Having just wrapped a headlining stint on Honda's Civic Tour, California-based modern rock outfit Incubus has unveiled plans for a fall North American jaunt. The 39-date tour will largely visit secondary markets not hit on the Civic run, beginning Aug. 31 in Reno, Nev., and due to last through November. Shows are currently set through Oct. 31 in Irvine, Calif.
Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo album in six years, "Testify," due Nov. 12 from Atlantic. "Testify" marks the first release of new Collins music since the 1999 soundtrack to "Tarzan," which won the artist an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy on the strength of the single "You'll Be in My Heart."
A number of top artists -- including James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, and Don Henley -- have committed to playing a tribute concert in memory of late Billboard Editor in Chief Timothy White. White collapsed in an elevator June 27 in Billboard's New York offices and was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack. He was 50.
"Men in Black II" blasted the record books on the July Fourth holiday, vaporizing an estimated $90 million since its release last Wednesday and an estimated $54.1 million during the three-day weekend (Friday-Sunday). The debut of the Sony film -- which stars rapper/actor Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones -- was the biggest ever for the Fourth of July weekend, topping the record $51.1 million set by "Men in Black" in 1997.
Michael Jackson, already feuding with his record company, charged Saturday that the recording industry was a racist conspiracy that turns profits at the expense of performers -- particularly minority artists. "The recording companies really, really do conspire against the artists -- they steal, they cheat, they do everything they can," Jackson said in a rare public appearance. "[Especially] against the black artists."
Rapper Project Pat (real name: Patrick Houston), recently convicted on federal weapons charges, is seeking a new trial, claiming that the judge and jury were improperly influenced by his lyrics. The hip-hop artist was convicted last month in federal court in Jackson, Tenn., of being a felon in possession of a gun.
Oasis is back at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, as its fifth studio set "Heathen Chemistry" (Big Brother) ousted Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Interscope/Polydor) from the top spot yesterday (July 7). Meanwhile, the King still reigns on the singles chart, where "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Vs. JXL (RCA) remained on top for a fourth week, despite the label's controversial decision to stop pressing the single.