1. Billboard Bits: Mammoth/Hollywood, Nelly, Britney/Justin

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Bits on Mammoth/Hollywood, Nelly, Britney/Justin The Walt Disney Co.'s Buena Vista Music Group is shutting down operations at Mammoth Records and letting go the 14-person staff, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The roster of Mammoth, which will continue to exist as an imprint, will be…

  2. Elton John Urges Congress For AIDS Funds

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT British pop singer Elton John, testifying before Congress yesterday (April 12), said America has an obligation to use its vast resources to stop the spread of AIDS around the world. "No nation, corpor British pop singer Elton John, testifying before Congress yesterday (April 12), said…

  3. Orton Plans Tour Behind 'Daybreak'

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT U.K. singer/songwriter Beth Orton has set a July 30 release date for her upcoming Heavenly/Astralwerks album, "Daybreaker." It's the follow-up to 1999's "Central Reservation" (Arista), which debuted a U.K. singer/songwriter Beth Orton has set a July 30 release…

  4. Ashanti Album, Single Dominate Charts

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The debut effort from Ashanti storms a pair of Billboard charts this week after her self-titled debut racked up sales of a whopping 502,500 copies, according to SoundScan. Based on those numbers, the The debut effort from Ashanti storms a pair of Billboard charts this week after her self…

  5. Billboard Bits: Tom Waits, Olivia Newton-John, Hendrix

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Tom Waits, Olivia Newton-John, Hendrix Tom Waits will make a rare television performance appearance May 8 on CBS' "Late Night With David Letterman," the day after Anti Records' release of his new albums, "Alice" and "Blood Money." Although Waits…

  6. Nude Portraits Of Madonna Unveiled

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Splashed in lurid colors across a series of huge canvasses, new images of Madonna were unveiled to the world today (April 10) -- one showing the pop diva squatting naked in a graveyard and another spr Splashed in lurid colors across a series of huge canvasses, new images of Madonna were…

  7. Michael Bolton Begins New Chapter

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Michael Bolton has a new album and a fresh sound. When his first Jive set (and first album of totally new material since 1998), "Only a Woman Like You," is released April 23, it will relaunch this adu Michael Bolton has a new album and a fresh sound. When his first Jive set (and…

  8. Eminem Settles Assault Lawsuit

    April 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A man has settled a civil lawsuit he filed against Eminem after the hip-hop superstar allegedly pulled a gun on him. John Guerra will receive $100,000 minus attorneys' fees in the agreement he reached A man has settled a civil lawsuit he filed against Eminem after the hip-hop superstar…

  9. Billboard Bits: Stuart Adamson, Robert Earl Keen, & More

    April 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Stuart Adamson, Robert Earl Keen, & More A tribute concert in memory of Stuart Adamson, the late singer/guitarist and chief songwriter of '80s rock act Big Country, will take place May 31 at Glasgow's Barrowlands, Billboard Bulletin reports. The concert will benefit two…

  10. Fan Fair Lineup Expands

    April 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Nashville's Fan Fair 2002 has added a host of artists to its immense roster of previously announced talent. Alabama, Bill Anderson, David Ball, Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt, Charlie Daniels, Montgomery G Nashville's Fan Fair 2002 has added a host of artists to its immense roster of…

  11. Artists Line Up For 'Fan Nation'

    April 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Ryan Adams are among the music stars who will take part in the second annual Fan Nation concert, set for April 27 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Ca Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Ryan Adams are among the music stars who will take part…

  12. Billboard Bits: 98 Degrees, Kevin Hearn, Napster

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on 98 Degrees, Kevin Hearn, Napster Boy band 98 Degrees, currently on a self-imposed hiatus, will release a career retrospective compilation May 7 on CD and DVD. "98 Degrees: The Collection" will draw tracks from each of the band's four studio albums, while the DVD adds …

  13. Van Zandt Opens His 'Underground Garage'

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Little Steven Van Zandt recorded his first syndicated radio show last night (April 7) during a lavish party at New York's Hard Rock Cafe. The music-memorabilia themed hotel and restaurant chain is the Little Steven Van Zandt recorded his first syndicated radio show last night (April 7)…

  14. Hot Product

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Goo Goo Dolls, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and more. Out Of The 'Gutter' Goo Goo Dolls' "Gutterflower" (Warner Bros.) follows the biggest studio album of the threesome's career, 1998's "Dizzy Up the…

  15. Imbruglia Signs On For Film Debut

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT John Malkovich and U.K.-based Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia have signed to star opposite British comedian Rowan Atkinson in Working Title Films' spy spoof "Johnny English," according to the fi John Malkovich and U.K.-based Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia have…

  16. Marilyn Manson Defends Himself Against Suit

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Following last week's filing of an unlawful death suit, Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner) released a statement defending himself against claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman Following last week's filing of an unlawful death suit , Marilyn Manson (real name:…

  17. Gates' 'Melody' Goes Three For Three

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Teenager Gareth Gates secured a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 7) with his cover of "Unchained Melody" (S/BMG). With a third week at the top, Gates matches the achievem Teenager Gareth Gates secured a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart…

  18. Tunes On TV

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related television listings for April 8-14, 2002. MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2002 "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Featured Artists: Chris Botti, Shawn Colvin (also scheduled: Greta Van Susteren). "MTV's Campus Invasion 2002," MTV Featured Artists: Nickelback, Default,…

  19. The Albatross

    April 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST For his debut, Gary Stier has brought along a few friends, including Jayhawk Gary Louris, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, and former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff. For his debut, Gary Stier has brought along a few friends, including Jayhawk Gary Louris, Heartbreakers guitarist…

  20. Robert Plant Returns With 'Head First'

    April 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will release his first studio album in nine years, "Head First," internationally in July via Universal, according to reports. Although a spokesperson for longtime Pl Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will release his first studio album in nine…

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