1. Brown Sugar

    October 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For those in the music business, a love For those in the music business, a love of music is often as strong as any other loves in their lives. Actors Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan explore that dichotomy in the new Fox Searchlight film Brown Sugar. Like the film, the accompanying soundtrack…

  2. 'Floetic' Duo Draws On Philly Scene

    September 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The marriage of music and poetry is not a new phenomenon. But for London natives Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius, the union serves as inspiration for their musical mission. As Floetry, the duo brings that mission to life on "Floetic,…

  3. DJ Shadow, Flaming Lips, Bjork Make Shortlist Cut

    September 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Albums by DJ Shadow, Bjork, and the Flaming Lips are among the 10 finalists for the second annual Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music, whittled down from a much longer list made by a pan Albums by DJ Shadow, Bjork, and the Flaming Lips are among the 10 finalists for the second…

  4. A Poem About Ms. Doss

    September 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT An embarrassment of riches isn't a phrase generally associated with today's music. An embarrassment of riches isn't a phrase generally associated with today's music. One exception: the next-generation R&B emanating from the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India.Arie,…

  5. Ashanti Accepts Lady Of Soul Award With Grace

    August 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B sensation Ashanti accepted entertainer of the year honors at Saturday's Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards despite complaints from some music fans that she didn't deserve the title. R&B sensation Ashanti accepted entertainer of the year honors at Saturday's Soul Train…

  6. Shortlist Prize's 'Long List' Announced

    August 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A total of 75 albums make up the "Long List" from which the finalists for the second annual Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music will be chosen. A total of 75 albums make up the "Long List" from which the finalists for the second annual Shortlist Prize for…

  7. Thousands Petition Against Ashanti Honor

    August 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT More than 20,000 signatures have been gathered on an Internet petition denouncing the decision of syndicated music show "Soul Train" to give its Lady of Soul entertainer of the year award to 21-year-o More than 20,000 signatures have been gathered on an Internet petition denouncing…

  8. Morissette, Mullen Join Shortlist Panel

    August 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Alanis Morissette and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have joined the "listmakers" panel for the second annual Shortlist Music Prize. Along with the addition of Chicago Tribune music journalist Greg Kot, Alanis Morissette and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have joined the "listmakers…

  9. Jeff Townes Makes Magnificent' Solo Debut

    August 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There has always been a touch of jazz buried deep in the musical psyche of Jeff Townes. Even while churning out rap crossover hits ("Summertime," "Parents Just Don't Understand") with Will Smith as D.J. Jazzy Jeff &…

  10. 'Brown Sugar' Soundtrack Packed Tight

    August 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Magic Johnson Records/MCA soundtrack to the forthcoming Fox Searchlight film "Brown Sugar" is packed with sweet contributions from hip-hop/R&B luminaries, including Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Commo The Magic Johnson Records/MCA soundtrack to the forthcoming Fox Searchlight film …

  11. Ashanti Is Soul Train's Leading 'Lady'

    July 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT With five nominations, including best R&B/soul or rap new artist for her single "Foolish," Ashanti leads the field for this year's Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. The late Aaliyah earned four nomi With five nominations, including best R&B/soul or rap new artist for her…

  12. Billboard Bits: Shortlist, Marilyn Manson, Neil Peart

    July 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Shortlist, Marilyn Manson, Neil Peart The full complement of "listmakers" for the 2002 Shortlist prize has been confirmed, with a total of 20 recording artists, record producers, film directors, journalists, and radio personalities making up the panel. Among those who will…

  13. In Between

    July 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Jazzanova has been producing and remixing music since the mid-'90s. Jazzanova has been producing and remixing music since the mid-'90s. In '98, the Berlin-based collective—Axel Reinemer, Stefan Leisering, Roskow Kretschmann, Alexander Barck, Claas Brieler, and Jürgen von…

  14. Janet, Usher Among BET Awards Celebs

    June 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson, Usher, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and Alicia Keys are among the artists who will either be performing or presenting during Tuesday's (June 25) second annual BET Awards. Organizers of the ev Janet Jackson, Usher, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and Alicia Keys are…

  15. Lathun Carries Torch With 'Fortunate' Debut

    June 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT (Excerpted for Billboard.com feature) Neo-soul singer/songwriter/producer Lathun is the latest artist to carry the torch for the legendary Motown Records, as he prepares for the June 11 release of his debut, "Fortunate." The Detroit native wrote 10 of the 13 tracks on "…

  16. 360 Degree of Billy Paul, MFSB,Trammps, Philadelphia Classics

    May 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Part stroll down memory lane, part music history lesson, these titles are a living—and timeless—testament to the legendary sound of Philadelphia and the prolific legacy of dynamic produc BILLY PAUL 360 Degree of Billy Paul REISSUE PRODUCERS: Leo Sacks, Joe McEwen ORIGINAL PRODUCERS: Kenneth…

  17. 'Divas' Mary J., Cher, Celine Head To Vegas

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Mary J. Blige, Cher, and Celine Dion are the first performers confirmed for "VH1 Divas Las Vegas: A Benefit Concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation." The event will be aired live May 23 from the Mary J. Blige, Cher, and Celine Dion are the first performers confirmed for "…

  18. The Classic Chillout Album

    April 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST The star-studded tracklisting on this collection speaks for itself: Moby's "Porcelain," Dido's "Here With Me," Delerium Featuring Sarah McLachlan's "Silence," Massive Attack's "Teardrop," Craig Armstr The star-studded tracklisting on…

  19. Keys, Mary J. Sign On For Essence Festival

    March 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross, the Isley Brothers, and Al Green lead the lineup for the Essence Music Festival, set for July 4-6 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross, the Isley Brothers,…

  20. Cherokee Shows Her 'Soul'

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST It seems fitting that Brooklyn, N.Y.-born, Los Angeles-based Cherokee would find her musical home in Philadelphia. Her debut album, 1999's "I Love You ... Me" on Trip/RCA, was an organically soulful a It seems fitting that Brooklyn, N.Y.-born, Los Angeles-based Cherokee would…

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