Further eschewing the two-turn-tables-and-a-microphone ethos that defines much contemporary hip-hop, Philadelphia alt-rap collective the Roots delve deeper into the use of organic instrumentation on their latest effort, experimenting with everything from Bad Brains-style punk to Queen-inspired bombast ("Rock You") and Rolling Stones-styled guitar licks ("The Seed 2.0").
Team Roc-a-Fella is developing a fetish for double albums. Fresh off of Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse double-disc offering, the imprint returns with a two-CD soundtrack to the film Paid in Full.
Pop diva Whitney Houston's ailing father, who is suing her for $100 million, called for his daughter to settle the case in a televised plea yesterday (Dec. 5), urging her from his hospital bed to "pay me the money that you owe me." John Houston, 82, made his unusual public appeal on the syndicated television show "Celebrity Justice," a day after his daughter said in her own ABC interview that her father's suit was hurtful and motivated by someone who "has put fear in his heart."
Legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz was in stable condition Friday after undergoing emergency surgery, her agent Omed Pardillo said. The two-time Latin Grammy winner, who lives in New Jersey, complained of ill health Wednesday night and was immediately hospitalized. Pardillo said the reasons for the surgery, which took place early yesterday (Dec. 5) at New York Presbyterian Hospital, would be released after Cruz returns home.
Nineteen years after the death of soul music legend Marvin Gaye, Motown/UME is readying for a Jan. 14 release "Greatest Duets: a Love Songs Collection," a single-disc compilation culling 14 tracks from throughout Gaye's career. Due Jan. 14, the set includes duets with Mary Wells, Oma Page, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross, and others.
Whitney Houston's "Primetime" interview special with Diane Sawyer Wednesday night (Dec. 4) on ABC scored a ratings victory for the network. The one-hour program was the most-watched show of the night and drew a 13.7 rating/21 share, or 14.7 million U.S. households, according to Nielsen Media research.
Carlos Santana and his eponymous band have lined up more than 30 tour dates for 2003, ranging from a handful of U.S. appearances to a swing through Australia and New Zealand and a Sept. 27 finale in London. Currently, the trek is set to begin Feb. 12 in Laredo, Texas, the first of four shows in the state --and from there will play 10 dates throughout March and April in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.
1999 - It is announced that Gabriel Gomez has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of his half-sister Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos singer/guitarist Cesar Rosas. She disappears from her Rowland Heights, Calif., home on Oct. 23.
"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about Kelly Clarkson, singles sales, Avril Lavigne, radio station playlists, Shania Twain, double albums, his latest books, and best selling artists of the 1990s.