Marc Anthony will simultaneously release two albums of new material in June. One will be a salsa set on Sony Discos; the other will be an English-language pop album on Columbia. The latter set will feature a duet with Jessica Simpson. In addition, the singer plans to release two more new albums later in the year.
It was only his second poetry reading in front of an audience, but Beatle great Sir Paul McCartney handled it in typically assured fashion. McCartney delighted a packed house last night (April 24) at the 92nd Street Y on Manhattan's Upper East Side with selections from his recent poetry anthology "Blackbird Singing," followed by an interview with TV host Charlie Rose.
The phrase "Good things come to those who wait" definitely applies to R&B ingenue Olivia. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter has been waiting for that big break, and it has come in the form of her self-titled J Records debut, "Olivia," due out May 15.
Emmylou Harris, who last night (April 24) wrapped up a tour down under in Perth, has laid out a slate of North American dates for the summer that include a handful of festival appearances. The tour, which comes in support of last year's Nonesuch album "Red Dirt Girl," kicks off June 16 in Seattle and will close Aug. 25 in Kettering, Ohio.
In a follow-up to last year's study on the marketing of violent entertainment product to children, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday (April 24) released a report lambasting the record industry.
After a three-year hiatus from the recording studio, Gang Starr -- the jazz-influenced hip-hop duo of Guru and DJ Premier -- has just begun work on the follow-up to 1998's "Moment of Truth" (Virgin), which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In the downtime, Guru helmed a third installment of his "Jazzmatazz" series, recruiting heavyweights such as Macy Gray, Isaac Hayes, and Herbie Hancock.