Never accused of playing it safe (remember Chris Gaines?), Garth Brooks offers up a comparatively focused effort on Scarecrow, having zeroed in on his vocal strengths, Allen Reynolds' crystalline production, and powerful songs. A muscular Brooks vocal and arena-rock guitars propel the panoramic midtempo "Why Ain't
Garth Brooks' "Scarecrow" (Capitol) thunders its way to the top of The Billboard 200 this week on sales of 466,000 units, according to SoundScan, leading a charge of five top-10 debuts. "Scarecrow," which also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally, is Brooks' best opening since 1998's "Double Live," which sold a then-record of 1.01 million units in its first week.
Video-rental giant Blockbuster Inc. has canceled its annual awards show because it was uncertain how many viewers would watch in the post-Sept. 11 climate. The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, which honor film and music stars, had been scheduled for next spring in Los Angeles.
Horrace Pinnock, better known as BBC national network Radio 1's reggae expert DJ Village, was shot dead following a gang fight in London early yesterday morning (Nov. 20). According to the Metropolitan Police, Pinnock, 24, was shot following an argument with six to 10 men outside the Plaza Hotel in Wembley at around 2.30 a.m. Shortly afterward, he was pronounced dead at Central Middlesex Hospital.
Limp Bizkit, and particularly singer Fred Durst, came under fire this week on the first day of the inquest into the death of 16-year-old Jessica Michalik, who was crushed in a crowd surge at the Sydney stop on the annual Big Day Out tour last Jan. 26. Coroner Jacqueline Milledge announced she was not impressed with Durst, who refused to answer questions from Australian police officers when they questioned him in Los Angeles.
'N Sync fans will be descending upon U.S. Best Buy retail outlets over the next five weeks in order to pick up bobblehead dolls fashioned after each member of the group. Beginning Saturday (Nov. 24), the exclusive figures will be available for $9.99 with a minimum $25 purchase (limit one bobblehead per person).
The majority of newly recorded holiday albums are money-making ventures, according to a recent Billboard.com poll. Of 3,240 respondents, 34% said that most of the new holiday titles are less musically valid than profit driven releases.
Hotly tipped U.K. rock act Starsailor will begin its first U.S. tour Dec. 2 in Boston. Five major-market club dates follow, as does a Dec. 11 appearance on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." On Jan. 11, the group returns to North America for 13 support dates with fellow U.K. rock brethren the Charlatans. The shows come in support of Starsailor's Capitol debut, "Love Is Here," due Jan. 8 in North America.
Discussing the making of No Doubt's new album, "Rock Steady," Gwen Stefani saturates her comments with utterings of "like" and "know what I mean?" It's, like, quite charming, and, honestly, a little bit funny too -- know what I mean?