As tipped here last week, Velvet Revolver -- the new band featuring Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum plus David Kushner of Suicidal Tendencies -- is expected to sign today (Aug. 22) with RCA Records. The group's debut album is being eyed for a February release.
Trace Adkins will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry cast this weekend, the first new member in two years. Adkins, 41, was hardly the picture of cool the first time he performed on the Grand Ole Opry radio show seven years ago.
While in the studio to record new tracks for a forthcoming hits collection, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have written and recorded 15 new songs, according to a post by bassist Flea on the band's official Web site. "It is the fastest we have ever recorded so much material," he said. "I can't wait for y'all to hear it."
Rap mogul Irv Gotti and his attorney failed to appear in court Tuesday (Aug. 19) for Gotti's arraignment in Oakland, Calif., on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, authorities said.
R&B outfit Jagged Edge has set a Sept. 30 release date for its next Columbia album, "Hard." A commercial single for lead track "Walked Outta Heaven" was released on Tuesday. The cut is No. 41 this week on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
2002 - U2 shoots a video for its new single, "Electrical Storm," in the French seaside tow of Eze. The clip, which stars actress Samantha Morton ("Minority Report") as a mermaid, films from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. the following morning.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z cruise to their eighth-straight week atop Billboard's Hot 100 with "Crazy in Love." In its 15th week on the chart, "Crazy" once again fends off Chingy's "Right Thurr" (No. 2) and still-gaining "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, which advances 4-3.
The American Idols have once again moved the release dates for their debut albums. Ruben Studdard, the winner of the second season contest on the Fox series "American Idol," has set a Nov. 11 release date for his debut "Soulful" (J Records), while runner-up Clay Aiken's still-untitled debut will be released Oct. 14 on RCA.