Mariah Carey's "Glitter" album has become a major hit in Japan, the first and only world market where it has been issued so far, Billboard Bulletin reports. It is the country's No. 3 title this week, according to the latest Oricon and Dempa charts, and the most popular release by a non-Japanese act. Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), which shipped "Glitter" Aug. 18, says sales to date are 450,000 units. The album has a bonus track for the local market, a third mix of the "Loverboy" single.
Although electronic music is increasingly tapped for use in mainstream advertising, and its presence in the U.S. market place increases, it will be some time before it achieves the widespread popularity level it enjoys in Europe and around the world, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. 40% of 2,463 respondents believe that the genre's growth in the U.S. is a gradual one that began some years ago and will continue on that slow and steady path.
Musiq Soulchild was the big winner at the first Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, presented last night (Aug. 30) in New York in association with Heineken. The Def Soul singer won four major honors: top artist, new artist, male artist, and singles artist. Picking up three awards was Jive's R. Kelly, for top album ("TP2.com"), albums artist, and songwriter.
Tantric has beefed up its previously announced U.S. tour with a set of interspersed dates with Oleander and Beautiful Creatures. The new dates will be dubbed the Rolling Rock Town Fair tour, after the Latrobe, Pa.-festival Tantric played with Stone Temple Pilots, Live, Incubus, and Staind earlier this month.
Rappers Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule were charged yesterday (Aug. 30) with using indecent language during performances in the recent Sumfest music festival in the resort town of Montego Bay, Jamaica. The artists will be asked to appear in a magistrate's court on Sept. 27 to face the profanity charges, according to a statement from police in Montego Bay, 125 miles northwest of Kingston. Police could not immediately say what the maximum penalty was for the charges.
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has nearly completed recording the basic tracks for a studio album with the eight-piece band which backed him on a recent North American tour, Billboard.com can reveal. Anastasio will now begin writing orchestral parts for the music, which will be recorded by a 35-piece orchestra at the artist's studio in Vermont. The set will likely surface in April 2002 on Elektra.
Zomba Music Group, home to such acts as 'N Sync and Britney Spears, has settled its copyright-infringement suit against MP3.com. As part of the agreement, Zomba has licensed its catalog to be used in online company's my.mp3.com database service.
The Avalanches took five honors at the Australian Dance Music Awards last night at Sydney's Metro Theatre, Billboard Bulletin reports. The eclectic act received awards for best live act, album, single, debut act, video, and turntablist. The act's album "Since I Left You" has sold nearly 250,000 copies worldwide; it will be released Oct. 16 in the U.S through Sire.
Maxwell bursts onto The Billboard 200 this week with "Now" (Columbia), after selling 296,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, to earn his first-ever No. 1 album. The R&B singer's collection is one of two new albums to enter the top-10 this week, besting rapper Juvenile's "Project English" (Cash Money/Universal), which arrives No. 2 on the strength of 213,000 units sold. "Now" and "Project English" open back-to-back on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as well.
Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghostface Killah will on Nov. 13 release his third Starks Enterprises/Epic solo album, "Bulletproof Wallet." The 12-track set is the follow-up to last year's "Supreme Clientele," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 7 on The Billboard 200. First single "Never Be the Same Again" featuring Carl Thomas and Raekwon goes to radio next month.
A judge has thrown out George Harrison's bid to keep his former business manager and partner from declaring bankruptcy, refusing to accept a claim that the musician was too ill to give a local deposition. Harrison's attorneys have asked for a review of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barry Schermer's ruling and for a new judge, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday (Aug. 29).
Outkast leads the nominations for the U.K.'s sixth annual MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, to be held Oct. 4 at the London Arena, Billboard Bulletin reports. The LaFace/Arista duo is nominated for best hip-hop act, video, album, and single. Craig David, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliott, and Usher received three nods each.
Mercury Rev lead singer Jonathan Donahue is perfectly willing to accept that "monsters want souls" and "vampires want blood," as he sings on new single "Nite and Fog." These mythic images, not conventional reality, shape the reclusive band's world, explored in all its fantastic lushness on the band's latest V2 offering, "All Is Dream."