1. Nappy Roots Pay Homage To Southern Heritage

    January 15, 2002 12:00 AM EST Nearly four years after signing with Atlantic Records, Bowling Green, Ky.-based hip-hop collective Nappy Roots is seeing the light of day. The sextet's long-awaited debut, "Watermelon, Chicken, and Gr Nearly four years after signing with Atlantic Records, Bowling Green, Ky.-based…

  2. Hot Product

    January 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, the "A Walk to Remember" soundtrack, and more. This Is A Long 'Drive' Alan Jackson was well into work on his new Arista Nashville album, "Drive," when the events of Sept. 11 intervened. Several weeks later,…

  3. WEST END RECORDS: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION MASTERMIX

    January 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST One year before Saturday Night Fever pushed disco into the mainstream, New York City-based West End Records was born. One year before Saturday Night Fever pushed disco into the mainstream, New York City-based West End Records was born. Founded by Mel Cheren and Ed Kushins—who befriended each…

  4. New Waits Songs On Bluesy 'Big Bad Love' Soundtrack

    January 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Two new songs from gravel-voiced singer/songwriter Tom Waits will grace the blues-heavy soundtrack to the upcoming film "Big Bad Love." The artist contributes "Long Way Home" and "Jayne's Blue Wish" t Two new songs from gravel-voiced singer/songwriter Tom…

  5. Dylan, Diamond, Dixie Chicks Set For RodeoHouston

    January 10, 2002 12:00 AM EST More than 30 artists, ranging from country (Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn) to classic rock (Bob Dylan, Styx, REO Speedwagon), R&B (Destiny's Child, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige), More than 30 artists, ranging from country (Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Brooks &…

  6. Lounge Music Icon Esquivel Dead At 83

    January 10, 2002 12:00 AM EST Composer/band leader/pianist and lounge-music icon Juan Garcia Esquivel died Jan. 3 in Jiutepec, Mexico, following a stroke, Billboard Bulletin reports. He was 83. Esquivel, who used only his surname Composer/band leader/pianist and lounge-music icon Juan Garcia Esquivel died Jan. 3 in…

  7. Newsted's EchoBrain Sets March Release

    January 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST The eponymous debut album from EchoBrain, the trio formed by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, will see a U.S. release on March 5 through Chophouse/Surfdog Records. Produced, recorded, and mixed The eponymous debut album from EchoBrain, the trio formed by former Metallica bassist Jason…

  8. Tunes on TV

    January 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST TV Listings for Jan. 7 - Jan 13, 2002 MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2002 "Ally McBeal," Fox Featured Artists: Mariah Carey, Vonda Shepard. "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher," ABC Featured Artist: Kid Rock. "Last Call with Carson Daly," NBC Featured Artist: Alicia Keys. …

  9. Cher Offers 'Living Proof'

    January 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST When Cher entered a London studio to record "(This Is) A Song for the Lonely" last summer, she had no idea that the tune would resonate as intensely as it does during these days of political unrest. When Cher entered a London studio to record "(This Is) A Song for the Lonely…

  10. U2, Arie, Keys Snare Top Grammy Nominations

    January 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rock veterans U2 lead the field with eight nominations for the 44th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out Feb. 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. R&B newcomer India.Arie was close behind wi Rock veterans U2 lead the field with eight nominations for the 44th annual Grammy Awards, to…

  11. Charges Reduced Against Manson

    January 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST A Clarkston, Mich., judge has reduced a charge against Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner) from criminal sexual conduct to disorderly conduct in connection with a July concert. Manson was... A Clarkston, Mich., judge has reduced a charge against Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner)…

  12. BT Studio Robbed Of Album Masters

    December 28, 2001 12:00 AM EST The studio belonging to veteran producer/DJ BT (real name: Brian Transeau) was robbed over Christmas break. Thieves escaped with all of Transeau's studio equipment -- valued at more than $100,000 -- a The studio belonging to veteran producer/DJ BT (real name: Brian Transeau) was robbed…

  13. Gin Blossoms Reuniting In Arizona

    December 26, 2001 12:00 AM EST Modern rock act the Gin Blossoms, which rose from Tempe, Ariz., nightclubs in the early '90s to platinum-selling album success before disbanding in 1997, is scheduled to appear at Nita's Hideaway in T Modern rock act the Gin Blossoms, which rose from Tempe, Ariz., nightclubs in the…

  14. Oldham Still 'Rolling' With The Stones

    December 26, 2001 12:00 AM EST marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Rolling Stones. The pioneering U.K. rockers will almost certainly be performing to mark this milestone, and the inevitable media hoopla will ens 2002 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Rolling Stones. The pioneering U.K.…

  15. Tunes On TV

    December 24, 2001 12:00 AM EST TV Listings For Dec. 24-Dec. 30, 2001 MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2001 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artists: Sarah Brightman, Martina McBride. "Destiny's Child Live," MTV Featured Artist: Destiny's Child. "Hollywood Squares," Syndicated…

  16. The 'Great' Journey Of Willie Nelson

    December 17, 2001 12:00 AM EST Upon a casual listen, Willie Nelson's forthcoming Lost Highway album, "The Great Divide," sounds like it could be pages ripped from the Red-Headed Stranger's road-worn journal. Themes of passionate re Upon a casual listen, Willie Nelson's forthcoming Lost Highway…

  17. Tunes On TV

    December 17, 2001 12:00 AM EST TV Listings for Dec. 17-23, 2001 MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2001 "'Twas the Night," HBO Featured Artists: Nat "King" Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Los Lobos, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, Macy Gray. "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artist: Britney Spears …

  18. Billboard Bits: Talib Kweli/Mos Def, Joey Ramone, Afu-Ra, Joe Walsh

    December 14, 2001 12:00 AM EST Stories on Talib Kweli/Mos Def, Joey Ramone, Afu-Ra, and Joe Walsh. The Nkiru Center for Education and Culture, Inc., founded by hip-hop artists Talib Kweli and Mos Def to promote literacy and use the arts, education, history, and science to promote culture, will host its inaugural benefit…

  19. Keys Snares 7 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

    December 12, 2001 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys leads the field with seven music-related nominations for the 2001 NAACP Image Awards, to be presented Feb. 23 in Hollywood and broadcast March 1 on Fox. Keys picked up nominations for outs Alicia Keys leads the field with seven music-related nominations for the 2001 NAACP Image…

  20. New Foo, Offspring Songs Lead 'Orange County'

    December 11, 2001 12:00 AM EST The pop-laden soundtrack to the Paramount Pictures/MTV Films movie "Orange County," due Dec. 18 from Columbia, will sport new singles from the Offspring and Foo Fighters. The set, which arrives three The pop-laden soundtrack to the Paramount Pictures/MTV Films movie "Orange…

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