As he did last year, Bruce Springsteen made an unannounced appearance Saturday at a Sea Bright, N.J., benefit concert to fight Parkinson's disease. On the eve of the third U.S. leg of his current world tour in support of "The Rising," which launched last night in Dallas, the Boss accompanied veteran Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky onstage.
After Chevelle's successful second-stage outing on Ozzfest 2002, the Loeffler brotherly trio -- Pete (singer/guitarist), Sam (drums), and Joe (bass) -- received a pleasant surprise when its Epic debut, "Wonder What's Next," debuted three weeks ago at No. 14 on The Billboard 200. When lined up next to its first album, 1999's "Point #1," Sam Loeffler tells Billboard.com the differences are obvious and intentional.
Lonnie Donegan, a musician whose "skiffle" sound inspired John Lennon and Pete Townshend to learn to play guitar, has died. Donegan died yesterday (Nov. 3) in Peterborough, central England, while on a tour of Britain, his publicist said. He was 71 and had suffered several heart attacks.
R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo (brothers Cedric and Joel Hailey) returns Nov. 26 with its fourth MCA album, "Emotional." The set is preceded by the single "It's Me," which is No. 11 on Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. It's the pair's first album since 2000's "X," which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
What do Frank Sinatra, Barry Gibb, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, Ray Charles, and Don Johnson have in common? They've each over the years have recorded collaborations with Barbra Streisand that will be featured on her new album, "Duets," due Nov. 26 from Columbia Records.
Investigators planned today (Nov. 4) to question a man in connection with the shooting death of Run-D.M.C. member Jam Master Jay, according to the New York Times. Senior police officials told the paper the man had been feuding with Jam Master Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell, for as long as a decade.
A new study by market research firm Comscore says that CD burning and file-sharing are having a "noticeable impact" on online sales of recorded music, Billboard Bulletin reports. The study estimates that online music sales through the third quarter of 2002 are declining even faster than overall U.S. sales.
Five men arrested on suspicion of plotting to kidnap Spice Girl Victoria Beckham were charged today (Nov. 4) in London with theft and conspiracy to rob Sotheby's auction house, police said. Scotland Yard said inquiries were continuing into the alleged plan to kidnap Victoria Beckham, known in the group as Posh Spice and the wife of England soccer captain David Beckham. They reportedly planned to seek a ransom of about $7.7 million.
David Gray swept to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Nov. 3) with "A New Day at Midnight" (iht/East West), while a Eurodance version of Bryan Adams' "Heaven" by DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do (Data/MoS) debuted at No. 1 on the singles survey. Gray's instant success is in sharp contrast to the performance of his previous album, "White Ladder," which took almost two and-a-half years from its original March 1999 release to reach the top of the album chart in August 2001.
2001 - Michael Jackson proves that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. as his Epic album "Invincible" goes straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a solo artist.