Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, comedy rock duo Tenacious D, actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton, and 1980s pop star John Waite have all lent their talents to "Cyclorama," the upcoming studio album from veteran rock act Styx. The set, due Feb. 18 from Sanctuary, is the follow-up to 1999's "Brave New World," which debuted at No. 175 on The Billboard 200.
"I have to warn you," said Jeff Tweedy at the start of his solo set. "I've taken a lot of medication." The crowd at Chicago's Vic Theatre, where Tweedy sold out a three-night stand, whooped, winked, and hollered at the mention of "medicine," but Tweedy wasn't speaking euphemistically.
NBC executive Andrew Lack has been named chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Lack -- who has been president/COO of the television network since June 2001 and served as president of NBC News prior to that -- will join Sony early next month. He will be based in New York, reporting to Howard Stringer, chairman/CEO of Sony Corp. of America.
2000 - Venerable Chicago club Lounge Ax opens its last week of business with a bang, thanks to a surprise appearance by rock quartet Wilco. The group plays a two-and-a-half hour set before a capacity crowd, many of whom had lined up outside the club as early as seven hours before doors were to open.
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, whose Jive solo debut "Now or Never" was released last fall, will be hitting the road in February for his first solo performance outing. Beginning Feb. 17 in Pittston, Pa., Carter and his band will play 17 North American dates through a March 9 engagement in San Francisco.
B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Mavis Staples are among the artists who will gather Feb. 7 at New York's Radio City Music Hall for a "Salute to the Blues." Produced by the Experience Music Project (EMP) and its founder Paul Allen's company, Vulcan, the historic concert will be filmed by director Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") for a theatrical release that will be executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
With the Shady/Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile" ruling The Billboard 200, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" shows no signs of relenting control of Billboard's Hot 100, where it's in charge for an 11th week. The cut once again fends off Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It" and Nelly's "Air Force Ones" featuring Kyjuan, Ali & Murphy at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
Thomas D. Mottola, who has spent 14 years at the helm of Sony Music Entertainment, has resigned as chairman/CEO, effective immediately. There is no word yet on a replacement, but a high-level source at Sony Music says it will likely be someone from outside the music industry. A Sony Corp. statement says a successor will be named within "the next few days."
Mariah Carey will perform her single "Through the Rain" and Missy Elliot will offer a rendition of her hit "Work It" during next week's American Music Awards (AMA) ceremony. Set for Monday (Jan. 13), the show will also feature Bobby Brown joining newly announced performer Ja Rule on a version of "Thug Lovin'."