1. MTV Unplugged 2.0

    May 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Color Ms. Hill bold and brave. On this, her first collection of new music since 1998's multi-Grammy Award-winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the former Fugees frontwoman steps into the spotlight Color Ms. Hill bold and brave. On this, her first collection of new music since 1998&…

  2. The Palace at 4am (Part I), Chelsea Walls

    May 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT SOUNDTRACK Chelsesa Walls PRODUCER: not listed Rykodisc RCD 10624 JAY BENNETT & EDWARD BURCH The Palace at 4am (Part I) PRODUCERS: J. Bennett, E.Burch, K,Keller Undertow 0009 Though not far from the truth, Chelsea Walls' billing as a Jeff Tweedy experience is a bit misleading.…

  3. Bertelsmann Breathes New Life Into Napster

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann, parent of label group BMG, has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of embattled online file sharing service Napster, Billboard Bulletin reports. In a surprise turn of events, found Bertelsmann, parent of label group BMG, has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of…

  4. John Mellencamp Exits Columbia Records

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp has amicably parted company with Columbia Records, with whom he issued his past two studio albums. "It was a good arrangement at a good time," Mellencamp says in a statement, "because John Mellencamp has amicably parted company with Columbia Records, with whom…

  5. Billboard Bits: Ringo Starr, Tyrese, Patsy Cline

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Ringo Starr, Tyrese, Patsy Cline Former Beatle Ringo Starr is hard at work on a new solo studio album, due in 2003 via Koch Records. The as-yet-untitled set is being produced by Mark Hudson (Aerosmith), who produced Starr's 1998 Mercury set "Vertical Man" and co…

  6. Sex Pistols Reuniting For July Show

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A quarter-century after they shot to infamy with the scathing anti-royal song "God Save the Queen," the Sex Pistols are reuniting in the summer of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. The legendary pu A quarter-century after they shot to infamy with the scathing anti-royal song…

  7. New Tortoise, Sea And Cake Sets On The Way

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chicago underground rock outfits Tortoise and the Sea & Cake should both have new releases out on Thrill Jockey by fall, drummer John McEntire tells Billboard.com. "We started some recording in De Chicago underground rock outfits Tortoise and the Sea & Cake should both have new…

  8. Anger Management Tour Rolls Out 30+ Dates

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here last month, Eminem, Papa Roach, Xzibit, Ludacris, and the X-Ecutioners have signed on for the second Anger Management tour, kicking off July 18 in Buffalo, N.Y. Bionic Jive, Obie As first tipped here last month, Eminem, Papa Roach, Xzibit, Ludacris, and the X-Ecutioners…

  9. International Artists 'Celebrate Brooklyn'

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The 24th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced a full schedule for this year's event, with artists as diverse as Dr. John, Talib Kweli, Lambchop, Femi Kuti, Ely Guerra, and Yo The 24th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced a full schedule…

  10. Group Wants Springsteen For Senate

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Sure, Bruce Springsteen was born to run. But was he born to run for office? Political consultant Doug Friedline thinks so. He's leading a campaign to get the Boss elected as New Jersey's next U.S. sen Sure, Bruce Springsteen was born to run. But was he born to run for office?…

  11. Update: Osbournes To Share Their 'Family Album'

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Updating a story first posted here earlier today, the media onslaught of Ozzy Osbourne's clan will roll on next month with the release of "The Osbournes Family Album," due June 11 via Epic. The set, a Updating a story first posted here earlier today, the media onslaught of Ozzy…

  12. Update: Napster Eyeing Bankruptcy As CEO Resigns

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Updating a story first posted here yesterday, Konrad Hilbers has resigned as the CEO of Napster less than a year after taking the post, and despite a reported buy-out offer on the table from Bertelsma Updating a story first posted here yesterday, Konrad Hilbers has resigned as the CEO of…

  13. 'Sun' Shines On Lips, De La, Modest Mouse, Cake

    May 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Modest Mouse, Cake, and Kinky have signed on for the inaugural Unlimited Sunshine tour, which bows July 31 in St. Louis and wraps Aug. 31 in St. Paul, Minn. The idea for the Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Modest Mouse, Cake, and Kinky have signed on for the inaugural…

  14. Ozzy, Ricky Join Queen's Jubilee Concert

    May 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin and heavy metal veteran Ozzy Osbourne are the latest entertainers to join the lineup for the June 3 concert honoring Queen Elizabeth II's 50 years on the throne. Buckingh Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin and heavy metal veteran Ozzy Osbourne are the latest…

  15. Sweet Smell of Success

    May 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT It's hard to make a memorable cast album from a show most people would like to forget. It's hard to make a memorable cast album from a show most people would like to forget. Sweet Smell of Success soured critics when it opened on Broadway this spring, and this score makes the main…

  16. Round Midnight, Bird,Straight, No Chaser

    May 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT DEXTER GORDON Round Midnight ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Herbie Hancock REISSUE PRODUCERS: Didier C. Deutsch, Darcy M. Proper Columbia/Legacy 85811 CHARLIE PARKER Bird ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Lennie Niehaus REISSU With characteristic initiative, Legacy has reissued remastered, expanded editions of three…

  17. Billboard Bits: Will Smith, Joey Ramone, Area2

    May 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Will Smith, Joey Ramone, Area2 Two days before the new Will Smith single was to have been "officially" released to radio by Columbia, U.S. top 40 stations have begun spinning it. Although the official release date is tomorrow (May 9), a number of stations began playing "…

  18. 'Rhapsody' Named U.K.'s Favorite Single

    May 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Bohemian Rhapsody," the record-breaking hit by rock band Queen, is Britain's favorite single of all time, according to a poll published today (May 8). The song beat John Lennon's ballad "Imagine" to "Bohemian Rhapsody," the record-breaking hit by rock…

  19. Grisman, Bush Set For 'JamGrass' Festival Tour

    May 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Acoustic and improvisational music will return to the summer festival circuit this summer with the launch of the inaugural JamGrass 2002 tour. The run will feature the David Grisman Quintet, the Sam B Acoustic and improvisational music will return to the summer festival circuit this summer…

  20. Jewel Gears Up For Euro Tour

    May 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Jewel says it will be "a little weird" to be without her guitar when she starts her European tour next week. She will not be able to play her guitar onstage because of a horse riding accident last mon Jewel says it will be "a little weird" to be without her guitar when she…

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