As part of a benefit that featured performances by Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Shawn Colvin, Ruben Blades, and Public Enemy, the Creative Coalition posthumously honored Billboard editor in chief Timothy White last night (Oct. 29) in New York with its 2002 Christopher Reeve First Amendment award. The accolade was presented to the late scribe's wife, Judy Garlan, by Reeve himself.
Santana's "Shaman" (Arista) debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week, ousting Faith Hill's "Cry" (Warner Bros.) after only one week in the top spot. For the Carlos Santana-led band, the feat marks the first time in its more than three decade-long career that one of its albums debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, while the nearly 299,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, is its highest first week sales total.
Justin Timberlake, Ja Rule, and Ashanti are among those who will help WHTZ (Z100) New York continue a tradition as the station stages its annual Jingle Ball concert Dec. 12 at the city's Madison Square Garden. Other artists in the event's initial lineup are Destiny's Child, Nelly, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Kylie Minogue, and "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson. More artists will be added to the list as the show approaches.
Virgin Records is prepping "Lenny Live," the first concert DVD from rocker Lenny Kravitz, for a Nov. 26 release. The home video title will include live performances and bonus footage culled from Kravitz's 2002 world tour in support of his sixth album, "Lenny."
Modern rock act 3 Doors Down is gearing up for a tour in support of its forthcoming sophomore album, "Away From the Sun," due Nov. 12 from Republic/Universal. Fourteen dates have been announced so far for the outing, which will kick off Saturday (Nov. 2) in Jacksonville, N.C. Confirmed shows stretch through a Dec. 12 gig in Seattle.
Singer/songwriter David Gray will kick off a brief North American tour Jan. 26 in Detroit. The trek will visit 14 cities before wrapping Feb. 16 in Los Angeles, and follows a November/December tour of the U.K. and Ireland, and comes prior to a full European tour.
Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder for the members of Phish. The group, which will end a two-year hiatus with a New Year's Eve concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, has written enough new material during recent rehearsals to fill a new studio album. The set, "Round Room," was recorded over the course of four days in October with producer Bryce Goggin and will be released Dec. 10 by Elektra.
2001 - Musician/poet Gil Scott-Heron is sentenced to one to three years in state prison in a New York court, after he failed to appear at an Oct. 1 hearing regarding the mandatory drug rehabilitation required by his plea bargain on an earlier drug possession charge.
Artists from various genres of music turned out last night (Oct. 28) for the first of a series of benefit concerts for the newly formed Artists Empowerment Coalition (AEC). Held at New York's Beacon Theater, the show featured performances from Hezekiah Walker, Najee, Montell Jordan, Naughty By Nature, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Faith Evans, and DMX.