Beatles fans with a ticket to ride will soon be able to book themselves into Liverpool's Hard Day's Night Hotel. The hotel, scheduled to open in 2003, will feature 120 rooms, each with a mural relating to the Fab Four.
Police had to temporarily stop an Eminem performance Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland, after 45 people were injured when the audience surged forward as the rapper came on stage. None of the injuries were serious. Police said 11 people were taken to local hospitals and released after treatment. The others were treated at first aid tents set up around the outdoor concert site.
Universal Music Group (UMG) announced Saturday at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer electronics show in Berlin that it will release a number of titles in the new Super Audio CD (SACD) format in the coming months, Billboard Bulletin reports. Sony Music, EMI, and ZTT Records are also planning new titles in the format, which was developed jointly by Philips and Sony.
U.S. rock act Staind pulled off a major achievement on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 26) when its Flip/Elektra set "Break the Cycle" debuted at No. 1 -- despite the fact that the band has yet to appear on the British singles chart.
R&B singer and actress Aaliyah died Saturday (Aug. 25) when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashed after takeoff in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, authorities said. All nine people were killed in the crash after the engines of the Cessna apparently failed, authorities said. The 22-year-old singer (full name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton) had gone to the Bahamas to shoot a music video.
Perhaps oddly, the ebullient if existentially minded dance-pop of New Order rose from the ashes of the darkest, most volatile of British post-punk outfits, Joy Division—which ceased to exist with the 1980 suicide of leader Ian Curtis, whose exposed-nerve poetry and feral performances virtually embodied the urban disaffection of post-industrial Britain.