R&B singer Brandy became a mother on Sunday. The artist gave birth to her first child, a daughter, which she and her husband, producer Robert Smith, named Sy'rai, according to a statement. The two are currently resting at home.
Eminem's "The Eminem Show" held off a rampant charge from Korn's "Untouchables," selling an impressive 530,000 units in its third full week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Web/Aftermath/Interscope album easily maintains its grip atop The Billboard 200, as Korn's long-awaited Immortal/Epic set arrives at No. 2 after selling of 434,000 units.
For the second year in a row, several Ozzfest bands have set up headlining performances to run concurrently with stops on the enduring festival tour. System Of A Down, P.O.D., Pulse Ultra, and Meshuggah will all play July 9 in Hershey, Pa., and July 15 in Portland, Maine. Minus P.O.D., the bill will then play July 21 in Wantagh, N.Y., July 27 in Tampa, Fla., July 31 in Montreal, and Aug. 1 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Janet Jackson, Usher, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and Alicia Keys are among the artists who will either be performing or presenting during Tuesday's (June 25) second annual BET Awards. Organizers of the event -- which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre beginning at 9 p.m. ET on the cable channel (and rebroadcast at 9 p.m. PT) -- are keeping specific plans under wraps until show time.
Marilyn Manson, who was charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly gyrating against a security guard at a Michigan concert, pleaded no contest today (June 19) to charges of being a disorderly person and assault and battery.
U.K. dance/electronic trio Morcheeba will release its fourth studio album, "Charango," July 1 internationally via EastWest and July 16 in North America on Reprise/Sire. The 12-track set finds the band reveling in a sound heavily inspired by the Brazilian Tropicalia movement, augmented by its usual blend of soul, R&B, and trip-hop touches.
The 15th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards, which honor the songwriters and publishers of the top ASCAP songs of the 2001 R&B/hip-hop, rap, dance and reggae charts, were held June 17 in Beverly Hills. Below is a complete list of winners, with their songwriters and publishers.
Singer Anthony Kiedis experienced the full range of a relationship's emotions while crafting the Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest Warner Bros. album, "By the Way," due in stores July 9. He took inspiration from love's immeasurable joys and also from its knotty pitfalls, creating a compelling follow-up to the group's 1999 smash hit "Californication." First single "By the Way" is No. 2 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart after just two weeks of airplay.
Unsigned Dallas-based rock band Echo Drain has filed an eight-count trademark-infringement lawsuit against former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, his new group, and his record label, Chophouse Records, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Kindred spirits Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett have plans to hit the road together this summer. The duo will kick off a U.S. tour, their second together, July 26 in Birmingham, Ala., and remain out through a Sept. 22 finale at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.