For the second year running, Radiohead was honored as "best act in the world today" at the 13th annual Q Awards, held yesterday (Oct. 21) in London. Coldplay picked up the best album award for "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Parlophone), while best single went to Sugababes for "Freak Like Me" (Universal Island).
Rod Stewart will tape a two-hour "A&E In Concert" special next month in New York. Set to premiere Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET, the show will find Stewart combining his well-known hits with holiday favorites. The special also promises the appearance of several special guests who will be announced closer to the show's airdate.
Following last week's unexpected hold on legislation that would give Webcasters making less than $1 million annually a break on digital performance royalties, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has stepped in to assist affected small Webcasters, Billboard Bulletin reports.
A letter Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain wrote to his fans about his addiction to heroin is among the never-before-seen diary entries to be published Nov. 4 by Riverhead Books as "Journals." Excerpts from the volume, which reproduces more than 270 pages from Cobain's notebooks, appear in this week's Newsweek.
A man who identified himself as Kid Rock's personal assistant was charged with felony and misdemeanor drug possession after a traffic stop on Rock's tour bus early yesterday (Oct. 20) on the Florida Turnpike. Officers found a small amount of cocaine, two marijuana cigarettes, a glass pipe, and rolling papers on Kevin J. McMahon's person and in his luggage. He was released from the St. Lucie County Jail yesterday on $16,000 bond.
British rock band Oasis has canceled a concert in Manila over security fears following this month's terrorist attacks. A spokesperson cited "recent terrorist attacks both in Bali and the Philippines" in announcing cancellation of the show, planned for Wednesday (Oct. 23) in the Philippine capital. Oasis did not want to perform under the "extreme security precautions."
Howard Shore's original score for "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" earned the composer two honors at the second annual World Soundtrack Awards, held Saturday at the Flanders Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium. Shore took home the awards for best original soundtrack and the public choice award.
Nelly's "Dilemma," which has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the past nine weeks, is now the U.K.'s favorite single too. The Universal release, which features Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, went straight to the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Oct. 21), unseating Spanish trio Las Ketchup's "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" (Columbia).
1999 - George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Martin announces that he will serve as chairman of the advisory board for Garageband.com.