1. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on Dirty Vegas, Sean Combs, Eminem, and Nickelback. TRUE BRIT: Paul Harris was born in Blackheath in South London. Ben Harris (no relation) was born in Bromley, Kent. Steve Smith was born in Eltham, also in South London. That happens to be incredibly significant in terms…

  2. DiFranco Preps Documentary, Live Album

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Before she issues her next studio album, ever-busy singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco tells Billboard.com she will unveil a two-hour movie about her life -- on and off the road over the past five years -- Before she issues her next studio album, ever-busy singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco tells…

  3. Collaborators Span The Globe In '1 Giant Leap'

    May 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The creators of the acclaimed multi-media project "1 Giant Leap" will preview its DVD component at screenings tonight (May 2) in San Francisco and next week in Los Angeles and Toronto. Duncan Bridgema The creators of the acclaimed multi-media project "1 Giant Leap" will…

  4. Chesney Gallops Straight To No. 1

    May 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Country star Kenny Chesney bows on top of The Billboard 200 with his latest BNA album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," which moved a hardy 235,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Country star Kenny Chesney bows on top of The Billboard 200 with his latest BNA…

  5. Jackson Steps Into 'Cage' For Directing Debut

    May 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is venturing into directing for the first time, teaming with writer/director Bryan Michael Stoller on a big-screen adaptation of Jennings Michael Burch's book "They Cage the Animals at Michael Jackson is venturing into directing for the first time, teaming with…

  6. Jett Adds Track To Breast Cancer Benefit

    May 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker Joan Jett has recorded a cover of the Beatles' "The Word" for a new compilation that benefits breast cancer charities. The song is a bonus on the otherwise 13-track "It's About Eve (Mus Veteran rocker Joan Jett has recorded a cover of the Beatles' …

  7. Jerry Douglas' 'Lookout For Hope'

    May 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Country music session player extraordinaire Jerry Douglas, who's played on hundreds of albums, talks about his new solo disc, "Lookout for Hope," in almost self-analytical terms. "Playing on so many r Country music session player extraordinaire Jerry Douglas, who's…

  8. Bosstones Go Indie, Pull 'Jackknife'

    April 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Following four studio albums and a live set on Mercury, ska punks the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are heading back to their independent label roots. Come July 9, the Boston-based band will release "A Jack Following four studio albums and a live set on Mercury, ska punks the Mighty Mighty…

  9. Billboard Bits: Jamiroquai, Tupac/Biggie, Satriani

    April 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Jamiroquai's exiting keyboardist/songwriter, Tupac Shakur/Biggie Smalls documentary, and Joe Satriani's forthcoming album. British funk/soul combo Jamiroquai has parted ways with longtime keyboardist and songwriting collaborator Toby Smith. A post on the group's…

  10. Hot Product

    April 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing the "Spider-Man" soundtrack, and new albums from Trey Anastasio, Ali, and Blackalicious. Along Came A 'Spider' Befitting what is expected to be one of the summer's most popular movies, Columbia has snared a host of top stars for its "Spider-Man"…

  11. Sugababes' 'Freak' Tops U.K. Chart

    April 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT U.K. female pop/R&B trio Sugababes completed their successful renaissance yesterday (April 29) when their first single for Universal-Island, "Freak Like Me," went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. sin U.K. female pop/R&B trio Sugababes completed their successful renaissance…

  12. Champagne

    April 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Following his much acclaimed, and very beautiful, albums of trio Los Panchos material, using the original Los Panchos recordings, JosÉ Luis Rodríguez (El Puma), returns to nostalgia with Following his much acclaimed, and very beautiful, albums of trio Los Panchos material, using the original…

  13. Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top

    April 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Here's a country-baked reformulation of the Texas blues-based power trio, and like most tribute albums, this one is highly uneven. Here's a country-baked reformulation of the Texas blues-based power trio, and like most tribute albums, this one is highly uneven. Some artist/ song…

  14. Toshi

    April 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT This is Reagon's big moment. This is Reagon's big moment. After building an ardent cult following with a string of unforgettable, if not wildly commercial releases, she's taking a crack at wooing mainstream listeners. But unlike other underground heroes who don shiny musical…

  15. Diddy Gets 'Inventive' On Remix Album

    April 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The next album effort from rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will be a remix compilation titled "P. Diddy & Bad Boy Records Present ... We Invented the Remix," due May 14 from Bad Boy/Arista. The 14 The next album effort from rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs…

  16. Gershon, Jett Bring The 'Rock'

    April 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Actress Gina Gershon ("Showgirls," "Face/Off") will star in the film "Prey for Rock & Roll" as the leader of an all-girl band trying to make it big in the Los Angeles rock'n'roll scene. The film a Actress Gina Gershon ("Showgirls," "…

  17. Smith, Third Day, McKeehan Clean Up At Doves

    April 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Michael W. Smith, Third Day, and Toby McKeehan were the big winners at the Gospel Music Association's 33rd annual Dove Awards, handed out last night (April 25) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville Michael W. Smith, Third Day, and Toby McKeehan were the big winners at the Gospel Music…

  18. Dion, Black To Perform For Sailors

    April 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Celine Dion and Clint Black have a date to sing for sailors. The artists, along with Jessica Simpson and Lonestar, are scheduled to perform May 2 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in For Celine Dion and Clint Black have a date to sing for sailors. The artists, along with Jessica…

  19. Mickey Hart Taps Into Kodo's 'Mondo Head'

    April 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "It's over the top, it really is," Mickey Hart says of "Mondo Head," the Red Ink album he produced with Japanese <I>taiko</I> drum group Kodo. "It has a great spirit. It points in a new direction. I t "It's over the top, it really is,"…

  20. '80s Acts Out To Prove 'Rock Never Stops'

    April 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Aging hard rockers Tesla, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Jackyl, and Skid Row are teaming for this summer's Rock Never Stops tour. Due to launch May 17 in Maryland Heights, Mo., the trek will bring rock st Aging hard rockers Tesla, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Jackyl, and Skid Row are…

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