The Eurovision Song Contest trophy remains in the Baltic States, as Latvia was a surprise first-time winner at the 47th annual competition, held Saturday in Tallinn, Estonia. Riga-born Marija Naumova, known professionally as Marie N, co-wrote and performed the Latin-tinged winning song, "I Wanna." Latvia's victory follows last year's surprise win by neighboring country Estonia.
Linkin Park and Warner Bros. have set a July 31 release date for "Reanimation," a remix album the group sees as a "revisiting" of its multi-platinum debut, "Hybrid Theory". According to posts on the group's official Web site, the disc will include contributions from the likes of Korn's Jonathan Davis, Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, rapper Pharoahe Monch, Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, Deftones' Stephen Carpenter, and DJ Z-Trip.
Rawkus has set a June 4 release date the third edition in its "Soundbombing" compilation series. Mixed by Cipha Sounds and Mr. Choc, the disc features unreleased cuts by the likes of Mos Def, the Roots featuring Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, and the Beatnuts, among others.
Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope) crashed in at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (May 26), while Irish vocalist Ronan Keating scored an instant chart-topper with his second Polydor album, "Destination." For Eminem, it's his third U.K. No. 1, following "The Real Slim Shady" in July 2000 and "Stan" four months later. "Without Me" replaces Liberty X's "Just a Little" (V2) at the top of the chart.
Weezer has drafted Dashboard Confessional and Sparta for its summer Enlightenment Tour, tentatively due to kick off July 6 in Salt Lake City. The Strokes are confirmed to jump aboard for "a still to be determined section" of the trek, according to Weezer's official Web site.
Naughty by Nature may very well be one of hip-hop's most underrated groups. With 10 years and a few hip-hop classics under its belt, the duo of Treach and Vinnie—DJ/producer Kay Gee left the group after the release of 1999's 19 Naughty IX: Nature's Fury—returns with its fifth album and first for TVT. Both a comeback album and a tribute set, iicons reminds fans of everything that
On their first formal release in close to a decade, the Breeders pick up where frontwoman Kim Deal's 1995 side project, the Amps, left off, favoring a brooding garage-punk sound over the playful alternative pop it became best known for in the early '90s on the hit "Cannonball." Credit some of that shift to the presence of Steve Albini, who is behind the boards for the first time since 1990's wonderfully creepy
Los Angeles-based metal rock quintet 3rd Strike is poised to score a home run with its Hollywood Records debut Lost Angel, which turns a set of tales of angst and hard knocks into a spray of flaming, spiked spitballs.