1. John Lee Hooker Memorial Planned

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A memorial service for late bluesman John Lee Hooker will be held Thursday (June 28) in Oakland, Calif. Hooker died last week of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. A memorial service for late bluesman John Lee Hooker will be held Thursday (June 28) in Oakland, Calif. Hooker died…

  2. Billboard Bits: Bob Dylan, 10,000 Maniacs, U2

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Bob Dylan, 10,000 Maniacs, U2 Bob Dylan's Duluth, Minn., boyhood home has been sold for $94,600 on online auction service eBay. The Web listing, posted May 24 on Dylan's 60th birthday, described the duplex as "a must-have for the ultimate diehard Dylan fan." Owner…

  3. Hot Product

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Lil' Mo, Basement Jaxx, Tricky, Lonestar, Jagged Edge, and more. 'True' Enough "I guess I could re-title the album 'It's About Damn Time'," laughs Lil' Mo, who this week will finally release her EastWest/Elektra debut, …

  4. Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997)

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The 1997 death of INXS singer Michael Hutchence casts an unfortunately bittersweet shadow on this fine collection of the Australian band's best work. The 1997 death of INXS singer Michael Hutchence casts an unfortunately bittersweet shadow on this fine collection of the Australian band&…

  5. Nearness of You—The Ballad Book

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A set of nothing but ballads might become tedious in the wrong hands, but tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker's sterling arrangements and thoughtful lines allow the music to flow with undeniable grace a A set of nothing but ballads might become tedious in the wrong hands, but tenor…

  6. Shades of Brown

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Bilingual and bicultural, San Francisco-based Los Mocosos make no bones about their retro sound, which is steeped in the tradition of such other West Coast Chicano stalwarts as Malo, Tierra, and, of c Bilingual and bicultural, San Francisco-based Los Mocosos make no bones about their retro…

  7. Deep River of Song: Alabama: From Lullabies to Blues

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT During the late 1930s, indefatigable musicologists John and Ruby Lomax searched the American Southeast for vanishing forms of vernacular song. During the late 1930s, indefatigable musicologists John and Ruby Lomax searched the American Southeast for vanishing forms of vernacular song. In…

  8. Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Peter Case put this project together for Vanguard, motivated by the good sense that long ago made him a Mississippi John Hurt fan. Singer/songwriter Peter Case put this project together for Vanguard, motivated by the good sense that long ago made him a Mississippi John Hurt…

  9. 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)…

  10. Boy George's More Protein Label Pacts With J-Bird

    June 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT More Protein, the U.K.-based label founded by former Culture Club leader Boy George (real name: George O'Dowd), has pacted with the J-Bird Music Group for North American distribution and promotion of More Protein, the U.K.-based label founded by former Culture Club leader Boy George …

  11. Live Plan 'Ecstatic' Return In September

    June 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Veteran modern rock act Live will release its fifth Radioactive/MCA album, "Ecstatic Fanatic," in September. The 14-track set will be preceded by first single "Simple Creed," due to hit U.S. radio on Veteran modern rock act Live will release its fifth Radioactive/MCA album…

  12. New Stereolab Album Stretches 'Sound'

    June 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop experimentalists Stereolab will release a new album, "Sound-Dust," Sept. 3 internationally via the group's own Duophonic label and Aug. 28 in North America on Elektra. The 12-track album does U.K. pop experimentalists Stereolab will release a new album, "Sound…

  13. Mistrial Shouldn't Delay Vivendi/MP3.com Deal

    June 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in New York has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of TVT Records' copyright-infringement case against MP3.com, Billboard Bulletin reports. The ruling follows an April 6 jury ver A federal judge in New York has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of TVT Records…

  14. Fan Fair Draws Record Crowd

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT More than 124,000 attended last weekend's Fan Fair country music festival in Nashville, according the Country Music Association (CMA). In the past, a sold-out festival topped out at 96,000. That was s More than 124,000 attended last weekend's Fan Fair country music festival in…

  15. Joan Osborne Takes On Troubadour Style

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As the unpredictable winds of mainstream popularity shift more frequently than ever, Joan Osborne has been able to sustain her career through steadfast touring and well-received live performances. As the unpredictable winds of mainstream popularity shift more frequently than ever, Joan…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Sisqo's 'Return' Aims To Best 'Thong'

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 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 with a love of thong lingerie on his sophomore so From platinum curls to corn rows, Sisqo is never one to stay the same for long. The…

  19. Poses

    June 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The danger of an artist issuing a universally praised debut is that the follow-up is inevitably a let-down. The danger of an artist issuing a universally praised debut is that the follow-up is inevitably a let-down. Or is it? Three years after leaving critics breathless with his eponymous…

  20. BERLIOZ, BRUCKNER, RACHMANINOFF

    June 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Although Philips is no longer a fully functioning separate entity (having been merged with Decca), Universal Classics is celebrating the label's highly regarded half-century by remastering and reissui BERLIOZ:Symphonie Fantastique Concertgebouw Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis Producer:not…

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