Two country music legends -- Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard -- are convalescing following recent health scares. Cash checked out of Nashville's Baptist Hospital on Thursday following his second stay for bronchitis treatment since October. Haggard is recovering at his Palo Cedro, Calif., home from a strained muscle and a virus that caused him to cancel dates on his album release tour last week.
Michael Jackson yesterday (Nov. 4) proved that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. His Epic album "Invincible" went straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a solo artist. Jackson also has three songwriting credits in the top-40 of the U.K. singles chart.
U2 singer Bono spent time last week with African leaders in Philadelphia discussing third-world debt. "The debt issue appealed to me because it wasn't throwing pennies at the problem," Bono said Friday. "It was looking at the structure of the problem."
Cracker's fifth studio album, "Forever," will be released Jan. 29 via Backporch/Virgin Records. According to the band's official Web site, the set was originally planned for an October release, but was later postponed by the label "to avoid the crush of holiday releases." In advance of the album, a seasonal excerpt, "Merry Christmas Emily," will be serviced to rock radio in mid-November.
The childhood home of Jimi Hendrix appears to have won a last-minute reprieve from the wrecking ball. The Seattle ivory-hued house with purple trim was sold on eBay in August for $43,500, but the Michigan-based buyer backed out after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Physically handicapped since contracting polio at age seven, England's Ian Dury—who died of cancer last year at 57—was one of the odder-looking chaps to emerge from the British New Wave when Stiff Records released his classic debut album, New Boots and Panties!, in 1977.
With three awards each, Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" (Parlophone/Virgin) and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" (Skint/Astralwerks) were the big winners of the 2001 Billboard Music Video Awards, presented last night (Nov. 2) at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. "Clint Eastwood" won the Maximum Vision Award, given to the video that best advances an artist's career, while "Weapon" won for best pop, dance, and modern rock clip.
Among "serious" contemporary composers, Philip Glass has been one of the most ardently involved with cinema, not only having written scores to films by some of the most artful directors of recent times (Godfrey Reggio, Martin Scorsese) but having composed wonderful new scores for early movie classics (Dracula, La Belle et la Bête).