The events of Sept. 11 traumatized the music business -- and spurred it to action. Here, executives remember where they were that day, and what they did in the following days and weeks. Emergency personnel "called us up and asked, ‘If we drop off 30,000 body bags, would your store have room to handle that?’ ” J&R Music World's Rachelle Friedman recalls. “You get a request like that and you just answer, ‘Yes.’ ”
It was a showdown between two of America's sweethearts for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. In one corner, Disney Channel's Miley Cyrus and in the other, "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson ... In the end, Cyrus came out on top with the double album that operates as both a soundtrack to her hit TV show "Hannah Montana" and her debut effort "Meet Miley Cyrus" ... Meanwhile, Ryan Adams notches his highest charting album ever as "Easy Tiger" debuts at No. 7 while Beastie Boys see its instrumentals album "The Mix-Up" bow at No. 15 ... Pearl Jam's new live set starts in the top 40 and the late Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole makes a striking entrance ... We've also got updates on Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Linkin Park, Josh Turner, Plain White T's, Hollywood Records, Evans Blue and Stevie Nicks.
Singer-songwriter Bic Runga and blues veteran Midge Marsden were recognized in New Zealand's New Years' Honours list, published Dec. 31. Both were awarded the NZ Order Of Merit medal for services to music.
Country star Alan Jackson scores the third stay of his career in The Billboard 200 penthouse with his latest Arista Nashville set, "What I Do." With opening week sales of 178,000 copies, Jackson ends the two-week reign of Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" (Curb), which falls to No. 2 on a 33% sales slide to 153,000 copies.
Pearl Jam, Wilco, Counting Crows, Willie Nelson and others joined Neil Young and his bandmates in Crosby, Stills & Nash this weekend (Oct. 25-26) outside San Francisco for the 17th annual Bridge School Benefit concerts. The acoustic-driven shows at Shoreline Amphitheatre benefit the Bridge School, which Young and his wife Pegi founded as a learning facility for severely disabled children.