V2 Records wants to double its money on Stereophonics, and it needs America's help. The Welsh band has built a redoubtable reputation in the vanguard of British rock, with worldwide sales of its 1999 opus, "Performance & Cocktails," at 2 million units, according to the label. Now, V2 hopes to increase that by 100% with Stereophonics' third collection, "Just Enough Education to Perform," due April 9 in the U.K. and April 17 in the U.S. For that to happen, everyone concerned knows the band must make a real imprint across the Atlantic..
Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin's nagging vocal problems have forced the U.K. rock act to cancel nine European tour dates, due to begin April 1 in Paris. In a post on the band's official Web site, Coldplay's manager writes, "Chris has recently been diagnosed with voice exhaustion and has been advised by his doctor that attempting the April schedule as it stands would result in total voice loss and could cause permanent damage."?
As first tipped here last week, classic rock favorites the Eagles will embark on their first European tour in four years, set to kick off May 29 in Moscow. The seven-week run, billed as "An Evening With The Eagles," will conclude July 22 in Glasgow and comes in support of last fall's four-disc box set "Selected Works: 1972-1999" (Elektra).
The Billboard Hot 100 has a new No. 1 for the second week in a row, as Shaggy's "Angel" featuring Rayvon rises one position to send Crazy Town's "Butterfly" fluttering back to the No. 2. The moves puts Shaggy in command of both the Hot 100 and The Billboard 200, where his "Hotshot" (MCA) regains the top crown from "Everyday," the Dave Matthews Band's RCA album that dethroned it at the start of the month.
Hip-hop pioneer KRS-One will head out on the road next month on a tour with In The Paint/Koch Records labelmate Afu-Ra in tow. The run, which kicks off April 1 in Boston, will also feature a number of lecture stops for KRS, in addition to the performance dates. Lectures are scheduled in Philadelphia, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Atlanta during the tour, which currently lists dates through an April 21 stop in Dallas, although additional dates are planned.
Country star LeAnn Rimes plans to appeal a Nashville judge's ruling that she not be let out of a contract she signed with Curb Records when she was 12, Billboard Bulletin reports. Rimes, now 18, was seeking to have Davidson County (Tenn.) Chancellor Irvin Kilcrease set aside his 1995 order that removed Rimes' minority status so she could sign a long-term contract with Curb.
Controversial music file-swapping company Napster has filed its second compliance report with a federal court and claims to have filtered out more than 1.3 million file names of copyrighted songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Allegations of murder plots against Sean ''Puffy'' Combs and an enemy of the rap mogul were raised in a conference between attorneys during Combs' weapons and bribery trial, according to a court transcript released yesterday (March 22).
San Diego's Rocket From The Crypt and Swedish political punks the (International) Noise Conspiracy will hit the road next week on a 30+-date U.S. tour. Kicking off Thursday (March 29) in Las Vegas, the tour will wind its way around the country before coming to a close May 4 in Rocket From The Crypt's hometown.
In most cases, when the singer in a really great, but not huge, rock band starts playing solo acoustic gigs, it's not a good sign. It's usually only a matter of time before that guy has gone off on his own, leaving the band you once so adored in his dust.
Mysterious Icelandic rock outfit Sigur Ros has lined up dates for its first-ever tour of North America, which will begin with an April 28 appearance at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The trek, with a string quartet in tow, proceeds to five additional cities, wrapping May 8 at New York's Angel Orensanz Center.