slew of rarities for the double-disc collection "The Complete Works Volume 1," due April 15 from Spaceman/Arista Records. The set will feature 24 tracks culled from singles, EPs, special pressings, and promotional releases from the first four years of the band's existence, 1990-1993
Sibling trio Las Ketchup and Mexican pop diva Pilar Montenegro top the list of finalists for the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards; each will compete in seven categories. Colombian pop/rocker Juanes is close behind, competing in six categories, while Mexican/Argentine duo Sin Bandera and regional Mexican singer Aracely Arambula are each up for five awards.
Jennifer Lopez's "All I Have" featuring LL Cool J withstood a charge from 50 Cent's "In Da Club" to remain on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for a third-straight week. However, "In Da Club" is already besting "All I Have" in urban markets, as it leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for a second-straight week. "All I Have" is up 6-4 on that tally.
Eminem, Sheryl Crow with Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and 'N Sync have been added to the performance lineup for the 45th Grammy Awards, to be broadcast Feb. 23 on CBS. Costello will join No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Bruce Springsteen, and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt for a tribute to late Clash frontman Joe Strummer. 'N Sync will perform in celebration of the Bee Gees, who will receive the Grammy Legend Award.
Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) has called off a proposed boycott of PepsiCo. The action was canceled after the music mogul's organization, the soft drink manufacturer, and the Ludacris Foundation reached an agreement yesterday (Feb. 11) that will see Pepsi donate "millions" of dollars to U.S. youth programs.
Phil Spector will contend the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his suburban mansion last week was accidental, a close friend of the legendary music producer said. "I believe his defense will be that this was a tragic accident," said Marvin Mitchelson, a prominent Los Angeles attorney who has been friends with Spector for about 12 years and has traveled extensively with him.
Following a hailstorm of publicity and several hit singles, rapper 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" debuts this week on top of The Billboard 200. As previously reported, the Shady/Aftermath/Interscope set was rush released last Thursday to combat bootlegging, but even with that short sales period it sold a massive 872,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the fourth-highest weekly total achieved by a rap album.
Modern rock outfit Cold is gearing up for a short club tour to preview its forthcoming album "Year of the Spider." The set, due April 29 on Flip/Geffen, finds the band getting some help from Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, who lends his talents to first single "Stupid Girl." Cold will launch a two-week trek March 2 in Hartford, Conn.
Columbia will on March 25 release an 11-track tribute to two of Bob Dylan's inspirational albums. "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" will pay homage to 1979's "Slow Train Coming" and 1980's "Saved," albums the Jewish-born Dylan recorded after he abruptly became a born-again Christian.
Nebraska-based new wave revival act the Faint will release a remixed version of its critically lauded 2001 album, "Danse Macabre," March 25 via Astralwerks. The newly reworked disc, originally released by Saddle Creek, will consist of remixes from the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Les Rythmes Digitales (LRD), and Tommy Sunshine, among others.
California officials postponed a parole board hearing to decide whether jailed rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight should go back to prison for allegedly associating with gang members. Members of the California Board of Prison Terms "wanted to review our decision about whether he could have legal representation at the meeting," Bill Sessa, the panel's liaison, said yesterday (Feb. 11).