A concert security guard has sued Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner) on claims of battery and emotional distress. David M. Diaz, of Anoka County, Minn., claims that Warner grabbed his head, held it against his hips and "proceeded to gyrate his hips" at the Oct. 27, 2000, concert at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.
Musicians Suzanne Vega, the X-ecutioners, John Zorn, and Joe Jackson are among those who will take part in a Jan. 11 benefit performance, dubbed Arts on a High Wire, at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Proceeds from the event will benefit the New York Arts Recovery Fund, created by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in conjunction with several other arts organizations following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the city.
It's been eight years since they last recorded a studio album as Bell Biv DeVoe -- the 1993 MCA set "Hootie Mack." Now members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe have finally scratched their recording itch with the Dec. 18 release of the trio's Biv 10/Universal Records debut, "BBD."
The possible return of Perry Farrell's Lollapalooza music and arts festival tour is welcome news to music fans, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Of 2,455 voters, 60% are in favor of the tour's revival next year.
Slipknot is preparing for a two month international tour that will begin Jan. 20 in Helsinki and run through a March 23-24 stand in Tokyo. The shows will be the Iowa-based hard rock collective's first since...
Billboard.com today (Dec. 5) launches 2001: The Year In Music. In this special section, readers will get a sneak peek into Billboard's annual Year In Music issue (available Dec. 20 in print), including an overview of the activity on some of the major charts; a remembrance of those who have passed away; as well as 2001 top-10 lists by the staff of the magazine.
James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of hard rock act Metallica, has been released from the rehab facility he checked himself into last June, according to a post on the band's official Web site. The recovery process is referred to as going "exceedingly well," with Hetfield offering thanks for the messages sent to him by his fans. "My rough road has become smoother reading the show of support from friends I've met through Metallica," he says. "Thank you. They move me deeply."
Mariah Carey sang her hit "Hero" yesterday (Dec. 4) for U.S. peacekeepers at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, who snapped pictures of the star, clapped and cheered, and joined her in singing. Many of the soldiers held up pictures of the entertainer, who first appeared in a glittering white dress, then changed to a blue one before donning an all-red outfit. Others in the NATO-led force held aloft U.S. flags and sang along, while some snapped pictures of Carey.
R&B vocalist R. Kelly took home six trophies at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, held last night (Dec. 4) at Las Vegas' MGM Grand, while Tim McGraw and Destiny's Child secured five each. R. Kelly's six-pack was confined to the R&B/hip-hop categories, including trophies for artist of the year and album of the year for "TP-2.com" (Jive). The event was broadcast live on Fox and hosted by actor/comedian Bernie Mac.
Irish vocalist Ronan Keating and U.S. teen vocalist Mandy Moore will co-host the inaugural MTV Asia Awards Feb. 2 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Billboard Bulletin reports. World Wrestling Federation star the Rock will also serve as a guest host along with other Asian hosts and presenters yet to be announced. MTV is billing the event as Asia's biggest music awards show ever. Keating is nominated for international favorite male artist.