Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd are the first artists confirmed to perform at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, set to air live Dec. 9 on Fox from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 13th annual awards will recognize and honor the year's most successful acts as determined by the Billboard charts. The show's hosts, additional performers, and finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Thousands of fans lined up before the watchful eyes of police last night (Nov. 4) to pay their last respects to hip-hop legend Jam Master Jay (real name: Jason Mizell). The line stretched for three long blocks outside the Queens, N.Y., funeral home where the slain Run-D.M.C. DJ lay in his signature black leather, gold jewelry, and white Adidas sneakers. Mizell will be buried today after a funeral service.
If she had to do it over again, Sharon Osbourne says she wouldn't have invited MTV's cameras into her home. At least, that's what the cancer-stricken matriarch of television's favorite dysfunctional family told ABC's Barbara Walters when she talked to her earlier this fall.
Pearl Jam's first world tour in more than two-and-a-half years will kick off Feb. 8 in Brisbane, Australia, according to Australian radio station Triple-J. So far, 10 dates are confirmed in Australia and Japan, with additional shows expected to be added. Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and his new band, the Healers, will open the five Australian shows; there is no word yet on an opener for the five engagements in Japan.
The members of Swedish duo Roxette have won a battle in the U.K.'s High Court over a man who accused them of substantially borrowing from one of his songs for the chorus of their 1993 hit "Sleeping in My Car," Billboard Bulletin reports.
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.