2001 - Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album "Nightmare in A-Minor." The set includes one track, "Burn Baby Burn," which deals specifically with the artist's cancer struggles.
Results of breath tests taken from pop singer Diana Ross can be used as evidence in her case, a Tucson, Ariz., judge has ruled. Ross, 59, faces three drunken driving-related charges in Tucson City Court after being stopped by police on Dec. 30. She has pleaded innocent. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 9.
Neil Young has set an Aug. 19 release for his next Reprise album, "Greendale." The 10-song set chronicles the life and times of the Green family, residents of the fictional town from which the album takes its name. "Greendale" will be bundled with a bonus DVD of Young performing the album in sequence during a recent solo acoustic show in Dublin.
Capitol Records released Liz Phair's fourth album on June 24, but not too long ago the artist was fighting to get off the label. A critic's darling from the start, Capitol had expected the photogenic Phair, who's modeled for Gap and Calvin Klein, to become the next Sheryl Crow. It didn't happen.
Teen pop/rock sensation Avril Lavigne is offering a five-track live EP for paid download exclusively through Apple's iTunes Music Store, beginning today (July 15). The cuts, "Sk8er Boi," "Nobody's Fool," "Unwanted, "Losing Grip" and a cover of Green Day's "Basket Case" were recorded on March 23 in Dublin.