1. Cuttin' Heads

    October 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT On his 15th album, 2001 Billboard Century Award honoree John Mellencamp delivers a strong set of songs that takes on added meaning in the aftermath of Sept. On his 15th album, 2001 Billboard Century Award honoree John Mellencamp delivers a strong set of songs that takes on added meaning in…

  2. Avalanches Start A Landslide

    October 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT To get a feel for Australian dance/electronic five-piece the Avalanches, all one need do is view their video for "Frontier Psychiatrist." Lensed by Kuntz + Maguire for Propaganda Films, the visually s To get a feel for Australian dance/electronic five-piece the Avalanches, all one…

  3. Jalbert Wins Masterprize Classical Competition

    October 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pierre Jalbert won the $44,000 Masterprize composing competition for new classical music. Jalbert, a 33-year-old music teacher at Rice University in Houston, was given a standing ovation from a packed Pierre Jalbert won the $44,000 Masterprize composing competition for new classical music.…

  4. Deepak Chopra Gets Eurythmicized

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Although he's been rather high profile lately, acting as musical director of TNT's recent tribute to John Lennon, and accompanying U2's performance of "Walk On" during the historic "America: A Tribute Although he's been rather high profile lately, acting as…

  5. Boney James Takes Guest Artists For A 'Ride'

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT When most people hear the name Boney James, they immediately think of jazz. Not this time around. The saxophonist's upcoming Warner Bros. release, "Ride" (Oct. 23), carries a decidedly more R&B be When most people hear the name Boney James, they immediately think of jazz.…

  6. Ja Rule Feels No 'Pain' At No. 1

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Ja Rule has full command of this week's charts, soaring, as expected, to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally with "Pain Is Love" (Murder Inc./Def Jam). The set Ja Rule has full command of this week's charts, soaring, as expected…

  7. Dolly's Bluegrass Benefit To Ring In New Year

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country music icon Dolly Parton will headline and host Red, White & Bluegrass, a New Year's Eve benefit concert at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Featuring Parton backed by an all-star aco Country music icon Dolly Parton will headline and host Red, White & Bluegrass, a…

  8. Eminem's Divorce Finalized

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT After months of wrangling over child support, rapper Eminem's (real name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III) divorce became official on Friday. Mathers, 28, and his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, 26, will share custo After months of wrangling over child support, rapper Eminem's (real name: Marshall…

  9. Backstreet Boys Sign On For NYC Benefit

    October 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Backstreet Boys are the latest high-profile addition to The Concert for New York, set for Oct. 20 at the city's Madison Square Garden. The boy band canceled a previously booked concert in San Dieg The Backstreet Boys are the latest high-profile addition to The Concert for New York ,…

  10. Rhino Preps Rod's 'Very Best'

    October 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rod Stewart's 33-year-old recording career will be celebrated with "The Very Best of Rod Stewart," a 16-track disc due Nov. 13 from Warner Bros. The 70-minute album will feature material ranging from Rod Stewart's 33-year-old recording career will be celebrated with "…

  11. Creed Tease New Album With 'Sacrifice'

    October 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Creed will tease the Nov. 20 release of its third studio album with the single "My Sacrifice," which hits U.S. radio outlets today (Oct. 10). As tipped here in June, the Wind-Up album, "Weathered," wa Creed will tease the Nov. 20 release of its third studio album with the…

  12. TMBG Plan 'Holidayland' EP

    October 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of the group's recently released Restless debut, "Mink Car," They Might Be Giants now have a holiday EP coming down the pike. The group will release the five-track "Holidayland" disc Nov. On the heels of the group's recently released Restless debut, …

  13. McCartney: New Album 'Simple And Satisfying'

    October 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney says returning to his usual bass playing duties on his new album, "Driving Rain," was "simple and satisfying." As previously reported, the set, McCartney's first since 1999's "Run Devil Paul McCartney says returning to his usual bass playing…

  14. Top Stars 'Unite' For D.C. Benefit Concert

    October 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pop acts Michael Jackson, 'N Sync, Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys, and Aaron Carter will join with rock heavyweights Aerosmith, Kiss, and Mick Jagger for an Oct. 21 benefit concert for victims of t Pop acts Michael Jackson, 'N Sync, Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys, and Aaron…

  15. Simmons, Kiss, King Deemed 'Heroes'

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, shock rock act Kiss, and singer/songwriter Carole King will be honored with 2001 New York Heroes Awards, bestowed by the local chapter of the Recording Academy. Also to Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, shock rock act Kiss, and singer/songwriter Carole King will be…

  16. New Album To Celebrate Los Lobos' 25th

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The members of Los Lobos are in the studio working on their 11th studio album, this time with producer John Leckie (Radiohead, XTC). The as-yet-untitled album's spring release will coincide with the b The members of Los Lobos are in the studio working on their 11th studio album, this…

  17. Hot Product

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing albums from Bubba Sparxx, the Strokes, Jenny Toomey, the "Say It Loud" documentary, and more. 'Day' And 'Night' Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is primed to storm the charts this week with the release of his debut album, "Dark Days, Bright Nights." The…

  18. Top Acts Set To Play Billboard Awards

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Chart-topping acts 'N Sync, Tim McGraw, and Shaggy have signed on to perform at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, to be presented Dec. 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. John Mellencamp will Chart-topping acts 'N Sync, Tim McGraw, and Shaggy have signed on to perform at…

  19. Sting Plans Shows Around Live Album

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Sting has begun lining up tour dates for a winter jaunt in support of his live Interscope/A&M album, "All This Time," due Nov. 20. Thus far, the singer's official web site has confirmed six dates, Sting has begun lining up tour dates for a winter jaunt in support of his…

  20. Kylie Reigns Supreme On U.K. Charts

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue now has command of the U.K. album chart as well as the singles survey. Parlophone's Australian pop figurehead (who won two titles last week at her native country's ARIA Awards) started a Kylie Minogue now has command of the U.K. album chart as well as the singles…

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