1. Rule, Usher, Vandross Lead Platinum Charge

    November 20, 2001 12:00 AM EST Ja Rule's Murder Inc. set "Pain Is Love," Usher's Arista album "8701," and Luther Vandross' self-titled J Records debut lead the list of albums newly certified platinum by the Recording Industry Assoc Ja Rule's Murder Inc. set "Pain Is Love,"…

  2. 'Jimbo' Mathus Gives History Lesson

    November 14, 2001 12:00 AM EST For those unfamiliar with James "Jimbo" Mathus' music, it would be surprising to learn that his new Knockdown Society album, "National Antiseptic," sounds completely unaffected by the popular music of For those unfamiliar with James "Jimbo" Mathus'…

  3. Alicia Keys Leads AMA Nominations With Five

    November 13, 2001 12:00 AM EST R&B newcomer Alicia Keys, who won commercial and critical acclaim with her J Records debut album "Songs in A Minor," received a leading five American Music Awards nominations, it was announced tod R&B newcomer Alicia Keys, who won commercial and critical acclaim with her J…

  4. Billboard Bits: Alicia Keys, Angie Stone, Sun Records

    November 12, 2001 12:00 AM EST Stories on Alicia Keys, Angie Stone, and a Sun Records tribute concert. Alicia Keys is the latest performer to sign on for the 2001 Billboard Music Awards. Keys joins previously announced performers 'N Sync, Tim McGraw, and Shaggy on the bill at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas…

  5. National Antiseptic

    November 03, 2001 12:00 AM EST James "Jimbo" Mathus, founding member of the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Squirrel Nut Zippers, has been working with the Knockdown Society as a side project for a few years, and as the Zippers' schedule h James "Jimbo" Mathus, founding member of the Chapel Hill, N.C.…

  6. Angie Stone Warms Up On 'Mahogany'

    October 29, 2001 12:00 AM EST As she approaches the promotion of "Mahogany Soul," her second studio effort and J Records debut (due Nov. 6), R&B diva Angie Stone is notably relaxed and content. "Everything is flowing," she ent As she approaches the promotion of "Mahogany Soul," her second…

  7. Billboard Bits: MTV Europe Awards, Enya, Patti LaBelle

    October 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV Europe Awards, Enya, Patti LaBelle Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, and Travis are the latest additions to the performance lineup for the 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards, set for Nov. 8 in Frankfurt, Germany. They join previously announced performers Destiny's Child, Basement Jaxx, Blink…

  8. Jackson Completes Charity Single

    October 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has completed work on "What More Can I Give," a new single he hopes will raise $50 million for relief organizations in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Among the artists who Michael Jackson has completed work on "What More Can I Give," a new…

  9. Pure Magic

    October 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT "Explore your southern district" is something you'd expect to hear from R. Kelly. "Explore your southern district" is something you'd expect to hear from R. Kelly. But this phrase from opener "I'll Do for You" is just one of several pleasant…

  10. Cuttin' Heads

    October 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT On his 15th album, 2001 Billboard Century Award honoree John Mellencamp delivers a strong set of songs that takes on added meaning in the aftermath of Sept. On his 15th album, 2001 Billboard Century Award honoree John Mellencamp delivers a strong set of songs that takes on added meaning in…

  11. Usher, So Solid Crew Lead MOBO Awards

    October 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Usher and So Solid Crew took top honors at the U.K.'s sixth annual MOBO Awards, presented last night (Oct. 4) at the London Arena. The acts won two awards each. So Solid Crew won for best U.K. garage Usher and So Solid Crew took top honors at the U.K.'s sixth annual MOBO Awards,…

  12. Shaggy, Vandross Cancel European Appearances

    October 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Shaggy is the latest high-profile artist to postpone engagements across the Atlantic in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. last month. The MCA singer's promotional tour of the U.K. and Irel Shaggy is the latest high-profile artist to postpone engagements across the Atlantic in…

  13. Jill Scott Nabs Trio Of Lady Of Soul Awards

    August 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B newcomer Jill Scott captured three awards, including entertainer of the year, at the seventh annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, held last night (Aug. 28) in Santa Monica, Calif. The Philad R&B newcomer Jill Scott captured three awards, including entertainer of the year, at the…

  14. 'N Sync's 'Celebrity' Tabbed 5X Platinum

    August 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Last week, exactly 30 days after its release, 'N Sync's Jive album "Celebrity" was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Released on July 24, the album Last week, exactly 30 days after its release, 'N Sync's Jive…

  15. California Senate To Study 'Seven-Year Statute'

    August 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The California State Senate will hold a hearing Sept. 5 in Sacramento, Calif., to begin investigation of the so-called "Seven-Year Statute," Billboard Bulletin reports. Don Henley and Courtney Love ar The California State Senate will hold a hearing Sept. 5 in Sacramento, Calif., to…

  16. Dave Matthews Band Preps New Live Album

    August 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band is planning an Oct. 23 release for its third live album, informatively titled "Live in Chicago 12/19/98." The two-disc, 16-song RCA set chronicles the group's performance at the cit Dave Matthews Band is planning an Oct. 23 release for its third live album,…

  17. Keys, Sisqo, Jagged Edge Push Gold & Platinum

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Albums by a trio of R&B artists -- newcomer Alicia Keys, Sisqo, and Jagged Edge -- are at the forefront of the latest list of gold and platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association Albums by a trio of R&B artists -- newcomer Alicia Keys, Sisqo, and Jagged Edge -- are…

  18. Jackson Tribute Adds Destiny, Liza, Monica

    July 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B acts Destiny's Child and Monica, along with legendary performer Liza Minnelli, have been added to the lineup for the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concerts at New York's Madison Square Gard R&B acts Destiny's Child and Monica, along with legendary performer Liza…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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