1. Michael Jackson's Racism Charges Debated

    July 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson, seemingly on a self-appointed crusade for the rights of black artists, may have trouble finding sympathy among other members of the African-American music community, Billboard reports Michael Jackson, seemingly on a self-appointed crusade for the rights of black artists, may…

  2. 'Lost' & Found: Aimee Mann

    July 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Aimee Mann is not quite the depressed, tortured artist that her recordings might indicate her to be. "It's a fair assumption, I suppose," she says with a smile. "I do write a fair amount of dark material." But Mann notes…

  3. Springsteen Tix On Sale This Weekend

    July 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Updating yesterday's (July 10) report about Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming tour, in support of his Columbia album "The Rising," tickets for six of the trek's 39 North American shows will go on sale S Updating yesterday's (July 10) report about Bruce Springsteen&…

  4. Rapper Fat Joe Booked For Assault

    July 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Fat Joe (real name: Joseph Cartagena) was booked yesterday afternoon (July 10) for assault after turning himself in to New York police. According to police, the rapper and members of his entour Rapper Fat Joe (real name: Joseph Cartagena) was booked yesterday afternoon (July 10) for…

  5. Mario Aims Wide With J Records Debut

    July 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Just because he's young, don't dismiss Mario as another teen artist. According to J Records chief Clive Davis, Mario is special in that he also possesses adult appeal. "Yes, he's 15, and teens and younger kids like him,"…

  6. Nelly's 'Nellyville' Nails No. 1 Again

    July 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For a second straight week, the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 has been renamed "Nellyville." The latest Universal set from rapper Nelly notched another week at the top after selling 447,000 copi For a second straight week, the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 has been…

  7. Knoc-turn'al Sees The Light With Mini-Album

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT West Coast rapper and Dr. Dre protege Knoc-turn'al has set a July 30 release date for his Elektra debut, the mini-album "L.A. Confidential Presents Knoc-turn'al." The six-track disc is planned as an a West Coast rapper and Dr. Dre protege Knoc-turn'al has set a July…

  8. Springsteen & E Street Set 'Rising' Tour

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT In support of the forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will kick off a tour Aug. 7 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The itinerary In support of the forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," Bruce…

  9. Los Lobos Wake Up 'Aztlan'

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Few people would expect an act that has been together for almost 30 years, sold millions of albums, and won three Grammy Awards to doubt itself. But when the members of Los Lobos -- hardly just another band from East Los Angeles -- gathered to…

  10. Molson Brings Summer Snow, Music

    July 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Filter, Jimmy Eat World, Unwritten Law, and Default are just a few of the acts that will be taking part on various dates of the forthcoming North American Molson Snow Jam The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Filter, Jimmy Eat World, Unwritten Law, and Default are just a…

  11. Essence Fest Draws Biggest Crowds Ever

    July 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT New Orleans' Essence Music Festival posted the highest attendance in its eight-year history with some 223,000 people taking part in the three-day celebration of African culture and music. New Orleans' Essence Music Festival posted the highest attendance in its eight-year history…

  12. Mike Myers Considers Keith Moon Flick

    July 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers is discussing the possibility of starring in a new movie about founding drummer of the Who, Keith Moon. Myers and Who frontman Roger Daltrey have discussed plans for a "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers is discussing the possibility of starring…

  13. 'The Barbershop' Boasts Fresh Cuts

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music by Fabolous, P. Diddy, Jagged Edge, Glenn Lewis, and Amel Larrieux will grace the upcoming Epic soundtrack to "The Barbershop." Due Aug. 27, the set is led by the single "Stingy" by Ginuwine, wh Music by Fabolous, P. Diddy, Jagged Edge, Glenn Lewis, and Amel Larrieux…

  14. Phil Collins Returns To 'Testify'

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo album in six years, "Testify," due Nov. 12 from Atlantic. "Testify" marks the first release of new Collins music since the 1999 Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo…

  15. Hot Product

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dolly Parton, Counting Crows, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and more. 'Way' Down Yonder Singer Anthony Kiedis experienced the full range of a relationship's emotions while crafting the Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest Warner…

  16. Hornsby Eschews Trademark Sound For 'Big Swing Face'

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. With his first studio album since last year's live "Bring on the Noisemakers," Bruce Hornsby recognizes that he's taken a dramatic stylistic turn. "They certainly won't accuse us of standing still," says Hornsby…

  17. Smith's 'MiBII' Sets Holiday Box Office Record

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Men in Black II" blasted the record books on the July Fourth holiday, vaporizing an estimated $90 million since its release last Wednesday and an estimated $54.1 million during the three-day weekend "Men in Black II" blasted the record books on the July Fourth holiday,…

  18. Project Pat Seeks New Weapons Trial

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Project Pat (real name: Patrick Houston), recently convicted on federal weapons charges, is seeking a new trial, claiming that the judge and jury were improperly influenced by his lyrics. The h Rapper Project Pat (real name: Patrick Houston), recently convicted on federal weapons…

  19. Oasis Has The Right 'Chemistry' At No. 1

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Oasis is back at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, as its fifth studio set "Heathen Chemistry" (Big Brother) ousted Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Interscope/Polydor) from the top spot yesterday (July 7). M Oasis is back at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, as its fifth studio…

  20. Born to Reign

    July 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Will Smith was first a rapper, then an actor. Now he's known as an actor who raps. Confused? Don't be. Will Smith was first a rapper, then an actor. Now he's known as an actor who raps. Confused? Don't be. Smith is capable of doing both, as evidenced on Born to Reign, his…

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