1. Jackson 'Drives' Straight To No. 1

    January 24, 2002 12:00 AM EST Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista Nashville) speeds to the top of The Billboard 200 after selling a potent 423,000 units -- the highest January debut in the SoundScan era -- and bounces Creed's "Weathere Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista Nashville) speeds to…

  2. John Paul Jones Summons 'Thunder'

    January 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will release a new album in the U.K. on Feb. 18 and take part in a charity concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday (Jan. 27), both featuring special guest Former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will release a new album in the U.K. on Feb. 18…

  3. Santana Schedules Spring U.S. Dates

    January 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST A slate of spring East Coast concerts will precede Santana's previously announced European tour. The newly confirmed U.S. dates on the Carlos Santana-led band's All for One tour begin March 21 at the A slate of spring East Coast concerts will precede Santana's previously…

  4. Harrison Makes 'Sweet' Return To U.K. No. 1

    January 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST As anticipated in midweek sales data, the late George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" (Parlophone) vaulted back to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 20), following the reissue of the classic As anticipated in midweek sales data, the late George Harrison's "My…

  5. The Great Divide

    January 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST Like his contemporaries Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and George Jones, Willie Nelson has managed to craft brilliant albums that live up to a legendary career, and The Great Divide is certainly in that Like his contemporaries Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and George Jones, Willie Nelson has…

  6. Drive

    January 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST With his cool persona, ever-growing songwriting chops, and uncompromising country delivery, Alan Jackson has quietly become country music's most complete performer. With his cool persona, ever-growing songwriting chops, and uncompromising country delivery, Alan Jackson has quietly become…

  7. Zombie Feeling 'Sinister' On The Road

    January 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fresh off a trek with Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie is planning a 34-date North American tour in support of his latest Interscope/Geffen album, "The Sinister Urge." The jaunt, with legendary punk band the Fresh off a trek with Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie is planning a 34-date North…

  8. McCartney, Clapton For Golden Jubilee?

    January 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST When Queen Elizabeth and her fellow citizens celebrate her 50th year as monarch this June, the Queen's Golden Jubilee will be rocking. A number of Britain's top rockers, including Paul McCartney, Eric When Queen Elizabeth and her fellow citizens celebrate her 50th year as monarch…

  9. Billboard Bits: George Harrison, NIN, Wynonna

    January 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on George Harrison, Nine Inch Nails, Wynonna George Harrison's widow has accused her former brother-in-law of stealing Harrison memorabilia, then trying to sell it the day after the former Beatle died. California Superior Court Judge Dzintra I. Janavs on Friday granted a temporary…

  10. George Strait To Return To Arenas

    January 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST After headlining four consecutive multi-artist stadium tours that notched a combined gross of about $100 million, George Strait will return to headlining arenas this year, Billboard Bulletin reports. After headlining four consecutive multi-artist stadium tours that notched a combined gross of…

  11. Hot Product

    January 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, the "A Walk to Remember" soundtrack, and more. This Is A Long 'Drive' Alan Jackson was well into work on his new Arista Nashville album, "Drive," when the events of Sept. 11 intervened. Several weeks later,…

  12. Garth, Faith, 'N Sync Are People's Choice

    January 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Country and teen pop reigned supreme at the 28th annual People's Choice Awards, held last night (Jan. 13) at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. Garth Brooks beat out Tim McGraw and George Strait Country and teen pop reigned supreme at the 28th annual People's Choice Awards,…

  13. Caught in the Webb: A Tribute to the Legendary Webb Pierce

    January 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST Regarded by many as one of country's most potent moaners ever, Webb Pierce receives reverent tribute on this multi-artist Audium release produced by Pierce disciple Gail Davies. Regarded by many as one of country's most potent moaners ever, Webb Pierce receives reverent tribute on…

  14. I Am Sam—Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture

    January 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST Some soundtracks strive to stand alone on their own creative merits, but most don't. Some soundtracks strive to stand alone on their own creative merits, but most don't. I Am Sam is that rare treat: an album of music that listeners will want to experience again and again, regardless…

  15. Dylan, Diamond, Dixie Chicks Set For RodeoHouston

    January 10, 2002 12:00 AM EST More than 30 artists, ranging from country (Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn) to classic rock (Bob Dylan, Styx, REO Speedwagon), R&B (Destiny's Child, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige), More than 30 artists, ranging from country (Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Brooks &…

  16. Soul Stars Dominate American Music Awards

    January 10, 2002 12:00 AM EST In a night dominated by soul music's new generation, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, and the late singer Aaliyah each won two American Music Awards tonight (Jan. 9) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angel In a night dominated by soul music's new generation, Alicia Keys, Destiny&…

  17. Voices On The Verge Ready To Tour

    January 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST The singer/songwriter collective Voices On The Verge -- comprised of Beth Amsel, Jess Klein, Erin McKeown, and Rose Polenzani -- is gearing up for a three-month U.S. tour in support of its Rykodisc de The singer/songwriter collective Voices On The Verge -- comprised of Beth Amsel, Jess Klein,…

  18. 'Essential' Set, Reissues Celebrate Cash's 70th

    January 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST To commemorate the upcoming 70th birthday of country music legend Johnny Cash (Feb. 26), Columbia Legacy will release a new compilation, "The Essential Johnny Cash," and reissue five of his vintage al To commemorate the upcoming 70th birthday of country music legend Johnny Cash (Feb…

  19. Weezer Extends 'Midget' Tour

    January 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST Immediately following the completion of its as-yet-untitled fourth Interscope/Geffen album, Weezer will return to the road in North America to headline the Hyper Extended Midget tour. Immediately following the completion of its as-yet-untitled fourth Interscope/Geffen album , Weezer will…

  20. Rancid, Strummer 'Give 'Em The Boot'

    January 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST Tracks from Rancid, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Dropick Murphys, Agnostic Front, and others will be featured on the third volume of Hellcat's budged-priced punk and ska compilation series, "Give Tracks from Rancid, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Dropick Murphys, Agnostic…

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