The name of Rancid's fourth album is Life Won't Wait, tentatively slated for a May 18 release. Dancehall-reggae star Buju Banton makes a guest appearance on one of the tracks ... Canadian folk-rocker Hayden is wrapping work on his sophomore album, which is tentatively scheduled for a late April release ...
The name of the final Presidents of the United States of America album -- a mix of live tracks, B-sides, covers and unreleased new material -- is Pure Frosting. The album, due March 10, features previously unreleased versions of "Teenage Girl," "Tiki Lounge God," "Slip Away," "Tremelo Blooz" and a cover of Ian Hunter's "Cleveland Rocks." Along with the live tracks -- "Lump," "Man (Opposable Thumb)" and "Back Porch" -- the album features the new tracks "Love Delicatessen," "Mobile Home," "Sunshine," the rare track "Japan" and their new single, a cover of the Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star" ...
Former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell is busy writing material for his debut solo album. Cornell is scheduled to enter a studio in April to begin recording the untitled album ... Detroit ska-punkers The Suicide Machines will release the 22-song Battle Hymns on April 7, the follow-up to their 1996 major-label debut, Destruction by Definition ...
The soundtrack to the upcoming comedy "Meet the Deedles" (April 3), which stars Dennis Hopper, features a number of new tracks from bands such as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Goldfinger. Among the songs scheduled for inclusion are: "For You" (Save Ferris), "I Can't Wait" (Hepcat), "High School" (Isaac Green & the Skalars), "Failing and Leaving" (Radish), "Wrong Thing" (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), "Seems Like Yesterday" (Goldfinger) and "Dr. Bones" (Cherry Poppin' Daddies). The soundtrack, due March 17, is also slated to feature a band called Homey, a collaboration between Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo and bassist Matt Sharp, doing the song "American Girls" ...
Famed producer Jermaine Dupri (Usher, Kris Kross) is recording his debut solo album in Atlanta. The album, titled Life In 1472, is due out May 19 and will feature guest rappers Snoop Doggy Dogg, Slick Rick and Nas ... Playa' checks in with a disc chock-full of new tracks titled Cheers 2 U, which features guest raps from Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, Aaliyah and Magoo and production work by Timbaland ... Rap man C-Murder springs a fresh torrent of unheard tunes with his March 17 release of Life Or Death, featuring partners in rhyme Master P, Mystikal and Silkk The Shocker ... -- ATN staff report [Tues., Feb. 3, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]
The Smashing Pumpkins were joined in an L. A. studio within the past two
weeks by American Recordings honcho Rick Rubin, according to the group's management. The bearded
producer (Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty), who is also expected to lend a hand on the next Nine Inch Nails
record, produced at least one song for the Pumpkins' still-untitled,
upcoming album ...
Sean "Puffy" Combs may get a chance for redemption on Feb. 27 after
getting shut out of last week's American Music Awards. Combs' rap
alter-ego, Puff Daddy, was nominated for five Soul Train music
awards last week, including Best R&B/Soul Single, Album of the Year, Best
New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Album for his solo debut, No Way Out, and
Best Music Video. Also nominated for multiple awards were soul mistress
Erykah Badu, Dru Hill, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot,
slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige ... In this
age of rockers shilling for corporate giants, Germany's Volkswagen auto
company has just upped the ante. The company is
trying to do the impossible: i.e., get the three surviving Beatles
together to re-launch the new version of the Beetle automobile, according to a Reuters report. The
carmaker is reportedly in negotiations with Paul McCartney,
George Harrison and Ringo Starr to act as spokespersons for
the re-launch of the world's best-selling car ...
Scottish indie-pop band the Pastels will kick off their first West
Coast tour in more than seven years on April 1, when they play Seattle's
Velvet Elvis club. The seven-city tour will hit San Francisco, Portland,
Ore., Olympia, Wash., and San Diego, as well as the band's first-ever stop
in Los Angeles ... Swans Are Dead is the name of a recently released
two-CD, 16-track set chronicling the Swans' final tour in 1997
on one disc and their 1995
Great Annihilator tour on the other. Among such recognizable tracks
as "I Am the Sun," "Yum Yab" and "Blood Promise" are two previously
unreleased, new 15-minute songs, "Feel Happiness" and "Not Alone" ...
Shambling punk-rockers the Damned, widely credited with being the
first U.K. punk-group to release an album and tour the U.S., have
re-grouped for yet another U.S. tour. Back in the fold are singer Dave
Vanian and original guitarist Captain Sensible. The band
reunited for a tour in 1989, after which they called it quits for what was
supposed to be the last time ... If you look real closely at the drum kit
in the first part of the Presidents of the United States of
America's video for their cover of the Buggles' "Video Killed
the Radio Star," you'll notice the band is identified as "The Quitters."
The song is the final studio-recording by the Presidents, who recently broke
Cake guitarist Greg Brown has left the Sacramento, Calif.,
group on the eve of the band's return to the studio to record its third
album. No replacement has been announced yet for Brown, one of the founders
of Cake and the author of their biggest radio hit to date, "The Distance,"
from 1996's Fashion Nugget ... Troubled R&B singer Bobby
Brown may spend five days in jail and a year on probation following a
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., jury's decision on Thursday that found the former
New Edition singer guilty of two misdemeanors stemming from an
August 1996 single-car crash. Reuters reports that the husband of
pop-diva Whitney Houston was found guilty of driving under the
influence and DUI/property damage, after which Judge Leonard Feiner
sentenced the singer to five days in jail and 12 months of probation. Brown
was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs and later released on $15,000
bond, pending appeal. The singer's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.22
after he drove his black Porsche Carrera off the road. That blood-alcohol
level is nearly three times the state's legal limit. Traces of cocaine and
marijuana were also found in a urine sample, according to medical reports
... -- ATN staff report [Mon., Feb. 2, 1998, 9