1. McCartney, Levine Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    July 31, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Former Beatle Paul McCartney and conductor James Levine are among those who will receive this year's honors from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Honors will also be bestowed upon a Former Beatle Paul McCartney and conductor James Levine are among those who will…

  2. Def Jam Launches 'Free Slick Rick' Petition

    July 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Slick Rick" Walters' label, Def Jam, is hoping that the rapper's fans will help in his fight against deportation from the U.S. "Slick Rick" Walters' label, Def Jam, is hoping that the rapper's fans will help in his fight against deportation from the U…

  3. Strike Scotches New York Mozart Festival

    July 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Most of the scheduled performances at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' acclaimed Mostly Mozart summer festival have been canceled in response to the orchestra's decision to go on str Most of the scheduled performances at New York's Lincoln Center for the…

  4. Billboard Bits: Black Sabbath, Jewel, Latin Grammys

    July 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Black Sabbath, Jewel, Latin Grammys Vintage Black Sabbath concert recordings will be released next month on the Sanctuary album "Past Lives." Due Aug. 20, the two-disc set consists of live material recorded by the band's original lineup around 1975, prior to release of…

  5. Indie Acts 'Lose' It For Kristofferson

    July 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Independent label Incidental Music is preparing a tribute to legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson, "Nothing Left to Lose," for an Oct. 8 release. The set will be the second indie compilation to hon Independent label Incidental Music is preparing a tribute to legendary songwriter…

  6. Burger After Church

    July 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Waybacks are a West Coast acoustic quintent that blends ample humor and freewheelin' spirit with fine musical chops and keen melodic instincts on this primarily instrumental project. The Waybacks are a West Coast acoustic quintent that blends ample humor and freewheelin' spirit…

  7. Incredible

    July 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The sister act of Erica and Tina picks up where it left off with 2000's critically acclaimed Thankful. The sister act of Erica and Tina picks up where it left off with 2000's critically acclaimed Thankful. Less personal in its themes and more every man, woman, and child, Incredible…

  8. Touring Jogs Tiesto's 'Memory'

    July 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. It stands to reason that touring extensively behind a new album is crucial to its commercial fortunes. But at a time when the heavy hitters of trance are not as visible on world stages as they once were, Dutch DJ/producer Tiesto (real name: Tijs…

  9. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Eminem and daughter Hailie Jade, Celine Dion, and LeAnn Rimes. PAUL AND ART: It's been more than 20 years since a Simon & Garfunkel album has debuted on The Billboard 200. "Live From New York City, 1967" (Legacy…

  10. This Day in Music

    July 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Clint Black provides entertainment for "A Night at the Net," a charity doubles tennis match that kicks off the eighth annual Mercedes-Benz Cup. The even benefits MusiCares, the charity f 1999 - Clint Black provides entertainment for "A Night at the Net…

  11. 2002 MTV Video Music Award nominees

    July 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT MTV Video Music Award nominees Here are the 2002 MTV Video Music Award nominees, to be awarded Aug. 29 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Best video of the year: "Gone," 'N Sync (Jive) "Without Me," Eminem (Aftermath /Shady/Interscope) "In the End,…

  12. McCartney, Wilson Headline Minefield Benefit

    July 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Former Beatle Paul McCartney and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson will each perform Sept. 18 at the second annual Open Hearts. Clear Minds event in Los Angeles. Organized by McCartney's new bride Heather Former Beatle Paul McCartney and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson will each perform Sept.…

  13. New Steve Earle Song Stirs Debate

    July 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A new tune about so-called "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh by Nashville singer/songwriter Steve Earle has kicked up a fight between critics who feel he's unpatriotic and defenders who consider hi A new tune about so-called "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh by…

  14. Columbia Keeping 'The Rising' Under Wraps

    July 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Internet leaks of releases by top artists have been giving major labels some major headaches, wreaking havoc with pre-release marketing plans. But in the case of the Boss, the old-fashioned lock-and-k Internet leaks of releases by top artists have been giving major labels some major headaches…

  15. Radiohead Returns To Action With New Songs

    July 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead played its first show in nine months last night (July 22) at Lisbon, Portugal's Lisbon Coliseum, and unveiled nine new songs in the first set of a 26-song performance. The opener of a 12-dat Radiohead played its first show in nine months last night (July 22) at Lisbon, Portugal…

  16. Kathy Mattea Blooms On 'Roses'

    July 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After a long and very successful career as a country artist, Kathy Mattea is branching out musically with "Roses," due July 30 from Narada Records. To help further her musical evolution, she signed with Narada, a label located far away…

  17. Billboard Bits: Shortlist, Marilyn Manson, Neil Peart

    July 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Shortlist, Marilyn Manson, Neil Peart The full complement of "listmakers" for the 2002 Shortlist prize has been confirmed, with a total of 20 recording artists, record producers, film directors, journalists, and radio personalities making up the panel. Among those who will…

  18. Eminem, Elliott, P.O.D. Top MTV VMA Nominees

    July 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT With six nominations each, rappers Eminem and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and hard rock act P.O.D. lead the field for the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). P.O.D. and Eminem are both up for the best With six nominations each, rappers Eminem and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott…

  19. Weezer Tangles With 'The Lion And The Witch'

    July 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Weezer is preparing a 7-song EP, titled "The Lion and the Witch," for limited U.S. release this summer. The disc, for which a release date has not been finalized, is a special promotion from the group Weezer is preparing a 7-song EP, titled "The Lion and the Witch," for…

  20. Musicologist Alan Lomax Dies

    July 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Alan Lomax, the celebrated musicologist who helped preserve America's and the world's heritage by making thousands of recordings of folk, blues and jazz musicians from the 1930s onward, died Friday at Alan Lomax, the celebrated musicologist who helped preserve America's and the…

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