1. Country Legend Johnny Russell Dies

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died of complications relating to diabetes this morning (July 3) in a hospital outside of Nashville. He was 61. Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died of complications relating to diabetes this morning (July…

  2. 'Sounds Of Detroit' Lineup Announced

    July 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As the Detroit 300th birthday party nears, details of the July 20-22 music events at the city's Hart Plaza are taking shape. As the Detroit 300th birthday party nears, details of the July 20-22 music events at the city's Hart Plaza are taking shape. As previously reported , Stevie…

  3. Marc Almond Steps Into The Light.

    July 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Marc Almond has always lurked in the shadows, waxing poetic about dark fantasies and brooding over bittersweet affairs. So it comes as something of a shock to hear "Glorious," the first single from hi Marc Almond has always lurked in the shadows, waxing poetic about dark fantasies…

  4. Trust No One

    June 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Famed for his guitar-hero stints with Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Navarro offers a remarkably effective first effort as a solo artist. Famed for his guitar-hero stints with Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Navarro offers a remarkably effective first effort…

  5. Chart Beat Bonus

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Usher, Dave Matthews Band, Faith Hill, Diane Warren SWEET SIXTEEN: Thanks to an impressive debut at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, Usher's "U Remind Me" (Arista) rockets 21-1 on The Billboard Hot 100, giving the R&B star his second No. 1 hit…

  6. Courtney Love Wins Round In Cobain Song Fight

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A King County (Wash.) Superior Court judge earlier in June granted Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, an injunction against the release of a song recorded by Cobain with Nirvana before his death in 1 A King County (Wash.) Superior Court judge earlier in June granted Kurt Cobain's…

  7. Billboard Bits: Michael Jackson, WXPN, Russell Crowe

    June 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Michael Jackson, WXPN Singer Songwriter fest, Russell Crowe Michael Jackson is expected to help in the search for Sabrina Aisenberg, who vanished from her crib as an infant nearly four years ago. It seems a plea for help from parents Steve and Marlene Aisenberg has caught the…

  8. 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…

  9. Mekka Fest Unveils City-By-City Lineup

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Mekka festival has unveiled the lineup for each of the 10 cities it will hit this summer, beginning Aug. 4 in Detroit. As previously reported, the trek is highlighted by Roni Size, BT, P The inaugural Mekka festival has unveiled the lineup for each of the 10 cities it will hit…

  10. Anglo Files

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Gearing Up For Island Clubbing Island Clubbers Pack Their Cases With much of the U.K. and Europe now basking in a wave of summer sun, the island clubbing season is well underway. And with many British promoters expanding their horizons further afield than the established haunts of Ibiza,…

  11. Billboard Bits: Wiseguys, Shriekback, BET

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Wiseguys, Shriekback, BET Last year, Rykodisc introduced Nick Drake to a whole new audience following the use of "Pink Moon" in an advertisement for the Volkswagen Cabrio. Now, Mammoth is hoping for similar results with Britain's Wiseguys (led by producer Theo Keating),…

  12. Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Peter Case put this project together for Vanguard, motivated by the good sense that long ago made him a Mississippi John Hurt fan. Singer/songwriter Peter Case put this project together for Vanguard, motivated by the good sense that long ago made him a Mississippi John Hurt…

  13. Deftones Side Projects Blossom

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of last year's Maverick album "White Pony," side projects are keeping members of the Deftones busy. Vocalist Chino Moreno's Team Sleep's as-yet-untitled album was recorded last spring in In the wake of last year's Maverick album "White Pony,"…

  14. Billboard Bits: Napster/Grand Royal, Shaggy, T. Hip

    June 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Napster, Grand Royal, Shaggy, and Tragically Hip's Gordon Downie The Beastie Boys-run Grand Royal label has teamed with embattled file-swapping company Napster to promote Grand Royal artists online via free downloads. The first track available is "Smokewood," the title…

  15. Afro-Celt Sound System Teams With Plant, Gabriel For 3rd Set

    June 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Afro-Celt Sound System's James McNally has gotten used to his group's albums being stocked in a different department at every record store, from world to new age to dance and electronic. But whatever Afro-Celt Sound System's James McNally has gotten used to his group's…

  16. Billboard Bits: Nelly, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, and more

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Nelly, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Tenacious D Animated versions of Nelly and his rap collective St. Lunatics star in "Rip Van Nelly," a new online Macromedia Flash game. With a Rip Van Winkle-like premise, Nelly wakes up under the St. Louis Arch after a 20-year nap, and users…

  17. New Foo Fighters Album Taking Shape

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock titans Foo Fighters have begun recording demos for their fourth studio album, frontman Dave Grohl writes on the band's official Web site. "It looks like it won't be too long before we real Modern rock titans Foo Fighters have begun recording demos for their fourth…

  18. Hot Product

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing albums from Sisqo, Stone Tempe Pilots, Afro-Celt Sound System, Luther Vandross, Gorillaz, and more. 'Dragon' Song From platinum curls to corn rows, Sisqo is never one to stay the same for long. The Baltimore native aims to prove that he's more than merely a singer…

  19. Sisqo's 'Return' Aims To Best 'Thong'

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT From platinum curls to corn rows, Sisqo is never one to stay the same for long. The Baltimore native aims to prove that he's more than merely a singer with a love of thong lingerie on his sophomore so From platinum curls to corn rows, Sisqo is never one to stay the same for long. The…

  20. Viva Nueva

    June 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Growing up in Portland, Maine, the six members of Rustic Overtones were far enough from the big-city din to develop their own sound but close enough to absorb the diverse influences (rock, funk, hip-h Growing up in Portland, Maine, the six members of Rustic Overtones were far enough from the…

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