1. Billboard Bits: Essence Awards, Johnny Cash, The Vines

    April 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Essence Awards, Johnny Cash, The Vines Alicia Keys, India.Arie, and Janet Jackson will be honored at this year's Essence Awards, to be taped May 31 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and air June 6 on Fox. Jackson will receive the magazine's "entertainer of…

  2. 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…

  3. Billboard Bits: Gaye/Aaliyah, R. Kelly, & More

    April 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Gaye/Aaliyah, R. Kelly, & More Nona Gaye has been added to the cast of the sequels "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Matrix: Revolutions" in a role that was to be filled by the late singer/actress Aaliyah. Gaye is in production on the project in Australia with…

  4. Hot Product

    April 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Goo Goo Dolls, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and more. Out Of The 'Gutter' Goo Goo Dolls' "Gutterflower" (Warner Bros.) follows the biggest studio album of the threesome's career, 1998's "Dizzy Up the…

  5. Are You Passionate?

    March 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST Recording for the first time with sometime touring mates and Stax studio vets keyboardist Booker T. Recording for the first time with sometime touring mates and Stax studio vets keyboardist Booker T. Jones and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn (both of Booker T. & the MG's), Neil…

  6. Fatboy Slim Nabs Two DanceStar USA Awards

    March 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fatboy Slim (real name: Norman Cook) was the big winner at the inaugural DanceStar USA Awards, held Sunday night in Miami. Slim picked up the best international act honor and the best video trophy for Fatboy Slim (real name: Norman Cook) was the big winner at the inaugural DanceStar USA…

  7. Hot Product

    March 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Celine Dion, Avant, the Baha Men, and more. 'Day' Ditty For the past two years, Celine Dion has given herself time to exhale -- and in the process, permission to breathe in life's simple pleasures. But after a hiatus that saw the world's best…

  8. Lesh Takes Friends In The Studio & On The Road

    March 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Phil Lesh, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, is gearing up to release his first studio album under the Phil Lesh & Friends banner. Due May 21 via Lesh's own Columbia-affiliated Lapis Music l Phil Lesh, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, is gearing up to release his first…

  9. Big Head Todd Basks In New Life On 'Riviera'

    March 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST When the head of your record label gives you an ultimatum to either co-write with Los Angeles' current crop of hitmakers or see your career come to a screeching halt, artistic and economic freedoms do When the head of your record label gives you an ultimatum to either co-write with Los…

  10. Belle & Sebastian Return With New 'Stories'

    March 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop collective Belle & Sebastian will release its first album in nearly two years June 4 via Matador. The 18-track set, dubbed "Storytelling," includes a mix of songs featured in the similarl U.K. pop collective Belle & Sebastian will release its first album in nearly…

  11. 11TunesOnTV

    March 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-releated TV listings for March 11-17, 2002. MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2002 "Fear Factor," NBC Featured Artist: Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson (also scheduled: Stephen Baldwin, Alison Sweeney, Kelly Packard, Alan Thicke, Ali Landry; hosted by Joe Rogan). "The NewMusic,…

  12. Sondheim Celebration Breaks Kennedy Center Records

    February 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Stephen Sondheim is proving to be a box-office bonanza for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Its record for single-day ticket-sales was shattered Monday when seats went on sale for a four-month c Stephen Sondheim is proving to be a box-office bonanza for the Kennedy Center in Washington,…

  13. Billboard Bits: DMZ Records, Sade/Epic, Colvin/Osborne

    February 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on DMZ Records, Sade/Epic, Colvin/Osborne Tony Bennett has signed on to contribute a song to the "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" soundtrack, which, as previously reported , is being composed and produced by veteran producer T Bone Burnett. The album will be released…

  14. Oakenfold, Deep Dish Sign On For Ultra Festival

    January 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST Paul Oakenfold, Deep Dish, and Roni Size are confirmed to appear March 23 at the fourth Ultra festival, which will kick off the annual Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach. The event, which will be Paul Oakenfold, Deep Dish, and Roni Size are confirmed to appear March 23 at the fourth Ultra…

  15. Billboard Bits: Alanis, Big Head Todd, Run-D.M.C.

    January 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Alanis, Big Head Todd, Run-D.M.C. Alanis Morissette will record an hour-long MTV Live performance Feb. 4 before a select audience of 1600 at the Propaganda in Milan. The performance will be broadcast exclusively across the MTV Europe Network, reaching more than 100 million homes.…

  16. Wonderfully Made

    January 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST This talented Georgia pop/rock outfit has a knack for creating vibrant music, with the end result immensely appealing. This talented Georgia pop/rock outfit has a knack for creating vibrant music, with the end result immensely appealing. This tradition is continued on Wonderfully Made, a…

  17. Early Psychedelic Furs Discs Expanded

    January 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Influential British post-punk act the Psychedelic Furs will see its first three studio albums repackaged in expanded editions on March 5 via Columbia/Legacy. Featuring restored packaging and artwork f Influential British post-punk act the Psychedelic Furs will see its first three studio…

  18. Neil Young Feeling 'Passionate' This Spring

    January 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rock legend Neil Young has given his next Reprise album the working title "Are You Passionate?" and is shooting for a March 26 release, according to a spokesperson. Young's backing band for the set co Rock legend Neil Young has given his next Reprise album the working title …

  19. Betty Blowtorch Singer Killed

    December 17, 2001 12:00 AM EST Bianca Halstead, lead singer of the rock band Betty Blowtorch, died Saturday while riding in a speeding car that went out of control on Interstate 10 near New Orleans. Halstead, 36, died around 5:30 a Bianca Halstead, lead singer of the rock band Betty Blowtorch, died Saturday while riding in…

  20. Tantric To Open Creed Tour

    December 13, 2001 12:00 AM EST Modern rock act Tantric has been selected as one of the opening acts for Creed's upcoming North American tour, the first leg of which kicks off Jan. 16 in Atlanta and wraps Feb. 17 in Kansas City, Mo. Modern rock act Tantric has been selected as one of the opening acts for Creed's…

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