Billboard Bits: Janet, Cypress Hill, Harper, Shaver

News on Janet, Cypress Hill, Harper, Shaver

Janet JacksonFollowing the postponement of two shows and the cancellation of another earlier this week, Janet Jackson has canceled tonight's (Aug. 31) rescheduled concert in Philadelphia because of a nagging respiratory infection.

"I greatly regret having to inconvenience my fans, but I think the time has come to follow the advice of my doctors and not my heart -- to take the time to rest so that I can return 100 percent on September 3rd," Jackson said in a statement.

Her next performance is scheduled for Monday in Cleveland.


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Cypress HillHip-hop veterans Cypress Hill will return on Nov. 13 with their sixth Columbia album, "Stoned Raiders." The set, which will feature guest appearances by Method Man, Redman, MC Ren, Kurupt, and Fear Factory, is expected to be made up of both hip-hop and hard rock tracks.

The Southern California act's most recent studio release, last year's "Skull & Bones," was a two-disc effort divided evenly between hip-hop and hard rock, and marked the group's first concerted effort into guitar-oriented music. The set debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. Cypress Hill also released the concert document "Live at the Fillmore" this past January, which debuted at No. 78 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

As previously reported, the group is taking its fourth annual Smoke Out festival on the road for four dates featuring Deftones, Busta Rhymes, Afroman, Redman, Method Man, Suicidal Tendencies, and more.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.






Ben HarperBen Harper has joined the list of confirmed performers for the 15th annual Bridge School Benefit concert, set for Oct. 20-21 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountainview, Calif. Harper joins previously announced acts Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Dave Matthews, and event founder Neil Young on the bill. Additional performers are expected to be added in the coming weeks. Tickets for this year's show go on sale Sept. 16 via Ticketmaster.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






Billy Joe ShaverBilly Joe Shaver, who suffered a heart attack following a recent Central Texas performance, is scheduled to undergo quadruple bypass heart surgery today (Aug. 31). Shaver canceled a performance in the Austin, Texas, area to see his doctor on Monday, according to his publicist. An angioplasty procedure on Wednesday determined that the 62-year-old had blockage in four arteries. The singer-songwriter was hospitalized at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.

Shaver, who is known for such songs as "Honky Tonk Heroes," "Old Chunk of Coal," and "Georgia on a Fast Train," suffered the heart attack after performing last Saturday at Gruene Hall near New Braunfels.


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