The 18th-century house where George Frideric Handel composed "Messiah" and other great works has become the first museum in London devoted to a composer. Restorers have converted the upper floors at 25 Brook St. in the Mayfair district to its condition when Handel lived there for 36 years until his death in 1759.
The closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games will explode with music, as 'N Sync, Bon Jovi, and Christina Aguilera are among those who have signed on to perform at the Feb. 24 event. To be held at the Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, the extravagant affair will also feature Charlotte Church and Josh Groban, who plan to sing a duet, and Harry Connick Jr., who will be accompanied by acclaimed dancer Savion Glover.
Atlanta-based hip-hop duo Outkast has set a Dec. 4 release date for its greatest hits package, "Big Boi & Dre Present... Outkast" (LaFace/Arista). As previously reported, the disc will feature three new songs recently recorded by the group: the album's opening track "Funkin' Around," "Movin' Cool" featuring Joi Gilliam-Gipp, and first single "The Whole World" featuring Killer Mike.
The 30 most successful albums of the last 10 years will be counted down in order on a special two-part edition of "The Billboard Radio Countdown" beginning today at Billboardradio.com. The chart is based on performance on The Billboard 200 from October 1991 to October 2001, and was compiled by Billboard's chart department, under the direction of Geoff Mayfield, Billboard's director of charts.
Blink-182 has confirmed a host of appearances at radio-sponsored holiday concerts before the end of the year, as well as 13 European shows to make up for those postponed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Sprinkled among the U.S. dates are previously announced appearances Thursday (Nov. 8) at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany, and Dec. 4 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The group will also show up on the Fox comedy series "Mad TV" on Nov. 24.
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Black Crowes, Sarah McLachlan, the Wallflowers, Ben Harper, and Nick Cave are among the artists who have recorded Beatles covers for the V2 soundtrack to "I Am Sam," starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. The album, due Jan. 8, also features Beatles covers by Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, Ben Folds, Paul Westerber, Grandaddy, Stereophonics, Heather Nova, the Vines, Howie Day, Chocolate Genius, and, as first reported here, Rufus Wainwright and Sean Lennon.
Emmylou Harris, one of the most determined public voices in favor of a ban on landmines, is heading to Europe in January for six Concerts for a Landmine Free World, sharing the stage on various dates with Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Elvis Costello, and John Prine. The European leg of the tour follows a previously announced U.S. series of concerts, beginning Dec. 2 in Chicago and likely to feature Earle, Griffith, Prine, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Bruce Cockburn.
Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has christened his new band Eat The Day, also the name of a preset effect on one of his keyboards. The band's lineup -- Borland, his brother Scott on guitar, Kyle Weeks on turntables/sampler, and Greg Isabella on drums -- is exactly the same as in Borland's Big Dumb Face project, which issued the "Duke Lion Fights the Terror" album on Interscope in March.
Two new cuts from R&B artists R. Kelly and a third from Alicia Keys will anchor the Interscope soundtrack to "Ali," Columbia Pictures' upcoming bio-pic of boxer Muhammad Ali, starring Will Smith. All songs were written for the film; Kelly's "The World's Greatest" is the leadoff track and first single, while Keys' bluntly titled "Fight" will follow.
"Thug Angel: The Life and Times of Tupac Shakur" will be the first DVD title released by QD3 Entertainment under a new deal with Image Entertainment. Tentatively due in March 2002, "Thug Angel" features all new footage and interviews to tell the story of the controversial late hip-hop artist.
The retrial of TVT Records' copyright-infringement case against MP3.com began yesterday (Nov. 5) in New York before original U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff, Billboard Bulletin reports. The judge had ruled that MP3's streaming music service willfully infringed upon TVT's content.
When singer/songwriter Jewel ventured into the studio for the first time in two years, she insists, she wasn't there to make a record. She was there to make music. "I had quit the business, really. I just wasn't sure I wanted to come back to the machine," Jewel admits. "I took a year off and then two years passed and finally I knew there were things I wanted to say. I had a very clear vision and was not willing to compromise."