It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert tonight (Sept. 7) at New York's Madison Square Garden. The first of two heavily hyped concerts (the second is scheduled for Monday night at the venue), the show will feature appearances or performances by 'N Sync, Gladys Knight, Eminem, Destiny's Child, Yoko Ono, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Tucker, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando -- just to name a few.
The Latin Grammy Awards, yanked from Miami by organizers who feared protests by Cuban exiles, may still face picketers at the ceremony Tuesday (Sept. 11) near Los Angeles. Yesterday (Sept. 6), groups for and against Cuban artists performing at the awards promised to hold their own demonstrations outside Inglewood, Calif.'s Great Western Forum, where the ceremony will be held.
As first tipped here in June, U2 will revisit North America for another leg of 22 dates in October and November, with an official announcement expected Tuesday (Sept. 11). Having already wrapped treks in North America and Europe, the Irish quartet will kick off round three of its Elevation tour Oct. 10 at the 12,000-capacity Joyce Center on the campus of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind.
With six awards, Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" video emerged as the biggest winner at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), presented last night (Sept. 6) at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The innovative Spike Jonze-directed clip, which features only actor Christopher Walken dancing to the song in a hotel lobby, went into the night as the top contender with nine nominations.
This season could easily be deemed the summer of Fabolous. In the past few months, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based rapper has popped up on remixes for such artists as Lil' Mo and Jimmy Cozier, not to mention his guest appearances on Philly's Most Wanted's album and the latest "Violator" compilation. And with his Sept. 11 Elektra debut, "Ghetto Fabolous," the marquee act for DJ Clue's Desert Storm imprint will likely become a hip-hop staple
Grammy-winning songstress Toni Braxton is wrapping up work on her first Christmas album, "Snowflakes," due Oct. 23 from Arista. The album is being produced by Braxton and her husband, Mint Condition's Keri Lewis, who are also expecting a child before the end of the year.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame will induct 14 acts spanning five decades as its class of 2001, including the Bee Gees, Eagles, the Lettermen, Oak Ridge Boys, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. The organization will bestow its Harmony Award for outstanding contributions to the world of vocal group music on each of the acts at a Sept. 13 ceremony at its Sharon, Pa.-based museum.
In the wake of her tragic death, Aaliyah's self-titled Blackground/Virgin release shoots 19-1 on The Billboard 200 this week, based on a sales jump from 62,000 to 306,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The late artist's surge to No. 1 was predicated last week when retailers reported massive sales gains following the Aug. 25 plane crash that took the life of Aaliyah and eight others.
R&B newcomer Nikka Costa will embark on her headlining Funky White Bitch club tour Sept 29 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colo. The jaunt will have Costa on the road until a Nov. 2 date in Vancouver. The artist is currently the support act on Erykah Badu's North American tour, which wraps this week.
Some of the music industry's biggest stars, including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys, are participating in sessions for a new recording of Marvin Gaye's 1971 crossover hit "What's Going On." The recording is being organized in New York by producer Jermaine Dupri and U2 frontman Bono, and aims to raise money for AIDS research in Africa.
Label representatives yesterday (Sept. 5) delivered a doomsday scenario of what could occur if the California senate repeals a subdivision of the state's labor code that exempts recording artists from the "seven-year personal services contract." "Record companies would have to give very serious consideration to moving many of our operations out of state," said Roy Lott, deputy president, EMI Recorded Music, North America.
Mariah Carey, who for the past month has been recovering from an emotional breakdown, has reportedly suffered a relapse. The New York Daily News reports that the singer has been a patient at UCLA Medical Center since Tuesday after suffering what a source called "an emotional setback." A spokesperson for the artist issued a terse "no comment" to the paper when contacted.
"It feels like, in a general sense, that the band is just hunkering down into the barrel of a cannon, about to be shot like a circus clown across the circus tent," Cake singer John McCrea tells Billboard.com. Indeed, the Sacramento, Calif.-based modern rock act has reason to feel that way, with a hit single in "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" and encouraging sales of "Comfort Eagle," its fourth album, and first for Columbia,