1. 'N Sync Drops Out Of Jacko Tribute

    August 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Owing to a scheduling conflict requiring its members to rehearse for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, 'N Sync has pulled out of its planned appearance at a Sept. 7 Michael Jackson tribute concert Owing to a scheduling conflict requiring its members to rehearse for the upcoming MTV…

  2. Brubeck Guides 'Piano Jazz' Onto TV

    August 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The host of National Public Radio's "Piano Jazz" is teaming up again with jazz great Dave Brubeck, but this time they're taking the show to television. Marian McPartland, the host of the award-winning The host of National Public Radio's "Piano Jazz" is…

  3. Billboard Bits: Foo Fighters, Breathe, Firesign Theatre

    August 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Foo Fighters, Breathe, Firesign Theatre Foo Fighters have canceled the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins was hospitalized yesterday morning (Aug. 20). Hawkins "apparently overindulged during festivities" following the Foo'…

  4. Joy Williams

    August 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Don't be fooled by the cover of this CD. Don't be fooled by the cover of this CD. Although the image may be of just another pretty, fresh-faced teen ingénue, the music within showcases a new artist with an impressive vocal gift and songs with a light beat but a deep message. Her…

  5. Kool & The Gang Return With 'Gangland'

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B veterans Kool & the Gang will on Aug. 22 release their 23rd album, "Kool & the Gang Presents Gangland." The KFTA album will be the first since the group's long-time lead singer JT Tayl R&B veterans Kool & the Gang will on Aug. 22 release their 23rd album…

  6. Nitelife

    August 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Scottish guitarist Martin Taylor is a self-taught virtuoso whose nimble fretwork moves easily from straight-ahead bop to Django Reinhardt-inspired solo workouts. Scottish guitarist Martin Taylor is a self-taught virtuoso whose nimble fretwork moves easily from straight-ahead bop to Django…

  7. Billboard Bits: Ice-T, Foo Fighters, Clint Black, LFO

    August 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Ice-T, Foo Fighters, Clint Black, LFO Rapper-turned-actor Ice-T will narrate his life story as it is acted out by an improv troupe of eight actors and comedians on the debut episode of "Lifegame." Due to air Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on cable outlet TNN: The National Network,…

  8. Pearl Jam Plotting Studio Return

    July 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The actual date may be some time off, but Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard tells Billboard.com that the Seattle rock veterans have begun eyeing a return to the recording studio. "I don't know exactly The actual date may be some time off, but Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard tells…

  9. Tour To Celebrate Jazz Legends

    July 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove will celebrate the music and lives of late jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis with a U.S. tour dubbed Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove…

  10. Artists Band Together For Environmental Awareness

    July 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band, Moby, Phish's Trey Anastasio, James Taylor, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the artis Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Barenaked…

  11. Live Boasts New Attitude On 'V'

    July 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Live's new album "V" (due Sept. 18 via Radioactive/MCA) is the group's most musically aggressive in its 15-year history. While Live's music and lyrics have always had a full-throttled intensity, "V" h The often spiritual, always intelligent music of Live…

  12. Billboard Bits: Wilco, J-Lo, Windham Hill

    July 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Wilco, Jennifer Lopez, Windham Hill, George Winston Revered roots-tinged rock act Wilco has parted ways with Reprise Records after the label rejected the group's forthcoming album , "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," according to sources. The split was reportedly predicated around…

  13. Pearl Jam's Gossard Completes Two Albums

    July 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's solo debut album, "Bayleaf," is set for a Sept. 11 release by Epic. The first solo effort from a member of the veteran Seattle rock outfit finds Gossard singing lea Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's solo debut album, "Bayleaf,…

  14. Billboard Bits: Stabbing Westward, Liz Phair, Slayer

    July 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Stabbing Westward, Liz Phair, and Slayer. Following the band's July 1 set in Minneapolis, Stabbing Westward was forced to pull out of its support slot on the Cult's Beyond Good and Evil tour so that drummer Andy Kubiszewski could undergo minor surgery on his hand that was…

  15. Mellencamp Named 2001 Billboard Century Award Honoree

    July 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp has been named the recipient of the 2001 Billboard Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest honor for distinguished creative achievement. The award -- given annually to an artist wh John Mellencamp has been named the recipient of the 2001 Billboard Century Award,…

  16. Country Legend Johnny Russell Dies

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died of complications relating to diabetes this morning (July 3) in a hospital outside of Nashville. He was 61. Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died of complications relating to diabetes this morning (July…

  17. Nearness of You—The Ballad Book

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A set of nothing but ballads might become tedious in the wrong hands, but tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker's sterling arrangements and thoughtful lines allow the music to flow with undeniable grace a A set of nothing but ballads might become tedious in the wrong hands, but tenor…

  18. Songwriter John Hartford Dead At 63

    June 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter and producer John Hartford died Monday in a Nashville hospital after a lengthy battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 63. Hartford is best known as the writer of Glen Campbell's 1 Singer/songwriter and producer John Hartford died Monday in a Nashville hospital after…

  19. Billboard Bits: Shakira, Travis, The Corrs

    June 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Shakira, Travis, and the Corrs Latin superstar Shakira has joined the ranks of Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Faith Hill, and Kiss, signing a global sponsorship and advertising deal with Pepsi-Cola. The agreement will see the artist star in two new television…

  20. Garth Brooks Headlines Reading Push

    June 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has been named the honorary chairman of the National Education Association's Read Across America 2002 campaign. Brooks will be featured in radio, TV, and print public service announcement Garth Brooks has been named the honorary chairman of the National Education Association…

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