1. Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival

    June 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT To fully grasp the exuberance that made the late Tito Puente bigger than life and stage, it helped to witness one of his live performances. To fully grasp the exuberance that made the late Tito Puente bigger than life and stage, it helped to witness one of his live performances. Paradoxically…

  2. Billboard Bits: Charlie Daniels, Ashanti, B.B. King

    June 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Charlie Daniels, Ashanti, B.B. King Country singer Charlie Daniels dropped out of an Independence Day television special, saying producers thought a song he'd planned to sing about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. was inappropriate. Daniels wrote a letter this week to…

  3. Seven & The Sun Returns To 'Innocence'

    June 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Feature excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. To harness the exposure from a national TV appearance, Atlantic is issuing Seven & the Sun's debut six weeks early. "Back to the Innocence" was release yesterday (June 18) in response to a May 15 appearance on NBC soap …

  4. Smith Proclaims He's 'Born To Reign' On New Album

    June 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Boasts abound on rapper/actor Will Smith's "Born To Reign," due June 25 via Columbia, but none so strong as on the set's opening title track. Set to an ominous beat, the song clocks in at just 1:51 an Boasts abound on rapper/actor Will Smith's "Born To Reign,…

  5. Jagger's Forthcoming Knighthood Official

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Mick Jagger, the rock'n'roll rebel and former scourge of the British establishment, said Saturday he was delighted with his latest accolade -- a knighthood for his services to music. The 58-year-old a Mick Jagger, the rock'n'roll rebel and former scourge of the British…

  6. Presley's 'Conversation' Sets U.K. Chart Record

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Presley is back at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chart Elvis Presley is back at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly…

  7. Jackson, Manilow, Sting Inducted Into Songwriter Hall

    June 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York last night (June 13) -- although he didn't show up to pick up his award. Jackson, who wrote hits such as "Don't Stop 'Til You Ge Michael Jackson was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York…

  8. Aerosmith's 'Toys' Notches 8x Platinum

    June 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Stalwart rock act Aerosmith's classic Columbia album "Toys in the Attic" has been certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Featuring the Boston-based ban Stalwart rock act Aerosmith's classic Columbia album "Toys in the…

  9. Travis' 'Memories' Anthologized

    June 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT One of contemporary country music's most enduring hitmakers will see his career spotlighted on the upcoming Rhino release, "Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology." Due July 16, the two-disc se One of contemporary country music's most enduring hitmakers will see his…

  10. The Vines 'Evolve' For Summer Tour

    June 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock act the Vines has confirmed plans for a North American tour in support of its Capitol debut, "Highly Evolved," due July 16. The tour kicks off July 9 with an appearance on MTV and wrap Australian rock act the Vines has confirmed plans for a North American tour in…

  11. Billboard Bits: Godsmack, Sean McGrath, Billy Ray Cyrus

    June 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Godsmack, Sean McGrath, Billy Ray Cyrus Godsmack has parted ways with founding drummer Tommy Stewart just as the multi-platinum Universal rock group begins working on its third album. Stewart, who had previously taken a year's leave of absence from Godsmack before rejoining in…

  12. Dee Dee Ramone Dead At 50

    June 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (real name: Douglas Glenn Colvin) was found dead last night (June 5) in his Hollywood, Calif., home, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. He was 50. Ram Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (real name: Douglas Glenn Colvin) was found dead last…

  13. Billboard Bits: Carousel Of Hope, I-FI Fest, Crowell

    June 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Carousel Of Hope, I-FI Fest, Rodney Crowell Sting, Elton John, and B.B. King will perform at the 15th annual Carousel of Hope fundraiser, set for Oct. 15 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event, to be hosted by Jay Leno, raises funds for childhood diabetes. To…

  14. Living With the Blues

    June 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Duke Robillard has been widely acknowledged as one of the great blues guitarists for years, though lately he's been keen on jazz. Duke Robillard has been widely acknowledged as one of the great blues guitarists for years, though lately he's been keen on jazz. On Living With the…

  15. Aaron Carter Ready To 'Rock' This Summer

    May 31, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Hard-touring 14-year-old pop singer Aaron Carter has announced a run of North American dates for this summer, with pop newcomers Jump 5, No Secrets, and Triple Image set for opening slots. The tour, d Hard-touring 14-year-old pop singer Aaron Carter has announced a run of North American dates…

  16. Shannon Lawson Ready For His Place In The 'Sun'

    May 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rarely, if ever, does a new artist emerge on a country label with a more diverse musical resume than Shannon Lawson. Like nearly all Kentucky-born musicians, Lawson cut his teeth on bluegrass music, p Rarely, if ever, does a new artist emerge on a country label with a more diverse musical…

  17. Hot Product

    May 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Eminem, the "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" soundtrack, and more. 'Show' Time If pervasive pre-release piracy is any indication, Eminem's new Aftermath/Interscope album "The Eminem Show" is destined to be one of the…

  18. Elvis Tracks Burn Up 'Lilo & Stitch' Soundtrack

    May 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Songs by Elvis Presley, as well as Elvis covers by Wynonna and the A*Teens make up the soundtrack to the forthcoming animated Walt Disney Pictures film "Lilo & Stitch." Due June 11 via Walt Disney Songs by Elvis Presley, as well as Elvis covers by Wynonna and the A*Teens make up…

  19. Buddy Guy Wins Three W.C. Handy Honors

    May 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Buddy Guy was among the multiple winners at the W.C. Handy Awards, staged by the Blues Foundation last night (May 23) in Memphis, Billboard Bulletin reports. Guy won for contemporary male artist of th Buddy Guy was among the multiple winners at the W.C. Handy Awards, staged by the Blues…

  20. Breeders Bounce Back With 'Title TK'

    May 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Kim Deal and other members of the Breeders talk about reforming the group and releasing "Title TK." (Excerpted from Billboard article for Billboard.com.) In a charmingly scatterbrained sort of way, the Breeders' Kim Deal has veered off the question-answer-question interview…

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