1. CHART BEAT BONUS

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on Ashanti, debut chart-topping singles, LeAnn Rimes, and Gordon Lightfoot. TWO FOR TWO: After a six-week reign, "Ain't It Funny" (Epic) by Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule falls out of pole position on Billboard's Hot 100, making way for Ashanti to have her…

  2. Sinatra Jr. Brings Dad's Songs To Vegas

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Frank Sinatra Jr. will bring his famous dad's songs back to the Las Vegas Strip next month in a show called "Sinatra Sings Sinatra." The show, which will run May 8-15 at the MGM Grand hotel/casino, wi Frank Sinatra Jr. will bring his famous dad's songs back to the Las…

  3. Biggie Relatives Sue Los Angeles

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The family of the Notorious B.I.G. has sued the city of Los Angeles, alleging that the Police Department could have done more to prevent the chart-topping rapper's 1997 murder. The civil rights and wr The family of the Notorious B.I.G. has sued the city of Los Angeles, alleging that the…

  4. Rhino 'X'-cavates Reissues

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rhino has readied a second batch of expanded reissues from seminal California punk act X for May 21 release. The three albums, 1983's "More Fun in the New World," 1985's "Ain't Love Grand," and 1987's Rhino has readied a second batch of expanded…

  5. Ashanti Album, Single Dominate Charts

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The debut effort from Ashanti storms a pair of Billboard charts this week after her self-titled debut racked up sales of a whopping 502,500 copies, according to SoundScan. Based on those numbers, the The debut effort from Ashanti storms a pair of Billboard charts this week after her self…

  6. Hip-Hop Heavyweights Turn Out For 'UrbanAID'

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B and hip-hop's finest turned out in droves to support a good cause last night (April 9) at LIFEbeat's UrbanAID 2 benefit. Held at New York's Beacon Theatre, the benefit concert featured perform R&B and hip-hop's finest turned out in droves to support a good…

  7. A Complete Glenn Tilbrook Hits The Road

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Later this week, former Squeeze mainstay Glenn Tilbrook will embark on a U.S. tour in support of his first solo album, "The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook." His third stateside trek since the album's relea Later this week, former Squeeze mainstay Glenn Tilbrook will embark on a U.S.…

  8. Billboard Bits: Stuart Adamson, Robert Earl Keen, & More

    April 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Stuart Adamson, Robert Earl Keen, & More A tribute concert in memory of Stuart Adamson, the late singer/guitarist and chief songwriter of '80s rock act Big Country, will take place May 31 at Glasgow's Barrowlands, Billboard Bulletin reports. The concert will benefit two…

  9. Marah Gets A Boost From Bruce On New Album

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Philadelphia-based rock outfit Marah will on July 16 release its third album, "Float Away With the Friday Night Gods," via Artemis. The set was recorded in Wales with producer Owen Morris (Oasis, Verv Philadelphia-based rock outfit Marah will on July 16 release its third album, …

  10. Hot Product

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Goo Goo Dolls, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and more. Out Of The 'Gutter' Goo Goo Dolls' "Gutterflower" (Warner Bros.) follows the biggest studio album of the threesome's career, 1998's "Dizzy Up the…

  11. Nearing 50, Strummer's Guns Still Blaze

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Joe Strummer is feeling the jetlag. The day after arriving in New York to play a five-night stand in Brooklyn with his band the Mescaleros, Strummer is holding court in the bar of his downtown hotel, Joe Strummer is feeling the jetlag. The day after arriving in New York to play a five-night…

  12. Tunes On TV

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related television listings for April 8-14, 2002. MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2002 "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Featured Artists: Chris Botti, Shawn Colvin (also scheduled: Greta Van Susteren). "MTV's Campus Invasion 2002," MTV Featured Artists: Nickelback, Default,…

  13. That's Big!

    April 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST It's been about three years since Charlie Baty and company released a record, and the anticipation in Bluesville surrounding That's Big! has been keen. It's been about three years since Charlie Baty and company released a record, and the anticipation in Bluesville surrounding…

  14. Me Matas

    April 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST Former child star Daniel Habif's first solo outing is surprising not only because it doesn't conform with the current standard of processed pop (especially if featuring TV personalities), but because Former child star Daniel Habif's first solo outing is surprising not only…

  15. Billboard Bits: Roger Daltrey, Bryan Ferry, Weird Al

    April 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Roger Daltrey, Bryan Ferry, Weird Al The Who's "Baba O'Riley" was originally going to be the theme song for the hit Fox sitcom "That '70s Show," so it seems only fitting that the band's frontman, Roger Daltrey, would guest-star on the show'…

  16. Ashanti's Singles Pave The Way

    April 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST Ashanti is quickly becoming one of R&B's biggest new stars. With three songs -- Ja Rule's "Always on Time," Fat Joe's "What's Luv?," and her own "Foolish" -- already charting in the top-10 on The Ashanti is quickly becoming one of R&B&…

  17. Zombie Doubles Up For Ozzfest

    April 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rob Zombie will perform two sets on the upcoming Ozzfest tour -- one on the main stage, filling the slot left vacant by the aborted Chris Cornell/Rage Against The Machine project, and the other on the Rob Zombie will perform two sets on the upcoming Ozzfest tour -- one on the main stage,…

  18. Dion's 'New Day' Debuts On Top

    April 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST Celine Dion scores her first No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week with "A New Day Has Come." The Epic set storms to the top of the chart on the strength of 527,000 copies sold in its first week, Celine Dion scores her first No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week with "…

  19. Ness Furthers Social Distortion

    April 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness says he hopes to have the band's first album following the 2000 death of guitarist and co-founder Dennis Dannell out before the end of the year. Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness says he hopes to have the band's first album following the 2000…

  20. Update: Grammys Returning To New York

    April 03, 2002 12:00 AM EST As tipped here last week, the Grammy Awards will return next year to New York for the first time since 1998. This morning (April 3), Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene confirmed that the 4 As tipped here last week, the Grammy Awards will return next year to New York for the first…

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