1. Sisqo's 'Return' Aims To Best 'Thong'

    June 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT From platinum curls to corn rows, Sisqo is never one to stay the same for long. The Baltimore native aims to prove that he's more than merely a singer with a love of thong lingerie on his sophomore so From platinum curls to corn rows, Sisqo is never one to stay the same for long. The…

  2. Free City

    June 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Following in the footsteps of group member Nelly's solo material, the St. Lunatics offer more party anthems on their debut, Free City. The St. Following in the footsteps of group member Nelly's solo material, the St. Lunatics offer more party anthems on their debut, Free City. The…

  3. Farrakhan: Rappers Reflect Society

    June 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Louis Farrakhan defended rappers who use foul language and graphically depict violence and sexuality, saying they are only reflecting society and the nation's "gangsta" government. But the Nation of I Louis Farrakhan defended rappers who use foul language and graphically depict…

  4. Lauryn Hill To Headline U.K. MOBOFest

    June 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Lauryn Hill heads the bill for MOBOFest 2001, set for Aug. 4 at East London's Victoria Park. Her performance will provide an exclusive showcase of new material from the as-yet unscheduled follow-up to Lauryn Hill heads the bill for MOBOFest 2001, set for Aug. 4 at East London's…

  5. Powderfinger Exports Its Aussie Appeal Stateside

    June 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Austrailian rock act Powderfinger pledges hard work as the means of crossing its homeland success to the U.S. with its latest album, "Odyessy Number Five." On its native ground, rock quintet Powderfinger has earned a slew of awards-including Australian Record Industry Association …

  6. Billboard Bits: Shaggy, 'N Sync, R.E.M.

    June 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Shaggy, 'N Sync, and R.E.M. Performances by Shaggy, Sugar Ray, BBMak, Dream, and the Baha Men will be featured in the "Walt Disney World Summer Jam Concert," to be broadcast Sunday (June 10) at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. The special was taped at the Walt Disney World Resort…

  7. Early David Gray Albums To Be Reissued

    June 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Following the platinum success of David Gray's "White Ladder" album (ATO/RCA), his former label, EMI, has announced plans to simultaneously reissue the singer/songwriter's first two albums along with Following the platinum success of David Gray's "White Ladder…

  8. Kurupt Keeps Busy With Two New Albums

    June 01, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited sophomore album by tha Dogg Pound, "Tha Dogg Pound: 2002," is set for a July 31 release on Death Row Records, some six years after the duo's 1995 debut, the multi-platinum "Dogg Food. The long-awaited sophomore album by tha Dogg Pound, "Tha Dogg Pound…

  9. Fans Find Jessica Simpson 'Irresistible'

    June 01, 2001 12:00 AM EDT When Jessica Simpson recorded her first album, 1999's "Sweet Kisses," she was just 17 years old. Now, knocking on the door of 21, the singer explains that there have been a few changes. "When you're When Jessica Simpson recorded her first album, 1999's "…

  10. Hot Product

    May 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Brad Paisley, Air, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Goo Goo Dolls, and more. 'II' Times A Charm Brad Paisley seems to have been everywhere in the past two years. The 28-year-old West Virginia native has become the country industry's most acclaimed new artist,…

  11. Billboard Bits: Soccer Six, BlackHawk, Faithless

    May 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on the Soccer Six charity soccer game, BlackHawk's new label, and Faithless' new album Cup Promotions' seventh annual Music Industry Soccer Six tournament will take place Monday (May 28) at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, in the U.K., raising funds for the Help A London Child…

  12. HBO To Broadcast Madonna's Detroit Show

    May 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Cable channel HBO will broadcast "Madonna Live: The Drowned World Tour," from the Detroit concert stop on the singer's summer tour. The show is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. EDT on Aug. 26 from The Palac Cable channel HBO will broadcast "Madonna Live: The Drowned World Tour,…

  13. Sisqo Preps For June 'Return'

    May 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R&B sensation Sisqo will return June 19 with a new Dragon/Def Soul album, titled "Return of Dragon." The 12-track set boasts guest appearances by the members of the artist's group Dru Hill, and hi R&B sensation Sisqo will return June 19 with a new Dragon/Def Soul album,…

  14. Aguilera Sues Over Release Of Early Demos

    May 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Teen pop sensation Christina Aguilera has filed a breach of contract and unfair competition suit against Warlock Records, Platinum Recording Group, and former producers Robert Allecca and Michael Brow Teen pop sensation Christina Aguilera has filed a breach of contract and unfair competition…

  15. Tyler, Collective Soul To Perform At Indy 500 Festivities

    May 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler will sing the national anthem on Sunday (May 27) prior to the 85th Indianapolis 500 stock car race. Drawing a crowd of several hundred thousand people to Indianapoli Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler will sing the national anthem on Sunday (May 27) prior to…

  16. Tantric Transcends Days Past

    May 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT In 1998, three members of the platinum-selling act Days of the New were fired. But instead of slinking off into obscurity, the ousted members turned lemons into lemonade: They recruited a new singer, In 1998, three members of the platinum-selling act Days of the New were fired. But instead of…

  17. Silk Returns With Another 'Session'

    May 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT It's been almost a decade since Atlanta-based quintet Silk stormed the music world with its 1992 chart-topping debut album, "Lose Control," which it followed in 1995 with "Silk." As the group prepares It's been almost a decade since Atlanta-based quintet Silk…

  18. Inaugural Oz 'Popstars' Lose Member

    May 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Katie Underwood has exited Bardot, the group created in the first season of the Australian version of the "Popstars" reality television series. Underwood is "departing the group due to personal career Katie Underwood has exited Bardot, the group created in the first season of…

  19. 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…

  20. Fly Away From Here and Just Push Play

    May 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT These two tracks from Aerosmith's platinum Just Push Play epitomize the longstanding band's sound at this stage of the game: old-school rock enlivened with modern production values on one hand and sup These two tracks from Aerosmith's platinum Just Push Play epitomize the…

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