1. Five-less Folds Finds Solitude In 'The Suburbs'

    August 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT During the late '90s, Ben Folds Five established itself as a purveyor of intelligent, piano-based pop on the strength of singles like "Song for the Dumped" and "Brick." Now, founder Ben Folds explores During the late '90s, Ben Folds Five established itself as a…

  2. LL, Ludacris, Nas Enjoy 'The Goodlife'

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J, Ludacris, Nas, Erick Sermon, Joe, and India.Arie are among the artists represented on "The Goodlife," a 19-track compilation album that marks the first release from Universal's joint ventur LL Cool J, Ludacris, Nas, Erick Sermon, Joe, and India.Arie are among the…

  3. 'O Brother' Leads Bluegrass Awards Nominations

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Dan Tyminski -- a member of Alison Krauss' band Union Station who did the singing for George Clooney in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- leads the list of nominees for this year's Internationa Dan Tyminski -- a member of Alison Krauss' band Union Station who…

  4. Bobby Brown Suffers Seizure

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Bobby Brown was rushed to a Morristown, N.J., hospital in the early hours of yesterday (Aug. 8) morning to receive treatment for a seizure. Brown's wife, fellow performer Whitney Housto R&B singer Bobby Brown was rushed to a Morristown, N.J., hospital in the early…

  5. 'NOW' Holds 'N Sync To 1 Week At No. 1

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The seventh volume of the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" (EMI/Universal/Sony/Zomba/Virgin) hit compilation series sold 621,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, according to SoundScan, more than The seventh volume of the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" (EMI…

  6. Counting Crows To Tour Into November

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT What began as a short West Coast tour for modern rock act Counting Crows has been extended through early November. The trek, hitting largely college campuses, resumes Aug. 18 near Denver and is schedu What began as a short West Coast tour for modern rock act Counting Crows has been extended…

  7. RIAA Seeks Napster Ruling

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and music publishers, in an effort to avoid a protracted legal trial, have asked a federal judge to rule that Napster is liable for willfully viola The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and music publishers, in an effort to…

  8. Jones Sings More 'Stone Cold Country'

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT He has been called everything from "Possum" and "No-Show" to country's greatest singer. Now George Jones can add "label partner" to the list. The enduring performer is a partner with former Asylum Rec He has been called everything from "Possum" and…

  9. Posh Spice Gearing Up For Solo Debut

    August 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) will officially launch her solo career with the Sept. 17 U.K. release of the single "Not Such an Innocent Girl" (Virgin) to be followed on Oct. 1 by a self-titled album. Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) will officially launch her solo career with the Sept.…

  10. Billboard Bits: Lit, Little T & One Track Mike, and more

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT NEws on Lit, Little T & One Track Mike, and more Modern rock act Lit will on Oct. 9 release "Atomic," the follow-up to 1999's "A Place in the Sun." The Dirty Martini/RCA album will be preceded later this month by the single "Lipstick and Bruises." As…

  11. Pearl Jam, R.E.M. Lead Massive Hunger Benefit

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger benefit concert for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 22 at Seattle's Key Arena. The show Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger…

  12. John's Angry Letter To Paul Up For Auction

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT An expletive-filled, handwritten letter drafted by John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, after the Beatles' 1970 breakup is to be sold at auction. The six-page draft -- expected to fetch An expletive-filled, handwritten letter drafted by John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his…

  13. Mellencamp, King To Finish Musical In 2002

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp and fiction writer Stephen King expect to complete the stage musical they're working on sometime in February. "Steve has written the most beautiful story," Mellencamp says. "I've writt John Mellencamp and fiction writer Stephen King expect to complete…

  14. Voodoo Fest To Feature Tool, Snoop, Others

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock act Tool, rapper Snoop Dogg, and rockers the Black Crowes are among the artists confirmed for the third edition of New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival. Set for Oct. 27 in City Park, the eclec Hard rock act Tool, rapper Snoop Dogg, and rockers the Black Crowes are among the…

  15. Que Bo Gold Sticks With 'Red Clay'

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The stain left by the red dirt that's indigenous to the South -- called "red clay" by the locals -- is nearly impossible to remove. And that's how newcomer Que Bo Gold (aka Niqua Jones) describes his The stain left by the red dirt that's indigenous to the South --…

  16. Hot Product

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Usher, Aaron Carter, the Isley Brothers, and more. A Reminder The 11th-hour termination of an album release can set off all kinds of bells and whistles. But Napster leaks and rumblings about misguided material aside, Usher has bounced back from the "All About U…

  17. Billboard Bits: Farm Aid, Janet, Pras, and more

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Farm Aid, Janet, Pras, and more Co-founders Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and a solo Dave Matthews are confirmed to perform alongside John Mellencamp at this year's Farm Aid benefit concert, set for Sept. 29 at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Ind., just north of…

  18. Badu, Furtado On 'Red Star' Soul Compilation

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tracks by Erykah Badu, Nelly Furtado, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Amel Larrieux featuring the Roots will be found on the "Red Star Sounds Volume I: Soul Searchin'" compilation, due Oct. 9 f Tracks by Erykah Badu, Nelly Furtado, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and…

  19. 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…

  20. Earth, Wind & Fire To Stress Healthcare On U.S. Tour

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Earth, Wind & Fire will celebrate its 30th anniversary next month with the Cool Blue September tour, due to launch Sept. 1 at the National Car Rental Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Sponsored by ph Earth, Wind & Fire will celebrate its 30th anniversary next month with the Cool Blue…

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