1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions on Erma Franklin, "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, No. 1 singles in Europe and the U.S., criteria for ranking top artists of all-ti REMEMBERING ERMA Fred, I was saddened to learn of the death of Erma…

  2. 38ask

    September 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers questions about Pink, Blondie, and LL Cool J. A PORTRAIT OF PINK Keith, When will Pink's fourth single from "M!ssundaztood," "Family Portrait," be aired on the radio or be released? I heard it was Oct. 1 and then I also heard Sept. 17.…

  3. NGDB Ensures 'Circle' Remains Unbroken

    September 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. It was 30 years ago when a young band of longhaired musicians from the West Coast teamed with some of country music's legendary veterans to record "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," a landmark project that crossed boundaries and…

  4. Americana Awards Honor Music Greats

    September 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Held Friday night in Nashville, the Americana Music Association's (AMA) inaugural Americana Awards honored the likes of Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and producer/artist T Bone Burnett, while Cash and Held Friday night in Nashville, the Americana Music Association's (AMA) inaugural…

  5. Americana Music Association 2002 Awards Winners

    September 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Americana Music Association 2002 Awards Winners The Americana Music Association's inaugural Americana Awards were presented Sept. 13, 2002, in Nashville at an event hosted by Jason Ringenberg, leader of Jason & the Scorchers. Artist of the year: Jim Lauderdale Album of the year:…

  6. Tillis To Tour Again

    September 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran country artist Mel Tillis says he's going to begin touring again beginning next year. This after a 45-year career that has yielded more than 60 albums. The 70-year-old entertainer has a full s Veteran country artist Mel Tillis says he's going to begin touring again beginning…

  7. This Day in Music

    September 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>The U.S. music industry goes into a state of near-total paralysis following the deadly terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The se 2001 - The U.S. music industry goes into a state of near-total paralysis…

  8. Box Set, Best Of Celebrate 20 Years Of Iron Maiden

    September 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. heavy metal act Iron Maiden will survey its 20-year history with a six-disc box set of live material and a single-disc best-of set, each due Nov. 5 via Columbia (and a day earlier interna Veteran U.K. heavy metal act Iron Maiden will survey its 20-year history with a six-disc box…

  9. Merlefest Sets 2003 Lineup

    September 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Bruce Hornsby, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are among the luminaries who will grace the stage at Merlefest 2003. Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Bruce Hornsby, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are among the luminaries who will grace the…

  10. Hot Product

    September 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new releases from Pam Tillis, the Replacements, and more. 'Relative' Ways On her debut album for Sony's Lucky Dog label, "It's All Relative -- Tillis Sings Tillis," Pam Tillis is carrying on the family tradition. For this tribute to her legendary…

  11. GREAT CONDUCTORS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

    August 31, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The mid-20th-century was a Golden Age for orchestral conductors—a fact underlined by today's dearth of larger-than-life maestros. The mid-20th-century was a Golden Age for orchestral conductors—a fact underlined by today's dearth of larger-than-life maestros. As a surpassing follow…

  12. Blind Boys Tread 'Higher Ground' On Tour

    August 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The seemingly constantly touring Blind Boys Of Alabama have a set a fall trek with a number of high-profile dates, including a Sept. 19 performance at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif., and The seemingly constantly touring Blind Boys Of Alabama have a set a fall trek with a number…

  13. Tribute Is 'All Relative' For Pam Tillis

    August 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On her debut album for Sony's Lucky Dog label, "It's All Relative - Tillis Sings Tillis," Pam Tillis is carrying on the family tradition. For this tribute to her legendary father, Mel, Tillis puts her own creative stamp on…

  14. The Kiss

    August 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT After strong sales of this female threesome's first two albums, the group—Chanelle Harris, Angel Taylor, and Adrian Anderson—delivers what should easily be its major breakthrough project After strong sales of this female threesome's first two albums, the group—Chanelle Harris, Angel…

  15. Blues Cruise Struggles In Post-9/11 Climate

    August 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT While most -- if not all -- in the U.S. concert business are feeling the bite of a post-Sept. 11 marketplace, few could claim to be as badly bitten as the operators of the New York City Blues Cruise. While most -- if not all -- in the U.S. concert business are feeling the bite of a post-Sept.…

  16. 20 Years Later, Thompson Returns To The Road

    August 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Come Oct. 5, Linda Thompson will embark on her first U.S. tour in two decades. The veteran folk singer/songwriter will be on the road in support of the recently released "Fashionably Late" (Rounder), Come Oct. 5, Linda Thompson will embark on her first U.S. tour in two decades. The…

  17. Artists Head South For 'Austin City Limits' Festival

    August 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Wilco, Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Vaughan, and Kelly Willis are among the more than 60 artists that will be on hand for the inaugural Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for Sept. 28-29 in the Texas ca Wilco, Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Vaughan, and Kelly Willis are among the more than 60 artists…

  18. 2002 International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees

    August 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees Here are the nominees for the 2002 International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be handed out Oct. 17 in Louisville, Ky.: Entertainer of the year: Alison Krauss & Union Station Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver The Del McCoury Band Ricky…

  19. Evolver Unearths Unreleased Buckley Tracks

    August 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Evolver Entertainment/Knitting Factory Records has unearthed 11 previously unreleased tracks featuring the late Jeff Buckley in collaboration with noted guitarist/Gods & Monsters principal Gary Lu Evolver Entertainment/Knitting Factory Records has unearthed 11 previously unreleased tracks…

  20. Madonna's 'Swept Away' Due In October

    August 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The film "Swept Away," starring Madonna and directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie, will open Oct. 11 in U.S. theaters. The movie was initially titled "Love, Sex, Drugs, and Death," and is based on the The film "Swept Away," starring Madonna and directed by her…

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