1. Billboard Bits: Bubba Sparxxx, Richard Pryor, A

    March 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Bubba Sparxxx, Richard Pryor, A A birthday party for Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx (real name: Warren Mathis) turned ugly Tuesday night in Athens, Ga., after three men were stabbed, one of them critically injured. Eric McAnally, who manages Nashville rapper Haystack, was in critical…

  2. Taproot Begins Work On Next 'Gift'

    March 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST Modern rock quartet Taproot has begun work on its sophomore album for Velvet Hammer/Atlantic. The as-yet-untitled set is expected in late summer and will be produced by Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, K Modern rock quartet Taproot has begun work on its sophomore album for Velvet Hammer/Atlantic…

  3. Blues Explosion Powers Up For Spring Tour

    March 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will kick off a 21-show North American tour April 25 in Washington, D.C. The trek comes in support of the group's upcoming album "Plastic Fang," due April 9 via Matador. It Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will kick off a 21-show North American tour April…

  4. Blackalicious' 'Arrow' Spears De La Rocha, Harper

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST Underground hip-hop duo Blackalicious, comprised of lyricist the Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel, has drafted a stellar lineup of guests for its MCA debut, "Blazing Arrow," due April 30. The se Underground hip-hop duo Blackalicious, comprised of lyricist the Gift of Gab and…

  5. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Rocking 'Fang'

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST "It was kind of a challenge for us," Jon Spencer offers, relaxing at the Matador Records offices in lower Manhattan. "We just wanted to make a more traditional record. And, personally, I was looking f "It was kind of a challenge for us," Jon Spencer offers, relaxing…

  6. Tunes On TV

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 4-10, 2002 MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2002 "All Star Bluegrass Celebration," PBS Featured Artists: Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Travis Tritt, Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill; hosted by Ricky Skaggs. "…

  7. Speaking of Now

    March 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST Thanks to the vision of its namesake leader, the Pat Metheny Group (PMG) has been one of jazz's most durable names for more than two decades, seamlessly incorporating the personalities of its members Thanks to the vision of its namesake leader, the Pat Metheny Group (PMG) has been one of…

  8. Classics, Selected Ambient Works 85-92

    March 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST Though Richard D. James' Aphex Twin recordings have skated electronic music's bleeding edge for much of the past decade, the landmark Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Classics sets are only now seeing APHEX TWIN Selected Ambient Works 85-92 PRODUCER: Richard D. James PIAS America 4…

  9. Brits Push Sting, Westlife To U.K. No. 1

    February 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Several of last week's Brit Award winners became chart victors yesterday (Feb. 24) in the U.K., as a number of recipients saw new or current releases benefit dramatically from the publicity surroundin Several of last week's Brit Award winners became chart victors yesterday (Feb. 24)…

  10. Tunes On TV

    February 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 25-March 3, 2002. MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2002 "MTV Cribs Presents: How To Live Like a Pop Star," MTV Featured Artists: Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Usher, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, N Sync, O-Town, Lil Bow Wow, Willa Ford …

  11. Guided By Voices Eyeing New Label For 'Plantation'

    February 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Seminal underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has parted ways with TVT after two albums and is negotiating with labels for the release of a new, already completed set, tentatively titled "From a Vo Seminal underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has parted ways with TVT after two…

  12. Billboard Bits: Oasis, UNCF, 'Peter Pan,' Cheech & Chong

    February 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST Stories on Oasis, the United Negro College Fund's "An Evening of Stars" fundraiser, the 'Return to Neverland' soundtrack, and Cheech & Chong. Oasis has slated "The Hindu Times" as the first single from its upcoming, as-yet-untitled fifth Epic studio…

  13. Hot Product

    February 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Joey Ramone and Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, the "Queen of the Damned" soundtrack, the latest set of Elvis Costello reissues, and more. No Need To 'Worry' Joey Ramone's posthumous debut solo album, "Don't Worry About Me,…

  14. Tunes On TV

    February 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 18-24, 2002. MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2002 "Top of the Pops," BBC America Featured Artists: Jamiroquai, No Doubt, Shaggy, Ja Rule, Alien Ant Farm, Elbow. "Hollywood Squares," Syndicated Featured Artists: The Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean,…

  15. Will A Peter Gabriel Disc Show 'Up' In 2002?

    February 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Peter Gabriel has been working on "Up," the follow-up to 1992's "Us" (Geffen), for more than five years, and this may be the year it finally sees the light. According to the artist's official Web site Peter Gabriel has been working on "Up," the follow…

  16. 'Now' Features Revamped Metheny Group

    February 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST In the five years since the last Pat Metheny Group (PMG) release, 1997's "Imaginary Day," the band's namesake guitarist has released two trio discs, a film score, a duo project, and an all-star collab In the five years since the last Pat Metheny Group (PMG) release, 1997&…

  17. New York Philharmonic To Unveil Sept. 11 Piece

    February 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST John Adams, who has written operas about Richard Nixon in China and the terrorist killing of Leon Klinghoffer, is composing a choral piece commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks o John Adams, who has written operas about Richard Nixon in China and the terrorist killing of…

  18. Billboard Bits: Country Benefit, Charlatans, Barrett

    February 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Country Benefit, Charlatans, Barrett A recent intimate concert featuring performances by country stars Garth Brooks, Chely Wright, and Keith Urban will be broadcast March 16 exclusively on the Turner South cable channel. The event, taped Jan. 6 at Green's Grocery in Leiper's…

  19. Hot Product

    February 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Kasey Chambers, Johnny Cash, Freddy Fender, and more. Thick As A 'Brick' From the first verse of the first track, Kasey Chambers' sophomore Warner Bros. set, "Barricades & Brickwalls," bursts with passionate songwriting and a singing…

  20. Denials, Delusions & Decisions

    February 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST Mary J. Blige may be the queen of hip-hop soul but MCA labelmate Jaguar Wright makes a strong case to be included in that court with her debut, Denials, Delusions & Decisions. Mary J. Blige may be the queen of hip-hop soul but MCA labelmate Jaguar Wright makes a strong case to be included…

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