Dutch dance/electronic act Junkie XL, who recently scored a No. 1 hit in the U.K. with its remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation," has signed a pact with video-game manufacturer Xbox to produce a soundtrack to the forthcoming racing game "Quantum Redshift." Junkie XL (led by Tom Holkenberg) will create 16 new, exclusive tracks that will be woven into the game, which is due for a fall release.
Nearly two years after its release, Lost Highway's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack continues to cause ripple effects in the music industry. The Grammy-winning album of blues, mountain, and other Americana music has sold 5.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Mexican rock outfit Mana has wrapped work on its seventh album, "Revolucion de Amor," due Aug. 20 from Warner Music International. It's the follow-up to 1997's "Suenos Liquidos," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums tally and has sold 471,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. An "MTV Unplugged" album was released in 1999 and also hit No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums tally.
New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuted the title track from Bruce Springsteen's upcoming Columbia album "The Rising" at 8:15 a.m. ET this morning (June 21), only to be immediately served with a cease and desist order from the label. The track is due to make its authorized debut Monday via the AOL Music First Listen program, where it will be available for streaming for 48 hours. "The Rising," due July 30, is Springsteen's first studio album since 1995's "The Ghost of Tom Joad."
Using a formula that combines money and fame, Forbes magazine says Britney Spears tops its latest Celebrity 100 list. The 2002 list quantifies celebrity by combining earning power with star power, including press clips, TV and radio mentions, magazine cover stories, and Web site hits.
Jane's Addiction, Bad Brains, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Ozomatli, and the Breeders are among the confirmed acts for the Mextravaganza music festival, to be held Aug. 30-Sept 1 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The initial edition of the festival will also include DJ sets by the likes of Roni Size, Dynamite MC, Groove Armada, and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell.
R&B star R. Kelly, who's fighting criminal charges that he videotaped himself having sex with an underage girl, is singing a new song addressing the controversy. The track, "Heaven, I Need a Hug," debuted this week on Chicago radio station WGCI-FM. In it, Kelly knocks his detractors and says he hopes to regain his fans' support.
Punk outfit the Transplants, the brainchild of Rancid's Tim Armstrong, has lined up a string of California tour dates to preview its forthcoming Epitaph/Hellcat album. The group -- featuring Armstrong on guitar, Blink-182 principal Travis Barker behind the drums, and vocalist Rob Aston -- will be joined by Rancid bassist Matt Freeman for the nine dates.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records has terminated its joint venture with Arista. Combs leaves with full ownership of Bad Boy and the label's complete artist roster and back catalog. Although the move was expected, Combs has not yet revealed Bad Boy's plans for future distribution, promotion, and marketing support.