Fresh off headlining this summer's Sprite Liquid Mix tour, rapper Jay-Z will return Nov. 12 with his seventh studio set, "The Blueprint II: The Gift and the Curse." The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist tells Billboard.com he sees the Def Jam album as a sequel of sorts to 2001's Grammy-nominated "The Blueprint," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It has sold 2.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Tim McGraw began his career as a country radio hitmaker with the lyrical controversy of "Indian Outlaw." Eight years later, another more sober McGraw song is again sparking consternation among some listeners.
Just a few days in advance of its self-titled debut BNA album, progressive country act Pinmonkey will head out on the highway beginning tomorrow (Oct. 5), with a star-studded stop in Philadelphia. The group will be on a bill with Tim McGraw and Martina McBride at the WXTU Philly Chili Cook Off, which will also feature sets by Sixwire and Eric Heatherly.
Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson is recovering after doctors in Sweden successfully removed a brain tumor, her manager said. The tumor was discovered after Fredriksson fainted and hit her head against a sink three weeks ago at her Stockholm home.
The Wallflowers are preparing to release their fourth album, "Red Letter Days," Nov. 5 on Interscope, and will celebrate by taking to the road for a theater/ballroom tour starting Nov. 20 in Englewood, Colo. The first leg of the tour will run through a Dec. 7 date in Washington, D.C., although more dates for a second leg are expected to be announced.
Bono, the globe-trotting, conscience-tugging lead singer for Irish rock group U2, is the most powerful man in music, according to a poll of music industry figures. Bono, whose given name is Paul Hewson, tops a list compiled by U.K. music magazine Q. The top 10 names were released yesterday (Oct. 3).
Artists, label executives, and laborers appeared before California legislators yesterday (Oct. 3) in Sacramento to address the affects of music piracy on the state's economy, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Three decades of Elvis Costello's career will be represented with Rhino's third batch of reissued albums, due Nov. 19. Like the two previous volleys, 1979's "Armed Forces," 1982's "Imperial Bedroom," and "1991's "Mighty Like a Rose" will all be released as two-disc sets ...
Jennifer Lopez's next Epic studio album, "This Is Me... Then," is set for a Nov. 26 release. First single "Jenny From the Block" was the top debut this week at No. 67 on Billboard's Hot 100. The cut is built around samples from Herbie Mann, KRS-One, and the Beatnuts, and features L.O.X. rappers Jadakiss and Styles. A 12-inch vinyl single is due Nov. 5.