Pierre Jalbert won the $44,000 Masterprize composing competition for new classical music. Jalbert, a 33-year-old music teacher at Rice University in Houston, was given a standing ovation from a packed house at the Barbican arts center in London when his name was announced Wednesday.
The lineup for the Oct. 21 United We Stand -- What More Can I Give? concert has grown by three, as R&B/pop acts Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, and Usher have all signed on for the Oct. 21 concert in Washington, D.C. The trio of artists join previously announced acts Michael Jackson, 'N Sync, Aerosmith, the Backstreet Boys, Rod Stewart, Ricky Martin, Train, P. Diddy, Goo Goo Dolls, James Brown, and Al Green for the event, to be held at RFK Stadium. More artists will be announced in the days leading up to the concert.
A federal judge said MusicNet, the online music joint venture formed by RealNetworks and three major record labels, "looks bad, sounds bad and smells bad" as Napster raised the spectre of antitrust within the music industry. Napster raised the issues of anticompetitive practices during a federal court hearing Wednesday as the recording industry sought summary judgment in its copyright infringement suit.
U.K. rock act the Beta Band is bucking the trend of international tour cancellations by going ahead with its extensive North American schedule, due to begin Monday (Oct. 15) in Atlanta. The itinerary follows the group's North American support dates this summer as specially selected guests of Radiohead. A European tour wraps tonight (Oct. 12) in Sheffield, England.
Goodvibe/Barak/JCOR recording artist Mystic and Motown recording artist India.Arie will co-headline the first Sisters for Hip-Hop & Soul tour, Billboard Bulletin reports. The 11-date tour, sponsored by MTV2 and Vibe and hosted by WQHT New York on-air personality DJ Jazzy Joyce, will kick off Nov. 8 in Philadelphia and run through a Nov. 28 finale in Los Angeles.
Seattle is preparing for Sunday's (Oct. 14) kickoff of Groundwork 2001, a week of concerts striving to raise awareness of solutions to world hunger and money to help small farmers in developing countries. As first reported in August, the sold-out event features performances from R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, the Wallflowers, Chris Whitley, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, Afro-Celt Sound System, Joe Henry, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Femi Kuti, among others.
Madonna's recent HBO live concert broadcast will be released Nov. 13 on DVD and VHS by Maverick/Warner Bros./Warner-Reprise Video. Captured by more than 20 cameras, "The Drowned World Tour" extravaganza features 23 songs from the breadth of the artist's storied career.
Eccentric pop superstar Prince is set to release his latest album, "The Rainbow Children," on Oct. 17 as an Internet download available only to members of his NPG Music Club. In April, the artist made the album track "The Work--Pt. 1" available to users of Napster for free download.
To get a feel for Australian dance/electronic five-piece the Avalanches, all one need do is view their video for "Frontier Psychiatrist." Lensed by Kuntz + Maguire for Propaganda Films, the visually stimulating video (imagine a John Waters-directed episode of "Sesame Street") features a charmingly wacky cast of characters.