1. Rings Around the World

    March 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST In the mood for some psychedelic pop-rock that draws from such iconic figures as Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Costello? Now, toss in some smartly placed electronic wizardry (as In the mood for some psychedelic pop-rock that draws from such iconic figures as Brian…

  2. Keith, Brooks & Dunn Lead ACM Nominees

    March 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST With six nominations each, Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith are the top contenders for the 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Both acts are nominated in the entertainer of the year cat With six nominations each, Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith are the top contenders for the…

  3. Makeba, Gubaidulina Win Polar Music Prize

    March 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST South African singer Miriam Makeba and Tatarstani avant garde composer Sofia Gubaidulina have been designated as the winners of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's annual Polar Music Prize. Sweden's South African singer Miriam Makeba and Tatarstani avant garde composer Sofia…

  4. Speak No Evil

    March 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST Now signed to RCA Nashville (expect a label debut later this year), Pinmonkey opted to deliver this indie release, revealing what a musically ambitious, seasoned, and instinctive outfit it is. Now signed to RCA Nashville (expect a label debut later this year), Pinmonkey opted to deliver this…

  5. Billboard Bits: Gorillaz/D12, Beth Orton, Mudhoney

    March 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Gorillaz/D12, Beth Orton, Mudhoney Detroit rap crew D12 -- sans its highest-profile member, Eminem -- made an appearance at Gorillaz' debut New York performance last night (Feb. 28) at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The other five members of the group -- Bizarre, Proof, Kon Artis,…

  6. Love's Labors Not Lost: Arthur Lee Out And About

    February 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST "The news today will be the movies for tomorrow, and look: we're going round and round and how could I forget they're locking them up today, they're throwing away the key -- I wonder who it will be to "The news today will be the movies for tomorrow, and look: we'…

  7. The Year's Model, Blood and Chocolate, Brutal Youth

    February 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST The second installment of Rhino's magnificent Elvis Costello two-CD catalog reissues (with each set's second disc including bonus material) focuses on the artist's harder-edged Attractions-generated r ELVIS COSTELLO This Year's Model REISSUE PRODUCERS: Gary Stewart and Val…

  8. Sugarcult Sweet On Tour, 'Van Wilder'

    January 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Santa Barbara, Calif.-based pop/punk act Sugarcult is in the midst of a two-month tour in support of its debut album, "Start Static" (Ultimatum Music). The group will also gain some added exposure wit Santa Barbara, Calif.-based pop/punk act Sugarcult is in the midst of a two-month…

  9. Hank Williams III Goes For 'Broke'

    January 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST Owning perhaps the most-revered pedigree in country music, Hank Williams III also possesses a fiercely independent streak that manifests itself well on his second Curb release, "Lovesick, Broke & Owning perhaps the most-revered pedigree in country music, Hank Williams III also…

  10. Costello Plans 'Cruel' 2002 Return

    December 13, 2001 12:00 AM EST The next page in Elvis Costello's storied career will turn with the April 23, 2002, release of "When I Was Cruel." Due out through Island, the album features frequent collaborators drummer Pete Thomas The next page in Elvis Costello's storied career will turn with the…

  11. Scarecrow

    November 24, 2001 12:00 AM EST Never accused of playing it safe (remember Chris Gaines?), Garth Brooks offers up a comparatively focused effort on Scarecrow, having zeroed in on his vocal strengths, Allen Reynolds' crystalline prod Never accused of playing it safe (remember Chris Gaines?), Garth Brooks offers up a…

  12. Billboard Bits: Madonna, Badly Drawn Boy, Smooth Jazz Benefit

    November 07, 2001 12:00 AM EST News on Madonna, Badly Drawn Boy, Smooth Jazz Benefit Madonna will preside over a Dec. 9 London ceremony to award the prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art. Four British artists have made the shortlist for the $30,000 prize, competition for which is open to native artists under 50 who…

  13. Avalanches Start A Landslide

    October 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT To get a feel for Australian dance/electronic five-piece the Avalanches, all one need do is view their video for "Frontier Psychiatrist." Lensed by Kuntz + Maguire for Propaganda Films, the visually s To get a feel for Australian dance/electronic five-piece the Avalanches, all one…

  14. Violinist Isaac Stern Dies At 81

    September 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Isaac Stern, the master violinist who saved Carnegie Hall from the wrecking ball, died Saturday. He was 81. Stern was one of the last great violinists of his generation and helped advance the careers Isaac Stern, the master violinist who saved Carnegie Hall from the wrecking ball, died…

  15. Permanent

    September 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Randy Crawford is the kind of singer who's so assured in her craft, she can open an album with barely a whisper—here, on a hauntingly romantic "Wild Is the Wind"—and still completely cap Randy Crawford is the kind of singer who's so assured in her craft, she can open an…

  16. 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."…

  17. Diana Krall's 'Look Of Love'

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Diana Krall, revered by critics and consumers alike as one of today's preeminent jazz singers, returns Sept. 18 with "The Look of Love" -- a Verve release that strives to broaden her creative palette Diana Krall, revered by critics and consumers alike as one of today's…

  18. 'N Sync's 'Celebrity' Tabbed 5X Platinum

    August 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Last week, exactly 30 days after its release, 'N Sync's Jive album "Celebrity" was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Released on July 24, the album Last week, exactly 30 days after its release, 'N Sync's Jive…

  19. Dave Matthews Band Preps New Live Album

    August 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band is planning an Oct. 23 release for its third live album, informatively titled "Live in Chicago 12/19/98." The two-disc, 16-song RCA set chronicles the group's performance at the cit Dave Matthews Band is planning an Oct. 23 release for its third live album,…

  20. Anthony, Beck Lead TNT's Lennon Tribute

    August 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony and Beck lead the list of artists who will celebrate the music of John Lennon during a TNT taping Sept. 20 at New York's historic Radio City Music Hall. "Come Together: A Night for John L Marc Anthony and Beck lead the list of artists who will celebrate the music of…

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