From pop stars to college bands, all the big acts are making beautiful music on the Internet. Here's our guide to the best digital sounds of summer.
You can’t party like it’s 1999 anymore, but who cares? The Web didn’t offer half as much music then as it does today — unless you were pirating it. Even pirating is passe, now that labels are offering legit tunes online. ”My job is to make buying music easier than stealing it,” says EMI’s new-media chief, Jay Samit. EWi’s Summer Music Preview, which includes artists from every major label — Destiny’s Child and Sisqo, among others — will help you decide if guys like Samit deserve a raise in 2002.
WHAT It’s the changing of the guard. The old Moore website, mandymoorefan.com, will relaunch under the new moniker, mandymoore.com. Among other new features, die-hard fans can get the latest Mandy news sent straight to their cell phones. Sweet! WHEN June WHERE mandymoore.com
WHAT Get the latest scuttlebutt from the inaugural TRL Tour with headliners Destiny’s Child, plus news about Eve, Nelly, Jessica Simpson, and Dream. Watch streaming-media highlights from the tour, find out the pop stars’ next stop, and get the dish from the artists with Tour Diary, where you’ll be able to experience the inevitable trash talking between rival girl groups Dream and 3LW. WHEN June 26 WHERE mtv.com
WHAT Make sure you pay your bills (sorry, we couldn’t resist) if you want to catch Destiny’s Child’s performance from Milwaukee’s annual Summerfest. WHEN July 2. WHERE hob.com
WHAT Watch the high jinks of pop-punkers Blink during their set at Summerfest. The webcast by the House of Blues may or may not feature the eight-foot inflatable sex organ seen during the trio’s appearance last year. WHEN July 5 WHERE hob.com
WHAT The fanciful musician/actress sheds light on her upcoming album Vespertine in this interview. WHEN Aug. 19 WHERE cdnow.com
WHAT He ditched Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and now nipple-pierced guitarist Navarro sets out to prove he can stand alone by streaming his first solo effort, ”Trust No One,” a week before it’s released on CD. He also provides commentary before each song. Download the debut single, ”Rexall,” for free. WHEN June 12-19 WHERE mtv.com
WHAT With a swelling fan base on this side of the pond, these mellow Scots recently launched a Yankee-centric minisite where they’ll stream their upcoming album ”The Invisible Band” (released June 12). WHEN U.S. online album premiere: June 8, 12p.m., 3p.m., and 7p.m. (EST). WHERE travsonlineusa.com
WHAT Jack Black’s acoustic-metal act debuts its online hub, designed by a groupie named Lee Conduit to the D. WHEN June WHERE tenaciousd.com
WHAT See Missy’s webcast from London’s Brixton Academy and watch her rouse the ultracool — and hard to please — Brit hipsters. WHEN June 7 WHERE http://www.missy-elliott.com
WHAT The ex-Dru Hill frontman will cartwheel off stage following his performance at the BET Awards straight into an AOL chat room. In addition, his new album — also an enhanced CD — will lead to a special section on his site, where fans will get messages and updates from Sisqo himself. The revamped site is described by Def Jam as ”Crouching Tiger meets Enter the Dragon set in a Buddhist temple.” Enough already. WHEN June 19 WHERE Chat at aol.com; sisqo.com