Edwyn Collins Polishes 'Syntax'

Edwyn Collins Polishes 'Syntax'

Scottish singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins will release a new studio album, "Doctor Syntax," April 15 through Instinct Records. Consisting of 14 tracks, including three bonus songs not found on the U.K. edition issued last year, the album features such guests as Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. It's the follow-up to 1997's "I'm Not Following You."
James Taylor Sets North American Outing

James Taylor Sets North American Outing

Veteran folk singer/songwriter James Taylor has set an itinerary for an extensive North American tour that encompasses a whopping 55 dates over the course of five months. The jaunt will kick off May 15 in Dallas and run through an Oct. 10 in Irvine, Calif., with a month-long break in September.
'Bipolar' Bizkit Renames Album

'Bipolar' Bizkit Renames Album

Rock/rap act Limp Bizkit has changed the name of its forthcoming Flip/Interscope album. The album's originally announced title, "Lessismore," has been dropped in favor of "Bipolar," according to a note from frontman Fred Durst posted today (Feb. 20) on the band's official Web site. In addition, Durst has posted a new song, "Just Drop Dead," on the site.
Country Veteran Johnny Paycheck Dies

Country Veteran Johnny Paycheck Dies

Country singer Johnny Paycheck, best known for his 1977 hit song "Take This Job and Shove It," died Tuesday in his sleep in a Nashville nursing home of emphysema and diabetes, among other problems. He was 64.
R. Kelly Denies Sex Assault Allegations

R. Kelly Denies Sex Assault Allegations

R. Kelly claims the latest allegations against him are an attempt to damage his career. The singer released a statement in response to reports that police in Chicago are looking into charges that he assaulted a woman. The unnamed 24-year-old alleges Kelly sexually abused her Tuesday at a recording studio on the city's North Side. Police say all they are dealing with at this point are allegations against the singer.
50 Cent Can't Cash Out J. Lo/LL Single

50 Cent Can't Cash Out J. Lo/LL Single

Jennifer Lopez's "All I Have" featuring LL Cool J rules Billboard's Hot 100 for a fourth-straight week despite the continuing airplay gains of 50 Cent's "In Da Club." The J.Lo/LL single -- the fourth No. 1 on the Hot 100 for Lopez and first for LL Cool J -- also holds fast at No. 4 on Billboard's R&B Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Streets In Good Shape For U.S. Tour

Streets In Good Shape For U.S. Tour

U.K. garage/rap artist Mike Skinner, aka the Streets, will land in the U.S. March 11 for another tour in support of his debut album, "Original Pirate Material" (Locked On/Vice), with seven shows confirmed through a March 22 gig at Miami's ...
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

1999 - Trace Adkins plays his first concert since breaking his ankle and undergoing surgery for tendon damage. Adkins ignores doctors' warnings to remain seated and walks around the stage so fans throughout the venue can get a good look at him.
Dixie Chicks Slate North American Tour

Dixie Chicks Slate North American Tour

The Dixie Chicks will hit the road May 1 on a 52-date North American tour. The country trio will start the Top of the World tour in Greenville, S.C., and not let up through to an Aug. 4 finale in Nashville. Only two cities on the tour -- Chicago and St. Paul, Minn. -- will see extended stays by the group, which will play two nights in each. Members of the group's official fan club will get first crack at tickets through the group's official Web site.
Bad Boy, Def Jam Come Together For 112

Bad Boy, Def Jam Come Together For 112

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records and the Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) have reached an agreement regarding their dispute over the signing of R&B group 112. The group, which left Bad Boy to sign with IDJMG a year ago, will now be promoted and marketed by both labels under the Bad Boy/Def Jam logo.
Manson's 'Grotesque' Emerges In May

Manson's 'Grotesque' Emerges In May

Marilyn Manson's next Interscope album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque," will arrive May 13 on Interscope. The set, produced by Manson and Tim Skold, will be preceded by the single "mOBSCENE." Says Manson, "This album is about expression. The imagination and personality of the individual cannot be trapped by small minds or defined by any one person. The genius of art finds sanctuary among children and madmen to survive. That, is who we are."

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