Linda Thompson Arrives 'Fashionably Late'

Linda Thompson Arrives 'Fashionably Late'

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).
Mariah: New Album 'Celebratory, Fun'

Mariah: New Album 'Celebratory, Fun'

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.
McCartney Logs On For First Online Chat

McCartney Logs On For First Online Chat

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.
Osbournes Sign Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

Osbournes Sign Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

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.
Nnenna Freelon Honors Stevie Wonder

Nnenna Freelon Honors Stevie Wonder

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.
Tymers Score Big With No. 1 Debut

Tymers Score Big With No. 1 Debut

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 Inks New Label Deal

Mariah Inks New Label Deal

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."
'Rhapsody' Named U.K.'s Favorite Single

'Rhapsody' Named U.K.'s Favorite Single

"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 Gets 'Clean Bill Of Health'

Eddie Van Halen Gets 'Clean Bill Of Health'

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."
Grisman, Bush Set For 'JamGrass' Festival Tour

Grisman, Bush Set For 'JamGrass' Festival Tour

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).
Marilyn Manson Case Nearing Resolution

Marilyn Manson Case Nearing Resolution

An Oakland County (Mich.) judge has refused to remove another judge from the assault case involving Marilyn Manson, clearing the way for a likely resolution of the case.

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