Although little is known about his life, Franco-Flemish composer Jean Richafort was a mainstay of the 16th-century top 40, not only with his scores in high circulation across Europe but with other famous composers basing works on his themes.
The cream of Ireland's independent rock and dance artists have joined together for the charity album "Collaborations: The Best of the Irish Independent Music Scene." Profits raised from the set, released by Crimson Entertainment, will benefit the Chernobyl Children's Project, an Irish-based charity which has links to U2 frontman Bono's wife, Ali Hewson, and whose executive director, Adi Roche, was a candidate in Ireland's last presidential election.
In terms of between-song banter, Deadheads rarely heard much more than "thank you" in the nearly three decades the Grateful Dead conquered the American touring circuit. And in his post-Dead onstage career, bassist Phil Lesh hasn't exactly become gabby.
Mississippi-based modern rock outfit 3 Doors Down has christened its sophomore Republic/Universal album "Away From the Sun." The set, due Nov. 12, is the follow-up to 2000's "The Better Life," which spawned the chart-topping Mainstream Rock Tracks entries "Loser," "Kryptonite," and "Duck and Run." As previously reported, "Away From the Sun" is being produced by Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Nickelback).
A TV watchdog group denounced MTV yesterday (Aug. 1) for excessive raunchiness in a new report, "The Ten Best and Worst Shows on Cable Television of the 2001/2002 Season." MTV programs like "The Osbournes" and "The Real World" comprise half of the Parents Television Council's "Worst" list, which is rounded out by offerings on FX, TNN, and Comedy Central.