1. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Rocking 'Fang'

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST "It was kind of a challenge for us," Jon Spencer offers, relaxing at the Matador Records offices in lower Manhattan. "We just wanted to make a more traditional record. And, personally, I was looking f "It was kind of a challenge for us," Jon Spencer offers, relaxing…

  2. Tunes On TV

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 4-10, 2002 MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2002 "All Star Bluegrass Celebration," PBS Featured Artists: Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Travis Tritt, Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill; hosted by Ricky Skaggs. "…

  3. Marsalis Leads Playboy Jazz Lineup

    March 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST Wynton Marsalis leads the star-studded lineup for the 24th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to be held June 15-16 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. On the first day of the event, Marsalis will perfor Wynton Marsalis leads the star-studded lineup for the 24th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to…

  4. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST Chart-based stories on Ashanti, Hank Williams Jr., Tweet, Faith Evans, Ja Rule, and Tim McGraw. OVERNIGHT SENSATION: Four months ago this week, Ashanti had never appeared on The Billboard Hot 100. She made her chart debut the week of Nov. 17, 2001, as the featured artist on Ja Rule's …

  5. Fountains Of Wayne Get Busy On Third Album

    March 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST Modern rock duo Fountains Of Wayne has recorded 15 new songs for the follow up to 1999's "Utopia Parkway" (Atlantic). Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger recently wrapped a two week studio stint at Modern rock duo Fountains Of Wayne has recorded 15 new songs for the follow…

  6. Beck Re-Teams With Producer Godrich

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST Beck's official Web site confirms the artist is planning to enter a studio soon with producer Nigel Godrich to work on his long-awaited new album. Recording will follow the rapid, informal pace Godric Beck's official Web site confirms the artist is planning to enter a studio soon…

  7. Ex-Destiny's Child Members Sue Over 'Survivor'

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST Two former Destiny's Child members filed a federal lawsuit against the group, contending the hit song "Survivor" made derisive comments about them. LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson contend the song Two former Destiny's Child members filed a federal lawsuit against the…

  8. McCartney Extends North American Tour Plans

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST As first reported here this week, Paul McCartney will kick off his first major tour since 1993 on April 1 in Oakland, Calif. The Driving USA tour, which was originally only scheduled to encompass 12 d As first reported here this week, Paul McCartney will kick off his first major tour since…

  9. 'O Brother,' Bluegrass Sweep Grammys

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST R&B newcomer Alicia Keys and Irish rock veterans U2 snagged their fair share of honors, but as many as six Grammy Awards, including the prestigious album of the year statuette, originated from the R&B newcomer Alicia Keys and Irish rock veterans U2 snagged their fair share of honors,…

  10. Korn Returns In May With 'Untouchables'

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Hard rock outfit Korn will release its fifth Immortal/Epic album, "Untouchables," on May 14, with first single "Here to Stay" due to hit radio in the coming weeks. Produced by Michael Beinhorn (Aerosm Hard rock outfit Korn will release its fifth Immortal/Epic album, "…

  11. Collaborations, Guests Highlight RAC Benefits

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Intriguing collaborations and surprise guest appearances highlighted the Recording Artist Coalition (RAC) benefit concerts last night (Feb. 26) in and around Los Angeles. The four Grammy-week shows ra Intriguing collaborations and surprise guest appearances highlighted the Recording Artist…

  12. Bob Dylan To Star In 'Masked' Film

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Taking on his first acting role in 15 years, Bob Dylan has signed to star in Intermedia Films' tentatively titled "Masked & Anonymous," the big-screen directorial debut of television writer/direct Taking on his first acting role in 15 years, Bob Dylan has signed to star in…

  13. Furtado, Blige, Franklin Added To Grammys

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST With the 44th annual Grammy Awards just hours away, performers and presenters are still being confirmed for the big show tonight (Feb. 27) in Los Angeles. Gospel artist Kirk Franklin will join U2 onst With the 44th annual Grammy Awards just hours away, performers and presenters are still…

  14. Billboard Bits: Stone Pony, Ramones Tribute, LeAnn Rimes

    February 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Stone Pony, Ramones Tribute, LeAnn Rimes Asbury Park, N.J., rock'n'roll landmark the Stone Pony has been spared from the wrecking ball thanks to public outcry. Thousands of E-mails, petition signatures, and phone calls have saved the shore town club where such notable Jersey…

  15. Billboard Bits: McCartney/Harrison, Tibet House, Giant Sand

    February 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on McCartney/Harrison, Tibet House, Giant Sand Paul McCartney dedicated an a cappella rendition of "Yesterday" to his former Beatles bandmate George Harrison during a tribute concert at Liverpool, England's Empire Theater last night (Feb. 24). Before the show, McCartney…

  16. Aaliyah Is 'Queen' Of The Box Office

    February 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Queen of the Damned," featuring late R&B star Aaliyah, sunk its teeth into the top spot on its debut at the boxoffice with an estimated $15.2 million in North American theaters. "We had a terrifi "Queen of the Damned," featuring late R&B star Aaliyah, sunk…

  17. Tunes On TV

    February 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 25-March 3, 2002. MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2002 "MTV Cribs Presents: How To Live Like a Pop Star," MTV Featured Artists: Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Usher, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, N Sync, O-Town, Lil Bow Wow, Willa Ford …

  18. Billy Bragg: What Does It Mean To Be English Today?

    February 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Billy Bragg is back in his own skin. After releasing two Grammy-nominated collections of Woody Guthrie songs recorded with American alt country rockers Wilco, the 44-year-old singer/songwriter has rev Billy Bragg is back in his own skin. After releasing two Grammy-nominated collections of…

  19. Extended Grammys Telecast Adds More Talent

    February 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST A host of artists have joined the already abundant talent lineup for next week's 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, leading CBS to extend its planned three-hour live broadcast on Wednesday (Feb. 27) A host of artists have joined the already abundant talent lineup for next week's…

  20. Kiss To Help Close Winter Olympics

    February 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST Veteran rock act Kiss is the latest addition to the lengthy list of performers set to take part in the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games. The gala extravaganza will take place Sunday nigh Veteran rock act Kiss is the latest addition to the lengthy list of performers set to take…

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