1. Plant Returns To Interpretation

    July 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "My ability and vocal chords are all in good shape, but I haven't really felt substantially relevant as a lyricist for a long time." A stunning admission, but one characteristic of Robert Plant, the disarmingly honest voice of Led…

  2. Smith's 'MiB II' Stays On Top At Box Office

    July 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Four new films took a shot at knocking "Men in Black II" from its perch atop the box office heap this weekend, but the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones film proved too tough to beat and held on to its crown Four new films took a shot at knocking "Men in Black II" from its perch…

  3. 29TunesOnTV

    July 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 15-21, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JULY 15 "2002 WNBA All-Star Game," ESPN Featured Artists: Brian McKnight (performing the National Anthem), Ashanti (halftime performance; live from the MCI…

  4. Billboard Bits: Aretha, Love Parade, Hot Snakes

    July 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Aretha Franklin, Berlin's Love Parade, and the Hot Snakes. Aretha Franklin is gearing up to hit the road one more time. Described as her "last full-out tour," the Queen of Soul's I'll Be Seeing You With a Song In My Heart jaunt kicks off in summer 2002.…

  5. Knoc-turn'al Sees The Light With Mini-Album

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT West Coast rapper and Dr. Dre protege Knoc-turn'al has set a July 30 release date for his Elektra debut, the mini-album "L.A. Confidential Presents Knoc-turn'al." The six-track disc is planned as an a West Coast rapper and Dr. Dre protege Knoc-turn'al has set a July…

  6. Springsteen & E Street Set 'Rising' Tour

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT In support of the forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will kick off a tour Aug. 7 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The itinerary In support of the forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," Bruce…

  7. Beck Lines Up Solo Acoustic Tour

    July 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Beck has confirmed a solo acoustic tour of North America, due to kick off Aug. 2 in Seattle. Dates run through Aug. 25 in Scottsdale, Ariz., but more shows are expected to be added in such cities as S Beck has confirmed a solo acoustic tour of North America, due to kick off Aug. 2 in Seattle.…

  8. Jagger, Richards In 'Simpsons' Guest Spot

    July 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here last year, Homer Simpson will make his rock'n'roll dreams come true in the fall, with some help from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones duo will guest star in an episode As tipped here last year , Homer Simpson will make his rock'n'roll…

  9. Westerberg Takes 'Stereo' On The Road

    July 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg will kick off his Come Feel Me Tremble tour July 25 at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Los Angeles. Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg will kick off his Come Feel Me Tremble tour July 25 at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Los…

  10. Phil Collins Returns To 'Testify'

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo album in six years, "Testify," due Nov. 12 from Atlantic. "Testify" marks the first release of new Collins music since the 1999 Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo…

  11. 28TunesOnTV

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 8-14. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JULY 8 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: Dolly Parton (also scheduled: Tom Hanks). "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC Featured…

  12. Phillips Brings The 'Love,' Tours With Doe, Hersh

    July 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Grant-Lee Phillips will commercially release "Ladies' Love Oracle," a collection of solo acoustic material, Aug. 20 via Zoe/Rounder. Recorded over the course of three days during October 1999 in produ Grant-Lee Phillips will commercially release "Ladies' Love Oracle,…

  13. Beenie Man Whips Up Star-Studded 'Tropical Storm'

    July 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For his latest album, "Tropical Storm," Jamaican toaster Beenie Man has teamed up with a host of guest artists, including Lil' Kim, So Solid Crew, and dancehall greats Sly & Robbie. Due Aug. 20 vi For his latest album, "Tropical Storm," Jamaican toaster Beenie Man…

  14. Sony Buys Famed Acuff-Rose Catalog

    July 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing will buy the oldest and one of the richest song catalogs in country music from Gaylord Entertainment. Sony/ATV Music Publishing will buy the oldest and one of the richest song catalogs in country music from Gaylord Entertainment for $157 million, Gaylord officials…

  15. 'Simpsons' Creator To Curate All Tomorrow's Parties

    July 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Matt Groening, creator of the animated Fox series "The Simpsons" and "Futurama," will curate the 2003 U.S. edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) festival, to be held in June on the University of Matt Groening, creator of the animated Fox series "The…

  16. 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…

  17. 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&…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. '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,…

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