1. Blade II

    March 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST The worlds of hip-hop and electronica collide on the Blade II soundtrack. The worlds of hip-hop and electronica collide on the Blade II soundtrack. Inspired by the Wesley Snipes action flick, the 14 tracks—with the exception of the opening track "Blade (Theme From Blade)"—feature a…

  2. The Persuasions Sing the Beatles

    March 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST Any Beatles tribute album will be interesting for its song choices, but maybe more so for the Persuasions. Any Beatles tribute album will be interesting for its song choices, but maybe more so for the Persuasions. Surprisingly, the veteran a cappella quartet favors the heavily produced late…

  3. Stars Rock The Mic On Oakenfold's 'Bunkka'

    March 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST A galaxy of music stars, including Nelly Furtado, Perry Farrell, Ice Cube, and Tricky, have lent their vocal talents to DJ Paul Oakenfold's next album, the relentlessly upbeat "Bunkka." The 11-track s A galaxy of music stars, including Nelly Furtado, Perry Farrell, Ice Cube,…

  4. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST Chart-based stories on Cher, Ja Rule, Jimmy Buffett, and more. ONLY THE 'LONELY': Cher expands her chart span on Billboard's Hot 100 to 36 years and nine months, thanks to the debut of "Song for the Lonely" (Warner Bros.), the lead U.S. single from her new "…

  5. Billboard Bits: Fonsi/Fatone, Portishead, Steven Tyler

    March 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Fonsi/Fatone, Portishead, Steven Tyler Latin vocalist Luis Fonsi recently enlisted the directorial services of 'N Sync's Joey Fatone on the video for his new single, "Secret." The track will be found on Fonsi's English-language debut, "Fight the Feeling,…

  6. Fatboy Slim Nabs Two DanceStar USA Awards

    March 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fatboy Slim (real name: Norman Cook) was the big winner at the inaugural DanceStar USA Awards, held Sunday night in Miami. Slim picked up the best international act honor and the best video trophy for Fatboy Slim (real name: Norman Cook) was the big winner at the inaugural DanceStar USA…

  7. Bono Testifies At Peter Buck's Trial

    March 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST U2 frontman Bono appeared as a character witness at the "air-rage" trial of Peter Buck today (March 25), telling a London court the R.E.M. guitarist is a quiet family man not known for drinking or tak U2 frontman Bono appeared as a character witness at the "air-rage" trial…

  8. Randy Newman Nabs First Oscar

    March 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST "I don't want your pity," a smirking Randy Newman told the enthusiastically applauding audience at the 74th annual Academy Awards last night (March 24) in Los Angeles. With 16 Oscar nominations to his "I don't want your pity," a smirking Randy Newman told the…

  9. A New Pop Idol Tops U.K. Singles Chart

    March 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST One BMG-signed "Pop Idol" replaced another at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 24), as Gareth Gates went straight to No. 1 with his version of "Unchained Melody." The 17-year-old Gat One BMG-signed "Pop Idol" replaced another at the top of the U…

  10. Waylon Jennings Remembered In Nashville

    March 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Waylon Jennings' independent spirit was honored on Saturday (March 23), with friends like Kris Kristofferson and Travis Tritt singing the praises and songs of the iconoclastic country music star. Trit Waylon Jennings' independent spirit was honored on Saturday (March 23), with…

  11. 13TunesOnTV

    March 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music related TV listings for March 25-31, 2002. MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2002 "Profiles at Wolftrap," BET On Jazz Featured Artists: Robert Cray, B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Keb' Mo'. "Top of the Pops," BBC America Featured Artists: Bjork, Celine Dion, Shaggy, Natalie…

  12. VH1 Music First: Behind the Music—The Daryl Hall and John Oates Collection

    March 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST With the stunning No. With the stunning No. 3 Billboard 200 launch of Ultimate Manilow, adults are obviously hungry for melodic music—and today's tastemakers aren't nourishing their appetites. Next in line: Daryl Hall & John Oates, with a hits collection that's neatly tied…

  13. Billboard Bits: Rob Thomas, The Cure, Costa/Spears

    March 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Rob Thomas, The Cure, Costa/Spears After contributing songs to recent releases by Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson, matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas is getting to work on his primary band's next Lava/Atlantic album. Thomas tells Billboard that the set could be out as early as…

  14. Poll: Enya, Warren Are Oscar Frontrunners

    March 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Enya's "May It Be" and Diane Warren's "There You'll Be" are the favorites to win the Oscar for best original song at the 44th annual Academy Awards, according to Billboard.com readers. Out of 3,523 fa Enya's "May It Be" and Diane Warren's…

  15. Country Blues Fuels 'Rookie' Soundtrack

    March 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Tracks from Willie Nelson and Ryan Adams are among those that make up the Hollywood soundtrack to the forthcoming baseball film, "The Rookie." Nelson contributes his version of Beth Neilsen Chapman's Tracks from Willie Nelson and Ryan Adams are among those that make up the…

  16. U2 Opts For The Studio Instead Of The Road

    March 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness has issued a short statement on the Irish rock act's official Web site, revealing that the band is in the studio working on new material and that no summer European tour is U2 manager Paul McGuinness has issued a short statement on the Irish rock act's…

  17. Medeski, Martin & Wood: An 'Uninvisible' Trio

    March 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST According to Chris Wood, bassist for Medeski, Martin & Wood, the title of the trio's 10th album, "Uninvisible" (due April 9 via Blue Note) is "a bit like a Rorschach test -- it means different thi According to Chris Wood, bassist for Medeski, Martin & Wood, the…

  18. DJ Quik Brings Dr. Dre 'Under Tha Influence'

    March 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST West Coast gangsta rapper/producer DJ Quik has enlisted the help of Dr. Dre, Talib Kweli, and longtime collaborator AMG for his sixth solo album, "Under Tha Influence," due May 14 from his Universal-d West Coast gangsta rapper/producer DJ Quik has enlisted the help of Dr. Dre, Talib…

  19. Keys Takes 'Minor' Songs On Major Tour

    March 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys has confirmed dates for a summer concert tour, set to begin July 2 during the annual Summerfest in Milwaukee. The new dates, which are scheduled to wrap Aug. 30 at the American Music Festi Alicia Keys has confirmed dates for a summer concert tour, set to begin July 2 during the…

  20. 'Mountain' Summer Tour Dates Come On Down

    March 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST The full slate of summer dates for the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"-related Down From the Mountain tour has been confirmed. The North American trek is set to begin June 25 in Louisville, Ky., and clos The full slate of summer dates for the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"…

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