Universal Music Group (UMG) announced Saturday at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer electronics show in Berlin that it will release a number of titles in the new Super Audio CD (SACD) format in the coming months, Billboard Bulletin reports. Sony Music, EMI, and ZTT Records are also planning new titles in the format, which was developed jointly by Philips and Sony.
U.S. rock act Staind pulled off a major achievement on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 26) when its Flip/Elektra set "Break the Cycle" debuted at No. 1 -- despite the fact that the band has yet to appear on the British singles chart.
The investigation into the plane crash that killed 22-year-old singer Aaliyah and eight others in the Bahamas widened as U.S. officials said they would help determine what caused the plane to go down shortly after takeoff.
Following the completion of his summer tour with a Sept. 3 performance at the Woodstock Fair in South Woodstock, Conn., country artist Billy Ray Cyrus plans to record his next album. "I don't know whether I'm comin' or goin'," Cyrus said in a statement. "I've had an absolute blast being out on tour this summer, and it's really kinda recharged my batteries for this new album. We've got some great songs already."
Famed recordings from Antonio Carlos Jobim ("The Girl from Ipanema"), Santana ("Oye Como Va"), Joao Gilberto ("Chega da Saudade"), Javier Solis ("Sabor a Mi"), and Astor Piazzolla ("Adios Nonino") are among the first 17 inductees into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame. Recordings that are 25 years old are eligible for induction by a panel that includes music historians and professionals from the recording arts field.
Last week, exactly 30 days after its release, 'N Sync's Jive album "Celebrity" was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Released on July 24, the album quickly rocketed to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 based 1.88 million units sold in its debut week, according to SoundScan. Only the band's "No Strings Attached" had higher first-week numbers with 2.4 million units sold last March.
New York high school students will have the opportunity to win a private concert with LFO, Willa Ford, and City High on Oct. 12 at the Vanderbilt Theater in Plainview, Long Island. The "School Spirit" contest, sponsored by New York radio station Z100, can be entered through the Z100 official Web site beginning Sept. 4 and running through Sept. 30.
It may come as a surprise even to most fans that Ryan Adams' brand of barroom rock and misty-eyed balladry owes as much to the less-hip corners of rock culture (such as Slayer) as it does to such icons as Neil Young, Paul Westerberg, and Bruce Springsteen. But this helps explain why his new solo set -- "Gold," due Sept. 25 from Lost Highway -- is the most mainstream-leaning, least alt-country, and most uptempo of any of his albums.
Beatles fans with a ticket to ride will soon be able to book themselves into Liverpool's Hard Day's Night Hotel. The hotel, scheduled to open in 2003, will feature 120 rooms, each with a mural relating to the Fab Four.
R&B singer and actress Aaliyah died Saturday (Aug. 25) when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashed after takeoff in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, authorities said. All nine people were killed in the crash after the engines of the Cessna apparently failed, authorities said. The 22-year-old singer (full name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton) had gone to the Bahamas to shoot a music video.