Seattle-based rock outfit the Minus 5 is gearing up for a "four-ring circus tour" to hit select markets across the U.S. this summer. The group, which includes multi-instrumentalists Scott McCaughey and Ken Stringfellow along with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, will be joined on the road by Tuatara -- the instrumental group featuring Buck, McCaughey, and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin -- Wayward Shaman (Martin's other band), and bluesman Cedell Davis.
Seattle-based rock outfit Brad will release its third album, "Welcome to Discovery Park," Aug. 13 under a new deal with retail giant Best Buy's Redline label. The band plans to support the set with its first wide-scale tour in five years, with dates likely to begin in October.
With the second season of the "The Osbournes" a few months off, MTV will begin airing its latest unscripted series, "Diary Presents: Brandy - Special Delivery," June 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET. In what promises to be a much tamer, more family-friendly show than the exploits of Ozzy Osbourne and his clan, Brandy will let the network's cameras capture her life as she prepares for the birth of her child.
MCA has set a July 30 release date for an album of songs inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play "Topdog/Underdog." The set is led by two new songs from the play's co-stars: Mos Def's "Three Card" and Jeffrey Wright's "Lincoln's Blues," written by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Other tracks expected to appear are Jay-Z's "Change the Game," DMX's "No Love 4 Me" and "Bring Your Whole Crew," and the Wu-Tang Clan's "Let My Niggas Live" featuring Nas.
Next week, Arista will release "Ultimate Dance Party: The Best Of!!," a 19-track collection of high-energy club favorites, most of which have graced the past four volumes of the label's "Ultimate Dance Party" compilation series. Due June 18, the set also boasts six tracks that have not been included in the series to date from the likes of Whitney Houston, Expose, Snap!, Monica, LFO, and Dream.
Aerosmith's double-disc career retrospective finally has a name -- "O, Yeah! -- Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" -- but the album's release date has been pushed back a week to July 2. Meanwhile, the group has added a handful of dates to its summer tour with Kid Rock and Run-DMC.
Two musicians have filed a lawsuit against Britney Spears, claiming that a couple of songs on her multiplatinum second Jive album, "Oops! ... I Did It Again," were based on a tune they wrote. Philadelphia songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski claim in the lawsuit that they authored, recorded, and copyrighted a song called "What You See Is What You Get" in late 1999 and submitted it to one of Spears' representatives for consideration on a future album.
Wisconsin's Walworth County Highway Committee has denied a permit to the promoters of an upcoming Grateful Dead reunion concert, saying the area could not handle the enormous crowd expected. The committee today (June 11) turned down the request by Clear Channel Entertainment to stage Terrapin Station -- A Grateful Dead Family Reunion Aug. 3-4 in East Troy.
Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) civil-rights organization is planning a summit meeting early next month to establish a "dialog" between labels and advocates for recording artists, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Will Young and Eminem kept hold of the No. 1 positions on the U.K. singles and album charts yesterday (June 9). Young's "Light My Fire" (S/RCA) became Britain's favorite single for a second week, as Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor) held at No. 2 and the rapper's "The Eminem Show" started a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 album.