Monica Creates A 'Storm' On The Billboard 200

Monica Creates A 'Storm' On The Billboard 200

R&B vocalist Monica lays claim the top spot on The Billboard 200 this week with the debut of her third album, "After the Storm." In an overall slow sales week, the J Records set sold 185,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The total was enough to edge out last week's No. 1, "Dance With My Father," from labelmate Luther Vandross, which falls to No. 2.
Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, Springsteen, 'Metal Health'

Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, Springsteen, 'Metal Health'

Chris Rock to host the MTV Video Music Awards, Bruce Springsteen honored by the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards , 'Metal Health' show to benefit families of Rhode Island nightclub victims.
BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

RIAA To Sue Individual File Sharers
Blues Traveler Seeks The 'Truth'

Blues Traveler Seeks The 'Truth'

As tipped here last week, veteran jam band Blues Traveler has signed with Sanctuary for the Aug. 5 release of a new studio album, "Truth Be Told." The set was recorded at Sound Design Studio in Santa Barbara, Calif., with producer Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, Hootie & the Blowfish). Tracks include "This Ache," "Partner in Crime" and "Can't Get Free," marked by a trademark harmonica solo from frontman John Popper.
Breaking & Entering

Breaking & Entering

A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Fountains Of Wayne, Mest and Grandaddy.
Costello Heads 'North' On New Album

Costello Heads 'North' On New Album

Elvis Costello has dubbed his upcoming album "North." Due Sept. 23 via Deutsche Grammophon, the album is comprised solely of ballads.
Billboard Bits: Foo Fighters, Fuel, moe.down

Billboard Bits: Foo Fighters, Fuel, moe.down

The Fire Theft, which features three former members of Sunny Day Real Estate, has signed with Rykodisc for the release of its debut album. The as-yet-untitled set is being lined up for Sept. 23 release in North America. International editions will be bolstered by a bonus track and are expected Oct. 7.
Cash Plays First Show Since Wife's Death

Cash Plays First Show Since Wife's Death

Johnny Cash said it was difficult to be onstage without his wife, June Carter Cash, during his first public performance since her death. Cash made a surprise appearance Saturday night during the weekly show at the Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va., near Maces Springs -- his late wife's birthplace. She died May 15 at age 73 of complications from heart surgery.
The Fire Theft Signs With Ryko

The Fire Theft Signs With Ryko

The Fire Theft, which features three former members of Sunny Day Real Estate, has signed with Rykodisc for the release of its debut album. The as-yet-untitled set is being lined up for Sept. 23 release in North America. International editions will be bolstered by a bonus track and are expected Oct. 7.
New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop/rock supergroup-of-sorts never thought past its 2000 disc "Mass Romantic" (Mint Records).
Simone Celebrated With Anthology

Simone Celebrated With Anthology

A jazz legend will be remembered and celebrated with BMG Heritage's July 1 release of "Nina Simone: Anthology." The two-disc set collects material the late artist recorded for six different labels -- Bethlehem, Colpix, Philips, RCA, CTI and Elektra -- over the course of 35 years.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2000 - Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks weds actor Adrian Pasdar in Las Vegas.

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