1. Charges Against P. Diddy Dismissed

    September 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' traffic stop on South Beach's Ocean Drive during Easter weekend won't cost him any more than the bills from his two lawyers. Combs' legal team won dismissal today (Sept. 5) of a Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' traffic stop on South…

  2. Billboard Bits: Kamaal, Sarah Shannon, Wyclef Jean

    September 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Kamaal, Sarah Shannon, Wyclef Jean Arista's release of "Kamaal the Abstract" by rapper Kamaal (who as Q-Tip was the former leader of rap act A Tribe Called Quest) has been bumped from Oct. 23 to January. According to a label spokesperson, the artist is in the midst of…

  3. Tom McRae

    August 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Tom McRae's melancholy debut album frames the small-town lad's ample discontent with somber melodies and stripped-down instrumentation. British singer/songwriter Tom McRae's melancholy debut album frames the small-town lad's ample discontent with…

  4. Source Mag Co-Owner Arrested

    August 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Raymond E. Scott, co-owner of the magazine that staged the Source Hip Hop Music Awards in Miami Beach, Fla., was arrested the day after the ceremony after a run-in with a police officer. Scott, 36, wa Raymond E. Scott, co-owner of the magazine that staged the Source Hip Hop Music Awards in…

  5. Nate Dogg Draws Probation For Firearm Charge

    August 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possessing an unmarked firearm. On Tuesday, a Norwalk, Rapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) was sentenced to three years probation…

  6. Amid Protest Concerns, Latin Grammys Shift To L.A.

    August 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT After a weekend of heated discussions among show organizers, city officials, and the local host committee, the second annual Latin Grammy awards, slated for Sept. 11, have been moved from Miami's Amer After a weekend of heated discussions among show organizers, city officials, and the…

  7. Reading USA Postponed Until 2002

    August 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Despite boasting Eminem's only planned U.S. appearance of the year, along with the promise of 11 hours of music on three stages, the inaugural Reading USA festival has been called off. "While being ha Despite boasting Eminem's only planned U.S. appearance of the year, along…

  8. Hot Product

    August 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new releases from Maxwell, Nathan Larson, Tom McRae, Bill Janovitz, Robbie Fulks, and more. 'Now' Or Never Maxwell is living in the moment. The self-described "perfectionist" reveals that he is learning to stop worrying about the future and trying to enjoy more…

  9. U.S. Launching New Album Prize

    August 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. is launching an award for the best albums of the year, the Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music, modeled after the U.K.'s Technics Mercury Music Prize, Billboard reports in its A The U.S. is launching an award for the best albums of the year, the Shortlist Prize for…

  10. Stay What You Are

    August 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Saves the Day's previous full-length album, 1999's Through Being Cool, was a major leap for the New Jersey punk rockers, showcasing the band's commercial potential without betraying its hardcore roots Saves the Day's previous full-length album, 1999's Through Being…

  11. Reading USA Fest Adds Six Acts

    August 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Half a dozen acts have been added to the inaugural Reading Festival USA, scheduled for Sept. 8 at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, N.J., and presented by U.K. concert promoter Mean Fidd Half a dozen acts have been added to the inaugural Reading Festival USA, scheduled for Sept.…

  12. U.K. Fave Tom McRae Makes U.S. Bow

    August 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT With his eponymous debut album -- a collection of deeply personal tunes dark enough to be dubbed "wrist-slashing" and "laceratingly bitter" by the British press -- Tom McRae knows he's teetering on th With his eponymous debut album -- a collection of deeply personal…

  13. Junior M.A.F.I.A. Members Arrested

    August 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Two members of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. and a bodyguard have been charged in connection with a shooting outside a New York deli, police said. Suif Jackson, 31, a bodyguard for the group, was ar Two members of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. and a bodyguard have been charged in…

  14. 'Suge' Knight Sprung From Slammer

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was released yesterday (Aug. 6) from a federal prison in Oregon after serving nearly five years behind bars. The 36-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records was re Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was released yesterday (Aug. 6)…

  15. Earth, Wind & Fire To Stress Healthcare On U.S. Tour

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Earth, Wind & Fire will celebrate its 30th anniversary next month with the Cool Blue September tour, due to launch Sept. 1 at the National Car Rental Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Sponsored by ph Earth, Wind & Fire will celebrate its 30th anniversary next month with the Cool Blue…

  16. Whitney Houston Inks $100 Million Arista Deal

    August 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston has signed a new, exclusive multi-album deal with Arista, valued at more than $100 million. The deal, which the label says is the biggest in its history, would appear to top Mariah Car Whitney Houston has signed a new, exclusive multi-album deal with Arista, valued at more…

  17. Skynyrd Tour Continues As Memorial To Wilkeson

    August 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Following Tuesday's funeral of bassist Leon Wilkeson, the surviving members of Lynyrd Skynrd decided to resume their summer tour as a traveling memorial to their fallen bandmate. The trek will resume Following Tuesday's funeral of bassist Leon Wilkeson, the surviving members of…

  18. Hot Product

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Blue Cantrell, Bilal, Sam Phillips, the Crystal Method, and more. 'Blu' In The Face For Arista newcomer Blu Cantrell, a serious car accident involving her sister opened the door to a musical career. The Providence, R.I., native went with her family to…

  19. Skynyrd's Leon Wilkeson Dies

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Leon Wilkeson, bassist of legendary southern rock act Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in his sleep Friday in his room at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He was 49. A St. Leon Wilkeson, bassist of legendary southern rock act Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in his sleep…

  20. Madonna, Husband Plan Film Collaboration

    July 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Madonna will star in her husband Guy Ritchie's next film, a spokesperson for the British director said today (July 27). Ritchie will direct his wife of eight months in a remake of the 1975 Italian lov Madonna will star in her husband Guy Ritchie's next film, a spokesperson for the…

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