The celebrated Marsalis family, which, as previously reported, is issuing the collaborative album "The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration" in February via Marsalis Music, will follow its release with a short, eight-date tour of Canada and the U.S. East Coast.
Shots were fired and one man was killed last night (Dec. 9) during a Toronto-area video shoot for "Get Busy" by Jamaican dance hall artist Sean Paul. Paul, whose single "Gimme the Light" is No. 8 this week on the Billboard Hot 100, was filming a Little X-directed clip when shots were fired outside a house being utilized as part of the set.
The first "issue" of R&B/hip-hop lifestyle DVD journal Yellow Tape Magazine will feature an exclusive interview with Death Row/Tha Row Records founder/CEO Suge Knight. Due Jan. 28 via Yellow Tape Film & Video Productions/Music Video Distributors, the first edition of the quarterly video magazine will retail for $16.95.
The soundtrack to "Deliver Us From Eva," which stars rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J, is rife with new and classic R&B tracks from the likes of Usher, Mary J. Blige, and 3LW, as well as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The set is due Dec. 31 via Hollywood Records.
R.E.M. has begun announcing dates for its first extensive world tour since 1998. The trek will begin June 27 at the U.K.'s long-running Glastonbury Festival and so far includes 18 European festival and headlining dates. According to the band's official Web site, R.E.M. will touch down in North America by the fall. "As for other parts of the world, 2004 is a good guess," the site says.
R&B/hip-hop artists Ashanti and Nelly were the top honorees at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, aired live tonight (Dec. 9) on Fox from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Ashanti took home eight awards, while Nelly walked away with six. Rock acts Nickelback, Creed, and Puddle Of Mudd picked up four honors apiece. Special honors were also given to Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, Cher, and Michael Jackson.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela will host a Feb. 2 concert featuring some of the world's leading entertainers to raise funds for Africa's millions of AIDS victims. U2 singer Bono, Macy Gray, and Shaggy have already agreed to perform at the show, to be held on Robben Island, a rocky outcrop off the coast of Cape Town where Mandela spent nearly two decades as a prisoner of the apartheid regime and is now a museum.
2000 - Singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow loses a Larrivee guitar that he has played on every of Peter, Paul & Mary recording and every one of the trio's concerts since 1973. Prized for its sound, the six-string guitar goes missing on a Delta airlines flight from Washington, D.C. to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Yarrow posts a $500 reward for the return of the guitar.