Every pop artist who's just starting out wishes for a No. 1 hit. But sometimes -- as Natalie Imbruglia knows too well -- you should be careful what you wish for.
The Australian singer made a splash in the U.S. with her debut single, "Torn," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart in May 1998 and won a Billboard Music Video Award that November. But success was fleeting; nothing else from Imbruglia's RCA debut set, "Left of the Middle," hit the U.S. charts. Imbruglia soon disappeared from radio and music TV playlists.
With the 2002 Olympic Winter Games already underway in Salt Lake City, and the official opening ceremony scheduled for this evening (Feb. 8), musical talent is still signing on to appear at various events during the tournament. R&B heartthrob R. Kelly is the latest artist to sign on for the opening ceremonies, while Latin superstar Gloria Estefan has been added to the Feb. 24 closing ceremony lineup.
Former Living Colour lead singer Corey Glover and his songwriting partner Michael Cirincione have filed a copyright-infringement suit against R&B trio TLC, alleging that portions of the group's 1999 LaFace/Arista hit "Unpretty" were lifted from a song they had written for the group the previous year.
As tipped here last month, the Who will kick off a summer U.S. tour June 28 at the 1,400-capacity Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The trek spans 16 other arena and amphitheater dates and will close Aug. 31 in Wantagh, N.Y. The group plays the second of two shows for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity tonight (Feb. 8) at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Rare tracks by Creed and Limp Bizkit and a host of newly recorded theme songs are all in the mix on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) compilation "WWF Forced Entry," due March 26 from Columbia. The set includes Creed's "Young Grow Old," previously available only as a bonus track on import editions of the group's album "Human Clay," Kid Rock's cover of ZZ Top's "Legs," and a new mix of Limp Bizkit's "Rollin'."
R&B star R. Kelly is under police investigation in Chicago for allegedly having sex with an underage girl and videotaping the illegal act. The Chicago Sun-Times today (Feb. 8) reports that the paper anonymously received a 26-minute, 39-second videotape that shows Kelly performing various sex acts with the underage girl.
Ben Folds will begin a 16-city U.S. tour on Feb. 25 in Iowa City, Iowa, his second go-around of the States in support of last year's Epic solo debut, "Rockin' the Suburbs." This time, however, Folds is going it alone, dropping the backing band for the first time in favor of a more intimate, piano-centered performance.
Musical innovator Herbie Hancock will take to the road next month for a 15-date North American club tour. The trek comes in support of his latest album, "Future 2 Future," released last September by Transparent Music, the label he co-founded two years ago with former Verve Records president Chuck Mitchell and artist manager/producer David Passick.
U.K. rock act Lo Fidelity Allstars has set a March 5 North American release date for "Don't Be Afraid of Love" the sequel to its 1999 Columbia debut album "How To Operate With a Blown Mind." That album reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and spawned the single "Battle Flag" featuring Pigeonhed, a No. 6 entry on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Don't Be Afraid of Love" is due Feb. 18 internationally via Skint.