1. Joan Osborne Takes On Troubadour Style

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As the unpredictable winds of mainstream popularity shift more frequently than ever, Joan Osborne has been able to sustain her career through steadfast touring and well-received live performances. As the unpredictable winds of mainstream popularity shift more frequently than ever, Joan…

  2. Billboard Bits: Napster/Grand Royal, Shaggy, T. Hip

    June 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Napster, Grand Royal, Shaggy, and Tragically Hip's Gordon Downie The Beastie Boys-run Grand Royal label has teamed with embattled file-swapping company Napster to promote Grand Royal artists online via free downloads. The first track available is "Smokewood," the title…

  3. Afro-Celt Sound System Teams With Plant, Gabriel For 3rd Set

    June 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Afro-Celt Sound System's James McNally has gotten used to his group's albums being stocked in a different department at every record store, from world to new age to dance and electronic. But whatever Afro-Celt Sound System's James McNally has gotten used to his group's…

  4. Hot Product

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing albums from Sisqo, Stone Tempe Pilots, Afro-Celt Sound System, Luther Vandross, Gorillaz, and more. 'Dragon' Song From platinum curls to corn rows, Sisqo is never one to stay the same for long. The Baltimore native aims to prove that he's more than merely a singer…

  5. Travis Returns To No. 1 In The U.K.

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT With its new Independiente set "The Invisible Band," Travis yesterday (June 17) took the No. 1 spot on the U.K. album chart. The mark was achieved in one week, while it took the Scottish band 13 weeks With its new Independiente set "The Invisible Band," Travis yesterday …

  6. ...próxima estación...Esperanza

    June 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Former Mano Negra front man Manu Chao's follow-up to his phenomenally successful Clandestino is one of the most anticipated discs in Latin alternative music. Former Mano Negra front man Manu Chao's follow-up to his phenomenally successful Clandestino is one of the most anticipated…

  7. Irresistible

    June 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Sony has its sights set on nothing less than super-stardom for its reigning pop princess, Jessica Simpson. Sony has its sights set on nothing less than super-stardom for its reigning pop princess, Jessica Simpson. The groove-laden first single, "Irresistible," is already flying high…

  8. Lauryn Hill To Headline U.K. MOBOFest

    June 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Lauryn Hill heads the bill for MOBOFest 2001, set for Aug. 4 at East London's Victoria Park. Her performance will provide an exclusive showcase of new material from the as-yet unscheduled follow-up to Lauryn Hill heads the bill for MOBOFest 2001, set for Aug. 4 at East London's…

  9. Hot Product

    June 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums by Sugar Ray, Blink-182, Travis, Alicia Keys, and more. You Can Call Me Ray Frontman Mark McGrath says he's is "completely proud" of Sugar Ray's self-titled fourth album, due this week on Lava/Atlantic. "I've always dug what we've done,…

  10. Weiland: STP Wanted To Make Double Album

    June 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT If the members of Stone Temple Pilots had their way, their forthcoming Atlantic album "Shangri-la Dee Da" would have been a two-CD set. Frontman Scott Weiland tells Billboard.com that longtime produce If the members of Stone Temple Pilots had their way, their forthcoming Atlantic…

  11. Inside Out

    June 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Few contemporary country artists have so successfully balanced artistic integrity and commercial viability as Trisha Yearwood has—and on her 11th MCA release, she manages to take that mastery a Few contemporary country artists have so successfully balanced artistic integrity and commercial…

  12. Rocket House

    June 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Chris Whitley emerged as a haunting, post-modern bluesman with 1991's Living With the Law. Chris Whitley emerged as a haunting, post-modern bluesman with 1991's Living With the Law. His next move was the image-shattering sonic barrage of 1995's Din of Ecstasy and 1997's…

  13. Jill Scott Unveils Summer Tour Plans

    June 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B vocalist Jill Scott, fresh from an opening slot on Sting's North American tour, will set off on her own Words and Sounds tour this summer. The trek begins with July 17 with the first of two sh R&B vocalist Jill Scott, fresh from an opening slot on Sting's North American…

  14. spinART reissues EBTG, Nesmith Albums

    June 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT New York-based independent label spinART has just reissued the solo albums from the members of U.K. dance/pop duo Everything But The Girl and plans to re-release a solo album from former Monkees guita New York-based independent label spinART has just reissued the solo albums from the members…

  15. Ron Sexsmith Rocks Out On 'Blue Boy'

    June 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As soon as he chose fellow singer/songwriter Steve Earle as co-producer, Ron Sexsmith knew that his new album, "Blue Boy" (released June 5 by Cooking Vinyl/spinART), was going to be a significant depa As soon as he chose fellow singer/songwriter Steve Earle as co-producer, Ron…

  16. 'O Brother' Spawns Live Album

    June 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Mercury's new Lost Highway imprint is planning a July 24 release for "Down From the Mountain -- Live Concert Performances by the Artists and Musicians of O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The set was taped Mercury's new Lost Highway imprint is planning a July 24 release for …

  17. Billboard Bits: Mandy Moore, Alejandro Sanz, and more

    June 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Mandy Moore, Alejandro Sanz, Townes Van Zandt Teenage pop vocalist Mandy Moore has lined up a series of in-store appearances in support of her self-titled third Epic album, due June 19. Moore will also be seen performing on a host of TV shows, including "Live With Regis and Kelly…

  18. Songwriter John Hartford Dead At 63

    June 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter and producer John Hartford died Monday in a Nashville hospital after a lengthy battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 63. Hartford is best known as the writer of Glen Campbell's 1 Singer/songwriter and producer John Hartford died Monday in a Nashville hospital after…

  19. Brooks To Play Philly On July 4

    June 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country kingpin Garth Brooks will take a break from retirement to perform at an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia on July 4. Brooks will sing ''a couple of songs appropriate for the occasio Country kingpin Garth Brooks will take a break from retirement to perform at an…

  20. Cheb Mami Plans U.S. Trek

    June 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Algerian vocalist Cheb Mami will kick off a rare, and brief, U.S. tour July 11 in Washington, D.C. The <I>Rai</I>artist, who gained substantial international recognition for his hit duet with Sting, " Algerian vocalist Cheb Mami will kick off a rare, and brief, U.S. tour July…

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