Michael Jackson's forthcoming Epic album, "Invincible," will include a collaboration with Carlos Santana, according to producer Teddy Riley, Billboard Bulletin reports. While Epic says no release date has been set, Riley, who worked on the project, says the album will "definitely be released before the end of the year." A source says it is expected Oct. 29 internationally.
Two members of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. and a bodyguard have been charged in connection with a shooting outside a New York deli, police said. Suif Jackson, 31, a bodyguard for the group, was arrested Friday shortly after the 12:15 a.m. shooting as he exited a car witnesses had placed at the crime scene, police spokesman Detective Eugene Canapi said.
London garage collective So Solid Crew -- featuring MCs such as Megaman and Romeo, plus DJs such as Oxide and Dan the Man -- made its expected arrival at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Aug. 12) with "21 Seconds." It sealed a triumphant weekend for Ministry of Sound, the powerhouse dance company which owns the Relentless label, on which it was released.
Teen pop artists were unsurprisingly the big winners at the Teen Choice Awards, held last night (Aug. 12) in Los Angeles. 'N Sync picked up awards for best single for "Pop," and best album for its new Jive set "Celebrity," while Spears was named favorite female artist.
Los Angeles-based funk-rock quintet 311 will embark on a headlining North American jaunt a month after finishing its summer stint with the Warped Tour. That trek wound down yesterday (Aug. 12) in Pontiac, Mich., although 311 only played with the traveling festival through a July 29 gig in Tampa, Fla.
The Allman Brothers Band is working on its first studio album in over seven years and hopes to release it next spring, drummer Butch Trucks tells Billboard.com. Songs such as "Desdamona," "High Cost of Low Living," and "Rocking Horse" have already become concert staples and are set to be included on the new set. The latter track was written during sessions for the 1994 album "Where It All Begins" and later recorded by Gov't Mule.
On her fourth Bullseye release, Michelle Willson has arrived. With producer Scott Billington at the helm and her superb band in the pocket, Willson is a match for any woman out there with a mike in her hand and a headful of tunes. She is no blues howler; her vibe is a passionate sophistication that craves rhythm and groove. She is a hipster at heart, and her jazzy feel for the blues—and the swing that never leaves her voice—set her apart from the pack. And while Willson fancies the Kansas City and jump styles, she can raise the temperature to sweltering ("Think About Me") and slip into something a little low-down (the title track). This proves
Thirty-one-year-old Polish-born pianist Piotr Anderszewski has become something of a star—and with only a few duet partnerships with violinist Viktoria Mullova (on Philips), a single previous solo album (of Bach, on Harmonia Mundi), and an engaging film appearance (as a commentator in NVC Arts' Art of the Piano) under his belt.