1. Stewart Rifles Through Standards For J Debut

    July 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran crooner Rod Stewart, who signed to J Records in February after 25 years with Warner-affiliated labels, is eyeing an Oct. 15 release for his label debut. Veteran crooner Rod Stewart, who signed to J Records in February after 25 years with Warner-affiliated labels, is eyeing an Oct. 15…

  2. Doves, Bowie Among Mercury Prize Nominees

    July 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT David Bowie is one of the few veteran artists among the nominees for this year's Panasonic Mercury Music Prize, announced this morning (July 30) in London. U.K. television host and former Squeeze keyb David Bowie is one of the few veteran artists among the nominees for this year's…

  3. 'The Osbournes' Headed To DVD

    July 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The first season of MTV's "The Osbournes" will be coming to DVD later this year, confirms a spokesperson for Buena Vista Home Video, the VHS/DVD arm of the Walt Disney Co.'s Miramax Films. A fall rele The first season of MTV's "The Osbournes" will be coming…

  4. Andrew W.K. Living It Up On Ozzfest

    July 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Like a bloody nose on the face of pop rock music, Andrew W.K. (real name: Andrew Wilkes-Krier) has sucker-punched the Ozzfest set with his in-your-face/dance-on-the-barstool Island debut "I Get Wet." Like a bloody nose on the face of pop rock music, Andrew W.K. (real name: Andrew…

  5. Dreamland

    July 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rare among '70s hard-rockers, Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant has led an exemplary solo career, with his previous six albums all marked by broad musical sympathies, exquisite taste, and a yen for exper Rare among '70s hard-rockers, Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant has led an exemplary…

  6. Pavana: The Virgin Harpsichord

    July 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The virginal (an early kind of harpsichord) was the instrument of choice for a school of Renaissance-era English composers, from Byrd and Gibbons to Bull, Morley, and Tomkins—thus the group's n The virginal (an early kind of harpsichord) was the instrument of choice for a school of…

  7. Osbournes Sued Over MTV Show Idea

    July 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A Los Angeles-based producer has sued heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and his wife/manager Sharon, claiming that the couple stole his idea for their hit MTV series, "The Osbournes." In the suit, filed A Los Angeles-based producer has sued heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and his wife…

  8. Enrique Road-Tripping For Spanish Album

    July 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias, preparing to release his first Spanish-language album in four years, will head out on the road in September for a North American tour supporting the album. Enrique Iglesias, preparing to release his first Spanish-language album in four years, will head out on the road in…

  9. Linda Thompson Returns After 17 Years

    July 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There's more than just a little irony in the title of Linda Thompson's new album, "Fashionably Late": The CD, which Rounder issues July 30, is her first album of new material since "One Clear Moment" came out in 1985…

  10. Rollins Supports Jailed Trio With 'Rise Above'

    July 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Henry Rollins has organized a 24-track benefit album for the West Memphis Three, a trio Tennessee youths incarcerated for a 1993 triple murder. They continue to proclaim their innocence and have built Henry Rollins has organized a 24-track benefit album for the West Memphis Three, a trio…

  11. Kathy Mattea Blooms On 'Roses'

    July 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After a long and very successful career as a country artist, Kathy Mattea is branching out musically with "Roses," due July 30 from Narada Records. To help further her musical evolution, she signed with Narada, a label located far away…

  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. English Producer Gus Dudgeon Killed

    July 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran English record producer Gus Dudgeon was killed when his Jaguar veered off a motorway and down an embankment in Berkshire, England, last night (July 22). A female passenger in the car, believed Veteran English record producer Gus Dudgeon was killed when his Jaguar veered off a motorway…

  14. 30Tunes

    July 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related television listings for July 22-28, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JULY 22 "Top of the Pops," BBC America Featured Artists: Bryan Adams, Ashanti, Nelly, Dee Dee, DJ Marky, Darren Hayes, Gareth Gates, Fischerspooner,…

  15. Influencia

    July 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT On his first album for EMI, Argentine rock legend Charly García goes slightly retro, titling the disc after the wistful Todd Rungren track "Influenza," which García performs in the origi On his first album for EMI, Argentine rock legend Charly García goes slightly retro, titling the…

  16. Sharon Osbourne Faces Chemo For Spreading Cancer

    July 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT After having a foot of her colon surgically removed earlier this month, Sharon Osbourne has learned that her cancer has spread. "It was not the best news," the wife and manager of heavy metal icon Ozz After having a foot of her colon surgically removed earlier this month, Sharon…

  17. Beck, Mos Def Among Second Shortlist Judges

    July 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Shortlist Music Project, which debuted last year, will return for its second annual awards ceremony and concert Oct. 29 at Los Angeles' Knitting Factory, Billboard reports in its July 27 issue. Th The Shortlist Music Project, which debuted last year, will return for its second annual…

  18. Slick Rick Detained On Immigration Flap

    July 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT English-born, New York-bred rapper Slick Rick (real name: Ricky Walters) is being held in Bradenton, Fla., by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) after being arrested on board a crui English-born, New York-bred rapper Slick Rick (real name: Ricky Walters) is being held in…

  19. S Club Sees 'Double' In Film Debut

    July 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Popular British teen pop group S Club is heading to the big screen in "Seeing Double," which video director Nigel Dick is in negotiations to direct. The Sony Pictures will be distributed in the United Popular British teen pop group S Club is heading to the big screen in "Seeing…

  20. Plant Returns To Interpretation

    July 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "My ability and vocal chords are all in good shape, but I haven't really felt substantially relevant as a lyricist for a long time." A stunning admission, but one characteristic of Robert Plant, the disarmingly honest voice of Led…

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