1. Hot Product

    October 29, 2001 12:00 AM EST Previewing albums from Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Enrique Iglesias, Jermaine Dupri, and more. Jackson's Back It's been six years since Michael Jackson released an album of new material. And, befitting the kind of hype that accompanies the self-proclaimed King of Pop's…

  2. Michelangelo

    October 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Eighteen-year-old Michelangelo's Universal debut—following two previous, little-noted efforts—is auspicious. Eighteen-year-old Michelangelo's Universal debut—following two previous, little-noted efforts—is auspicious. Like label-mate Luis Fonsi, Michelangelo has a potent, velvety…

  3. A Special ReportVirginia Symphony/JoAnn Falletta

    October 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is the most famous of all children's classics, with the starriest of voices having narrated the work down through the years. NPR now offers its own, radically customized Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is the most famous of all children's…

  4. Chrome

    October 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Trace Adkins appeared to be on the fast track to superstardom when he bowed with Dreamin' Out Loud in 1996, but for whatever reason, his ascent stalled with successive releases. Trace Adkins appeared to be on the fast track to superstardom when he bowed with Dreamin' Out Loud in…

  5. Academy To Announce Latin Grammy Winners

    October 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will announce the winners of the second annual Latin Grammys at a press conference Tuesday morning (Oct. 30) at the Conga Room in Los Angeles. The Acad The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will announce the winners of the second…

  6. Faith Evans Hits New High

    October 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Like any great singer, Faith Evans possesses the kind of voice that's instantly recognizable. It's at once fluid and emotive with an effervescent quality steeped in trademark gospel harmonies and phra Like any great singer, Faith Evans possesses the kind of voice that's…

  7. 'America' Rules... The Billboard 200

    October 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Billboard 200 gets a heavy dose of patriotism this week as the Columbia Records set "God Bless America" debuts at No. 1. Featuring cuts from Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Frank Sinatra, Lee Greenwoo The Billboard 200 gets a heavy dose of patriotism this week as the Columbia…

  8. Queen Latifah 'Chicago' Bound?

    October 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, and Christine Baranski are in negotiations to round out the cast of Miramax's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago." Shooting begins shooting Dec. 10 w Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, and Christine Baranski are in negotiations to…

  9. Capitol Compiles 'United We Stand'

    October 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Beach Boys, Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, and Al Green, are among the artists featured on Capitol Records' patriotic set "United We Stand," due Nov. 6, according to the label's official Web site. Al The Beach Boys, Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, and Al Green, are among the…

  10. Billboard Bits: Bob Dylan, 'N Sync, Blue Man Group

    October 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Bob Dylan, 'N Sync, Blue Man Group Bob Dylan is writing a multi-volume autobiography, titled "Chronicles," the first installment of which is due out next year. A Simon & Schuster spokesperson declined to give details of the deal, or say how many volumes Dylan will…

  11. Natalie Merchant Expands Fall Tour

    October 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Natalie Merchant has expanded dates for a tour in support of her forthcoming fourth solo album, "Motherland," due Nov. 13 on Elektra. Dates are now set to begin Oct. 27 in Minneapolis and wrap Dec. 14 Natalie Merchant has expanded dates for a tour in support of her forthcoming…

  12. Indie Rockers Beef Up Indie Film Soundtrack

    October 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A who's who of the independent rock scene graces the soundtrack to the independent film "Dean Quixote," due out Nov. 20, appropriately, via indie label spinART. The set includes songs by Beachwood Spa A who's who of the independent rock scene graces the soundtrack to the…

  13. Merle Haggard Returns To His 'Roots'

    October 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Merle Haggard has made a lot of albums in his 40-year recording career, but he says of his new collection, "Roots Volume 1," on the eclectic Epitaph Records' Anti- imprint, "This is my favorite album, Merle Haggard has made a lot of albums in his 40-year recording career,…

  14. Revered Folk Artist Howard Finster Dies

    October 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Rev. Howard Finster -- a folk artist who created sermons in paint that were featured on the covers of rock albums and in galleries worldwide -- died yesterday (Oct. 22) of congestive heart failure The Rev. Howard Finster -- a folk artist who created sermons in paint that were featured on…

  15. Star-Studded 'What's Going On' Disc Due

    October 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A disc of wide-ranging mixes and remixes of the all-star recording of Marvin Gaye's classic single "What's Going On" will be released Oct. 30 via Columbia. Originally lanned for release tomorrow (Oct. A disc of wide-ranging mixes and remixes of the all-star recording of…

  16. Afroman Marks 'High' U.K. Debut

    October 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Afroman's Universal single "Because I Got High" easily outstripped its No. 13 peak on The Billboard Hot 100 by making a long-anticipated debut at No.1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Oct. 21), bringing a Afroman's Universal single "Because I Got High" easily…

  17. Out There Live

    October 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Last year, singer/songwriter Dar Williams released the fine album The Green World. Last year, singer/songwriter Dar Williams released the fine album The Green World. To promote the set, Williams hit the road for a national tour with bandmates Gail Ann Dorsey (bass), Jeff Kazee (keyboards),…

  18. The Attraction to All Things Uncertain

    October 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tweaker is the new nom de guerre of former Nine Inch Nails contributor Chris Vrenna, whose The Attraction to All Things Uncertain makes for an arresting solo debut. Tweaker is the new nom de guerre of former Nine Inch Nails contributor Chris Vrenna, whose The Attraction to All Things…

  19. Is This It

    October 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rock saviors or over-hyped posers? That's the debate surrounding this much-talked- about New York quintet and its aptly titled full-length debut. Rock saviors or over-hyped posers? That's the debate surrounding this much-talked- about New York quintet and its aptly titled full…

  20. Furs, Echo Plan Co-Headlining U.S. Tour

    October 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Veteran modern rock acts the Psychedelic Furs and Echo & The Bunnymen will launch a co-headlining theater tour Nov. 15 in Atlanta. The 18-city trek is due to run through a Dec. 9 finale in Las Veg Veteran modern rock acts the Psychedelic Furs and Echo & The Bunnymen will launch a co…

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