Britney Spears' "Britney" (Jive), released Tuesday in the U.S., is posting impressive numbers and is expected to debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200, but retailers aren't exactly celebrating, Billboard Bulletin reports. Spears' set is expected to sell more than 600,000 units-far from a lukewarm success but considerably less than the million-plus the teen queen mustered in first-week sales of last year's "Oops! ... I Did It Again."
Former-Beatle George Harrison reportedly has received experimental cancer treatment at Staten Island University Hospital in New York. The 58-year-old Harrison was treated by Dr. Gil Lederman, the hospital's director of radiation oncology, according to published reports.
Limp Bizkit rolled on with three key victories at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2001, presented last night (Nov. 8) at Frankfurt's Festhalle, Billboard Bulletin reports. Fred Durst's nu-metal outfit was named best group, and its "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" scored best album. Additionally, MTV viewers voted the act's official site as winner of the Web Award.
Timing is everything when it comes to releasing a record. Just ask Timbaland & Magoo, whose Blackground/Virgin sophomore project, "Indecent Proposal," is now set for a Nov. 20 release after a long delay. "I turned [the album] in a year-and-a-half ago, and it's just [now] coming out," a frustrated Timbaland says. "And now we're in a recession -- it doesn't make sense."
Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker has inked a multi-album solo recording deal with Epic-distributed Hidden Beach Records, best-known as the home of Jill Scott. The first release will be "The Return of Mongo Slade," which is tentatively slated for a February release. The album takes its name from a character in the Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby movie "Let's Do it Again."
Martina McBride, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Rhett Akins are among a group of country artists who took part in the recording of the feature song for a disc that will benefit drug and alcohol treatment programs. Written by Tom Douglas, Kent Blazy, and Blair Daly, "When Love Rules the World" will appear on an album being assembled by the Nashville-based nonprofit educational organization Songs of Hope, Awareness, and Recovery for Everyone (SHARE), due out in April 2002.
U2's upcoming live concert home video release, "Elevation 2001: Live From Boston," will receive a world premiere preview Nov. 23 on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET. Captured in early June during the four nights the band played Beantown on the first leg of its Elevation tour, the full-length concert will be released in the U.S. Dec. 4 on DVD ($32.98 list price) and VHS ($19.98) formats.
R.E.M. has re-recorded one of its earliest tunes for the Reprise soundtrack to the upcoming Cameron Crowe film "Vanilla Sky." Never before released, "All the Right Friends" is an original R.E.M. composition dating from before the group's first recording session in July 1980. The song was scrapped from the band's repertoire prior to the release of its initial EP, 1982's "Chronic Town" (I.R.S.).
It was a red, white, and bluegrass night at the 35th Country Music Association (CMA) Awards in Nashville, with the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" winning two awards during a show steeped in patriotism. Tim McGraw won the best entertainer last night (Nov. 7) at the Grand Ole Opry House, while Toby Keith was named best male vocalist and Lee Ann Womack won best female vocalist. All were first-time winners in their categories.
Classic rock artist Peter Frampton has organized a Dec. 9 concert at Cincinnati's Taft Theatre to benefit Clear Channel Entertainment's Relief Fund. Other acts on the bill include Blessid Union of Souls, ONE featuring 98 Degrees' Justin Jeffre, former Midnight Starr member Reggie Calloway, Pay the Girl, and Greg Schaber & High Street. Frampton currently resides in Cincinnati, and all of the performers have lived there at one time or another.