Drowning Pool vocalist Dave Williams' death was due to natural causes and was not drug or alcohol related, as had been widely speculated. On Aug. 14, the 30-year-old frontman was found dead in a bunk on his tour bus.
As expected, "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson's debut RCA single, "A Moment Like This," has made the biggest single-week leap to No. 1 in the history of Billboard's Hot 100. The single sold 236,000 copies in the U.S. during its initial week at retail, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and the track rockets 52-1 on the new Hot 100, to be posted tomorrow (Sept. 26) on Billboard.com. Nelly's "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland had been No. 1 for seven-straight weeks.
Upset over the recent death of a fan hoping to see him after an appearance, 'N Sync member Justin Timberlake has signed up for a long-term partnership with Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving (RADD). Timberlake will write and produce a 30-second public service radio ad and a video message encouraging young people not to drink and drive.
Colombian pop star Shakira will kick off a North American arena tour Nov. 8 in San Diego. Dates are on tap through early December, to be followed by a handful of European engagements. Afterward, Shakira will return to the U.S. before hitting Mexico and South America.
The sisters of Mexican singer/actress Thalia were followed and ambushed after leaving a play in Mexico City, unidentified witnesses told local media. In newspaper reports, witnesses reported seeing two cars -- a minivan and a sport utility vehicle -- follow actress Laura Zapata and her sister Ernestina Sodi late Sunday as they left a theater where Zapata had just starred in the play "La Casa de Bernarda Alba."
2001 - For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles, ""Dig In,"" by Lenny Kravitz and ""God Gave Me Everything"" by Mick Jagger are released to digital retailers via Liquid Audio.
For 40 years, Pete Best has been known as the world's most famous sacking victim, the man dismissed by the Beatles when they were on the very cusp of becoming the most successful group of all time. There is more to the Pete Best story, though, than being the-drummer-before-Ringo: his family provided the setting and backdrop for the band's crucial formative days.
A large marble vase has been stolen from the Montgomery, Ala., gravesite of legendary country singer Hank Williams. The manager of the Hank Williams Museum, Beth Birtley, said the vase was made from Georgia marble and was engraved with the initials H.W.
Singer/songwriter Jewel has laid out plans for a second North American leg of her New Wild West solo acoustic tour. Set to kick off Nov. 7 in Portland, Maine, the tour will play 13 dates through a Nov. 24 finale in Akron, Ohio.