Madonna is courting controversy again -- this time with a violent music video for the new song "American Life" that her publicist says depicts the "catastrophic repercussions and horror of war." "It is an anti-war video, but the purpose of the video, as with a lot of Madonna's work, is to be thought-provoking," publicist Liz Rosenberg said. "It is many other things as well" as anti-war, she said.
Depeche Mode singer/guitarist Martin Gore has set an April 28 release date for his upcoming Mute solo album, "Counterfeit2." The set, Gore's first solo album since 1989, will feature 11 tracks originally done by such artists Lou Reed, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, John Lennon, Brian Eno, and Iggy Pop. The first single, to be released April 14, is a cover of David Essex's "Stardust."
The big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago" leads the pack with 13 nominations for the 75th annual Academy Awards, including a best picture notice. Among those artists who have earned their first Oscar nominations are Irish rock act U2, rapper Eminem, and veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon.
2001 - Musician-actor Harry Connick Jr. performs at and serves as creative director for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game halftime show. He writes a song for the occasion and performs it with his 15-piece band.
Considering it doesn't snow much in Texas, you can't blame the El Paso-based Sparta for initially having reservations about co-headlining this year's annual SnoCore tour with Glassjaw. Drummer Tony Hajjar tells Billboard.com the band almost balked at the offer without fully knowing (or understanding) what the tour was all about.
Bela Fleck, Ween, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among the acts slated for New Orleans' Superfly During Jazzfest concert series. The seventh annual event will run concurrently with the city's massive multi-stage yearly Jazzfest, which spans over two extended weekends in late April and early May.