1. Britney Tour Coming Together

    August 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Plans are being finalized for a 31-date North American arena tour by Britney Spears for October and November. Tickets are expected to go on sale in mid-September. As part of a global marketing pact si Plans are being finalized for a 31-date North American arena tour by Britney Spears for…

  2. Keys, Sisqo, Jagged Edge Push Gold & Platinum

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Albums by a trio of R&B artists -- newcomer Alicia Keys, Sisqo, and Jagged Edge -- are at the forefront of the latest list of gold and platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association Albums by a trio of R&B artists -- newcomer Alicia Keys, Sisqo, and Jagged Edge -- are…

  3. Claude Chalhoub

    August 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Lebanese classical violinist Claude Chalhoub makes a music born of global fusion and sonic experimentation. Lebanese classical violinist Claude Chalhoub makes a music born of global fusion and sonic experimentation. Collaborating with producer Michael Brook—who previously worked atmospheric…

  4. Lucky Silver Dollar

    August 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Shawn Camp has been a highly successful songsmith for others, less so when he steps into the spotlight on his own, despite his obvious skills as a performer. Shawn Camp has been a highly successful songsmith for others, less so when he steps into the spotlight on his own, despite his obvious…

  5. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Alicia Keys, O-Town, Melissa Etheridge, and Lonestar. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM: Alicia Keys, the fourth female act to advance to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in 2001, is back on top of the chart with her debut album, "Songs in A Minor" (J). Keys opened at No. 1 two weeks ago,…

  6. D12 Leapfrogs Keys, Returns To No. 1

    July 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Eminem and his cohorts in D12 have reclaimed the top spot on The Billboard 200. Third week sales of D12's "Devil's Night" (Shady/Interscope) declined 21%, yet the 174,000 copies it moved, according to Eminem and his cohorts in D12 have reclaimed the top spot on The…

  7. 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…

  8. Leiber And Stoller Honored In London

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are in London for a gala celebration of their careers at Hammersmith Apollo tonight (June 29) in aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. The duo's classic songs Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are in London for a gala celebration of their…

  9. AOL Taps Brooke Allison To Advise 'Tweens'

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Not just a burgeoning pop talent any longer, 2K/Virgin recording artist Brooke Allison has taken on the responsibility of being a "Growing Up Advisor" for a new area on AOL's Kids Only Channel. The 14 Not just a burgeoning pop talent any longer, 2K/Virgin recording artist…

  10. Yazbek Jumps From 'Full Monty' to 'Damascus'

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT David Yazbek plans to use the notoriety he gained through "The Full Monty" -- even without winning a Tony -- to push "Damascus," the July 10 What Are Records? (W.A.R.?) release by his rock band, simpl When "The Producers" swept the Tony Awards June 3, one man…

  11. Billboard Bits: Hendrix, Backstreet Boys, Joplin

    June 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Jimi Hendrix, Backstreet Boys, Janis Joplin An auction held yesterday (June 21) at Bonhams & Brooks auction house in London sold more than 100 items once owned by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, in part benefitting charity organization Drugscope. The auction, organized by one-time…

  12. Stars Gather In Nashville For 'America' Recording

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT More than 60 country and contemporary Christian artists gathered last night (June 19) in a Nashville studio to record "America the Beautiful" under the guidance of producers Tony Brown of MCA Nashvill More than 60 country and contemporary Christian artists gathered last night (June…

  13. Billboard Bits: EMP, Charlatans, Pru

    June 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Experience Music Project, Charlatans, Pru Seattle's Experience Music Project museum opened its first international exhibition last night (June 7) with Island Revolution: Jamaican Rhythm from Ska to Reggae, 1956-1981. The exhibit traces the history of Jamaican popular music from…

  14. Ron Sexsmith Rocks Out On 'Blue Boy'

    June 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As soon as he chose fellow singer/songwriter Steve Earle as co-producer, Ron Sexsmith knew that his new album, "Blue Boy" (released June 5 by Cooking Vinyl/spinART), was going to be a significant depa As soon as he chose fellow singer/songwriter Steve Earle as co-producer, Ron…

  15. Brooks To Play Philly On July 4

    June 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country kingpin Garth Brooks will take a break from retirement to perform at an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia on July 4. Brooks will sing ''a couple of songs appropriate for the occasio Country kingpin Garth Brooks will take a break from retirement to perform at an…

  16. Garth Brooks Headlines Reading Push

    June 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has been named the honorary chairman of the National Education Association's Read Across America 2002 campaign. Brooks will be featured in radio, TV, and print public service announcement Garth Brooks has been named the honorary chairman of the National Education Association…

  17. Sam Phillips Offers Gentle Touch On 'Fan Dance'

    June 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Although Sam Phillips' new album, 'Fan Dance,' clocks in at just over half an hour, the set packs a considerable punch with intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics, and uniquely musical backdrops. Although Sam Phillips' new album, 'Fan Dance,' clocks in at just…

  18. Staind's 'Cycle' Makes Mark At No. 1

    May 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Staind's "Break the Cycle" (Flip/Elektra) crashes into The Billboard 200 at No. 1 with more than 716,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The album is the second consecutive hard rock Staind's "Break the Cycle" (Flip/Elektra) crashes into The…

  19. Weezer

    May 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT After a commercially disappointing experiment with edgier indie rock on the 1996 cult classic, Pinkerton, Weezer returns from an extended hiatus with this eponymous set—a back-to-basics effort After a commercially disappointing experiment with edgier indie rock on the 1996 cult classic,…

  20. Poll: McGraw/Chesney Tour Is Country's Hottest

    May 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's upcoming U.S. trek is the most anticipated country tour of the summer, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. The duo pulled down 39% of 2,231 votes, easi Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's upcoming U.S. trek is the most anticipated country…

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