Having recently returned from a whirlwind promotional blitz of Europe, where she is a bona fide pop star, Chicago-born/New York-raised Anastacia now has her eyes firmly set on America, where commercial success has, for whatever reason, eluded her.
Although Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst seems ready to welcome former guitarist Wes Borland back into the band's lineup, posting the latter's personal email address on the Internet might not be the best way to do it.
As expected, the hurried Memorial Day weekend release of Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Aftermath/Interscope) turned into a free for all, Billboard Bulletin reports. Some retailers began selling the album as early as Friday afternoon -- despite promises by Interscope distributor and sister company Universal Music & Video Distribution to penalize violators of the official Sunday street date.
Jay-Z, Backstreet Boys, Oasis and a slew of Japanese acts including Rip Slyme were among the winners at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Japan '02, held Friday in Tokyo. Japanese pop/rock group Mr. Children, signed to Toy's Factory, won the award for best video of the year for "Kimi ga Suki (I Like You)."
The Eurovision Song Contest trophy remains in the Baltic States, as Latvia was a surprise first-time winner at the 47th annual competition, held Saturday in Tallinn, Estonia. Riga-born Marija Naumova, known professionally as Marie N, co-wrote and performed the Latin-tinged winning song, "I Wanna." Latvia's victory follows last year's surprise win by neighboring country Estonia.
Linkin Park and Warner Bros. have set a July 31 release date for "Reanimation," a remix album the group sees as a "revisiting" of its multi-platinum debut, "Hybrid Theory". According to posts on the group's official Web site, the disc will include contributions from the likes of Korn's Jonathan Davis, Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, rapper Pharoahe Monch, Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, Deftones' Stephen Carpenter, and DJ Z-Trip.
Rawkus has set a June 4 release date the third edition in its "Soundbombing" compilation series. Mixed by Cipha Sounds and Mr. Choc, the disc features unreleased cuts by the likes of Mos Def, the Roots featuring Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, and the Beatnuts, among others.
Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope) crashed in at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (May 26), while Irish vocalist Ronan Keating scored an instant chart-topper with his second Polydor album, "Destination." For Eminem, it's his third U.K. No. 1, following "The Real Slim Shady" in July 2000 and "Stan" four months later. "Without Me" replaces Liberty X's "Just a Little" (V2) at the top of the chart.