After mourning the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the surviving members of the R&B group TLC -- Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas -- are back at work on their fourth album. Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who is working with the pair on the new disc, says that the women have "held up pretty well."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform a concert Tuesday (July 9) on historic Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The show will celebrate the release that day of the band's latest Warner Bros. album, "By the Way," as well as the revitalization of lower Manhattan following last year's terrorist attacks on the U.S.
R&B superstar Keith Sweat returns Aug. 13 with his latest Elektra album, "Rebirth." The set is led by first single "One on One," which debuts this week at No. 75 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Sweat executive produced the album and produced or co-produced most of the tracks.
For his latest album, "Tropical Storm," Jamaican toaster Beenie Man has teamed up with a host of guest artists, including Lil' Kim, So Solid Crew, and dancehall greats Sly & Robbie. Due Aug. 20 via Virgin, the set is led by the single "Feel It Boy," which teams Beenie Man (real name: Moses Davis) with labelmate Janet Jackson and production team the Neptunes (also a Virgin artist under the N*E*R*D moniker).
The California Senate's Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry have tentatively set a July 23 date for a joint hearing looking into the record industry's accounting practices.
Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half a century, has died. He was 75.
After the Grateful Dead stormed foreign shores in the early 1970s, the band released the three-album set "Europe '72" (Warner Bros.) as a document of its longest trip abroad to that point. Thirty years later, Grateful Dead Music and Arista have compiled another collection of material recorded in the U.K. during that monumental tour, "Steppin' Out With the Grateful Dead - England '72."
Tracks from Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, Celine Dion, and Kylie Minogue are among the 20 selections to be found on the 10th edition of the multi-artist hits compilation "NOW That's What I Call Music!," due July 23 from Epic in conjunction with the other major labels. The latest album goes a bit heavier on up-and-coming artists then past "NOW" sets, with tracks from B2K, Jade Anderson, Musiq, Paulina Rubio, and Vanessa Carlton.