1. Okeeblow

    July 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The timing of Scapegoat Wax—the brainchild of Marty James—couldn't possibly be better. The timing of Scapegoat Wax—the brainchild of Marty James—couldn't possibly be better. The success of Uncle Kracker's "Follow Me" single and his Double Wide disc widens the…

  2. Neptunes Enter New Musical Galaxy With N*E*R*D

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Neptunes are everywhere. With five songs that they've produced currently on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, not to mention earlier chart-topping hits by Mystikal and Ja The Neptunes are everywhere. With five songs that they've produced currently…

  3. Return Of Essence Music Festival At Risk

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As the Essence Music Festival enters the last year of its commitment to the city of New Orleans, there is some doubt that it will return there in future years. A bold mix of seasoned stars and emerging artists stirs up this year's Essence Music Festival , whose "Party With a Purpose…

  4. All Music Guide Plans Compilation Series

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Alliance Entertainment Corp.'s music database All Music Guide (AMG) plans to launch a branded series of compilations on enhanced CDs this fall, Billboard Bulletin reports. Titles in "The All Music Gui Alliance Entertainment Corp.'s music database All Music Guide (AMG) plans to…

  5. Staind 'Breaks' Double-Platinum Barrier

    June 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A little more than a month after its release, Staind's Elektra album "Break the Cycle" has been certified gold, platinum, and double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). T A little more than a month after its release, Staind's Elektra album …

  6. Bluesman John Lee Hooker Dies

    June 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, died of natural causes yesterday (June 21) at his home in Los Altos, Calif. For six decades, Hooker's rich sonorous voice coupled with a brooding rhythmic Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, died of natural causes yesterday (June 21)…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Artists Named To Songwriters Hall Of Fame

    June 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame recognizes that songwriters need singers. So Dionne Warwick is going into the hall even though she didn't write a word of her biggest hits, including "Do You Know the Way The Songwriters Hall of Fame recognizes that songwriters need singers. So Dionne…

  10. Manson Fills Ozzfest Off Dates With Solo Shows

    June 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Following the lead of several of his Ozzfest touring mates, Marilyn Manson has scheduled a handful of shows on off days from the tour. The often-controversial artist played his first of nine non-festi Following the lead of several of his Ozzfest touring mates, Marilyn Manson has scheduled a…

  11. Museum Celebrates Link Between Cars, Music

    June 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will launch its Cars & Guitars of Rock 'n' Roll exhibit with a gala Thursday night (June 14). The show -- which features 30 cars and 75 custom guitars The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will launch its Cars & Guitars…

  12. Forever Blue

    June 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Chuck Leavell's gracefully rolling blues piano style has been heard on dozens of records by top-shelf pop stars, including Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, and, si Chuck Leavell's gracefully rolling blues piano style has been heard on dozens of…

  13. Hot Product

    June 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Radiohead, Jessica Simpson, Trisha Yearwood, Lucinda Williams, St. Lunatics, and more. Forget The Past Just eight months since the release of the often confounding "Kid A" (Capitol), which debuted at No. 1 on both The Billboard 200 and the U.K. album chart…

  14. Poll: Nicks Tour Tops Among Vets

    June 01, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Fans are most excited about Stevie Nicks' upcoming North American live outing, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll on veteran artists' summer tour. Nicks took a commanding 59% of 6,56 Fans are most excited about Stevie Nicks' upcoming North American live outing…

  15. Yardbirds Anthology Takes Flight

    May 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rhino is celebrating the career of the Yardbirds, the British guitar rock group that gave rise to the careers of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. The two-disc "The Yardbirds: Ultimate!," due J Rhino is celebrating the career of the Yardbirds, the British guitar rock group…

  16. Copeland, King Top Handy Blues Awards

    May 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Vocalist Shemekia Copeland and guitar legend B.B. King were the big winners at the Blues Foundation's 22nd annual W.C. Handy Awards, presented last night at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. Copeland, d Vocalist Shemekia Copeland and guitar legend B.B. King were the big winners at the…

  17. Along for the Ride

    May 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Blues veteran John Mayall can now claim that his dream project has been captured on CD for the ages. Blues veteran John Mayall can now claim that his dream project has been captured on CD for the ages. He has gathered a stellar group of guest art-ists and scattered them throughout 13 tracks…

  18. Busy B.B. Is King Of The Road, Studio

    May 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A staple of the summer concert circuit, B.B. King's annual touring blues festival will hit the road again in 2001, only this time under a new name. The 10th annual tour -- which will feature Buddy Guy A staple of the summer concert circuit, B.B. King's annual touring blues festival…

  19. Eminem, Marilyn Manson Get Their 'Way' On Duet

    May 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Eminem and Marilyn Manson, two of pop music's most controversial figures, have paired up to record a hard rock version of "The Way I Am," a song originally featured on the former's sophomore Web/After Eminem and Marilyn Manson, two of pop music's most controversial…

  20. Friends Help Out On New Ringo Starr Album, Tour

    May 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT To coincide with the start of Ringo Starr's 2001 All Starr Band tour, Koch Records will release "The Anthology ... So Far: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band," a three-CD live collection, Billboard Bu To coincide with the start of Ringo Starr's 2001 All Starr Band tour,…

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