1. 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…

  2. Shabaz

    October 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The creative spark that makes Shabaz such an intriguing musical proposition is generated by Sukhawat Ali Khan, his sister Riffat Salamat, and Richard Michos. The creative spark that makes Shabaz such an intriguing musical proposition is generated by Sukhawat Ali Khan, his sister Riffat…

  3. 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…

  4. Vincent Cleans Up At Bluegrass Awards

    October 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rhonda Vincent claimed a chunk of what was supposed to be the year of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" for herself last night (Oct. 4), winning three awards including entertainer of the year at the annual Rhonda Vincent claimed a chunk of what was supposed to be the year of "O…

  5. Jay-Z Makes It Three In A Row At No. 1

    October 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG) is No. 1 for a third straight week atop The Billboard 200, despite suffering a 36% sales decline to 174,000 units, according to SoundScan. In a week Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG) is No. 1…

  6. Wynonna To Rally Army Troops

    October 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Kentucky native Wynonna Judd plans to perform two shows tomorrow (Oct. 5) for troops at Fort Campbell, Ky., home to the Army's 101st Airborne division. "Since Sept. 11, I have been searching for a way Kentucky native Wynonna Judd plans to perform two shows tomorrow (Oct. 5) for…

  7. 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…

  8. Robbie Goes Rat Pack On 'Swing'

    October 01, 2001 12:00 AM EDT U.K. superstar Robbie Williams, who will follow his multi-platinum Chrysalis album "Sing When You're Winning" next month with a Frank Sinatra-inspired set of covers called "Swing When You're Winning," U.K. superstar Robbie Williams, who will follow his multi…

  9. Hank Williams: Timeless

    September 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Despite the best intentions, the icons of popular music aren't always best-served by "tribute" albums—as fans of these artists well know. Despite the best intentions, the icons of popular music aren't always best-served by "tribute" albums—as fans of these…

  10. Philadelphia Folk Festival40th Anniversary

    September 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT "The Philadelphia Folk Festival is more than a music festival," writes Sing Out! magazine editor Mark D. "The Philadelphia Folk Festival is more than a music festival," writes Sing Out! magazine editor Mark D. Moss in the 58-page booklet accompanying this four-disc, 58…

  11. Billboard Bits: Bullfrog, Chuck Berry, Cream/Kinetic

    September 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Bullfrog, Chuck Berry, Cream/Kinetic Montreal groove sextet Bullfrog will release its self-titled debut album Oct. 16 via Ropeadope/Atlantic, in conjunction with a month-long U.S. tour with labelmates Project Logic. "Bullfrog" will include the group's first two EPs,…

  12. Cypress Hill's Smoke Out Hits More Snags

    September 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Cypress Hill has canceled the San Francisco date of its Smoke Out festival, and has expanded the lineup for the Los Angeles show instead. Cancellation of the San Francisco date, which was scheduled fo Cypress Hill has canceled the San Francisco date of its Smoke Out festival, and has expanded…

  13. MusicNet Unveils Technology, Business Platforms

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Online subscription service MusicNet is moving closer to commercial rollout, Billboard Bulletin reports. The company -- a joint venture among Warner Music Group, BMG Entertainment, EMI Recorded Music, Online subscription service MusicNet is moving closer to commercial rollout, Billboard…

  14. Cure Bolsters 'Hits' With New Songs, Acoustic Disc

    September 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering U.K. modern rock outfit the Cure has sidestepped longstanding breakup rumors by including two new songs on its forthcoming "Greatest Hits," due Nov. 13 on Elektra. The songs, "Cut Here" and Pioneering U.K. modern rock outfit the Cure has sidestepped longstanding…

  15. Hot Product

    September 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from George Jones, Herbie Hancock, Allure, Ryan Adams, and more. 'Rock' Solid He has been called everything from "Possum" and "No-Show" to country's greatest singer. Now George Jones can add "label partner" to the list. The…

  16. Never Love You Enough

    September 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Chely Wright is blessed with a wealth of talent as a songwriter and vocalist, but her commercial output seems to get mired in the image-making process. Chely Wright is blessed with a wealth of talent as a songwriter and vocalist, but her commercial output seems to get mired in the image…

  17. Rhino Scours No. 1 Hits For Soul Box Set

    September 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rhino has compiled 136 tracks -- 64 of which were No. 1 R&B and pop hits -- for the six-CD box set "Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience," due Oct. 16. The set features familiar hits from Marv Rhino has compiled 136 tracks -- 64 of which were No. 1 R&B and pop hits …

  18. Wyman Sings, Writes, Archives The Blues

    September 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT With the Rolling Stones a memory for him, the group's former bassist Bill Wyman has spent his recent years playing, archiving, listening, interviewing, and writing about the music that acted as the ba With the Rolling Stones a memory for him, the group's former bassist Bill Wyman…

  19. Attacks Cause Broadway Closings

    September 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Four Broadway shows will close this weekend -- or earlier, if they can get union concessions -- as ticket sales dropped dramatically following the terrorist attacks in New York. "The Rocky Horror Show Four Broadway shows will close this weekend -- or earlier, if they can get union…

  20. Indie Stars Sign On For All Tomorrow's Parties

    September 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The lineup for the 2002 edition of the U.K.'s All Tomorrow's Parties festival has begun to take shape, with Shellac serving as the musical curators. This year's event will be held April 19-21 and Apri The lineup for the 2002 edition of the U.K.'s All Tomorrow's…

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