full-length Arista album, "Unstable." The set was produced by Howard Benson (P.O.D., Cold), and will be preceded by the self-titled first single, which will be sent June 23 to U.S. radio stations for airplay consideration.
Consumers will vote with their dollars next week when "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard's debut single is released on the same day as that of runner-up Clay Aiken. Both are due Tuesday (June 10), less than three weeks after the finale of the Fox reality show/talent contest's second season.
50 Cent's "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg isn't showing any sign of slowing down, as it leads the airplay charge in mainstream and urban markets. This week the track logs its third-straight week on top of Billboard's Hot 100 and its seventh at No. 1 on the magazine's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot Rap Tracks charts.
50 Cent dominates the field of finalists for Billboard's third annual R&B/Hip-Hop Awards with mentions in 10 categories, including top R&B/hip-hop album, top R&B/hip-hop single, and top R&B/hip-hop artist. The Aug. 8 awards ceremony at Miami's Jackie Gleason Theater will close the fourth annual Billboard/American Urban Radio Networks R&B/Hip-Hop Conference.
The ninth annual southern California rockabilly/car culture festival Hootenanny will be held July 5-6 at a new location, Cal State University-Fullerton Field in Fullerton, Calif. The festival's headliners will be Stray Cats (July 5) and Social Distortion (July 6). Over 300 classic cars will be on display, courtesy of a number of local car clubs.
Litigation against Bertelsmann over its relationship with Napster continues to build, as EMI Group yesterday (June 4) became the second major label to sue the German media company for supporting the now-dormant peer-to-peer service.
R. Kelly, free on bond since he was indicted on 21 child pornography charges, cannot go to Los Angeles to film a music video, but can travel to attend the BET Awards and perform at an upcoming concert, a Chicago judge ruled yesterday (June 4).