1. LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh Rap For Kids

    July 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop is for kids, at least according to book publisher Scholastic, who is producing a new book-and-CD series titled Hip Kid Hop. The series will pair a children's book -- aimed at kids ages 4-10 -- Hip-hop is for kids, at least according to book publisher Scholastic, who is producing…

  2. Hot Product

    July 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Oasis, Bow Wow, Green Day, and more. Chemical Reaction "It's far and away the best record since 'Definitely Maybe,'" declares a confident Noel Gallagher of Oasis' fifth album, "Heathen Chemistry" (Big Brother/Epic). "I&…

  3. Aziatic

    June 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Underrated might be one way to describe the career of AZ. Underappreciated may be even better. The Queens, N.Y., MC is poised to rectify such matters with Aziatic. His fourth overall release—an Underrated might be one way to describe the career of AZ. Underappreciated may be even better. The…

  4. Billboard Bits: McCartney, White Stripes, AIDS Benefits

    June 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Paul McCartney, White Stripes, AIDS Benefits Sources say Sir Paul McCartney will return to North America for another run on his Drivin' USA tour, with 23 more arena dates in late September and October. According to Amusement Business, the initial 27 shows grossed more than $53…

  5. 'Austin Powers' Soundtrack Shines With Stars

    June 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For the soundtrack to the third Austin Powers movie, "Goldmember," due July 16, Maverick Records is recreating the series' '70s-meets-the present vibe with songs from classic artists of yesteryear (Ro For the soundtrack to the third Austin Powers movie, "Goldmember,…

  6. McCartney Battles With McDonald's

    June 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney wants fast food giant McDonald's to apply its U.S. animal welfare standards to its restaurants worldwide. The former Beatle, who married Heather Mills earlier this month, took time out Paul McCartney wants fast food giant McDonald's to apply its U.S. animal welfare…

  7. Eminem Halts Roach Approach

    June 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Papa Roach scurries to the upper reaches of The Billboard 200, but is held to No. 2 behind the still mighty "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope). Eminem's set sold 381,000 copies in the U.S., Papa Roach scurries to the upper reaches of The Billboard 200, but is held to…

  8. Golden Jubilee Live Album Heads Overseas

    June 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Virgin has set a July 2 North American release date for "Party at the Palace," a 21-track souvenir from the recent Golden Jubilee concerts at London's Buckingham Palace. Virgin has set a July 2 North American release date for "Party at the Palace," a 21-track souvenir…

  9. Happy 'Days': Dirty Vegas To Open For Moby

    June 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT U.K. electronica/rock trio Dirty Vegas has been drafted to open for Moby's North American tour, which will play dates before and after the latter's stint on the Area2 trek. The dates kick off July 14 U.K. electronica/rock trio Dirty Vegas has been drafted to open for Moby's…

  10. Billboard Bits: Macy Gray, Nammys, Megadeth

    June 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Macy Gray, Nammys, Megadeth Macy Gray, Angelique Kidjo, the Keb Mo' Band, and G Love & Special Sauce are among the artists who have been added to the lineup for this year's annual Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival in Aspen, Colo. The artists will perform Aug. 30…

  11. D'Angelo, Common Lead Fela Kuti Tribute

    June 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT D'Angelo, Common, Dead Prez, Blackalicious, and Macy Gray are among the artists who have contributed to the latest edition in the Red Hot charity album series, "Red Hot + RIOT!," due Oct. 16 from MCA. D'Angelo, Common, Dead Prez, Blackalicious, and Macy Gray are among the…

  12. Bunkka

    June 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT When high-octane album opener "Ready Steady Go" kicks off with a hard-driving beat reminiscent of the Crystal Method, you know this isn't the usual fare from trance DJ Paul Oakenfold. When high-octane album opener "Ready Steady Go" kicks off with a hard-driving beat…

  13. Billboard Bits: Charlie Daniels, Ashanti, B.B. King

    June 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Charlie Daniels, Ashanti, B.B. King Country singer Charlie Daniels dropped out of an Independence Day television special, saying producers thought a song he'd planned to sing about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. was inappropriate. Daniels wrote a letter this week to…

  14. Bono Urges Chirac To Champion Africa

    June 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT U2 singer Bono today (June 20) urged French President Jacques Chirac to be "a champion for Africa" when he and other world leaders meet next week to discuss a new African development plan. U2 singer Bono today (June 20) urged French President Jacques Chirac to be "a champion…

  15. 2002 ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards winners

    June 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The 15th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards, which honor the songwriters and publishers of the top ASCAP songs of the 2001 R&B/hip-hop, rap, dance and reggae charts, were held June 17 in Beverly The 15th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards, which honor the songwriters and publishers of…

  16. Raitt, Lovett Slate Summer U.S. Swing

    June 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Kindred spirits Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett have plans to hit the road together this summer. The duo will kick off a U.S. tour, their second together, July 26 in Birmingham, Ala., and remain out thro Kindred spirits Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett have plans to hit the road together this summer…

  17. Hot Product

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Papa Roach, Wyclef Jean, Paul Oakenfold, Guided By Voices, and more. 'Love' It Or Leave It Hard rock act Papa Roach returns this week with its sophomore DreamWorks album "lovehatetragedy." The set was produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam,…

  18. Jagger's Forthcoming Knighthood Official

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Mick Jagger, the rock'n'roll rebel and former scourge of the British establishment, said Saturday he was delighted with his latest accolade -- a knighthood for his services to music. The 58-year-old a Mick Jagger, the rock'n'roll rebel and former scourge of the British…

  19. 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…

  20. Audiovent Boosted By Incubus Ties

    June 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When the members of Audiovent (originally known as Vent) -- lead singer Jason Boyd, guitarist Benjamin Einziger, bassist Paul Fried, and drummer Jamin Wilcox -- first gathered in the early '90s to explore their mutual interest in music, they…

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