Nell Carter, who played the sassy, matronly housekeeper on the 1980s sitcom "Gimme a Break!" and received a Tony Award in 1978 for her performance in the Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin'," died today (Jan. 23), her publicist said. She was 54.
Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan has put the finishing touches on a new studio album, "Everything Must Go," due May 6 via Reprise. The set is the follow-up to 2000's "Two Against Nature," which was the Donald Fagen/Walter Becker-led group's first album since 1980's "Gaucho." "Two Against Nature" went on to win the Grammy for album of the year and has sold 1 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Sting and Bonnie Raitt are the latest artists to be added to the Super Bowl XXXVII festivities in San Diego, set for Sunday (Jan. 26) at the city's Qualcomm Stadium. Although as yet unannounced by the National Football League (NFL), a representative for Sting tells Billboard.com that the artist was personally asked by No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani to join her band for its halftime performance.
Pearl Jam will kick off its 2003 North American tour April 1 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. As previously reported, the 48-date trek will play a mix of arenas and amphitheatres and is scheduled to wrap with a July 8-9 stand at New York's Madison Square Garden. Pearl Jam kicks off an Australian swing Feb. 8 in Brisbane and will then proceed to Japan for four shows through March 6.
In a major victory for record companies, a U.S. District Court judge yesterday (Jan. 21) ruled in favor of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in its 6-month-old lawsuit against Internet service provider Verizon, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Hilary Rosen has announced that she will step down as chairman/CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) at the end of 2003. "I have young children, and I want to devote more of my time to them," she says in a statement. "This has been an extremely difficult decision, but I know it is the right one for my family."
Norah Jones' debut album, "Come Away With Me," benefits from a 5.5% sales gain and maintains its grip on the top of The Billboard 200 for a second-straight week. The Blue Note/Capitol set moved 114,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to stay ahead of Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" (Arista), which is up 3-2 on the chart thanks to a 26% sales burst to 105,000 units.