The members of Destiny's Child plan to be "Independent Women," taking time off from the group to concentrate on solo projects. Already, lead singer Beyonce Knowles has a featured role in the upcoming "Austin Powers" sequel, and she and fellow members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland have discussed the possibility of solo albums.
When former Crowded House/Split Enz principal Neil Finn decided to put a group together for a slate concerts in his New Zealand homeland earlier this year, he aimed high. The result was a backing band that featured former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and Radiohead drummer Phil Selway and guitarist Ed O'Brien, among others.
Don Henley and David Crosby helped raise $300,000 for children of Merrimack Valley victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by headlining a concert last night (Dec. 5) at the Paul Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. U.S. Rep. Martin Meehan (D-Mass.) organized the benefit to help children of his district pay for future education expenses.
Neil Young has written a song inspired by a passenger onboard one of the flights hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, and has rushed it to North American radio outlets. According to reports, the track, "Let's Roll," was inspired by Todd Beamer, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 who helped lead a revolt against the hijackers. The flight crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania and may have been headed for targets in Washington, D.C.
Creed's "Weathered" weathered a storm of holiday-season competition to maintain its grip on the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. The band's third Wind-Up album holds on to the top spot, despite suffering a 53% sales decline to 417,000 units in its second week of U.S. sales, according to SoundScan. Creed's command of The Billboard 200 is relatively uncontested, with just two top-10 debuts, both highly awaited rap albums.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is lambasting the music industry's marketing of violent and explicit material to children in a new report, Billboard Bulletin reports. The findings were part of a larger study on how the entertainment industry markets "violent R-rated movies, explicit-content labeled music, and M-rated electronic games" to teens.
For his fifth album, "Prophesy," producer/musician Nitin Sawhney traveled the world in search of emotional connections. "What I've been searching for over the years is balance," Sawhney says. "I don't get this from secondhand information, but from firsthand experiences."
Lenny Kravitz, Brooks & Dunn, Cher, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Shaggy, and Yolanda Adams are among the artists set to perform at the 29th annual American Music Awards (AMA), airing Jan. 9 on ABC. Confirmed presenters so far are India.Arie, Blu Cantrell, Melissa Etheridge, Nelly Furtado, Ginuwine, Ja Rule, Alicia Keys, Lifehouse, Ludacris, Master P. and his son Lil' Romeo, Method Man, Nelly, Jamie O'Neal, O-Town, Redman, LeAnn Rimes, SHeDAISY, Trick Pony, Tyrese, and Luther Vandross.
John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Richard Thompson, and Patty Griffin are among the artists who have contributed songs, in French, to "Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music." Due March 5 from Vanguard Records, the compilation also features tracks by Nick Lowe, David Johansen, Linda Thompson, Rodney Crowell, and Maria McKee.
Slipknot is preparing for a two month international tour that will begin Jan. 20 in Helsinki and run through a March 23-24 stand in Tokyo. The shows will be the Iowa-based hard rock collective's first since...
Billboard.com today (Dec. 5) launches 2001: The Year In Music. In this special section, readers will get a sneak peek into Billboard's annual Year In Music issue (available Dec. 20 in print), including an overview of the activity on some of the major charts; a remembrance of those who have passed away; as well as 2001 top-10 lists by the staff of the magazine.