U.K. folk rock artist Linda Thompson will release "Fashionably Late," her first new studio album in 17 years, July 30 via Rounder. The album follows 1985's "One Clear Moment" (Warner Bros.), and a pair of compilations -- 1996's "Dreams Fly Away" (Hannibal) and last year's "Give Me a Sad Song" (Fledg'ling).
Forget about the bout with exhaustion. Mariah Carey, newly signed to Island Records, says her next album will be filled with "celebratory, fun songs." As first reported here yesterday, Carey has signed a new deal with Universal Music Group that includes her own record label via a partnership with Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Sources say it's a $20 million deal for three albums with an option for a fourth.
Paul McCartney will take part in his first-ever online chat tonight (May 9) at 8 p.m. ET on the MSN network. McCartney will conduct the chat just before taking the stage at Dallas' sold-out Reunion Arena.
First, there was the music. Then, the ratings-grabbing television series, which spawned a flurry of magazine covers. Now, Ozzy Osbourne and his family have signed a book deal. Simon & Schuster plans to publish two books about the heavy metal icon and his family.
The fact that song stylist Nnenna Freelon's 10-year recording career is moving into high gear seems indisputable. With five Grammy Award nominations to her credit and an increasingly hectic touring schedule, the North Carolina-based singer is preparing for the June 11 release of her seventh album, "Tales of Wonder," via Concord.
New Orleans hip-hop duo Big Tymers soar to the top of The Billboard 200 for the first time with "Hood Rich" (Cash Money/Universal), which sold 160,000 units in its first week in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The album, which knocks Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (BNA) from the top, also arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Albums chart, ending Ashanti's four-week reign with her self-titled Murder Inc/Def Jam set.
Mariah Carey has inked a deal to form her own label with Island Def Jam Music Group, Billboard Bulletin reports. The still-unnamed imprint will be run by Jerry Blair, with whom Carey worked while she recorded for Columbia Records. According to sources, Carey is in the studio and hopes to release a new album "as soon as possible."
"Bohemian Rhapsody," the record-breaking hit by rock band Queen, is Britain's favorite single of all time, according to a poll published today (May 8). The song beat John Lennon's ballad "Imagine" to claim the top slot in a poll by "British Hit Singles," published by Guinness World Records.
Eddie Van Halen has gotten a clean bill of health from his doctors, according to a post yesterday (May 7) by the guitarist on the official Van Halen Web site. In the post, Van Halen -- who has been battling cancer of the tongue since 2000 -- wrote, "I wanted to let you all know that I've gotten a clean bill of health -- from head to toe."
Acoustic and improvisational music will return to the summer festival circuit this summer with the launch of the inaugural JamGrass 2002 tour. The run will feature the David Grisman Quintet, the Sam Bush Band, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, the John Cowan Band, and the Yonder Mountain String Band. Select stops will also feature Leo Kottke and Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna).