1. Shaq Bounces Beats

    July 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Having gone on to win his second straight championship and to further secure his place in basketball history, O'Neal is again diversifying his resume with several new entertainment projects during thi Shaquille O'Neal is no doubt flashing that sly, multimillion-dollar grin on the…

  2. Billboard Bits: R.E.M., Wainwright, Graham Coxon

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on R.E.M., Loudon and Rufus Wainwright, Graham Coxon R.E.M. has been added to the list of performers for the 15th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, to be held this October at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. As previously reported , Pearl Jam and event organizer…

  3. Fatboy's 'Weapon' Leads VMA Nominations

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The video for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," directed by Spike Jonze and starring actor Christopher Walken, leads the nominees for the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards with nine nominations. The clip is The video for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," directed by…

  4. Hot Product

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from 'N Sync, the 'Violator' compilation, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Joe Strummer, and more. 'Celebrity' Sleuth "The truth is that it can be tiresome to be continually blasted by critics because we don't fit their preconceived notion of…

  5. Bjork Paints From New Palette

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Unlike the extroverted aural landscapes of much of Bjork's past recordings, which have variously embraced dancefloor beats, big-band overtures, and avant-garde gestures -- "Vespertine" is decidedly in Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork is sitting in the middle of her sparsely…

  6. Bjork Rolls Out More Euro Dates

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Bjork has confirmed a host of additional dates at European opera houses in support of the upcoming Elektra album "Vespertine," due Aug. 27 internationally and a day later in North America. In addition Bjork has confirmed a host of additional dates at European opera houses in support…

  7. Inverse Catch-22

    July 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT With a name like Cynical Blend, many might come to the conclusion that Inverse Catch-22 is the product of an act that owes much to the dark-edged sounds of such pre-electronica electronic groups as Jo With a name like Cynical Blend, many might come to the conclusion that Inverse Catch-22 is…

  8. Billboard Bits: Reading Festival, 'Reverb,' Mr. Cheeks

    July 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on the first U.S. version of the Reading Festival, HBO's 'Reverb,' and Lost Boyz rapper Mr. Cheeks. One of the U.K.'s long-standing music traditions will make its way to the U.S. in September, as the first stateside version of Reading Festival is held at the…

  9. Exclusive: Bizkit Takes Back Seat To Durst's Films

    July 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Those awaiting a new Limp Bizkit album will have to wait a little longer. Fresh from directing the debut video for Puddle of Mudd, the new act on his Interscope imprint Flawless, Bizkit frontman Fred Those awaiting a new Limp Bizkit album will have to wait a little longer. Fresh from…

  10. Ice Cube May Join 'Jackass' Star For Next Film

    July 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube and Johnny Knoxville, star of MTV's "Jackass," are in negotiations to star in the DreamWorks buddy picture "Big Ticket," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube and Johnny Knoxville, star of MTV's "…

  11. Folk Artist Mimi Farina Dies

    July 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Mimi Farina, Joan Baez's sister and an accomplished folk singer in her own right and founder of an organization that brought free live music to the sick and imprisoned, has died. She was 56. Mimi Farina, Joan Baez's sister and an accomplished folk singer in her own right and founder…

  12. Band Vibe Brings Joe Strummer Alive

    July 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Most artists get a little nervous once they've finished an album and are waiting for feedback from friends, their record label, critics, and others. But, with his third solo album, "Global a Go-Go" (d Most artists get a little nervous once they've finished an album and are…

  13. Oz Cops To Grill Bizkit Boys

    July 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Australian police officials traveled to the U.S. today (July 19) to interview the members of rock act Limp Bizkit as part of a coroner's investigation into the <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/billbo Australian police officials traveled to the U.S. today (July 19) to interview…

  14. Pioneer Awards Honor Al Green

    July 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B/soul singer Al Green will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 12th annual Pioneer Awards, presented by the charitable Rhythm & Blues Foundation. Scheduled for Oct. 4 at N R&B/soul singer Al Green will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 12th…

  15. Lauded U.K. Star Craig David Is 'Born To Do It'

    July 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Can a U.K. R&B/pop sensation translate worldwide sales exceeding 3.5 million into Stateside success? That's the question facing Atlantic Records, as the label releases Craig David's "Born to Do It Can a U.K. R&B/pop sensation translate worldwide sales exceeding 3.5…

  16. The Anglo Files

    July 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Essential Festival proves to be one of Britain's best; plus Maize, Danny Tenaglia, and Thomas Brinkmann. Essential Viewing In 2001, Essential's trademark "dance and roots" policy once again helped the festival prove itself to be amongst the most discerning Britain has…

  17. Hot Product

    July 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Aaliyah, Craig David, Buffalo Springfield, Perry Farrell, Iggy Pop, and more. Return Of The Queen Aaliyah's self-titled Virgin set, recorded in Australia with collaborators such as Timbaland, J Dub, and Bud'da, features first single "We Need a…

  18. Big Headed Girl

    July 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Newcomer Delilah Harris has obviously been studying new recordings by such artists as Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, as well as classics by such artists as Minnie Riperton. Newcomer Delilah Harris has obviously been studying new recordings by such artists as Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, as well…

  19. Cuando la Sangre Galopa

    July 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Mexican arena rockers Jaguares make no bones about what they are—arena rockers and purveyors of big, anthemic tunes with lots of crunching guitars over lyrical melodies. Mexican arena rockers Jaguares make no bones about what they are—arena rockers and purveyors of big, anthemic tunes with…

  20. Are You Man Enough?

    July 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The members of Betty Blowtorch are half-kidding when they sing, "We've got no integrity/But we sure do look good." In fact, the Los Angeles-based band is usually half-kidding. The members of Betty Blowtorch are half-kidding when they sing, "We've got no integrity/But…

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