1. Earthquake Benefit Concert Canceled

    July 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Aftershock benefit concert, set for Sunday (July 29) at the Compaq Center in San Jose, Calif., has been canceled due to lack of corporate sponsorship, according to organizers. The event was set to The Aftershock benefit concert, set for Sunday (July 29) at the Compaq Center in San Jose,…

  2. Lauryn Hill Goes 'Unplugged'

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Armed only by a guitar, R&B star Lauryn Hill recently taped a performance for MTV's revived "Unplugged" series, recording entirely new songs from her as-yet-untitled sophomore effort for Columbia. Armed only by a guitar, R&B star Lauryn Hill recently taped a performance…

  3. Pricey Tix For Jackson's Star-Studded Tribute

    July 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tickets for Michael Jackson's two tribute shows at New York's Madison Square Garden will be priced far above the range most fans are accustomed to, with the best seats in the house carrying a $2,500 p Tickets for Michael Jackson's two tribute shows at New York's Madison…

  4. Billboard Bits: Vandross, Chemical Brothers, Deftones

    July 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Luther Vandross, the Chemical Brothers, and the Deftones. R&B mainstay Luther Vandross is planning to write a book about his battle with obesity. "It's an autobiographical approach, because I want to make sure that's it's understood that this is how I did it…

  5. 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…

  6. Billboard Bits: David Bowie, Aftershock, Rock For Hope

    July 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on David Bowie, Aftershock Benefit, Rock For Hope auction David Bowie will launch a kid-centric Internet radio station tomorrow (July 12), dubbed "Kick Out the Jammies." The station, his third Web-based program, will be available through his online community, Bowienet both for…

  7. Robert Earl Keen Hopes New Disc Will Defy 'Gravity'

    July 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Already a monster act in his home state of Texas, singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen is making serious inroads in many other markets. Hopes are that Keen's new Lost Highway release, "Gravitational For Already a monster act in his home state of Texas, singer/songwriter Robert Earl…

  8. On the Way to Love

    July 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The lauded voice behind such R&B/crossover hits as "Baby, Come to Me" and "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" teams with producer Paul Brown (Al Jarreau, Boney James, George Benson) on her 15th ou The lauded voice behind such R&B/crossover hits as "Baby, Come…

  9. Keys' Debut Tops The Billboard 200

    July 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT She may be an R&B newcomer, but Alicia Keys makes a masterly debut on top of The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with her first album, "Songs in A Minor." The first She may be an R&B newcomer, but Alicia Keys makes a masterly debut on top…

  10. Michael Jackson Tribute Adds Second Date

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's upcoming 30th anniversary concert has been expanded to two shows. In addition to the original Sept. 7 date, a second concert will be held Sept. 10 at New York's Madison Square Garden Michael Jackson's upcoming 30th anniversary concert has been expanded to two…

  11. Devilish D12 Debut At No. 1

    June 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As expected, "Devil's Night," by Eminem's side-project D12, easily debuts atop The Billboard 200, selling 372,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The numbers are not quite on par with the s As expected, "Devil's Night," by Eminem's side…

  12. Luther Vandross

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Old-school artists—especially in the R&B/hip-hop realm—are often dismissed for thinking they can still compete in today's scene. Old-school artists—especially in the R&B/hip-hop realm—are often dismissed for thinking they can still compete in today's scene. And when labels…

  13. Outkast Cleans Up At BET Awards

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Outkast was a double winner at the first BET Awards, presented last night (June 19) at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The hip-hop duo won for best male group and video of the year for "Ms. Jackson," fr Outkast was a double winner at the first BET Awards, presented last night (June 19…

  14. 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…

  15. Christina, Luther To Honor Whitney

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross will lead a tribute to Whitney Houston at tomorrow night's (June 19) BET Awards at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. As previously reported, Houston will be honored wit Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross will lead a tribute to Whitney Houston at…

  16. John Tesh To Tour This Summer

    June 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT John Tesh is planning to take his new age act on the road for a series of concerts this summer. Prior to a string of West Coast dates in July, the former "Entertainment Tonight" host will perform June John Tesh is planning to take his new age act on the road for a series of concerts…

  17. Luther Vandross Re-Emerges

    June 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT That voice. From Luther Vandross' early days as a jingle and background singer to his first R&B chart-topper on Epic (1981's "Never Too Much") through an ensuing string of R&B/pop hits, the Gr That voice. From Luther Vandross' early days as a jingle and…

  18. Lawmakers Advise Hip-Hop Industry At Summit

    June 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Members of Congress urged the hip-hop industry yesterday (June 12) to better regulate the content of their records before Washington beats them to it. "We do not know the hip-hop generation. We do not Members of Congress urged the hip-hop industry yesterday (June 12) to better regulate…

  19. Lauryn, Marc, Luther To Play Earthquake Benefit

    June 01, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Lauryn Hill, Marc Anthony, and Luther Vandross are among the artists set to perform at a July 29 charity concert to benefit earthquake victims in El Salvador and India, Billboard can exclusively revea Lauryn Hill, Marc Anthony, and Luther Vandross are among the artists set to perform at a…

  20. Billboard Bits: Compay Segundo, Russell Simmons & more

    May 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Compay Segundo, Russell Simmons, Squirrel Nut Zippers Cuban "sonero" Compay Segundo, 93, is recovering at home in Havana after being hospitalized for extreme fatigue and is unlikely to perform again, Billboard Bulletin reports. Segundo, who found world fame at the age of 89…

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