Even though artists who win Grammy awards or perform during the annually televised ceremony can traditionally expect a sales bump in the weeks following the event, a majority of music fans say the show holds no sway over their purchasing plans. Out of 4,372 respondents to a recently completed Billboard.com poll, 51% said their music purchases were not influenced by Grammy accolades or performances.
"It was kind of a challenge for us," Jon Spencer offers, relaxing at the Matador Records offices in lower Manhattan. "We just wanted to make a more traditional record. And, personally, I was looking for someone to pat me on the back and push me to something new." The record in question is Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's "Plastic Fang," due April 9 in the U.S. on Matador.
INXS is lining up its first North American tour since original lead singer Michael Hutchence's 1997 suicide. The 40-city tour will begin May 30 in Anaheim, Calif., with vocalist Jon Stevens filling Hutchence's role, as he has since the spring of 2000. "Much of our career has been spent in America and Canada and it'll be great to be back playing there again," guitarist Kirk Pengilly said in a statement.
Rapper C-Murder (real name: Corey Miller) has been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the January shooting death of a teenager at a nightclub in Harvey, La, Billboard Bulletin reports. Miller -- the younger brother of hip-hop mogul Master P -- was arrested Jan. 19.
The Blue Idol is a work of genius. Everything that's appealing, powerful, and musically special about Irish music is contained in these 13 tracks. MairÉad Ní Mhaonaigh's singing is spellbinding, and her fiddling is no less
Necmi Calvi, the Turkish mastermind behind Oojami, is causing quite a stir in London these days, staging club shows that feature belly dancers, fire eaters, trapeze artists, and the hottest Asian underground sound in town.
This two-CD release exhaustively documents the 1980s-'90s Greenwich Village folk music scene via recordings for the Fast Folk record label and Fast Folk magazine, which helped jump start the careers of dozens of artists.
Featuring Neil Finn, formerly of Crowded House and Split Enz, backed by an all-star band—brother Tim Finn, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Lisa Germano, and Sebastian Steinberg, formerly of Soul Coughing—7 Worlds Collide is automatically more interesting than most live sets.
As more time passes and Lisa Loeb gets further into her career, her early '90s hit "Stay (I Missed You)" is establishing itself as apparently the best and worst thing that ever happened to her professionally.