Girls of Grace

Girls of Grace

At a time when many successful artists aren't mindful of their platform and the impact their music can have on young people, Christian pop foursome Point of Grace (POG) understand the responsibility and embrace the opportunity to be positive role models.
Roxette's Fredriksson To Undergo Surgery

Roxette's Fredriksson To Undergo Surgery

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson will undergo surgery next week to remove a brain tumor, forcing the Swedish duo to cancel its planned European tour, according to a spokesperson. Doctors found the small tumor after Fredriksson fainted and hit her head against a sink two weeks ago at her Stockholm home.
Santana Paints Rainbows On 'Shaman'

Santana Paints Rainbows On 'Shaman'

The roster of guest artists on Santana's long-awaited "Shaman," due Oct. 22 via Arista, is an impressive one. Previously announced contributors include Ozomatli, Placido Domingo, and Michelle Branch, who is featured on first single "The Game of Love." The album also features appearances by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, P.O.D., Macy Gray, Dido, Seal, Citizen Cope, and Musiq, among others.
Scarface Offers Up His 'Greatest'

Scarface Offers Up His 'Greatest'

Former Geto Boys rapper Scarface, one of hip-hop's most consistently successful artists, has recorded one new track for a greatest-hits set that streets Oct. 22 on Rap-A-Lot/Virgin Records. The new "Love & Friendship" will grace the disc alongside classic tracks like "Mr. Scarface," "A Minute to Pray," and "Money & the Power."
Tedeschi Ends 'Wait' For New Album

Tedeschi Ends 'Wait' For New Album

Blues-leaning singer/songwriter Susan Tedeschi is gearing up for the release of her third album, "Wait For Me," due Nov. 19 on Tone-Cool/Artemis. The disc is her second for the label, and the follow up to 1998's "Just Won't Burn," which earned Tedeschi a best new artist Grammy nomination. It peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart and has sold 571,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Innocent Plea Entered In 'N Sync Fan Death

Innocent Plea Entered In 'N Sync Fan Death

A man who allegedly ran over a woman outside a radio station where a crowd had gathered to see 'N Sync singer Justin Timberlake has pleaded innocent to murder. Cameron Albert Duty is charged in the Sept. 9 death of 21-year-old Anna White of Bellevue, Wash., who was standing on a sidewalk outside the Burbank, Calif., studios of KIIS-FM when a pickup truck in reverse struck her.
CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson reports on the chart accomplisments of Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Cole, Michelle Branch, Phil Collins, and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott.
CHART BEAT CHAT

CHART BEAT CHAT

"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions on Kelly Clarkson's historic jump to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Las Ketchup's "Asereje/The Ketchup Song," and Lulu.
Queen Latifah Sleuths For TV Series

Queen Latifah Sleuths For TV Series

Queen Latifah is returning to primetime television. The versatile actress and recording artist has signed a deal with CBS to develop and star in "Mali Anderson," a drama series project based on Grace F. Edwards' popular "Mali Anderson Mystery" series of books.
Rock Buzz Bands Get 'Handpicked'

Rock Buzz Bands Get 'Handpicked'

MTV2 has hooked up with Capitol for the Oct. 22 release of "MTV2 Handpicked Vol. II," a compilation featuring 14 songs and three enhanced video clips by some of the music channel's top buzz bands of the year. The Vines, the Hives, OK Go, Coldplay, and Jimmy Eat World are among the artists set to appear on the disc. MTV2 is also planning a half-hour TV special to celebrate the compilation's release.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2000 - Quincy Jones' Listen Up Foundation donates $25,000 to five South Central Los Angeles youth organizations. The endowments, made in the names of the five teens who make up Listen Up's From South Central To South Africa youth delegation, are presented during a reception at the Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills. The five teens _ Martha Gonzalez, JeJuana Johnson, Megan Yaleh Meaway, Hector Sanchez, and Omari Trice _ traveled to the Orange Farm Township, outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, one of the country's most disadvantaged communities, to build homes for three South African families.
Report: $1M Ransom For Thalia's Sisters

Report: $1M Ransom For Thalia's Sisters

Kidnappers want $1 million for the safe release of Laura Zapata and Ernestina Sodi, sisters of Mexican recording star Thalia, one victim's friend said yesterday (Sept. 26). Thalia is married to Sony Music Chairman Tommy Mottola.
Surprise Bill Would Put Webcast Royalties On Hold

Surprise Bill Would Put Webcast Royalties On Hold

In an unexpected development, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wisc.) introduced legislation late yesterday (Sept. 27) that would delay for six months Webcasters' payments of digital royalties to record companies and artists.

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