Of the three albums of material that she's recorded to date, Mandy Moore says that she'd be content if only one song was heard by the pop masses: her new single, "Cry." "I carried around a copy of that song for over a year before I recorded it," she notes with a smile. "It felt like my ace in the hole. It's such a beautiful song on every level. I couldn't wait to get into the studio and sing it."
Adam Ant (real name: Stuart Goddard), the flamboyant pop singer who scored hits in the 1980s, has been committed to a London psychiatric hospital after being arrested for firearms offenses, police said today (Jan. 16). Ant was taken to the Royal Free Hospital by police on Monday -- just 24 hours after he was accused of...
A Venezuelan actor is seeking a restraining order against producer Emilio Estefan Jr., accusing him of threats and unwanted sexual advances. But Estefan, the husband of singer Gloria Estefan, yesterday (Jan. 15) disputed the allegations through his lawyer and described actor Juan Carlos Diaz as an unwanted trespasser.
Beatles great Paul McCartney has signed on to lead "a tribute to the spirit of everyday heroes" during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXVI, set for Feb. 3 at the New Orleans Superdome. When contacted, a McCartney spokesperson could not confirm whether the performance would comprise the track "Freedom," which the artist debuted at the Concert for New York City, or a new song written specifically for the occasion.
Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright will launch his first headlining club/theater tour Feb. 8 in Boston. The trek, which comes in support of the artist's sophomore album, "Poses" (DreamWorks), will feature fellow singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson (son of folk rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson), opening all but the Feb. 14 show in New York (that show will be opened by Antony Hegarty).
Nearly four years after signing with Atlantic Records, Bowling Green, Ky.-based hip-hop collective Nappy Roots is seeing the light of day. The sextet's long-awaited debut, "Watermelon, Chicken, and Gritz," arrives Feb. 26.
Still providing some of country's most consistent box-office muscle in what has been a mostly tepid touring genre of late, Brooks & Dunn will reprise their Neon Circus & Wild West Show extravaganza in 2002, Billboard reveals in the Jan. 19 issue. Set to begin April 12 in Madison, Wis., the tour will feature a lineup of headliners Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, along with support from Dwight Yoakam, Gary Allan, Trick Pony, and Chris Cagle.
Alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo will be the subject of an upcoming single disc retrospective, due April 9 via Columbia/Legacy. Collecting all of the key tracks from the group's first three Rockville Records releases, the 21-track career overview, titled "Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology," will also feature several songs from the band's Sire/Reprise swansong "Anodyne," plus seven rarities, including one previously unreleased track.
Nas, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Run-D.M.C.'s Reverend Run, and Fat Joe are among the hip-hop artists who will appear at the first Hip-Hop Youth Summit, to be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21) at the York College Auditorium in Queens, N.Y. In addition to celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, the event will introduce a host of initiatives under the guise of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, founded by label mogul Russell Simmons.
The Indigo Girls will return March 12 with their eighth studio album, "Become You," and plan to support it with an acoustic tour of North America. The 12-track "Become You" was produced by Peter Collins, who previously teamed with the group for 1992's "Rite of Passage" and 1994's "Swamp Ophelia." It's the follow-up to 1999's "Come On Now Social," which debuted at No. 34 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 250,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
Country vocal quartet the Statler Brothers will retire from touring at the end of this year. The group plans to end its concert schedule as of Nov. 1, according to a statement released last week. The final show will likely be a scheduled Oct. 27 show at the Civic Auditorium in Roanoke, Va., a representative for the group tells Billboard.com.
Three acts who won nominations for the 2002 Brit Awards, announced last night (Jan. 14) in London, will take part in a unique charity gig Feb. 4 at the city's Astoria club. The show, part of music weekly NME's 50th anniversary celebration, will feature Travis, Starsailor, and Ryan Adams, with proceeds benefiting Warchild, a network of independent organizations dedicated to assisting victims of war.