1. MTV's 'TRL' Gets Into The Holiday Spirit

    October 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT For some time now, MTV's daily viewer-programmed show "Total Request Live" (TRL) has been the barometer of who's hot at this very moment. With the holiday season fast approaching, the show has pulled For some time now, MTV's daily viewer-programmed show "Total…

  2. Star-Studded 'What's Going On' Disc Due

    October 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A disc of wide-ranging mixes and remixes of the all-star recording of Marvin Gaye's classic single "What's Going On" will be released Oct. 30 via Columbia. Originally lanned for release tomorrow (Oct. A disc of wide-ranging mixes and remixes of the all-star recording of…

  3. Ozzy Osbourne Comes 'Down To Earth'

    October 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT "I feel like my brain's just been kicked in," Ozzy Osbourne says with a laugh. The seemingly unstoppable metal god is promoting his first studio set in six years, "Down to Earth" (released on Oct. 16 "I feel like my brain's just been kicked in," Ozzy…

  4. Benefit Update: Beasties, NYC, Country Freedom

    October 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys have added a second night to their New Yorkers Against Violence benefit concert, to be held Oct. 29 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. While the veteran hip-hop trio and Pakistani vo The Beastie Boys have added a second night to their New Yorkers Against Violence…

  5. R.E.M. Returns To Athens For Secret Show

    October 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M. pulled off a top-secret, hush-hush concert in its hometown of Athens, Ga., on Tuesday night (Oct. 16), taking the stage at the Georgia Theatre in front of a less-than-packed house that had come R.E.M. pulled off a top-secret, hush-hush concert in its hometown of Athens, Ga., on Tuesday…

  6. Billboard Bits: Deana Carter, Metal Benefit, and more

    October 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Deana Carter, a New York Metal Benefit, and Sebastian Bach. Country chanteuse Deana Carter will release her first holiday album, "Father Christmas," Nov. 20 on her own Deanatone Records imprint through the Rounder Records Group. Featuring 10 standards recorded in her…

  7. New Sheryl Crow Due Early Next Year

    October 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Sheryl Crow's fourth, as-yet-untitled A&M studio album is tentatively due in March, the artist's management tells Billboard.com. A single is due in late January, with a tour to follow. According t Sheryl Crow's fourth, as-yet-untitled A&M studio album is tentatively due…

  8. Beastie Boys Organize NYC Benefit Concert

    October 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys have organized and will headline the New Yorkers Against Violence benefit concert Oct. 28 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Also on the bill are up-and-coming New York-based rock ou The Beastie Boys have organized and will headline the New Yorkers Against Violence…

  9. Warren Haynes Flourishes As He Keeps The Mule Alive

    October 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT It's the not knowing whether or not the rug may suddenly be pulled out from under his feet that has helped make Warren Haynes perhaps the hardest-working man on the so-called jam-band circuit. It's the not knowing whether or not the rug may suddenly be pulled out from under his feet…

  10. Underground Hip-Hop Thrives On 'Cali Comm'

    October 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A host of underground hip-hop favorites, including the Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, Planet Asia & Rasco (also known as Cali Agents), and Pep Love hit the road last week on the first Cali Comm tour A host of underground hip-hop favorites, including the Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, Planet…

  11. Hot Product

    October 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from New Order, John Mellencamp, Andrea Bocelli, Ozzy Osbourne, and more. 'Heads' Or Tails "'Cuttin' heads' is what the old blues guys used to do to each other," says John Mellencamp of the phrase from which his new Columbia album draws…

  12. More Stars, More Tix For NYC Benefit

    October 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT David Bowie, Elton John, and U2's Bono and the Edge have all been added to the bill for the Concert for New York City, Billboard.com has learned. Also newly added to the show, set for Saturday (Oct. 2 David Bowie, Elton John, and U2's Bono and the Edge have all been added to the…

  13. Knowles' Destiny: 'Austin Powers 3'

    October 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce Knowles, one-third of pop/R&B sensation Destiny's Child, is in advanced negotiations to make her feature film debut as the female lead in New Line Cinema's "Austin Powers 3: Goldmember" fo Beyonce Knowles, one-third of pop/R&B sensation Destiny's Child…

  14. Watt Welcomes Guests In NYC

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Punk icon Mike Watt was joined onstage Wednesday night (Oct. 10) at New York's Mercury Lounge by former Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard as well as Watt's former fIREHOSE bandmate Ed Crawford. Punk icon Mike Watt was joined onstage Wednesday night (Oct. 10) at New York'…

  15. 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 ,…

  16. Blondie, Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat, Autoamerican, The Hunter

    October 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT For many, this fan included, Blondie (as well as acts like the Talking Heads) defined the genre-bending and -blurring era (1976-'82) when punk gave way to disco then morphed into new wave. BLONDIE Blondie REISSUE PRODUCER: Kevin Flaherty ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Richard Gottehrer Chrysalis…

  17. Billboard Bits: Jamiroquai, GBV, Sammy Hagar, COC

    October 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Jamiroquai, GBV, Sammy Hagar, COC Jay Kay, the lead singer of U.K. funk/rock outfit Jamiroquai, has been charged with common assault and criminal damage stemming from a fracas with a photographer in April, police said today (Oct. 4). Kay, 31, is due to appear Monday (Oct. 8) at Bow…

  18. Billboard Bits: Bonnie Raitt, SDRE, Britney/Justin

    October 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Bonnie Raitt, SDRE, Britney/Justin Bonnie Raitt has pleaded guilty to trespassing charges from an anti-logging protest at a wood products company. The singer and 16 other activists from the Rainforest Action Network were arrested July 25 on disorderly conduct charges after refusing to…

  19. Billboard Bits: MTV Europe, Grand Ole Opry, UCLA

    October 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV Europe, Grand Ole Opry, UCLA Organizers say the MTV Europe Music Awards, set for Nov. 8 in Frankfurt, Germany, will continue as scheduled. The announcement comes a day after Janet Jackson's decision to cancel her appearance on the show and her entire European tour. "MTV…

  20. Elastica Calls It A Career

    October 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Elastica has broken up, according to an expected announcement to the media by the group's frontwoman, Justine Frischmann. Plagued with long periods of inactivity, the group is best known U.K. rock act Elastica has broken up, according to an expected announcement to the…

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