R. Kelly will make a 90-minute appearance on his hometown urban radio
station, WGCI (107.5 FM), between 8 and 10 p.m. Monday during the Bad Boyz show.
Unlike rival WBBM, WGCI has been supportive of Kelly as he battles child
pornography charges, agreeing earlier this summer to play his song
"Heaven, I Need a Hug." ...
Jam Master Jay's widow, Terri Corley-Mizell, and
brother Marvin came out on Sunday night to help kick off the inaugural H2O Hip-Hop Odyssey Film Festival at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York. Others on hand were radio DJ Doctor Dre, who paid tribute to the slain Run-DMC DJ, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Redman and more. ...
Nirvana's recently released greatest-hits album has helped push the band's
catalogue sales past 50 million units, while late singer Kurt Cobain's
"Journals" will debut at #1 next week on the New York Times hardcover
nonfiction best-seller list. ... The original, handwritten lyrics to P.O.D.'s "Youth of the Nation" will soon be hung among the illustrious words of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Paul Simon in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Lyric Room. That's not the only piece of P.O.D. up against a wall: The Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas has put the jumpsuit frontman Sonny wore in the "Boom" video on display. ... While the surviving members of Drowning Pool continue to search for a new singer, Rob Zombie has recorded the tentatively titled song "The Man Without Fear" with the band for the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck flick "Daredevil." Drowning Pool's DVD, Sinema, featuring tributes to late singer Dave Williams, hits stores Tuesday. ...
Guns N' Roses will attempt to earn a spot in the "Guinness Book of World
Records" next month when they play back-to-back shows at Philadelphia's First
Union Center (December 6) and, in a just-announced show, neighboring First
Union Spectrum (December 8) — and no, it's not the record for most riots.
After an unsuccessful attempt to lobby the Guinness folks with a similar
stunt in 1999, the venue's owners will try to persuade the record book to
create a new entry for "The Shortest Distance Ever Traveled Between Arena
Rock Shows," as the venues are only 758 feet apart. ... The surviving members of Control Denied plan to release a new album next year tentatively titled When Machine and Man Collide. The band's original frontman, Chuck Schuldiner (who also once fronted seminal death metal band Death), wrote most of the new material before he died from a brain tumor in December 2001. ...
A baseball-size wad of Elvis Presley's hair in a vacuum-sealed jar fetched
$115,120 from an anonymous bidder in an auction held on Saturday. The hair was
collected by Presley's late hairdresser, Homer "Mr. Gill" Gilleland. ... Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has asked American music journalist Bill Wyman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to cease using his
given name or face legal action. The move came after the veteran music writer
reviewed some recent Stones reissues for his paper, though, ironically,
Stone Wyman was born William George Perks, changing his name to Bill Wyman in
1964, while writer Wyman was born in 1961. The writer has vowed not to
change his name. ...
Adidas is working on a Jam Master Jay sneaker it plans to issue next year. The tongue of the shoe will feature a picture of the late Run-DMC DJ, and all proceeds will go to a charity to be determined by Jay's family. ...
More acts have been added to the upcoming NBC special "Elvis Lives," set to air November 28 at 10 p.m. ET. In addition to Britney Spears, Bono, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews, the hour-long show will now also feature Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Steven Tyler, Norah Jones, LeAnn Rimes and Chuck D. "Elvis Lives" will be hosted by Chris Isaak. ...
New York club Suede was the place to be Thursday night for fans of sneakers and hip-hop. Foot Action threw a party for Nelly in celebration of a new joint venture between the St. Louis rapper and the shoe company. ... Russell Simmons celebrated the opening night of his first theatrical project, "Def Poetry Jam on Broadway," with a star-studded premiere and after-party on Thursday night. Guests such as Bruce Willis, Ja Rule, Method Man, Calvin Klein and actress Annabella Sciorra attended the event, which also raised funds for Simmons' new charitable project, the Art Start Hip-Hop Project, an outreach program designed to bring art to New York City's homeless youth. Earlier in the day, Simmons and Willis also unveiled a recording studio which Willis donated to Art Start's downtown Manhattan facilities. ...
The Roots will play a week of New York club shows between November 24 and 29 to celebrate the release of their new album Phrenology, which comes out November 26. Album collaborators Talib Kweli, Musiq and Cody Chesnutt will likely appear at some performances. ... The USA Network will present "A Motown Christmas" on December 8, with
India.Arie, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Take 6, the Temptations and Thelma
Houston offering up their takes on holiday classics. A companion DVD will be
released on December 10. ...
Fugazi singer Ian MacKaye, They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh and Patti Smith will be among the speakers at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington D.C. on January 5-7. The musicians will mingle with politicians, journalists and music industry executives to discuss and debate issues surrounding digital technology, artists' rights and the current state
of the music industry. ... The Offspring have already recorded a dozen songs for their upcoming seventh
album, including a just-for-the-hell-of-it swing/lounge cover of Johnny
Cash's "Ring of Fire." The album, which is not yet slated for release, may
also feature the tracks "Never Gonna Find Me," "The Worst Hangover Ever" and
a track with the working title "What the F---?," according to an interview
with singer Dexter Holland on the band's official Web site. ...
Blackalicious, Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, Bahamadia, DJ Spooky, Mystic, King
Britt, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rob Swift will be featured on Being Black
(February), a companion album to Angel Kyodo Williams' recently released book
"Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace," which
applies Zen philosophies to the African-American experience. ... The soundtrack to the WB's "Smallville" will be released on February 25,
with songs from Ryan Adams, Lifehouse, Sixpence None the Richer, Eva Cassidy,
Vonray, Five for Fighting and Remy Zero, whose "Save Me" is the show's theme song. ...
U2 have just launched "Zoo Radio" on their official Web site, an online
station that features tracks from the group's just-released The Best of
1990-2000 with commentary from guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam
Clayton, as well as tracks picked by Oasis' Noel Gallagher, No Doubt and DJ Paul Oakenfold. ... "Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music," which featured Lennon songs performed by Dave Matthews, Stone Temple Pilots, Craig David, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado, Moby, Marc Anthony and others, is due on DVD on December 3. The special originally aired last fall on TNT. ...
Blu Cantrell will follow up her 2001 debut, So Blu, with Bittersweet, due December 17. The R&B singer recently shot the video for the first single, "Breathe," with director Hype Williams. ... Third Eye Blind have pushed the release date back for their third album to February 12. Crystal Baller will feature guest appearances by Andrew W.K. and Moldy Peaches singer Kimya Dawson. ... The reincarnated Doors, featuring the Cult's Ian Astbury on vocals and the Police's Stewart Copeland on drums, will perform December 8 at the Palms in Las Vegas to warm up for full North American and European tours next year. The group is also recording an album. ...