The week-long 2002 Rochester (N.Y.) MusicFest will conclude with a pair of concerts featuring up-and-coming R&B stars Ashanti and Tweet, as well as such established artists as Al Green and the Isley Brothers. The festival, which runs July 14-21 at venues around the city, will boast a series of mostly free concerts daily leading up to the ticketed weekend events.
Nelly's "Nellyville" (Universal) storms The Billboard 200 to knock out Eminem's "The Eminem Show" and become the country's new No. 1 album. Eminem's Web/Aftermath/Interscope set had an impressive five-week run, but couldn't block Nelly's first week U.S. sales onslaught of 714,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Between the album and the single "Hot in Herre," Nelly now holds the top slot on 10 Billboard charts, including Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform a concert Tuesday (July 9) on historic Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The show will celebrate the release that day of the band's latest Warner Bros. album, "By the Way," as well as the revitalization of lower Manhattan following last year's terrorist attacks on the U.S.
R&B superstar Keith Sweat returns Aug. 13 with his latest Elektra album, "Rebirth." The set is led by first single "One on One," which debuts this week at No. 75 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Sweat executive produced the album and produced or co-produced most of the tracks.
For his latest album, "Tropical Storm," Jamaican toaster Beenie Man has teamed up with a host of guest artists, including Lil' Kim, So Solid Crew, and dancehall greats Sly & Robbie. Due Aug. 20 via Virgin, the set is led by the single "Feel It Boy," which teams Beenie Man (real name: Moses Davis) with labelmate Janet Jackson and production team the Neptunes (also a Virgin artist under the N*E*R*D moniker).
The California Senate's Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry have tentatively set a July 23 date for a joint hearing looking into the record industry's accounting practices.
Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half a century, has died. He was 75.
Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, is scheduled to have surgery today (July 3) to treat cancer. Her publicist declined to say what kind of cancer she is battling, but said it is treatable and Osbourne is "expected to make a full recovery." As a result of the surgery, the first two dates of the North American leg of the Ozzfest tour have been postponed.