1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers letters regarding the state of commercial singles. LOST BUSINESS Dear Fred, You hit the nail on the head a couple of weeks ago when you mentioned singles. I used to buy singles every week, at least $20 worth. But now I never go to…

  2. Billboard Bits: Ozzy Osbourne, Ween, Taryn Manning

    August 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Ozzy Osbourne, Ween, Taryn Manning Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley has declared his fight against Osbourne and his wife Sharon over performance royalties will continue, despite a Los Angeles judge's decision that says the opposite. "Obviously this is a disappointing…

  3. Veteran Bluesmen Team For Tour

    August 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy has tapped T-Model Ford as the opening act for a string of East Coast tour dates. Ford joins Guy for a pair of shows in New York the first week in September, and con Veteran Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy has tapped T-Model Ford as the opening act for a string…

  4. Li'l Abner, My Fair Lady, Barnum

    June 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Broadway producer Herman Levin and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner were working on a musical called Li'l Abner before they abandoned it for another project: My Fair Lady, with music by Frederick Loewe. ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Li'L Abner REISSUE PRODUCERS: Didier C. Deutsch, Darcy…

  5. Moby Opts For More Warmth, Less Attitude

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Moby has decided that his new primary musical ambition is to create compositions that are warm and emotional -- the kind that listeners can "take home and embrace." Moby has decided that his new primary musical ambition is to create compositions that are warm and emotional -- the…

  6. Walker, Winans Set For Gospelfest 2002

    April 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST Hezekiah Walker and Vickie Winans are among the artists who have signed on for McDonald's Gospelfest 2002 tour. Under the banner "Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Spirit," the 19th annual event will set down Hezekiah Walker and Vickie Winans are among the artists who have signed on…

  7. Branford Launches Label As Jazz Alternative

    February 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis is putting his family name on a newly established independent label, Marsalis Music. Launched in collaboration with family patriarch and noted pianist Ellis Marsalis Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis is putting his family name on a newly established…

  8. Billboard Bits: Daugherty, Kaukonen, Thorogood

    February 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Jay Dee Daugherty, Jorma Kaukonen, and George Thorogood. Jay Dee Daugherty, longtime drummer for the Patti Smith Group, is recovering at New York's Bellevue Hospital following a motorcycle accident Friday (Feb. 8) in which he was struck head-on by a motorist in lower Manhattan.…

  9. Blind Pig Records—25th AnniversaryCollection

    November 17, 2001 12:00 AM EST San Francisco's Blind Pig Records— which actually started in the basement of an Ann Arbor, Mich., blues joint in 1977—proudly celebrates its imminent 25th anniversary with a glorious sin San Francisco's Blind Pig Records— which actually started in the basement of an Ann Arbor, Mich.…

  10. Billboard Bits: MTV Europe, Manny Albam, Les Savy Fav

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV Europe, Manny Albam, Les Savy Fav Australian pop songstress/current U.K. chart queen Kylie Minogue and modern rockers R.E.M. are the latest artists signed to perform live at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 8 in Frankfurt, Germany. Minogue and R.E.M.,…

  11. Billboard Bits: Wetlands, Joe Henry, Kid 'N Play

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Wetlands, Joe Henry, Kid 'N Play The Wetlands Preserve, a staple of the New York music club scene for more than a decade, will close its doors for good on Sept. 15. The club blames "gentrification" in its Tribeca neighborhood for spiraling rent costs; the building "…

  12. Scar

    June 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT While being enticed by the infectious rhumba beats and staccato guitar soloing of "Stop," the first single from Joe Henry's Scar, you may be too distracted to realize that the song's lyrics match thos While being enticed by the infectious rhumba beats and staccato guitar…

  13. Billboard Bits: Barenaked Ladies, Bon Jovi, and more

    May 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Barenaked Ladies, Bon Jovi, Marcus Miller, Billy Higgins Barenaked Ladies fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the band's upcoming North American tour via a special Internet pre-sale offer. Beginning May 10 at 7 a.m. ET through 10 p.m. PT, half of the available…

  14. Henry Hitches Tour Rides With Byrne, Harris

    May 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Joe Henry has secured a support slot on two upcoming tours. First he'll open for David Byrne's entire North American trek in support of his new Virgin album "Look Into the Eyeball" ( Singer/songwriter Joe Henry has secured a support slot on two upcoming…

  15. Joe Henry's 'Scar' Poised To Make A Mark

    April 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Joe Henry opens a provocative chapter of his career with the help of an eclectic cast of musicians -- including such top jazz talents as the legendary Ornette Coleman -- on his new Singer/songwriter Joe Henry opens a provocative chapter of his career with the help of an…

  16. Joe Henry's 'Scar' Poised To Make A Mark

    April 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Joe Henry opens a provocative chapter of his career with the help of an eclectic cast of musicians -- including such top jazz talents as the legendary Ornette Coleman -- on his new a Singer/songwriter Joe Henry opens a provocative chapter of his career with the help of an…

  17. The Tenor Giants Featuring Oscar Peterson

    April 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Try this: Walk up to a friend who likes his or her jazz mainstream, finger-poppin', and swingin', and mention Zoot Sims, "Lockjaw" Davis, and the title of this album. Try this: Walk up to a friend who likes his or her jazz mainstream, finger-poppin', and swingin'…

  18. Ultra Natè Takes Novel Approach To 'Stranger Than Fiction'

    March 27, 2001 12:00 AM EST Even the most successful dance divas face pressures following up their hits, as fans and the industry alike clamor for more of the same. An artist who wants to grow beyond constricting categories -- Even the most successful dance divas face pressures following up their hits, as fans and the…

  19. Ultra Nate Takes Novel Approach To 'Stranger Than Fiction'

    March 27, 2001 12:00 AM EST Even the most successful dance divas face pressures following up their hits, as fans and the industry alike clamor for more of the same. An artist who wants to grow beyond constricting categories -- a Even the most successful dance divas face pressures following up their hits, as fans and the…

  20. Billboard Bits: Puffy, Mascis, Joe Henry, and more

    February 27, 2001 12:00 AM EST News on Sean Puffy Combs, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Carl Thomas, Brandy, Brian McKnight, J Mascis, Mike Watt, Ron Asheton, Stooges, Joe Henry, Ornette Coleman, Madonna, Marc Ribot, Brad Mehldau, Jeffe Embattled rapper/producer Sean "Puffy" Combs and minister/artist Hezekiah Walker…

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