1. The Id

    September 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT What does a neo-soul songstress extraordinare do for an encore when what came before (the multimillion-selling album On How Life Is) spawned a Grammy-winning single ("I Try") and collaborations with F What does a neo-soul songstress extraordinare do for an encore when what came…

  2. Gorillaz, Ryan Adams Among Shortlist Prize Nominees

    September 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Releases by Gorillaz, Air, At The Drive In, Ryan Adams, Bilal, White Stripes, and Foxy Brown are among the nominees for the first-ever Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music, which, as firs Releases by Gorillaz, Air, At The Drive In, Ryan Adams, Bilal, White Stripes, and Foxy Brown…

  3. Update: Top Stars Sign On For 'New York' Benefit

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney will headline a benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., and has invited some of the biggest names in the music world to join him. McCartney's U.K. spo Paul McCartney will headline a benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist…

  4. Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' Enters Second Week At No. 1

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG) holds strong for a second straight week atop The Billboard 200 despite the appearance of four new albums in the top-10, including a No. 4 entry by T Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG) holds…

  5. Femi Kuti 'Fights' To Enlighten

    September 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT With "Fight to Win," due Oct. 16 from MCA, Femi Kuti strives in earnest to educate and enlighten the world about the problems of his African homeland. "We are in crisis right now," he says. "I want to With "Fight to Win," due Oct. 16 from MCA, Femi Kuti…

  6. Hot Product

    September 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from George Jones, Herbie Hancock, Allure, Ryan Adams, and more. 'Rock' Solid He has been called everything from "Possum" and "No-Show" to country's greatest singer. Now George Jones can add "label partner" to the list. The…

  7. Kylie Bests Victoria On U.K. Singles Chart

    September 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The "media war" between Kylie Minogue and Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, played out in Britain's tabloid newspapers last week (despite a pronounced lack of animosity between the artists), resulted in a The "media war" between Kylie Minogue and Spice Girl Victoria…

  8. Hot Product

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Macy Gray, Tori Amos, Live, Diana Krall, and more. I Got 'Id' Macy Gray admits that she was an irresistible force, if not an immovable object, when it came to weaving the words and music that would evolve into her sophomore Epic album, "The Id."…

  9. The Altogether

    September 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT On their sixth full-length, British brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll, aka Orbital, continue to mine the contemporary electronic playing field that they helped build via their 1989 international hit, "C On their sixth full-length, British brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll, aka Orbital,…

  10. U.S. Sales Down, Shipments OK

    September 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Retailers in the U.S. experienced weak sales following the terrorist attacks Tuesday, with most of the nation glued to their television sets. Mike Dreese, CEO at Newbury Comics, says his 21-unit chain Retailers in the U.S. experienced weak sales following the terrorist attacks Tuesday, with…

  11. Macy Gray Taps Into Her 'Id'

    September 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Macy Gray admits that she was an irresistible force, if not an immovable object, when it came to weaving the words and music that would evolve into her sophomore album: She just refused to be told wha Macy Gray admits that she was an irresistible force, if not an immovable object, when it…

  12. Hot Product

    September 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from System Of A Down, Orbital, Jeff Carson, and more. 'Toxic' Sounds System Of A Down drops one of the most anticipated hard rock albums of the year this week with "Toxicity," its sophomore American Recordings set. The 14-track album, produced by the…

  13. Staind Makes Mark On U.K. Chart

    August 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT U.S. rock act Staind pulled off a major achievement on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 26) when its Flip/Elektra set "Break the Cycle" debuted at No. 1 -- despite the fact that the band has yet t U.S. rock act Staind pulled off a major achievement on the U.K. album chart…

  14. U.S. Launching New Album Prize

    August 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. is launching an award for the best albums of the year, the Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music, modeled after the U.K.'s Technics Mercury Music Prize, Billboard reports in its A The U.S. is launching an award for the best albums of the year, the Shortlist Prize for…

  15. Five Earns Another No. 1 In The U.K.

    August 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Going more than a year between singles can be a risky business in the fast-moving world of U.K. pop. But RCA boy band Five showed no reduction in power in returning to the chart at No. 1 yesterday (Au Going more than a year between singles can be a risky business in the fast-moving world of U…

  16. Billboard Bits: Shaggy, Backstreet Boys, Sisqo, and more

    August 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Shaggy, Backstreet Boys, Sisqo, and more Shaggy has pulled out of the twice-postponed Backstreet Boys arena tour due to conflicting commitments and has been replaced by Sisqo, Billboard Bulletin reports. The Backstreet Boys trek, due to resume Aug. 24 in Milwaukee, was rescheduled so…

  17. Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, Whitney Houston, and more

    August 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV VMAs, Whitney Houston, Cowboy Junkies, Fabrice Morvan Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, and Staind have been added to the performance line-up for the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). Spears, who also performed at last year's ceremonies, will debut a new song, "…

  18. U.K. Fave Tom McRae Makes U.S. Bow

    August 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT With his eponymous debut album -- a collection of deeply personal tunes dark enough to be dubbed "wrist-slashing" and "laceratingly bitter" by the British press -- Tom McRae knows he's teetering on th With his eponymous debut album -- a collection of deeply personal…

  19. Billboard Bits: Madonna, Carole King, Macy Gray

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Madonna, Carole King, Macy Gray Madonna will join Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, and Jason Alexander in giving her voice to DreamWorks' animated feature "Madagascar," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film centers around four zoo animals who are returned by ship to…

  20. Pearl Jam, R.E.M. Lead Massive Hunger Benefit

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger benefit concert for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 22 at Seattle's Key Arena. The show Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger…

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