1. Joy Williams

    August 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Don't be fooled by the cover of this CD. Don't be fooled by the cover of this CD. Although the image may be of just another pretty, fresh-faced teen ingénue, the music within showcases a new artist with an impressive vocal gift and songs with a light beat but a deep message. Her…

  2. Pearl Jam, R.E.M. Lead Massive Hunger Benefit

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger benefit concert for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 22 at Seattle's Key Arena. The show Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger…

  3. Chris Whitley Takes A New Stand

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Like many a bluesman of yore, Chris Whitley has faced his share of demons -- and stared at least most of them down. Since his still-revered Columbia debut of 10 years ago, "Living With the Law," the T Like many a bluesman of yore, Chris Whitley has faced his share of demons -- and…

  4. Sneaker Pimps Sign With Tommy Boy

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT U.K. electronic rock act Sneaker Pimps has signed a four-album worldwide deal with Tommy Boy Music, Billboard Bulletin reports. The first album under the deal, "Bloodsports," is due Oct. 30, featuring U.K. electronic rock act Sneaker Pimps has signed a four-album worldwide deal with…

  5. Tour To Celebrate Jazz Legends

    July 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove will celebrate the music and lives of late jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis with a U.S. tour dubbed Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove…

  6. Artists To Perform For Breast Cancer Research

    July 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Third Eye Blind, the Deftones, Sugar Ray, Liz Phair, and Crazy Town are among the artists who will perform at Breathe, the inaugural breast cancer benefit organized by the Step Up Women's Network and Third Eye Blind, the Deftones, Sugar Ray, Liz Phair, and Crazy Town are among the…

  7. Jackson Tribute Adds Destiny, Liza, Monica

    July 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B acts Destiny's Child and Monica, along with legendary performer Liza Minnelli, have been added to the lineup for the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concerts at New York's Madison Square Gard R&B acts Destiny's Child and Monica, along with legendary performer Liza…

  8. Hot Product

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from 'N Sync, the 'Violator' compilation, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Joe Strummer, and more. 'Celebrity' Sleuth "The truth is that it can be tiresome to be continually blasted by critics because we don't fit their preconceived notion of…

  9. Lauryn Hill Goes 'Unplugged'

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Armed only by a guitar, R&B star Lauryn Hill recently taped a performance for MTV's revived "Unplugged" series, recording entirely new songs from her as-yet-untitled sophomore effort for Columbia. Armed only by a guitar, R&B star Lauryn Hill recently taped a performance…

  10. Band Vibe Brings Joe Strummer Alive

    July 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Most artists get a little nervous once they've finished an album and are waiting for feedback from friends, their record label, critics, and others. But, with his third solo album, "Global a Go-Go" (d Most artists get a little nervous once they've finished an album and are…

  11. Billboard Bits: Napster, Phish, DMB

    July 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Napster, Phish, and the Dave Mathews Band. Napster says it will use security technology from Los Angeles-based PlayMedia to operate the digital music player in its new subscription offering, which is set to roll out later this summer. PlayMedia has developed and is helping to…

  12. 'Philip On Film': Glass Continues To Score

    July 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Beginning this summer and continuing well into 2002, Philip Glass' cinematic oeuvre will be celebrated with major premieres, an eight-city fall tour, and a deluxe retrospective boxed set from Nonesuch Since the curtain first rose on the cinematic art form, composers of classical music…

  13. 'Superhero' McKnight Plans U.S. Tour

    July 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Brian McKnight will kick off a U.S. tour Sept. 19 in Cleveland. Confirmed dates for the intimate theatre tour extend through Nov. 18 in Jacksonville, Fla., although the run is expected R&B singer Brian McKnight will kick off a U.S. tour Sept. 19 in Cleveland. Confirmed…

  14. Mariah, Jane's, TLC, Busta For MTV's 20th

    July 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey is confirmed to headline MTV's 20th anniversary concert, dubbed "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal," which will air live Aug. 1 on the music network from New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Other Mariah Carey is confirmed to headline MTV's 20th anniversary…

  15. Drawn From Life

    July 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Over the years, Brian Eno has taken ambience into abstraction on such albums as 1997's The Drop and a more recent series of limited-edition releases drawn from his visual installation projects. Over the years, Brian Eno has taken ambience into abstraction on such albums as 1997's…

  16. Jagged Little Thrill

    July 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Apparently having its sophomore effort hit No.1 last year was not enough for Jagged Edge. Apparently having its sophomore effort hit No.1 last year was not enough for Jagged Edge. The Atlanta-based quartet—Kyle Norman, Richard Wingo, and brothers Brandon and Brian Casey—returns with its…

  17. Beach Boys' Jardine Sues Bandmates

    July 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Original Beach Boys member Al Jardine has sued his former band mates for about $4 million, claiming they excluded him from recent concerts, his attorney said. "Jardine claims he has been frozen out of Original Beach Boys member Al Jardine has sued his former band mates for about $4…

  18. Exclusive: 'N Sync Shoulders The Burden Of 'Celebrity'

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 'N Sync is ready for a little respect. The group sold 14 million copies of 2000's "No Strings Attached" worldwide, according to Jive Records. It set a SoundScan record by selling 2.4 million copies in 'N Sync is ready for a little respect. The group sold 14 million…

  19. Billboard Bits: Erick Sermon, Henry Rollins, Pat Green

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Erick Sermon, EPMD, Henry Rollins, Pat Green As tipped here earlier this month , Erick Sermon has left Def Jam and signed a joint venture agreement with Clive Davis' new J Records label, encompassing both a solo and production deal with Sermon's Def Squad Records. The artist…

  20. Jagged Edge Embarks On 'Thrill' Ride

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Still riding the momentum of its popular 2000 sophomore release "J.E. Heartbreak" -- which spawned three hit R&B singles, including "Let's Get Married" -- the Jagged Edge is excited about this wee Jagged Edge is definitely taking the adage "strike while the…

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