Bjork has confirmed a host of additional dates at European opera houses in support of the upcoming Elektra album "Vespertine," due Aug. 27 internationally and a day later in North America. In addition to previously announced dates in Paris, the trek will also hit venues in Germany, Switzerland, and two separate locales in London.
He wasn't even there, but Grammy-winning rapper Eminem was the star of a congressional hearing on Friday examining the marketing practices of the entertainment industry. While Eminem may have basked in the success of "The Marshal Mathers LP" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope), most of the members of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee were ready to burn him at the stake for the outrageous lyrics that mark his music.
Armed only by a guitar, R&B star Lauryn Hill recently taped a performance for MTV's revived "Unplugged" series, recording entirely new songs from her as-yet-untitled sophomore effort for Columbia. An airdate for Hill's segment has yet to be announced, but the series returns Aug. 9 on MTV2 with an unplugged performance from R.E.M. MTV will run the shows after they have premiered on MTV2.
Showing uncharacteristic stability for the fast-moving U.K. market, four of last week's top five singles held their positions on the singles chart yesterday (July 22), as Robbie Williams remained at No. 1 with "Eternity"/"The Road to Mandalay" (Chrysalis). It's the first of Williams' four British chart-toppers to be on top for more than a single week.
Jazz composer, singer, trumpeter, bandleader and producer Quincy Jones on Friday (July 20) joined the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., to announce the first "jazz appreciation month" next April. Dubbed JAM 2002, the month will include concerts and exhibits, with schools, museums, and libraries encouraged to set up programs.
Uplister Inc., an Oakland, Calif.-based music-playlist sharing service, is developing a download subscription offering and has entered into content-distribution deals with indie labels Beggars Group, Matador, and TVT. The Web-based service will offer unlimited music downloads on a rental basis for $10 per month.
The Sugababes' soulful pop sounds finally make their Stateside debut via One Touch, which finds the London-based teen trio effortlessly merging musical genres, including R&B/hip-hop, alternative rock, and contemporary dance.