Town building and fire inspectors who visited the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., over the past three years never reported seeing highly flammable foam that was placed on the walls as soundproofing, documents released today (March 3) showed. The inspectors documented problems from improperly installed fire extinguishers to a door near the stage that swung inward instead of out, but didn't note the black foam.
Annie Lennox's touring commitments in support of her forthcoming album, "Bare," will commence March 26 in Miami. The 2002 Billboard Century Award honoree will play 18 dates in North America, and has confirmed three European shows: May 23 in Zurich, and June 6-7 in London.
2000 - American singer Macy Gray is named best international female artist and best international newcomer at the U.K. recording industry's annual Brit Awards. TLC pick up best international group honors with Beck named best international male artist.
Madonna has signed a deal with publisher Callaway Editions for a series of five illustrated children's books, to be distributed in the U.S. by Penguin Group (USA) and published in other English-language markets by Puffin. The first, "The English Roses," will be published and distributed worldwide in September.
Pop/rock outfits and Atlantic labelmates matchbox twenty and Sugar Ray will hit the road for a North American tour, set to begin April 25 in New Orleans and last through a July 6 finale in Raleigh, N.C. Sugar Ray will be on the bill for all but the first show of the jaunt, while modern rock act Maroon 5 will also support through a May 31 date in Salt Lake City.
Hank Ballard, the singer/songwriter whose hit "The Twist" ushered a nationwide dance craze in the 1960s, has died. Ballard, who was suffering from throat cancer, died yesterday (March 2) at his home, friends said. Friend and caretaker Anna Ayala said Ballard's birth records indicate he was born in 1927, but biographical information lists his birthdate as 1936.
Known for his improvisation on stage, singer/songwriter Ben Harper tells Billboard.com that he brought the same mindset into the studio for the recording of his fifth studio album, "Diamonds on the Inside," due March 11 from Virgin.
America Online Inc. and MuchMusic USA have signed a deal to move the popular broadband online music program "Sessions@AOL" from computers to televisions. While many companies are considering putting shows online, the partners believe their project is the first time content has been repurposed in the other direction.
Ashanti, B2K, and Musiq were the big winners at Saturday's (March 1) 17th annual Soul Train Awards, tying with two honors each. Ashanti won best R&B/soul single, female and best R&B/soul album, female for her self-titled Murder Inc/Def Jam album. Musiq was the male winner in the same categories for "Dontchange" and "Juslisen" (Def Soul/Island Def Jam), respectively.
Exactly one year after it was released, Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Parlophone) hit No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (March 2). Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera ended t.A.T.u.'s four-week reign on the singles chart, scoring her second consecutive No. 1 from RCA album "Stripped" as "Beautiful" debuted at the top. Jones' 10-1 climb followed her triumphs at the Brits and Grammy Awards, which have pushed worldwide sales of "Come Away With Me" past nine million copies, according to EMI.