1. Stars To Ring In Olympic Opening Ceremonies

    January 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Sting, Dixie Chicks, LeAnn Rimes, the Band's Robbie Robertson, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have signed on for the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, set for Feb. 8 at Rice-E Sting, Dixie Chicks, LeAnn Rimes, the Band's Robbie Robertson, Yo-Yo Ma, and the…

  2. Josh Groban Finds His Fans Through TV

    January 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Move over, Russell Watson. Josh Groban is the latest singer to find commercial success with a blend of pop and operatic music. Groban's eponymous debut album on 143/Warner Bros. Records is catching on Move over, Russell Watson. Josh Groban is the latest singer to find commercial success…

  3. Drive

    January 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST With his cool persona, ever-growing songwriting chops, and uncompromising country delivery, Alan Jackson has quietly become country music's most complete performer. With his cool persona, ever-growing songwriting chops, and uncompromising country delivery, Alan Jackson has quietly become…

  4. Live at the Fillmore East

    January 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST Premiere late-'60s/early-'70s U.K. Premiere late-'60s/early-'70s U.K. blues- rock quartet Ten Years After was at the peak of its estimable power when it headlined Bill Graham's famed New York City venue in February 1970—having already played the two Fillmore clubs …

  5. Tenacious D: Obnoxious And Rising

    January 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Tenacious D's eponymous debut would be the "greatest album ever made" if it weren't for those pesky lads from Liverpool, says singer/actor/guitarist Jack Black, one-half of the acoustic-guitar-wieldin Tenacious D's eponymous debut would be the "greatest album…

  6. Hot Product

    January 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, the "A Walk to Remember" soundtrack, and more. This Is A Long 'Drive' Alan Jackson was well into work on his new Arista Nashville album, "Drive," when the events of Sept. 11 intervened. Several weeks later,…

  7. Stranger in My House

    January 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST Guitarist Cyril Lance, formerly of the swamp blues outfit Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos, produced this album and wrote seven original tunes as well. Guitarist Cyril Lance, formerly of the swamp blues outfit Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos, produced this album and wrote seven original…

  8. Iron Flag

    January 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST Like any good prizefighter will tell you, when you get knocked down, you have to get right back up. Like any good prizefighter will tell you, when you get knocked down, you have to get right back up. The Wu-Tang Clan does just that with its fourth set, Iron Flag. After releasing the less-than…

  9. WEST END RECORDS: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION MASTERMIX

    January 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST One year before Saturday Night Fever pushed disco into the mainstream, New York City-based West End Records was born. One year before Saturday Night Fever pushed disco into the mainstream, New York City-based West End Records was born. Founded by Mel Cheren and Ed Kushins—who befriended each…

  10. Alanis Excels On Her Own

    January 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST In the final frame of the clever video for the new Alanis Morissette single, "Hands Clean, "a loose retelling of her rise to stardom, she sits alone -- serene, comfortable, and completely confident. A In the final frame of the clever video for the new Alanis Morissette single, "…

  11. Billboard Bits: Jewel, Bad Company, Gwen/Gavin, MTV

    January 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Jewel, Bad Company, Gwen/Gavin, MTV Singer/songwriter Jewel is putting herself on ice to perform the National Anthem prior to the 52nd National Hockey League (NHL) All Star game, set for Feb. 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jewel is also expected to perform another song in…

  12. Blige Gears Up For World Tour, Super Bowl Duet

    January 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST R&B star Mary J. Blige has unveiled plans for an extensive world tour in support of her latest MCA album, "No More Drama." North American dates begin Feb. 5 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and run through R&B star Mary J. Blige has unveiled plans for an extensive world tour in…

  13. Rush Wraps New Album

    January 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST Veteran rock power trio Rush has finished recording its as-yet-untitled next Anthem/Atlantic studio album, the group's first since 1996's "Test for Echo." Sessions recently wrapped in Toronto, with th Veteran rock power trio Rush has finished recording its as-yet-untitled…

  14. Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise Gains 'New Ground'

    January 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST It's a safe bet that Robert Bradley is flashing a wild grin and a sparkle in each of his cloudy, opaque eyes. On a break from a day-long trek across the Midwest to a mid-December 2001 gig in Chicago, It's a safe bet that Robert Bradley is flashing a wild grin and a sparkle in each…

  15. Rancid, Strummer 'Give 'Em The Boot'

    January 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST Tracks from Rancid, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Dropick Murphys, Agnostic Front, and others will be featured on the third volume of Hellcat's budged-priced punk and ska compilation series, "Give Tracks from Rancid, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Dropick Murphys, Agnostic…

  16. GBV, Strokes Heat Up New York

    December 31, 2001 12:00 AM EST Rock favorites Guided By Voices and the Strokes heated up New York last night (Dec. 30) during the first of two shows at Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre. The sold-out crowd was treated to alternating se Rock favorites Guided By Voices and the Strokes heated up New York last night (Dec. 30)…

  17. Billboard Bits: Pete Townshend, Terri Clark, Phil Ochs

    December 28, 2001 12:00 AM EST News on Pete Townshend, Terri Clark, Phil Ochs Image Entertainment has set a Feb. 26, 2002, release date for the 100-minute DVD/VHS home video "Pete Townshend: Music From Lifehouse." The video features 16 songs drawn from Townshend's Feb. 25-26, 2000, performances of his…

  18. The Eloquent 'Drive' of Alan Jackson

    December 28, 2001 12:00 AM EST There are few things so powerful as a man, his emotions, and a guitar. Never was that more evident than during this year's Country Music Association (CMA) Awards show, when Alan Jackson debuted "Where There are few things so powerful as a man, his emotions, and a guitar. Never was…

  19. Britney, Lil' Romeo Grace 'Jackson' Rerun

    December 27, 2001 12:00 AM EST CBS will add more pop royalty to the rebroadcast of "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration," set to air Jan. 9 against the American Music Awards on ABC. The rerun of the network's successful.. CBS will add more pop royalty to the rebroadcast of "Michael Jackson:…

  20. Walls & Windows

    December 22, 2001 12:00 AM EST Grammy-nominated Maura O'Connell and producer Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle) have focused their considerable artistry on a dozen songs, creating one of the best vocal albums of 2001. Grammy-nominated Maura O'Connell and producer Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Steve…

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