1. 51ask

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, and t.A.T.u. LOVIN' LAURYN Hello Keith, I was just wondering if Lauryn Hill's "MTV Unplugged 2.0" album is being considered an actual album? After all, this was just her effort to reach out to…

  2. The Donnas To 'Spend' February On The Road

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Donnas have set a second run of tour dates in support of their Atlantic debut, "Spend the Night," with co-headliners OK Go. The trek launches Jan. 25 in Los Angeles and will wrap Feb. 26 gig in Sa The Donnas have set a second run of tour dates in support of their Atlantic debut,…

  3. Brighton: 'Too Soon' For Fatboy's Third Beach Party

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Council officials in Brighton, England, are being urged to shelve plans for a repeat of DJ/producer Fatboy Slim's free summer beach concert this summer, Billboard Bulletin reports. Council officials in Brighton, England, are being urged to shelve plans for a repeat of DJ/producer Fatboy…

  4. Performers, Schedule Set For South By Southwest

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Producer/artist Daniel Lanois will give the keynote address during the next edition of annual music-industry festival South By Southwest, which will be held March 12-16 in Austin, Texas. Producer/artist Daniel Lanois will give the keynote address during the next edition of annual music…

  5. Joseph Arthur Shining From Under The Radar

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For those who know Joseph Arthur's music well, it can sometimes be baffling how his work -- like that of so many acclaimed singer/songwriters -- seems to hover just under the radar. But for Arthur himself, it's not really a big deal. …

  6. Hot Product

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Lil' Romeo, Dashboard Confessional, Tyrese, and more. Name 'Game' Lil' Romeo is only 13-years-old, but he's already a music veteran after conquering the Billboard charts last year with his debut single "My Baby." Romeo, the son of…

  7. Online Leaks Force System Of A Down's Hand

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. System of a Down had not planned on releasing an album this winter. As far as the group is concerned, there is only one reason for the release of "Steal This Album." "If these songs were never leaked on the Web, I never would have…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 2001 - R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 1999 - Country singer Bryan White and Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson…

  9. Corazón Latino

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Curly-haired cutie David Bisbal is a superstar in his native Spain, thanks to this debut album—and to his honors in the ultra-successful reality-TV show, Operación Triunfo. RELEASE DATE: Oct. 15 Curly-haired cutie David Bisbal is a superstar in his native Spain, thanks to this debut album—and…

  10. Grupo Fiesta

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST This rock crew calls New York its barrio. This rock crew calls New York its barrio. Core members Cecilia Villar (lead guitar), Cindy Padilla (lead vocals), Jimmy Connolly (keyboards), and Brian "Bajo Man" Moore (bass)—backed by timbales, congas, and drums—work a sound that…

  11. Sacred System: Book of Exit/Dub Chamber 4

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST The fourth and most engaging chapter in producer/mixmaster/bassist extraordinaire Bill Laswell's ever-inventive ambient-dub series for ROIR has a twist in the form of Ethiopian vocalist Ejigayehu "GiG RELEASE DATE: Oct. 29 The fourth and most engaging chapter in producer/mixmaster…

  12. Raï Superstars

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Raï music, arguably the most popular music style in the Middle East today, originated in the Algerian port city of Oran. RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26 Raï music, arguably the most popular music style in the Middle East today, originated in the Algerian port city of Oran. The music is definitely a pop…

  13. Joan Rodgers, soprano; Ian Bostridge, tenor; Mahler Chamber Orchestra/ Daniel Harding

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Even though this new Turn of the Screw has to go up against the classic Decca recording led by the composer, it has many attractive qualities—in particular, Ian Bostridge in the role of Peter Q RELEASE DATE: Sept. 17 Even though this new Turn of the Screw has to go up against the classic…

  14. Take No Prisoners

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST In the early '70s, Lou Reed was dangerous, and it wasn't just his depictions of the nocturnal New York underworld that were on the edge; his interactions with his audience and the press could be volat RELEASE DATE: Sept. 24 In the early '70s, Lou Reed was dangerous, and it wasn…

  15. Twoism

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Twoism began life as a small, vinyl-only independent offering in 1995 on Boards of Canada's Music70 label, swelling into a sought-after eBay item by the end of the decade. RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26 Twoism began life as a small, vinyl-only independent offering in 1995 on Boards of Canada'…

  16. Just Whitney . . .

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Brevity is the order of the day for Whitney Houston. At 10 tracks, which collectively clock in at under 40 minutes, Just Whitney . . . RELEASE DATE: Dec. 10 Brevity is the order of the day for Whitney Houston. At 10 tracks, which collectively clock in at under 40 minutes, Just Whitney . . .…

  17. Mos Def, Jurassic 5 Lead 'N.V.A.' Compilation

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Mos Def, Jurassic 5, and members of Dilated Peoples and D12 are among the hip-hop heavy hitters appearing on Avatar Records' "N.V.A. -- Straight From the Crates, Vol. 1" CD compilation, due Jan. 28. Mos Def, Jurassic 5, and members of Dilated Peoples and D12 are among the hip…

  18. McCartney Offers DVD Buyers A Little Extra

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Purchasers of Paul McCartney's recent "Back in the U.S." concert video will get a special treat beginning Monday (Dec. 16), when Capitol launches a "secret Web site" that can only be accessed by placi Purchasers of Paul McCartney's recent "Back in the U.S.…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions on best original song Oscars, Mariah Carey's performance on the Billboard charts, and chart methodology. WILL 'LOSE' WIN? Fred, My co-workers and I were recently discussing this year's best songs…

  20. Fat Joe Juggles Crossover Success, Credibility

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fat Joe is no newcomer. This is an obvious statement to R&B and hip-hop fans, but for many pop music lovers, Fat Joe was relatively unknown until last year. "J.O.S.E.: Jealous Ones Still Envy," his fourth studio set, scored with…

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