1. So Solid Crew Headed For U.K. No. 1

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. is heading for its next dance crossover No. 1 single, if initial sales yesterday (Aug. 6) are reflected across the entire chart week. Early data had "21 Seconds" by Relentless act So Solid Cr The U.K. is heading for its next dance crossover No. 1 single, if initial sales…

  2. Hot Product

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Usher, Aaron Carter, the Isley Brothers, and more. A Reminder The 11th-hour termination of an album release can set off all kinds of bells and whistles. But Napster leaks and rumblings about misguided material aside, Usher has bounced back from the "All About U…

  3. Badu, Furtado On 'Red Star' Soul Compilation

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tracks by Erykah Badu, Nelly Furtado, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Amel Larrieux featuring the Roots will be found on the "Red Star Sounds Volume I: Soul Searchin'" compilation, due Oct. 9 f Tracks by Erykah Badu, Nelly Furtado, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and…

  4. Kool & The Gang Return With 'Gangland'

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B veterans Kool & the Gang will on Aug. 22 release their 23rd album, "Kool & the Gang Presents Gangland." The KFTA album will be the first since the group's long-time lead singer JT Tayl R&B veterans Kool & the Gang will on Aug. 22 release their 23rd album…

  5. Gray Climbs 'Ladder' To No. 1 In The U.K.

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Even though Atomic Kitten's "Eternal Flame" (Innocent/Virgin) started a second week at the top of the U.K. singles survey, Britain's big chart achiever of the week is David Gray. The singer/songwriter Even though Atomic Kitten's "Eternal Flame" (Innocent…

  6. Chris Whitley Takes A New Stand

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Like many a bluesman of yore, Chris Whitley has faced his share of demons -- and stared at least most of them down. Since his still-revered Columbia debut of 10 years ago, "Living With the Law," the T Like many a bluesman of yore, Chris Whitley has faced his share of demons -- and…

  7. Hot Product

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Blue Cantrell, Bilal, Sam Phillips, the Crystal Method, and more. 'Blu' In The Face For Arista newcomer Blu Cantrell, a serious car accident involving her sister opened the door to a musical career. The Providence, R.I., native went with her family to…

  8. Sneaker Pimps Sign With Tommy Boy

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT U.K. electronic rock act Sneaker Pimps has signed a four-album worldwide deal with Tommy Boy Music, Billboard Bulletin reports. The first album under the deal, "Bloodsports," is due Oct. 30, featuring U.K. electronic rock act Sneaker Pimps has signed a four-album worldwide deal with…

  9. Billboard Bits: Reading Festival, 'Reverb,' Mr. Cheeks

    July 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on the first U.S. version of the Reading Festival, HBO's 'Reverb,' and Lost Boyz rapper Mr. Cheeks. One of the U.K.'s long-standing music traditions will make its way to the U.S. in September, as the first stateside version of Reading Festival is held at the…

  10. Vega Plans New Album, U.S. Tour

    July 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Veteran singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega is set to release her sixth studio album -- and first in five years -- in late September via Interscope/Geffen/A&M. "Songs In Red and Gray" will be the artis Veteran singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega is set to release her sixth studio album --…

  11. Robert Earl Keen Hopes New Disc Will Defy 'Gravity'

    July 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Already a monster act in his home state of Texas, singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen is making serious inroads in many other markets. Hopes are that Keen's new Lost Highway release, "Gravitational For Already a monster act in his home state of Texas, singer/songwriter Robert Earl…

  12. Hot Product

    July 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new releases from Sean Combs, Melissa Etheridge, Built to Spill, Ivy, Faithless, and more. All In The Family Hip-hop kingpin Sean Combs returns to action this week with "P. Diddy & the Bad Boy Family ... The Saga Continues," out on his own Bad Boy label. The star…

  13. Prince's Trust Celebrates 25 Years With Concert

    July 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Top pop acts from the U.K., the U.S., and beyond took part in what's being called the biggest birthday party on record in London's Hyde Park yesterday (July 8), as 100,000 people attended the fourth a Top pop acts from the U.K., the U.S., and beyond took part in what's being…

  14. Fabolous Gets Solo Release

    July 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Brooklyn rapper Fabolous, whose single "Can't Deny It" featuring Nate Dogg is currently skyrocketing up Billboard's charts, will on Sept. 18 release his debut album, "Ghetto Fabolous." The album, on D Brooklyn rapper Fabolous, whose single "Can't Deny…

  15. Ludacris, Gray, Musiq Bolster 'Rush Hour 2'

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT New tracks from Ludacris, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild will be featured on the Def Jam/Def Soul soundtrack to "Rush Hour 2." The album, due July 31, is loaded with Def Jam /Def Soul artists, including n New tracks from Ludacris, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild will be featured on the Def…

  16. Billboard Bits: Michael Jackson, WXPN, Russell Crowe

    June 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Michael Jackson, WXPN Singer Songwriter fest, Russell Crowe Michael Jackson is expected to help in the search for Sabrina Aisenberg, who vanished from her crib as an infant nearly four years ago. It seems a plea for help from parents Steve and Marlene Aisenberg has caught the…

  17. Devilish D12 Debut At No. 1

    June 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As expected, "Devil's Night," by Eminem's side-project D12, easily debuts atop The Billboard 200, selling 372,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The numbers are not quite on par with the s As expected, "Devil's Night," by Eminem's side…

  18. Macy Gray's 'Id' Arrives Sept. 18

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Soul vocalist Macy Gray's sophomore Epic album, "The Id," will be released Sept. 18 in North America. First single "Sweet Baby" will go to radio at the beginning of July, according to Gray's new manag Soul vocalist Macy Gray's sophomore Epic album, "The…

  19. Anglo Files

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Gearing Up For Island Clubbing Island Clubbers Pack Their Cases With much of the U.K. and Europe now basking in a wave of summer sun, the island clubbing season is well underway. And with many British promoters expanding their horizons further afield than the established haunts of Ibiza,…

  20. Juvenile Hit With Lawsuit Over Altercation

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A man who police said was hit on the head by rap star Juvenile has filed a $5 million lawsuit against him, his attorney said. Jackson Saintagne of Miami filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Co A man who police said was hit on the head by rap star Juvenile has filed a $5 million…

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