1. Return Of Essence Music Festival At Risk

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As the Essence Music Festival enters the last year of its commitment to the city of New Orleans, there is some doubt that it will return there in future years. A bold mix of seasoned stars and emerging artists stirs up this year's Essence Music Festival , whose "Party With a Purpose…

  2. Country Legend Johnny Russell Dies

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died of complications relating to diabetes this morning (July 3) in a hospital outside of Nashville. He was 61. Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died of complications relating to diabetes this morning (July…

  3. Hot Product

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Lil' Mo, Basement Jaxx, Tricky, Lonestar, Jagged Edge, and more. 'True' Enough "I guess I could re-title the album 'It's About Damn Time'," laughs Lil' Mo, who this week will finally release her EastWest/Elektra debut, …

  4. 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…

  5. LaBelle, Krall Lead Aspen Jazz Fest

    June 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Jazz vocalists Patti LaBelle and Diana Krall will headline the 11th annual Janus Jazz Aspen festival, to be held June 21-24 in Snowmass Village, Colo., near Aspen. Labelle will anchor the four-day eve Jazz vocalists Patti LaBelle and Diana Krall will headline the 11th annual Janus Jazz Aspen…

  6. Songcatcher

    June 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT This startling collection of newly recorded folk ballads—inspired by the indie movie Songcatcher, about an academic who in 1907 travels to Appalachia to steep herself in its musical traditions& This startling collection of newly recorded folk ballads—inspired by the indie movie…

  7. Springsteen Celebrates Stone Pony Anniversary

    May 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen surprised music fans over the holiday weekend when he dropped into the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., and turned in an hour-long set with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes an Bruce Springsteen surprised music fans over the holiday weekend when he dropped into the…

  8. Poll: McGraw/Chesney Tour Is Country's Hottest

    May 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's upcoming U.S. trek is the most anticipated country tour of the summer, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. The duo pulled down 39% of 2,231 votes, easi Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's upcoming U.S. trek is the most anticipated country…

  9. Ramone's Life Remembered As A 'Gas'

    May 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT At an event pulled together by his family and friends, the late Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman) was toasted Saturday night in New York by an all-star cast of characters. Emceed by E Street Band At an event pulled together by his family and friends, the late Joey Ramone (real name:…

  10. Lucinda Williams Reveals Her 'Essence'

    May 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Lucinda Williams discusses following up her biggest success to date, "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road," with her latest album, "Essence." Lucinda Williams has found both critical acclaim and commercial success as a performer, but she still feels like an outsider in Nashville,…

  11. Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness

    May 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT With a seasoned sound that belies her 24 years, Syleena Johnson comes by her chops naturally: Dad is '70s R&B/blues singer Syl Johnson. With a seasoned sound that belies her 24 years, Syleena Johnson comes by her chops naturally: Dad is '70s R&B/blues singer Syl Johnson. But…

  12. Timbre

    May 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Timbre is technically a reissue of an album first heard via Columbia last year, an incarnation that barely made a dent on the street. Timbre is technically a reissue of an album first heard via Columbia last year, an incarnation that barely made a dent on the street. Now available via Hawkins…

  13. Destiny's Child-Led TRL Tour Kicks Off July 18

    May 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT MTV's first TRL tour will kick off July 18 in Albany, N.Y., and run through a two-night finale Sept. 21 and 21 in Honolulu. As previously reported, the tour will feature headliner Destiny's Child, who MTV's first TRL tour will kick off July 18 in Albany, N.Y., and run through a…

  14. Billboard Bits: Bee Gees, Music Midtown, Ween, and more

    April 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Bits: Bee Gees, Music Midtown, Ween, and more The Bee Gees will continue celebrating their 35th anniversary on Friday (April 27) with an appearance on cable network A&E's intimate concert series "Live By Request." The show will be broadcast live from New York'…

  15. Billboard Bits: 'Tomb Raider,' David Gray, and more

    April 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on "Tomb Raider" soundtrack, David Gray, George Harrison, Goo Goo Dolls As first tipped here last month, several major artists have contributed new and unreleased material to the Elektra soundtrack to "Tomb Raider," expected to be one of this summer's biggest…

  16. Billboard Bits: Suge Knight, ACM Awards, and more

    April 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Death Row, Suge Knight, Brooks & Dunn, Academy Of Country Music Awards, System Of A Down, Rick Rubin, A, Adam Sandler Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight was released from Mule Creek State Prison near Sacramento, Calif., on Friday morning, after serving…

  17. Joey Ramone Dead At 49

    April 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman), the gangly punk rock icon whose signature yelp melded with the Ramones' three-chord thrash to signify the New York punk revolution, died yesterday (April 15). H Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman), the gangly punk rock icon whose signature yelp…

  18. Joey Ramone Dead At 49

    April 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman), the gangly punk rock icon whose signature yelp melded with the Ramones' three-chord thrash to signify the New York punk revolution, died yesterday (April 15). H Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman), the gangly punk rock icon whose signature yelp…

  19. Hotlanta To Inaugurate Free Weekly Concert Series

    April 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Vertical Horizon, They Might Be Giants, Cowboy Mouth, and Sister Hazel are among the artists headlining during Atlanta's summer-long On the Bricks free weekly concert series. To be held in the city's Vertical Horizon, They Might Be Giants, Cowboy Mouth, and Sister Hazel are among…

  20. R&B Stars Turn Out Covers On 'Rhythm & Spirit' Set

    April 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Songs recorded by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, and Dolly Parton are among those covered by R&B artists for the inspirational compilation "Rhythm & Spirit: Love Can Build a Bridge." D Songs recorded by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, and Dolly Parton are…

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