When it was time for David Bowie to choose a new home for his music -- not to mention his fledgling ISO label -- he went with the label that didn't strive to render him a hit machine. He chose Columbia Records, because they offered to simply let him be. "Absolutely no attempt was made on their part to guide me into making a chart-oriented record," Bowie says. "What I brought them is what they took-and with great enthusiasm."
"Every hero needs good theme music," said Keenan Ivory Wayans in 1988's "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka." Hollywood Records provides just that for the spies in Touchstone Pictures' upcoming action comedy "Bad Company." Ali's "Breathe In, Breathe Out" featuring St. Lunatics will serve at the lead single for the album, due Tuesday (June 4). The film opens June 7 in U.S. theaters.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has thrown out Courtney Love's challenge to a California labor code as part of her lawsuit against Universal Music Group and Geffen Records. Judge Fumiko Wasserman yesterday (May 30) overturned an earlier U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that California's "seven-year" statute -- which Love claimed is unfair because it binds recording artists to contracts longer than those of other workers -- be included in the suit.
A woman who says she was raped by the husband of singer Celine Dion has been freed from jail after agreeing to repay more than $550,000 to a Las Vegas casino in a bad check case. Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung, a Korean immigrant who lives in Pasadena, Calif., was released Wednesday without bail from the Clark County Detention Center, jail officials said.
Veteran underground rock act Sonic Youth will spend the summer on tour in support of its upcoming DGC/Interscope album "Murray Street," due June 25. More than a month's worth of international dates begin June 14 in Hultsfred, Sweden, and wrap July 27 in Nigata, Japan. The North American leg of the tour kicks off Aug. 1 in Dallas and closes Sept. 1 at Seattle's annual Bumbershoot festival.
Updating a story first posted yesterday (May 29), rising underground rock outfit Thursday has signed a new deal with Island Def Jam and taken to its official Web site to decry what it says is unfair treatment from Victory Records, to which it was previously signed.
Recognizing the music industry's move away from retail-available singles, Billboard has introduced Hot Rap Tracks, a 25-position chart based on radio airplay information supplied by Nielsen BDS. The new chart, which debuts today on Billboard.com, replaces the sales-based Hot Rap Singles list.
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson has overseen the track selection of a new Beach Boys hits compilation, which EMI will release July 2 in North America. The disc will be highlighted by a new recording of "California Feelin'" -- a "lost" Beach Boys track dating from the '70s that has never been officially released.
The Blind Boys of Alabama, now in their 63rd year of performing, will release the 12-track "Higher Ground" Sept. 3 via Peter Gabriel's Real World Records. Following the formula of last year's "Spirit of the Century," "Higher Ground" sees the band churning out gospel renditions of songs from well-known artists, including Prince, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Jimmy Cliff.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and U2 frontman Bono today (May 30) visited an Ethiopian hospice and orphanage run by missionaries, one of the last stops of their African tour. Dozens of patients quietly lined walkways and alleyways. O'Neill said he was deeply moved and touched.
A series of 22 Rolling Stones reissues to be released Aug. 20 from ABKCO Records will mark the first albums by a major act in the new dual-layer hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) format, Billboard Bulletin reports. Hybrid SACDs can be played on an SACD player, allowing delivery of the format's high-resolution audio, or on any standard CD player. The series, "The Rolling Stones Remastered," was announced today (May 30) at the Home Entertainment Expo in New York.