1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Chuck Berry Recording New Album

    October 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Legendary guitarist Chuck Berry is recording a new album, his first with new material in 20 years, in a St. Louis studio in celebration of his recent 75th birthday. Berry tells Billboard he hopes that Legendary guitarist Chuck Berry is recording a new album, his first with new material in 20…

  4. 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,…

  5. Hot Product

    October 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from DMX, Incubus, Dilated Peoples, Bush, Gov't Mule, and more. 'Great' Expectations Rapper DMX's fourth album, "The Great Depression," arrives this week via Def Jam. The 17-track set follows last year's "And Then There Was X,"…

  6. Pavarotti Acquitted on Tax Charges

    October 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT An Italian court on Friday acquitted Luciano Pavarotti of charges of filing false tax returns. The trial in the opera star's hometown of Modena started in May but was immediately adjourned to Septembe An Italian court on Friday acquitted Luciano Pavarotti of charges of filing false tax…

  7. Big Muff

    October 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT It's almost too easy to compare the New York-rooted, female-dominated Lava Baby to the Go-Go's. It's almost too easy to compare the New York-rooted, female-dominated Lava Baby to the Go-Go's. Sure, the group makes pogo-happy pop-rock with a decidedly '80s/new-wave…

  8. Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 1

    October 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Easily one of the year's most unique hip-hop releases, Unwrapped Vol. 1 adds a new twist to the tried and true. Easily one of the year's most unique hip-hop releases, Unwrapped Vol. 1 adds a new twist to the tried and true. Producers Tony Joseph and Darryl Ross have masterminded an…

  9. X,Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun

    October 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT X emerged as a key act in L.A.'s vibrant punk scene of the late '70s. Unlike some others, though, X created intelligently written tales that have barely aged a day. With these reissues of the band's f X Los Angeles REISSUE PRODUCERS: Gary Stewart and John Doe ORIGINAL PRODUCER:…

  10. Standard Time

    October 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Vocalist Steve Tyrell approaches this disc of standards with a sense of history, setting it apart from other, similar projects by tapping the talents of several musicians who were actually around when Vocalist Steve Tyrell approaches this disc of standards with a sense of history, setting it…

  11. Rubio Wins Big At Los Premios

    October 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Mexican singer Paulina Rubio -- who made a spectacular comeback from a languishing career with her 2000 release, "Paulina" -- was the big winner at the third annual El Premio de la Gente Ritmo Latino Mexican singer Paulina Rubio -- who made a spectacular comeback from a languishing…

  12. Sean Lennon Signs With Capitol

    October 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Sean Lennon has inked a multi-album deal with Capitol Records, which is currently home to the back catalog of his late father John, as well as his mother, Yoko Ono. Lennon, who released his debut albu Sean Lennon has inked a multi-album deal with Capitol Records, which is currently home to…

  13. Tha Liks Bring 'X.O.' To DVD

    October 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT While party-centered hip-hop group Tha Liks was on tour with Snoop Dogg, the trio was mindful of its fans during all of its off-stage antics. In fact, the group spent much of the summer and fall tour While party-centered hip-hop group Tha Liks was on tour with Snoop Dogg, the trio was mindful…

  14. Lofgren 'Breaks Away' With New Solo Set

    October 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Fans of E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren will be pleased to hear that the guitar slinger has just released a new solo album, "Break Away Angel." However, they may be dismayed to learn that, due to Fans of E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren will be pleased to hear that the…

  15. ODB Gets Two More Years; New Album In March

    October 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) was sentenced in Los Angeles last week to two years in prison for having violated probation by escaping from a rehab clinic. Jones, who Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) was sentenced in…

  16. Bizkit Plans 'Fan Parties,' Guitarist Auditions

    October 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of last week's exit of founding guitarist Wes Borland, Limp Bizkit is planning to hit the road for a series of guitarist auditions and fan parties. "It's just a great chance for us to be w In the wake of last week's exit of founding guitarist Wes Borland, Limp…

  17. Wes Borland Exits Limp Bizkit

    October 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has left the band, according to a post from the group on its official Web site. "Limp Bizkit and Wes Borland have amicably decided to part ways," reads the release. " Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has left the band, according to a post from…

  18. Wouldn't You Miss Me?

    October 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT After prodigious LSD intake warped his psyche and cost him his creative leadership in Pink Floyd, the fragile Syd Barrett was helped into the studio by Floyd's new overlords, David Gilmour and Roger W After prodigious LSD intake warped his psyche and cost him his creative leadership in…

  19. Billboard Bits: United We Stand, De La Soul, Slade

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on United We Stand, De La Soul, Slade Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, and Rod Stewart are the latest additions to the United We Stand benefit concert, set for Oct. 21 at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium. They join previously confirmed performers such as Michael…

  20. Ja Rule Feels No 'Pain' At No. 1

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Ja Rule has full command of this week's charts, soaring, as expected, to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally with "Pain Is Love" (Murder Inc./Def Jam). The set Ja Rule has full command of this week's charts, soaring, as expected…

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