Nell Carter, who played the sassy, matronly housekeeper on the 1980s sitcom "Gimme a Break!" and received a Tony Award in 1978 for her performance in the Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin'," died today (Jan. 23), her publicist said. She was 54.
Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan has put the finishing touches on a new studio album, "Everything Must Go," due May 6 via Reprise. The set is the follow-up to 2000's "Two Against Nature," which was the Donald Fagen/Walter Becker-led group's first album since 1980's "Gaucho." "Two Against Nature" went on to win the Grammy for album of the year and has sold 1 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Sting and Bonnie Raitt are the latest artists to be added to the Super Bowl XXXVII festivities in San Diego, set for Sunday (Jan. 26) at the city's Qualcomm Stadium. Although as yet unannounced by the National Football League (NFL), a representative for Sting tells Billboard.com that the artist was personally asked by No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani to join her band for its halftime performance.
Pearl Jam will kick off its 2003 North American tour April 1 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. As previously reported, the 48-date trek will play a mix of arenas and amphitheatres and is scheduled to wrap with a July 8-9 stand at New York's Madison Square Garden. Pearl Jam kicks off an Australian swing Feb. 8 in Brisbane and will then proceed to Japan for four shows through March 6.
The Bee Gees name died with Maurice Gibb, one of the surviving band members said yesterday (Jan. 22). Robin Gibb said he and older brother Barry would no longer use the name under which they and their brother Maurice performed for more than 30 years.
B2K's "Bump, Bump, Bump" featuring P. Diddy dances its way to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 thanks to a major spike in radio airplay. The single moves up one notch to end the 12-week run of Eminem's "Lose Yourself," which tumbles to No. 9, the largest fall by a chart-topper since 1989, when Phil Collins' "Two Hearts" fell to No. 10.
Nate Dogg has finalized details for his forthcoming self-titled Elektra album, due Feb. 25. The 15-song set will feature a number of high-profile guests, including Eve, Redman, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Xzibit, Fabolous, and Lil' Mo, among others.
Norah Jones' debut album, "Come Away With Me," benefits from a 5.5% sales gain and maintains its grip on the top of The Billboard 200 for a second-straight week. The Blue Note/Capitol set moved 114,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to stay ahead of Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" (Arista), which is up 3-2 on the chart thanks to a 26% sales burst to 105,000 units.