1. Country Legend Johnny Russell Dies

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died of complications relating to diabetes this morning (July 3) in a hospital outside of Nashville. He was 61. Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died of complications relating to diabetes this morning (July…

  2. Reba's 'Girls' Provide Hunger Relief

    July 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The upcoming female-dominated country Girls' Night Out tour -- featuring Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Jamie O'Neal, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson -- has teamed with volunteer hunger-relief p The upcoming female-dominated country Girls' Night Out tour -- featuring Reba…

  3. Chet Atkins Dies In Nashville

    July 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, died Saturday at his home in Nashville of cancer. He was 77. Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, died Saturday at his home in…

  4. Strait Sets Sights On Silver Screen

    July 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country star George Strait is lending his talent to the independent film "Grand Champion." Strait, who plays himself in the flick, shot his scenes in Snyder, Texas, on Saturday with Emma Roberts, the Country star George Strait is lending his talent to the independent film "…

  5. Laugh—Live at the Bluebird Cafe

    June 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Well-known as one of Nashville's most successful songwriters, Bob DiPiero has also been an active live performer, touring with the now-defunct country-rock band Billy Hill, as road guitarist for ex-wi Well-known as one of Nashville's most successful songwriters, Bob DiPiero has also…

  6. Chart Beat Bonus

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Usher, Dave Matthews Band, Faith Hill, Diane Warren SWEET SIXTEEN: Thanks to an impressive debut at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, Usher's "U Remind Me" (Arista) rockets 21-1 on The Billboard Hot 100, giving the R&B star his second No. 1 hit…

  7. Phish, Dead Honored With Jammys

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Phish and the Grateful Dead were the big winners at the second annual Jammy Awards, held last night (June 28) at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Phish took home two of the most prestigious awards -- stu Phish and the Grateful Dead were the big winners at the second annual Jammy Awards,…

  8. Leiber And Stoller Honored In London

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are in London for a gala celebration of their careers at Hammersmith Apollo tonight (June 29) in aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. The duo's classic songs Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are in London for a gala celebration of their…

  9. Kelis To Join Roots On Area: One Tour

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Up-and-coming vocalist Kelis will join the Roots on stage for seven dates on Moby's inaugural Area: One tour, set to kick off July 11 in Atlanta. Other artists newly confirmed to appear at various sto Up-and-coming vocalist Kelis will join the Roots on stage for seven dates on Moby'…

  10. Glory B Da' Funk's on Me!—The Bootsy Collins Anthology

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The funk—and nothing but the funk—was the musical anthem of the late '70s. The funk—and nothing but the funk—was the musical anthem of the late '70s. And right there in the thick of things thumpin' his trusty bass was William "Bootsy" Collins. A major link in the funk…

  11. Boy George's More Protein Label Pacts With J-Bird

    June 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT More Protein, the U.K.-based label founded by former Culture Club leader Boy George (real name: George O'Dowd), has pacted with the J-Bird Music Group for North American distribution and promotion of More Protein, the U.K.-based label founded by former Culture Club leader Boy George …

  12. 'Jay & Silent Bob' Assemble Eclectic Soundtrack

    June 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Even though it's still in the assembly stage, the Universal soundtrack to director Kevin Smith's "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" is turning out to be a wide-ranging compilation. Due out Aug. 14, th Even though it's still in the assembly stage, the Universal…

  13. Billboard Bits: Michael Jackson, Corgan/New Order, Slash

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Michael Jackson, Billy Corgan, New Order, Slash The star-studded Michael Jackson concert originally set for Sept. 7 in New York will be broadcast this fall as a two-hour special on CBS, Billboard Bulletin reports. The event, which will celebrate Jackson's 30th anniversary as a…

  14. Spiritualized Prepare To 'Come Down'

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT English trance rock mavens Spiritualized have completed work on their long-anticipated new album, "Let it Come Down," due Sept. 11 via Arista. The album, the follow-up to 1997's acclaimed "Ladies and English trance rock mavens Spiritualized have completed work on their…

  15. Billboard Bits: Nelly, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, and more

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Nelly, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Tenacious D Animated versions of Nelly and his rap collective St. Lunatics star in "Rip Van Nelly," a new online Macromedia Flash game. With a Rip Van Winkle-like premise, Nelly wakes up under the St. Louis Arch after a 20-year nap, and users…

  16. The Other Sessions

    June 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Often covered by other country artists, singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale has put together a sterling collection of stone country originals here, and he nails every one of them. Often covered by other country artists, singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale has put together a sterling collection of…

  17. Strait, Jackson Win Big At TNN Awards

    June 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT An absent George Strait was named the top entertainer in country music last night (June 13) at the TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards in Nashville, and shared three fan-voted awards with Alan J An absent George Strait was named the top entertainer in country music last night (June 13)…

  18. Sampling Suit Targets Vast Array Of Industry Players

    June 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Michigan-based Bridgeport Music Group (comprising publishing companies Bridgeport Music and Southfield Music and label arms Westbound Records and Nine Records) has filed a copyright infringement suit Michigan-based Bridgeport Music Group (comprising publishing companies Bridgeport Music and…

  19. Vince Gill To Receive Career Achievement Honor

    June 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Vince Gill will receive the Country Weekly Career Achievement Award at the upcoming TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards. The June 13 awards show will be telecast live on both TNN and CMT from Na Vince Gill will receive the Country Weekly Career Achievement Award at the upcoming TNN &…

  20. Radiohead Adjusts North American Itinerary

    June 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead has tinkered with the itinerary for the second leg of its North American tour, which will now kick off with a newly announced July 30 show in Atlanta. Shows in Toronto (Aug. 3), Philadelphia Radiohead has tinkered with the itinerary for the second leg of its North American tour,…

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