With six awards, Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" video emerged as the biggest winner at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), presented last night (Sept. 6) at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The innovative Spike Jonze-directed clip, which features only actor Christopher Walken dancing to the song in a hotel lobby, went into the night as the top contender with nine nominations.
This season could easily be deemed the summer of Fabolous. In the past few months, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based rapper has popped up on remixes for such artists as Lil' Mo and Jimmy Cozier, not to mention his guest appearances on Philly's Most Wanted's album and the latest "Violator" compilation. And with his Sept. 11 Elektra debut, "Ghetto Fabolous," the marquee act for DJ Clue's Desert Storm imprint will likely become a hip-hop staple
Billboardlive, a four-story, 50,000 square-foot art deco complex -- which officially opens Saturday (Sept. 8) -- sits in the heart of Miami's South Beach, facing Ocean Drive on one end and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Set up to be a fully broadcast-capable live venue and a professional recording studio, it is quite possibly the most interactive and revolutionary live-entertainment venue world wide.
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has been writing a lot of new material and hopes to get into the recording studio "sooner rather than later" to work on the group's 13th album, according to a recent interview with prominent R.E.M. fan site Murmurs.com. Buck also commented on the state of the music industry and his hopes for its future during the extensive chat.
Consumers rush out to buy the albums of a recently deceased musician because of a curiosity about their music, according to nearly half of the respondents to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Of 3,804 voters, 49% believe that after reading and hearing so much about an artist in the wake of their death, many want to see what the artist's music was all about. Another 29% said consumers seek out a recently deceased artist's work in order to feel a connection with that late celebrity.
Additional details have surfaced for Sting's upcoming live album, which, as previously reported, will be recorded Tuesday (Sept. 11) in front of an invited audience of 150 at a villa in Tuscany, Italy. The album, to be titled "... on such a night," will be released Nov. 20 by Interscope/A&M; a DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage is due in early December.
The Sundance Channel will resurrect its "Sonic Cinema" series throughout October with three separate programs, one focusing on the directing work of four young filmmakers, another on animated clips, and a final episode dedicated solely to the work of rock act Sparklehorse. Videos from Air, Gorillaz, Travis, Radiohead, and more will be featured on the first two programs of the series.
A day after telling the California State Legislature a law locking musicians into recording contracts amounts to indentured servitude, rock star Courtney Love took her case to Superior Court yesterday (Sept. 6), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Love is attempting to break her contract with Vivendi Universal. She has delivered only two of the seven albums she promised when she signed with Geffen Records in 1992.
The first five dates for the 2001 Family Values tour have been released, with some tickets going on sale today (Sept. 7). As tipped here earlier this summer, the tour will be co-headlined by Stone Temple Pilots and Staind, and will also feature Linkin Park, Static-X, Deadsy, and Spike 1000. The tour is set to bow Oct. 11 in Cleveland.
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and multi-faceted music impresario Quincy Jones are among the five individuals selected to receive the 2001 honors from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Actress Julie Andrews, actor Jack Nicholson, and pianist Van Cliburn will also be honored during a Dec. 2 ceremony at the center's Opera House in Washington, D.C.