1. 360 Degree of Billy Paul, MFSB,Trammps, Philadelphia Classics

    May 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Part stroll down memory lane, part music history lesson, these titles are a living—and timeless—testament to the legendary sound of Philadelphia and the prolific legacy of dynamic produc BILLY PAUL 360 Degree of Billy Paul REISSUE PRODUCERS: Leo Sacks, Joe McEwen ORIGINAL PRODUCERS: Kenneth…

  2. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z, Lance Bass, Queen's Jubilee

    May 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Jay-Z, Lance Bass, Queen's Jubilee In what is shaping up to be one of the more intriguing treks of the summer, Jay-Z is set to headline the Sprite-Liquid Mix tour, which will hit 15 North American markets from Aug. 20 to Sept. 8. 311 is the only other confirmed act for the bill,…

  3. Ashanti Notches Double-Platinum Debut

    May 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B newcomer Ashanti's self-titled Murder Inc. debut album has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of 2 million copies. R&B newcomer Ashanti's self-titled Murder Inc. debut album has been certified double…

  4. John Mellencamp Exits Columbia Records

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp has amicably parted company with Columbia Records, with whom he issued his past two studio albums. "It was a good arrangement at a good time," Mellencamp says in a statement, "because John Mellencamp has amicably parted company with Columbia Records, with whom…

  5. Billboard Bits: Ringo Starr, Tyrese, Patsy Cline

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Ringo Starr, Tyrese, Patsy Cline Former Beatle Ringo Starr is hard at work on a new solo studio album, due in 2003 via Koch Records. The as-yet-untitled set is being produced by Mark Hudson (Aerosmith), who produced Starr's 1998 Mercury set "Vertical Man" and co…

  6. Anger Management Tour Rolls Out 30+ Dates

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here last month, Eminem, Papa Roach, Xzibit, Ludacris, and the X-Ecutioners have signed on for the second Anger Management tour, kicking off July 18 in Buffalo, N.Y. Bionic Jive, Obie As first tipped here last month, Eminem, Papa Roach, Xzibit, Ludacris, and the X-Ecutioners…

  7. Bonnaroo Fest Bolsters Lineup

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Two Grateful Dead principals and a host of hip-hop and DJ acts have been added to the lineup for the inaugural Bonnaroo festival, set for June 21-23 in Manchester, Tenn. Dead bassist Phil Lesh will be Two Grateful Dead principals and a host of hip-hop and DJ acts have been added to the lineup…

  8. Yes: Wakeman In The Fold For Summer Tour

    May 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Although he has said many times that it was "unlikely," keyboardist Rick Wakeman has once again rejoined classic progressive rock act Yes, and will be with the band on its summer North American tour. Although he has said many times that it was "unlikely," keyboardist Rick…

  9. Rosey Soars On Debut Album

    May 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Making music was the last thing on her mind when self-proclaimed "East Coast gal" Rosey packed up her things and moved to Los Angeles. The Connecticut native had landed what she considered an "ultimat Making music was the last thing on her mind when self-proclaimed "East…

  10. 20TunesOnTV

    May 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 13-19, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday Monday, May 13 "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC Featured Artists: Diana Krall (also scheduled: Noah Wyle, Earvin "Magic" Johnson). "Last Call With…

  11. The Hummingbirds

    May 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Highly regarded as both Jones-meets-Jagger, singer and powerful songwriter Jim Lauderdale has long had the respect of his peers while operating largely under the commercial radar. Highly regarded as both Jones-meets-Jagger, singer and powerful songwriter Jim Lauderdale has long had the…

  12. Sensual Journey

    May 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Take some time and forget about time." That line from the spoken-word prologue to album track "Maybe" outlines exactly what will happen when listeners take this disc—Downing's GRP debut&#x2014 "Take some time and forget about time." That line from the…

  13. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on David Cassidy, Ashanti, and Garth Brooks. D.C. TALK: Just in time to mark the 30th anniversary of his solo debut on the Billboard album chart, David Cassidy enters The Billboard 200 at No. 147 with "Then and Now" (UTV/Decca). It's the fourth solo Cassidy…

  14. Jewel To Boost Artists In Her 'Soul City Cafe'

    May 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Jewel has established a program dubbed Soul City Cafe to expose up-and-coming musicians and spoken word artists. Aspects of the plan include a showcase segment during Jewel's upcomin Singer/songwriter Jewel has established a program dubbed Soul City Cafe to expose up…

  15. Grisman, Bush Set For 'JamGrass' Festival Tour

    May 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Acoustic and improvisational music will return to the summer festival circuit this summer with the launch of the inaugural JamGrass 2002 tour. The run will feature the David Grisman Quintet, the Sam B Acoustic and improvisational music will return to the summer festival circuit this summer…

  16. Papa Roach Plans Pre-'Anger' Tour

    May 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Papa Roach has lined up an 18-date tour in advance of its previously announced stint on the Anger Management trek with Eminem, Ludacris, and the X-Ecutioners. The dates began last night (May 7) in Mod Papa Roach has lined up an 18-date tour in advance of its previously announced stint on the…

  17. Songwriter Otis Blackwell Dies

    May 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs -- including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return to Sender" "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley -- died yesterday (May 6) of a heart attack. He was 70. Blackwell wrote Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs --…

  18. Stones' 40th Anniversary Tour Bows In Beantown

    May 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones will announce 32 dates for its year-long, 40th anniversary world tour today (May 7) at a press conference in New York's Van Cortland Park, Billboard Bulletin reports. The tour kicks The Rolling Stones will announce 32 dates for its year-long, 40th anniversary world…

  19. That's Why I Sing This Way

    May 04, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Singer's singer Daryle Singletary bravely takes on some of country's finest stylists and best-loved songs with this nod to the greats that sidesteps the obvious and goes for the best. Singer's singer Daryle Singletary bravely takes on some of country's finest stylists and…

  20. TunesOnTV

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT TV Listings for May 6-12, 2002 Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, MAY 6 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: Norah Jones (also scheduled Mary Tyler Moore, the latest evictee from "Survivor: Marquesas"). "…

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