1. Bob Dylan To Star In 'Masked' Film

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Taking on his first acting role in 15 years, Bob Dylan has signed to star in Intermedia Films' tentatively titled "Masked & Anonymous," the big-screen directorial debut of television writer/direct Taking on his first acting role in 15 years, Bob Dylan has signed to star in…

  2. Furtado, Blige, Franklin Added To Grammys

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST With the 44th annual Grammy Awards just hours away, performers and presenters are still being confirmed for the big show tonight (Feb. 27) in Los Angeles. Gospel artist Kirk Franklin will join U2 onst With the 44th annual Grammy Awards just hours away, performers and presenters are still…

  3. Billboard Bits: Stone Pony, Ramones Tribute, LeAnn Rimes

    February 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Stone Pony, Ramones Tribute, LeAnn Rimes Asbury Park, N.J., rock'n'roll landmark the Stone Pony has been spared from the wrecking ball thanks to public outcry. Thousands of E-mails, petition signatures, and phone calls have saved the shore town club where such notable Jersey…

  4. Tunes On TV

    February 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 25-March 3, 2002. MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2002 "MTV Cribs Presents: How To Live Like a Pop Star," MTV Featured Artists: Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Usher, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, N Sync, O-Town, Lil Bow Wow, Willa Ford …

  5. Billy Bragg: What Does It Mean To Be English Today?

    February 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Billy Bragg is back in his own skin. After releasing two Grammy-nominated collections of Woody Guthrie songs recorded with American alt country rockers Wilco, the 44-year-old singer/songwriter has rev Billy Bragg is back in his own skin. After releasing two Grammy-nominated collections of…

  6. Extended Grammys Telecast Adds More Talent

    February 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST A host of artists have joined the already abundant talent lineup for next week's 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, leading CBS to extend its planned three-hour live broadcast on Wednesday (Feb. 27) A host of artists have joined the already abundant talent lineup for next week's…

  7. Grammy Performance List Swells

    February 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rock veteran Bob Dylan, rap act Outkast, and violinist Joshua Bell are among the latest artists to be added to the performance lineup for the upcoming 44th annual Grammy Awards celebration. Also signi Rock veteran Bob Dylan, rap act Outkast, and violinist Joshua Bell are among the latest…

  8. The Lovin' Side

    February 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST In terms of sheer power, soulfulness, and style, Travis Tritt has few if any vocal equals in country music. In terms of sheer power, soulfulness, and style, Travis Tritt has few if any vocal equals in country music. Nowhere is that more apparent than when he points his muscular voice toward…

  9. The Essence Of Nancy Wilson: Four Decades Of Music

    February 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Dramatic. Sassy. Sophisticated. Elegant. Mellow. Throughout her 50 years-and-counting career, Nancy Wilson has exuded these various musical ids with her moving vocal interpretations. Dramatic. Sassy. Sophisticated. Elegant. Mellow. Throughout her 50 years-and-counting career, Nancy Wilson has…

  10. Mos Def Heads To Broadway

    February 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST As tipped here in December, rapper Mos Def will take over one of the lead roles in the Broadway play "Topdog/Underdog" beginning in April. The artist (real name: Dante Smith) replaces Don Cheadle in t As tipped here in December, rapper Mos Def will take over one of the lead roles in…

  11. Gospel Great James Blackwood Dies

    February 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST James Blackwood, the last founding member of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and one of the giants of Southern gospel music, died yesterday (Feb. 3) of complications of a stroke in Memphis. He was 82. James Blackwood, the last founding member of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and one of the…

  12. Hot Product

    February 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing the "Grammy 2002" nominees compilation, and new albums from Shaggy, Jennifer Lopez, and Sade. And The 'Nominees' Are... As the industry gears up for this year's Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy is prepping its seventh annual Grammy CD compilation. Due…

  13. If I Could Go Back

    February 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST With noted singer/songwriter Billy Yates' collection of 10 self-penned cuts on his own M.O.D. With noted singer/songwriter Billy Yates' collection of 10 self-penned cuts on his own M.O.D. imprint, it's easy to see why singers ranging from George Jones to Sara Evans are drawn to…

  14. Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues

    February 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST From the very first notes, Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues is simply a rollicking good time. From the very first notes, Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues is simply a rollicking good time. The former Squeeze keyboardist's boogie-woogie piano is very…

  15. Paycheck's Epic Career Chronicled

    February 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST Epic/Legacy will honor country rebel Johnny Paycheck (real name: Donald Eugene Lytle) with "The Soul & the Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck." Due March 19, the single-disc, 23-track collection fe Epic/Legacy will honor country rebel Johnny Paycheck (real name: Donald Eugene…

  16. New J. Lo Song On Remix Album

    January 31, 2002 12:00 AM EST Jennifer Lopez has tacked the new song "Alive" on to her Epic remix album "J To Tha L-O! -- The Remixes," due Tuesday (Feb. 5). The piano-laden ballad, written by Lopez with her new husband Cris Judd Jennifer Lopez has tacked the new song "Alive" on to her Epic…

  17. Billboard Bits: Billy Joel, Linkin Park, Midwikid, ABBA

    January 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Billy Joel, Linkin Park, Midwikid, ABBA Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Garth Brooks, Diana Krall, matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas, and pianist Richard Joo will pay tribute to Billy Joel at the 2002 MusiCares Person of the Year awards dinner, to be held Feb. 25 at the…

  18. Nashville's Fan Fair Set For June 13-16

    January 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST Nashville's Fan Fair, the crown jewel of country music festivals, will be held June 13-16 in downtown Nashville, where fans will witness more than 30 hours of concert performances by many of country's Nashville's Fan Fair, the crown jewel of country music festivals, will be…

  19. Bragg Explores Englishness On New Album

    January 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST Politically active singer/songwriter Billy Bragg will release "England, Half-English," his first album of self-penned material in more than five years, March 4 in the U.K. via Cooking Vinyl, and a day Politically active singer/songwriter Billy Bragg will release "England, Half…

  20. Tunes On TV

    January 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST TV Listings - Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2002 MONDAY, JAN. 28 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: Cracker. "Late Night With Conan O' Brien," NBC Featured Artist: Dilated Peoples (also scheduled: William Shatner, Martin Lawrence). "The Late Late Show…

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