1. Billboard Bits: Route Du Rock, Gavin DeGraw, Geoff Tate

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on La Route Du Rock, Gavin DeGraw, Geoff Tate La Route du Rock, a French pop and electronic festival now in its 12th year of existence, has announced the lineup for this year's version of the event. Sigur Ros, DJ Shadow, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Royskopp, and the Notwist are…

  2. Group Wants Springsteen For Senate

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Sure, Bruce Springsteen was born to run. But was he born to run for office? Political consultant Doug Friedline thinks so. He's leading a campaign to get the Boss elected as New Jersey's next U.S. sen Sure, Bruce Springsteen was born to run. But was he born to run for office?…

  3. Jackson, McBride, Keith Lead 'Flameworthy' Noms

    May 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Alan Jackson and Toby Keith each pulled in four nominations for the inaugural CMT Flameworthy Video Awards, with Martina McBride close behind with three. Jackson and Keith earned nods in the video of Alan Jackson and Toby Keith each pulled in four nominations for the inaugural CMT Flameworthy…

  4. Bono To Tour Africa With Treasury Secretary

    May 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Talk about odd couples -- Paul O'Neill, the ramrod straight, silver-haired Republican treasury secretary, and Bono, the U2 frontman with the wraparound sunglasses. They are pairing up, not for the sum Talk about odd couples -- Paul O'Neill, the ramrod straight, silver-haired…

  5. Hot Product

    May 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Moby, Weezer, Rush, Naughty By Nature, and more. '18' Again Moby has decided that his new primary musical ambition is to create compositions that are warm and emotional -- the kind listeners can "take home and embrace." "In the past, when I…

  6. Sensual Journey

    May 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Take some time and forget about time." That line from the spoken-word prologue to album track "Maybe" outlines exactly what will happen when listeners take this disc—Downing's GRP debut&#x2014 "Take some time and forget about time." That line from the…

  7. Billboard Bits: Stones, American Worship Gathering & More

    May 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on the Rolling Stones, American Worship Gathering & More Many fans attempting to purchase special pre-sale tickets late for select shows on the Rolling Stones' upcoming North American tour found themselves in Internet-related agony earlier this week. Fans had to join Sam Goody…

  8. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on David Cassidy, Ashanti, and Garth Brooks. D.C. TALK: Just in time to mark the 30th anniversary of his solo debut on the Billboard album chart, David Cassidy enters The Billboard 200 at No. 147 with "Then and Now" (UTV/Decca). It's the fourth solo Cassidy…

  9. Dixie Chicks Nearing Contract Resolution?

    May 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT After 10 months of legal wrangling, the Dixie Chicks are expected to sign a new deal soon with Sony Music Entertainment, their label for the past five years, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The Chick After 10 months of legal wrangling, the Dixie Chicks are expected to sign a new deal soon…

  10. R. Kelly Denies Sex Allegations

    May 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B star R. Kelly, who has been accused of having sex with an underage girl on videotapes that have circulated across the country, denied the allegations yesterday (May 8) in a television intervie R&B star R. Kelly, who has been accused of having sex with an underage girl on…

  11. Songwriter Otis Blackwell Dies

    May 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs -- including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return to Sender" "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley -- died yesterday (May 6) of a heart attack. He was 70. Blackwell wrote Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs --…

  12. Jamie Foxx To Star In Ray Charles Bio Pic

    May 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Actor/comedian Jamie Foxx will star as legendary musician Ray Charles in Crusader Entertainment's "Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story," for which Mark Rydell ("For the Boys," "On Golden Pond") is Actor/comedian Jamie Foxx will star as legendary musician…

  13. TMBG Screen 'Gigantic' Documentary In NYC

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Filmmakers AJ Schnack (director) and Shirley Moyers (producer) screened their They Might Be Giants documentary in New York last night (May 2) for an audience of family, friends, fans, and potential di Filmmakers AJ Schnack (director) and Shirley Moyers (producer) screened their They Might Be…

  14. Honduran Villagers Mourn TLC's Lopes

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT With fame, fortune, and Grammys already in her possession at 30, the only thing missing from Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes' life was a little peace. It was on the northern coast of Honduras that she found it With fame, fortune, and Grammys already in her possession at 30, the only…

  15. Amy Grant Celebrates Her 'Legacy'

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As she celebrates her 25th anniversary in the music industry, Amy Grant is returning to her roots on her forthcoming A&M/Word Records release "Legacy ... Hymns & Faith." The 14-track collectio As she celebrates her 25th anniversary in the music industry, Amy Grant is…

  16. Collaborators Span The Globe In '1 Giant Leap'

    May 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The creators of the acclaimed multi-media project "1 Giant Leap" will preview its DVD component at screenings tonight (May 2) in San Francisco and next week in Los Angeles and Toronto. Duncan Bridgema The creators of the acclaimed multi-media project "1 Giant Leap" will…

  17. Vanessa Carlton Embarks On Second Career

    May 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Pop ingenue Vanessa Carlton is only 21 years old and she is already working on her second career. Her first, as a ballerina, began at 14 when she was accepted into the School of American Ballet. While Pop ingenue Vanessa Carlton is only 21 years old and she is already working on her second…

  18. New Video Follows 'John & Yoko's Year of Peace'

    May 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Image Entertainment will on Sept. 17 release "John & Yoko's Year of Peace," a documentary chronicling the couple's anti-war campaign that began with Lennon and Ono's honeymoon "Bed-In-for Peace" i Image Entertainment will on Sept. 17 release "John …

  19. Sex Pistols Plan Reissue Bonanza

    May 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here in March, the Sex Pistols' 1977 punk anthem "God Save the Queen" will be reissued as a U.K. single with new remixes by Virgin, 25 years to the day since its first appearance. It w As first tipped here in March, the Sex Pistols' 1977 punk anthem "…

  20. Jerry Douglas' 'Lookout For Hope'

    May 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Country music session player extraordinaire Jerry Douglas, who's played on hundreds of albums, talks about his new solo disc, "Lookout for Hope," in almost self-analytical terms. "Playing on so many r Country music session player extraordinaire Jerry Douglas, who's…

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