1. Boozoo Chavis Dead At 70

    May 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis died Saturday in Austin, Texas, six days after suffering both a heart attack and stroke. He was 70. Born Wilson Anthony Chavis, the artist scored what is considered the fi Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis died Saturday in Austin, Texas, six days after suffering both a…

  2. Jill Scott Hospitalized With Infection

    May 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-nominated R&B vocalist Jill Scott has been hospitalized with a lung infection, an illness that has forced her to miss the first few dates as the opening act on Sting's current U.S. tour. Grammy-nominated R&B vocalist Jill Scott has been hospitalized with a lung infection,…

  3. K-Ci Pleads No Contest To Exposure Charges

    May 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT K-Ci (real name: Cedric Hailey), one-half of the R&B duo K-Ci & Jo-Jo, pleaded no contest to four charges of lewd conduct last week in a Los Angeles court. Hailey's attorney Kenneth Markman en K-Ci (real name: Cedric Hailey), one-half of the R&B duo K-Ci & Jo-Jo, pleaded…

  4. Hot Product

    May 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Paul McCartney, the Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, David Byrne, and more. Spreading His 'Wings' Rather than aping the sound Paul McCartney helped shape with the Beatles, his post-Fab Four band Wings was more personal and stylistically prismatic in tone, its…

  5. Beach Boys Love & Johnston Carry On

    May 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT marks the 40th anniversary of the first release by the Beach Boys, the closest America came to producing a band who matched the Beatles in terms of artistic innovation and commercial impact. 2001 marks the 40th anniversary of the first release by the Beach Boys, the closest America came…

  6. Geri Halliwell Earns Fourth U.K. No. 1

    May 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The combination of a box-office smash and a 1980s disco anthem gave Geri Halliwell her fourth solo No. 1 single in the U.K. yesterday (May 6). Her cover of "It's Raining Men," from the Mercury soundtr The combination of a box-office smash and a 1980s disco anthem gave Geri…

  7. Bertelsmann Researching Napster Security Systems

    May 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Digital World Services (DWS) says it is testing two security systems for Napster. DWS, which handles download technology for RCA parent Bertelsmann AG, also says Napster is on track for the launch of Digital World Services (DWS) says it is testing two security systems for Napster. DWS, which…

  8. Tom Petty Adds 35 U.S. Tour Dates

    May 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have added some 35 dates across the U.S. to what was originally a 14-city West Coast tour, Billboard Bulletin reports. The tour begins May 9, 2001 at Gill Coliseum in Corva Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have added some 35 dates across the U.S. to what was…

  9. Billboard Bits: Little Steven, Sigur Ros, Henry Rollins

    May 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Little Steven, Sigur Ros, and Henry Rollins E Street Band member Little Steven Van Zandt has taken a 50% stake in New York garage-rock label Cavestomp! Records. Label founder Jon Weiss says the guitarist and "Sopranos" co-star will oversee A&R for the label. He adds that…

  10. Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology

    May 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The influence of Gram Parsons has never waned, even in the nearly three decades since his untimely death in 1973. The influence of Gram Parsons has never waned, even in the nearly three decades since his untimely death in 1973. Forty-six of these reasons are compiled in this two-disc…

  11. Stranger Than Fiction

    May 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Since debuting on dancefloors with "It's Over Now" 12 years ago, singer/songwriter Ultra NatÉ has made a conscious effort to break down the borders that have separated club music from R&B a Since debuting on dancefloors with "It's Over Now" 12 years ago,…

  12. Love the Game

    May 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT This is Debbie Davies' sixth album—her third for Shanachie—and at this juncture, Love the Game can be taken as a rÉsumÉ of not only what Davies has to offer as a blues play This is Debbie Davies' sixth album—her third for Shanachie—and at this juncture, Love the Game can be taken as…

  13. Not That Kind

    May 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT After garnering critical and commercial success overseas, Anastacia finally hits stateside with her Daylight/Epic debut. After garnering critical and commercial success overseas, Anastacia finally hits stateside with her Daylight/Epic debut. Not That Kind, originally scheduled for release…

  14. Exclusive: Rhino Plans Elvis Costello Reissues

    May 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rhino Records will reissue Elvis Costello's Columbia and Warner Bros. catalog as a series of augmented two-CD sets, including a full disc of alternate, rare, and previously unreleased material, Billbo Rhino Records will reissue Elvis Costello's Columbia and Warner Bros. catalog as a…

  15. Big Easy Airport May Honor Louis Armstrong

    May 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT New Orleans International Airport may soon bear the name of the city's most famous native son, jazz legend Louis Armstrong. The new name -- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport -- could b New Orleans International Airport may soon bear the name of the city's most famous…

  16. Chart Beat Bonus

    May 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on S Club 7, Bee Gees, Russell Watson, Janet Jackson CHART BEAT BONUS S CLUB 14: That's the number you get when you double the S Club 7 hits. The British group leaps into the top-10 on The Billboard Hot 100, thanks to the release of a commercial single for "Never Had a Dream…

  17. Nikka Costa Goes Beyond Family Ties

    May 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Nikka Costa could have taken the easy route. Daughter of famed arranger/producer Don Costa, the twenty-something singer/songwriter could have easily used the family name to jumpstart her own career st Nikka Costa could have taken the easy route. Daughter of famed arranger/producer Don Costa,…

  18. Music Stars Race To Erase MS

    May 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Destiny's Child, Macy Gray, and Gloria Estefan are among the artists who have contributed tracks to "Keeping the Dream Alive - RACE to Erase MS." Due June 5 through Epic, the album will benefit the Na Destiny's Child, Macy Gray, and Gloria Estefan are among the artists who…

  19. Billboard Bits: Big Pun, 'Rocky Horror,' Neutrino

    May 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Big Punisher, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Neutrino & Oxide A New York City Council committee has decided not to approve a measure that would have named a Bronx intersection after late rapper Christopher ''Big Pun'' Rios because of its discomfort over some of his…

  20. May Brings New Album, Tour For Cray

    May 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Robert Cray Band will release a new album "Shoulda Been Home," on May 15 through Rykodisc. It's the contemporary blues group's 12th studio album and second for the label. A U.S. tour behind the St The Robert Cray Band will release a new album "Shoulda Been Home,…

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