1. Soul Asylum's Pirner Preps Solo Debut

    April 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner has set a July 16 release date for his first solo album. The as-yet-untitled album, said to be heavily inspired by the singer's move from Minneapolis to New Orleans, w Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner has set a July 16 release date for his first solo…

  2. Ashanti Continues Quadruple Chart Reign

    April 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For a second straight week, Ashanti holds on to top spot on The Billboard 200 with her self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut, while her single "Foolish" once again leads Billboard's Hot 100. Although For a second straight week, Ashanti holds on to top spot on The Billboard 200…

  3. Hot Product

    April 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Sheryl Crow, Phish, Michelle Williams, the Band, and more. Still 'Crow'ing After walking away from the record for a spell, and at times contemplating bringing in an outside producer or even setting it aside to make a record of covers instead, Crow finally…

  4. 'Pop Idols' Battle On U.K. Charts

    April 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Gareth Gates has now outdone Will Young, the singer that beat him to the "Pop Idol" crown on the U.K. TV series -- at least in terms of weeks at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. Gates' "Unchained Melo Gareth Gates has now outdone Will Young, the singer that beat him to the…

  5. Soul of Things

    April 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Going from strength to strength over the past few years, veteran Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko presents this moody, textured suite of original tunes with his young road band as a follow-up to his rec Going from strength to strength over the past few years, veteran Polish trumpeter Tomasz…

  6. Ashanti

    April 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B's current "it" girl Ashanti steps out on her own with her eponymous debut for Murder Inc. R&B's current "it" girl Ashanti steps out on her own with her eponymous debut for Murder Inc. With three singles—Ja Rule's "Always on Time," her…

  7. Kid Rock, Pam Anderson Engaged

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Pamela Anderson can't seem to get enough of rockers -- the former Mrs. Tommy Lee is now engaged to bad-boy musician Kid Rock. The 34-year-old actress, star of the campy hit "V.I.P.," said "yes" when b Pamela Anderson can't seem to get enough of rockers -- the…

  8. Pet Shop Boys To Spend Summer On The Road

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran British electronic duo Pet Shop Boys has lined up a spring/summer world tour due to kick off May 14 in Miami. The trek crosses over to Europe beginning June 12 in Madrid and concludes with 12 Veteran British electronic duo Pet Shop Boys has lined up a spring/summer world tour due to…

  9. Poll: Fans Split On Rage's Future

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT There's no quick remedy fans can offer the remaining members of Rage Against The Machine now that former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has exited the picture, according to a Billboard.com poll. There's no quick remedy fans can offer the remaining members of Rage Against The…

  10. Billboard Bits: Gaye/Aaliyah, R. Kelly, & More

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Gaye/Aaliyah, R. Kelly, & More Nona Gaye has been added to the cast of the sequels "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Matrix: Revolutions" in a role that was to be filled by the late singer/actress Aaliyah. Gaye is in production on the project in Australia with…

  11. Ashanti Album, Single Dominate Charts

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The debut effort from Ashanti storms a pair of Billboard charts this week after her self-titled debut racked up sales of a whopping 502,500 copies, according to SoundScan. Based on those numbers, the The debut effort from Ashanti storms a pair of Billboard charts this week after her self…

  12. Lil' J Livin' For The 'Weekend'

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Clean, positive, and uplifting. That's how up-and-coming young MC Lil' J describes his Hollywood Records debut, "All About J," which was released April 9. "The whole album is about having fun," the ra Clean, positive, and uplifting. That's how up-and-coming…

  13. A Complete Glenn Tilbrook Hits The Road

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Later this week, former Squeeze mainstay Glenn Tilbrook will embark on a U.S. tour in support of his first solo album, "The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook." His third stateside trek since the album's relea Later this week, former Squeeze mainstay Glenn Tilbrook will embark on a U.S.…

  14. Jackson, Bennett Spearhead Voter Registration Effort

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson and Tony Bennett will headline a New York concert spearheading the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) "Every Vote Counts" national voter registration drive. The April 24 event at th Michael Jackson and Tony Bennett will headline a New York concert…

  15. Hot Product

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Goo Goo Dolls, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and more. Out Of The 'Gutter' Goo Goo Dolls' "Gutterflower" (Warner Bros.) follows the biggest studio album of the threesome's career, 1998's "Dizzy Up the…

  16. R. Kelly Faces Scrutiny Over Videotape

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Two-time Grammy winner R. Kelly (real name: Robert Kelly) is facing scrutiny over allegations that he appears in a sexually explicit videotape with a minor that police say is being sold illegally acro Two-time Grammy winner R. Kelly (real name: Robert Kelly) is facing scrutiny over…

  17. Gates' 'Melody' Goes Three For Three

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Teenager Gareth Gates secured a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 7) with his cover of "Unchained Melody" (S/BMG). With a third week at the top, Gates matches the achievem Teenager Gareth Gates secured a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart…

  18. Tunes On TV

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related television listings for April 8-14, 2002. MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2002 "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Featured Artists: Chris Botti, Shawn Colvin (also scheduled: Greta Van Susteren). "MTV's Campus Invasion 2002," MTV Featured Artists: Nickelback, Default,…

  19. After The Storm

    April 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST As one of the few Nashville acts wearing a cowboy hat who has actually been on a horse, Chris LeDoux has steadily galloped along 20-plus years into his second career. As one of the few Nashville acts wearing a cowboy hat who has actually been on a horse, Chris LeDoux has steadily galloped…

  20. 89/93: An Anthology

    April 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST At this point in alt-country's evolution, there's no question that the number of people who've heard of the pioneering Uncle Tupelo—through association with its two offspring, Wilco and Son Vol At this point in alt-country's evolution, there's no question that the…

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