Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule Charged With Indecency

Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule Charged With Indecency

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.
Anastasio Recording With Touring Band

Anastasio Recording With Touring Band

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.
CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

A recap of late R&B star Aaliyah's chart performance, and a look at R&B acts who debuted in the 1960s who appear on the charts today, plus stories on Blu Cantrell, Jennifer Lopez, and Ja Rule.
Slipknot Emerges From The Middle Of 'Iowa'

Slipknot Emerges From The Middle Of 'Iowa'

Records publicist says of the label's platinum shock-thrashers Slipknot. For most bands, this much is implied. But most bands aren't like Slipknot. In fact, most groups have nothing in common with the hardcore nonet, which, in the three years since emerging from the very definition of the middle of nowhere -- Des Moines, Iowa -- has gone on to establish itself as the reigning act of shock rock.
Mercury Rev Creates An Upbeat, Mythic World

Mercury Rev Creates An Upbeat, Mythic World

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."
Crash Pilot Had Criminal Record

Crash Pilot Had Criminal Record

The pilot of the ill-fated Cessna carrying rising R&B star Aaliyah had a recent criminal record, including a crack-cocaine violation that had him in a Florida court less than two weeks before the plane went down in the Bahamas, authorities said. Luis Antonio Morales Blanes' record came to light yesterday (Aug. 29) as investigators continued scouring the wreckage in search of clues to what may have caused the crash. Excess weight is being considered as a possible factor.
Lone Cannibal Gift Plans Solo Release

Lone Cannibal Gift Plans Solo Release

Next spring will bring the debut solo album from Roland Gift, former frontman of 1980s U.K. pop act Fine Young Cannibals. The self-titled album, due out via MCA, was produced by David Z (FYC, Jody Watley, a-Ha) and Ben Barson (Xmal Deutschland).
Art Imitates Life For Judas Priest Frontman

Art Imitates Life For Judas Priest Frontman

In Tim "Ripper" Owens' surreal world, life provides many surprises. It wasn't long ago he literally went from cover band singer to frontman of Judas Priest, replacing Rob Halford. Now, his improbable story has resulted in the feature film "Rock Star," which opens in U.S. theaters next weekend.
Q-Tip Gets 'Abstract' As Kamaal

Q-Tip Gets 'Abstract' As Kamaal

Kamaal, who as Q-Tip was the former leader of rap act A Tribe Called Quest, will release his second solo album, "Kamaal the Abstract," Oct. 23 via Arista. The artist self-produced the nine-track set, which is a melange of hip-hop, jazz, rock, and funk featuring guest appearances by jazz artists Kenny Garrett (saxophone), Gary Thomas (sax, flute), and Kirk Rosenwinkle (guitar).
Zomba Settles With MP3.com

Zomba Settles With MP3.com

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.
Avalanches Top Oz Dance Awards

Avalanches Top Oz Dance Awards

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.
'Now' Is The Time For Maxwell At No. 1

'Now' Is The Time For Maxwell At No. 1

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.

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