1. Backstreet Boys Sign On For NYC Benefit

    October 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Backstreet Boys are the latest high-profile addition to The Concert for New York, set for Oct. 20 at the city's Madison Square Garden. The boy band canceled a previously booked concert in San Dieg The Backstreet Boys are the latest high-profile addition to The Concert for New York ,…

  2. McCartney: New Album 'Simple And Satisfying'

    October 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney says returning to his usual bass playing duties on his new album, "Driving Rain," was "simple and satisfying." As previously reported, the set, McCartney's first since 1999's "Run Devil Paul McCartney says returning to his usual bass playing…

  3. Billboard Bits: MTV Europe, Manny Albam, Les Savy Fav

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV Europe, Manny Albam, Les Savy Fav Australian pop songstress/current U.K. chart queen Kylie Minogue and modern rockers R.E.M. are the latest artists signed to perform live at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 8 in Frankfurt, Germany. Minogue and R.E.M.,…

  4. Billie Holiday Celebrated With Brand New 'Lady Day'

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT For various cultural and commercial reasons, Billie Holiday's later years with Commodore, American Decca, and Verve have garnered more attention than the early years of her career, not only in recent American pop music abounds in tragic icons-artists such as Robert Johnson, Hank Williams…

  5. Kylie Reigns Supreme On U.K. Charts

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue now has command of the U.K. album chart as well as the singles survey. Parlophone's Australian pop figurehead (who won two titles last week at her native country's ARIA Awards) started a Kylie Minogue now has command of the U.K. album chart as well as the singles…

  6. Merchant Plans Tour Behind 'Motherland'

    October 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Natalie Merchant has begun lining up dates for a tour in support of her forthcoming fourth solo album, "Motherland," due Nov. 13 on Elektra. Dates currently are set to begin Oct. 27 in Minneapolis and Natalie Merchant has begun lining up dates for a tour in support of her…

  7. It's All About the Stragglers

    October 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT When this debut album was recorded and released in its homeland, pioneering U.K. When this debut album was recorded and released in its homeland, pioneering U.K. garage act Artful Dodger was a duo, comprising Mark Hill and Pete Devereux. Earlier this year, Devereux ended his musical…

  8. Tomcats Screaming Outside

    October 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Best-known as half of the hit-making '80s British duo Tears for Fears, Roland Orzabal comes into his own on his latest solo effort. Best-known as half of the hit-making '80s British duo Tears for Fears, Roland Orzabal comes into his own on his latest solo effort. This modern rock…

  9. Blondie, Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat, Autoamerican, The Hunter

    October 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT For many, this fan included, Blondie (as well as acts like the Talking Heads) defined the genre-bending and -blurring era (1976-'82) when punk gave way to disco then morphed into new wave. BLONDIE Blondie REISSUE PRODUCER: Kevin Flaherty ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Richard Gottehrer Chrysalis…

  10. Usher, So Solid Crew Lead MOBO Awards

    October 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Usher and So Solid Crew took top honors at the U.K.'s sixth annual MOBO Awards, presented last night (Oct. 4) at the London Arena. The acts won two awards each. So Solid Crew won for best U.K. garage Usher and So Solid Crew took top honors at the U.K.'s sixth annual MOBO Awards,…

  11. Billboard Bits: U2, Monster Jam 2001, Teenage Fanclub

    October 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on U2, Monster Jam 2001, Teenage Fanclub U2 has invited the world to the kick-off the third leg of its Elevation tour on Wednesday (Oct. 10) in South Bend, Ind., for a Webcast via RealNetworks and European Internet communications company Tiscali. Set to begin at 9 p.m. ET, the free…

  12. Jay-Z Makes It Three In A Row At No. 1

    October 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG) is No. 1 for a third straight week atop The Billboard 200, despite suffering a 36% sales decline to 174,000 units, according to SoundScan. In a week Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG) is No. 1…

  13. EMI Inks Content Deal With Pressplay

    October 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT EMI Recorded Music, home to such artists as Radiohead, Paul McCartney, and David Bowie, has agreed to license its repertoire to Pressplay, the online music subscription service being developed by Univ EMI Recorded Music, home to such artists as Radiohead, Paul McCartney, and David Bowie, has…

  14. More Superstars Confirmed For 'Concert for New York'

    October 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rock artists Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, and Billy Joel are among those newly confirmed to participate in the Concert for New York, set for Oct. 20 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Latin su Veteran rock artists Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, and Billy Joel are among those newly…

  15. New De La Soul Set Due In December

    October 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Veteran hip-hop trio De La Soul will release its new Tommy Boy album, "Bionix," on Dec. 4. The set is the second in a planned trilogy under the "Art Official Intelligence" moniker, and follows the 200 Veteran hip-hop trio De La Soul will release its new Tommy Boy album, …

  16. Billboard Bits: Dave Matthews, Top Of The Pops, and more

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Dave Matthews, Top Of The Pops, and more Dave Matthews will play a solo show Oct. 25 at the Union Chapel in London as part of the Q Awards Week of Gigs, marking the magazine's annual awards show, set for Oct. 29. Despite their multi-million selling success in North America,…

  17. More Artists, Songs Confirmed For Lennon Tribute

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rufus Wainwright and Craig David are among the acts that have been added to the lineup for the John Lennon tribute, "Come Together: A Night For John Lennon's Words & Music, Dedicated to New York C Rufus Wainwright and Craig David are among the acts that have been added to the…

  18. Update: Top Stars Sign On For 'New York' Benefit

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney will headline a benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., and has invited some of the biggest names in the music world to join him. McCartney's U.K. spo Paul McCartney will headline a benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist…

  19. McGuinn Returns To Folk Roots On 'Treasures'

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As the leader of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn spent much of the '60s reconstructing folk music by applying to it the backbeat and textures of rock. More than three decades later, he is performing an almos As the leader of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn spent much of the '60s reconstructing…

  20. Gorillaz Grab Six MTV Europe Nominations

    September 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Gorillaz, the cartoon band fronted by Blur's Damon Albarn and featuring a host of guest stars, grabbed six nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be handed out Nov. 8 at the Festhalle in Fran Gorillaz, the cartoon band fronted by Blur's Damon Albarn and featuring a host of…

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