1. Ja Rule Is 'Livin' It Up'

    September 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, Ja Rule was readying to drop his sophomore set, "Rule 3:36." Although he was already a star in hip-hop circles, thanks to guest shots with Jay-Z What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, Ja Rule was readying to…

  2. Five Calls It Quits

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop group Five has broken up. In a statement, the act said, "as the band has got bigger on a global scale the commitment levels have had to increase and that at times has been hard on us all. We U.K. pop group Five has broken up. In a statement, the act said, "as the band has…

  3. More Artists, Songs Confirmed For Lennon Tribute

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rufus Wainwright and Craig David are among the acts that have been added to the lineup for the John Lennon tribute, "Come Together: A Night For John Lennon's Words & Music, Dedicated to New York C Rufus Wainwright and Craig David are among the acts that have been added to the…

  4. Quincy Celebrated With Rhino Box

    September 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Quincy Jones's wide-ranging and influential career accomplishments will be celebrated in a four-disc box set due Oct. 16 from Rhino. The release of "Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones" will coin Quincy Jones's wide-ranging and influential career accomplishments will…

  5. Gorillaz Grab Six MTV Europe Nominations

    September 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Gorillaz, the cartoon band fronted by Blur's Damon Albarn and featuring a host of guest stars, grabbed six nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be handed out Nov. 8 at the Festhalle in Fran Gorillaz, the cartoon band fronted by Blur's Damon Albarn and featuring a host of…

  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. Gerald's World

    September 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT This follow-up to last year's G finds Gerald Levert mining the same love-themed territory he has covered on previous albums. This follow-up to last year's G finds Gerald Levert mining the same love-themed territory he has covered on previous albums. With the help of such producers…

  8. Evans Returns With 'Faithfully'

    September 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B star Faith Evans will release her third solo album, "Faithfully," Nov. 6 via Bad Boy/Arista. Executive produced by Bad Boy founder Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Evans, and Todd Russaw, the album will R&B star Faith Evans will release her third solo album, "…

  9. U.K.-Born Gorillaz Ride Stateside Success

    September 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT "Planet of the Apes" isn't the only simian-based artistic endeavor that's been making noise this summer. Parlophone/Virgin act Gorillaz have been steadily climbing the charts since their eponymous deb "Planet of the Apes" isn't the only simian-based artistic…

  10. Attacks Cause Broadway Closings

    September 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Four Broadway shows will close this weekend -- or earlier, if they can get union concessions -- as ticket sales dropped dramatically following the terrorist attacks in New York. "The Rocky Horror Show Four Broadway shows will close this weekend -- or earlier, if they can get union…

  11. 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."…

  12. Billboard Bits: Spitfire, Big Head Todd, VMAs

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Spitfire Tour, Big Head Todd, VMAs Ambitious political rapper Michael Franti, former Dead Kennedy frontman Jello Biafra, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, and singer/songwriter Jill Sobule are among those slated to appear on the fourth annual Spitfire Tour, a non-profit jaunt of…

  13. Elton John Planning Fall Tour

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Elton John has begun lining up dates for a fall tour in support of his forthcoming Universal album, "Songs from the West Coast." Dates currently announced have the piano man stepping out Oct. 5 in Cle Elton John has begun lining up dates for a fall tour in support of his forthcoming…

  14. From the Heart

    September 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Gene Watson is perhaps one of country's most under-appreciated vocalists, and on From the Heart he serves up a big ol' slice of country pie, conveyed via a gravity-defying tenor and top-notch musician Gene Watson is perhaps one of country's most under-appreciated vocalists, and…

  15. Lookin' for a Home

    September 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Odetta has frequently expressed her admiration for Huddie "Leadbelly" Odetta has frequently expressed her admiration for Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter and his music, and with the release of Lookin' for a Home, she's used her storied vocal talents in the service of…

  16. Hot Product

    September 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, Jamiroquai, Stone Gossard, P.O.D., John Hiatt, and more. 'Love' Everlasting Few '60s icons still inspire the sort of anticipation that is rife for the Columbia follow-up to Bob Dylan's latter-day high-water mark, 1997's…

  17. Billboardlive Celebrates Grand Opening In Miami

    September 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Billboardlive, a four-story, 50,000 square-foot art deco complex -- which officially opens Saturday (Sept. 8) -- sits in the heart of Miami's South Beach, facing Ocean Drive on one end and the Atlanti The first thing visitors encounter as they set foot in Billboardlive is a rectangular…

  18. Celebrities To Fete Jackson's Solo Years

    September 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert tonight (Sept. 7) at New York's Madison Square Garden. The first of two heavily hyped concerts (the It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at…

  19. Billboard Bits: CCMA Awards, Elton John, Thug Law

    September 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on CCMA Awards, Elton John, Thug Law Family act the Wilkinsons has been tapped to host the 19th annual Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards . The Sept. 10 ceremony at Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome, which will also mark the silver anniversary of the CCMA, will be…

  20. Aaliyah Posthumously Tops Album Chart

    September 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of her tragic death, Aaliyah's self-titled Blackground/Virgin release shoots 19-1 on The Billboard 200 this week, based on a sales jump from 62,000 to 306,000 units in the U.S., according In the wake of her tragic death, Aaliyah's self-titled Blackground/Virgin release…

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