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Issue:      4/19/02
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 issue #95,Apr. 19, 2002

This Week's Contest: You Choose!!!


How does this sound: a week-long Caribbean cruise dream vacation for you and a guest, including two (2) round-trip airfares and ground transportation? How about a New York City shopping spree including a three-night hotel stay and $2,000 spending money? How about just some nice, cold hard cash? Admittedly, some of our weekly contests are rather... ugh, how do we say.... ok, lame! However, we are making up for it this week! Actually, Tweet is helping out. She so excited about her debut album Southern Hummingbird that she would like to give some love back to her fans! Be sure and visit for more details! Also, don't forget to pick up her new album, in stores now!

Gerald Levert -- he of the voice that makes the ladies swoon, he of the soulfulness that leaves R&B's other crooners in the dust -- has just been announced as one of the headliners of the 2002 Essence tour. Besides Gerald's showstopping performance, you'll be able to see Luther Vandross, Angie Stone, and other big names that we aren't allowed to say yet. The tour runs from August 15 through September 22, with exact dates to be announced soon. Gerald's working on a new album, by the way, which is due to be released right around the time he's on the tour. More info as we get it...


"I'm just an everyday person and I sing about the same things that everyday people go through,". So says Tweet in the 5/9 issue of Rolling Stone. The slender R&B star says she's 'lived' stories in songs from her acclaimed new album Southern Hummingbird, admitting that she even used to save her pennies to buy 40 oz. bottles of malt liquor. Hey, we still do that. She goes on to say that her smash hit "Oops (Oh My)" is about 'self love' (and yes, we still do that too) so go out and get Tweet's new disc and let the auto-love-fest begin. By the way, Tweet is taping Soul Train this weekend, which will air sometime in the not too distant future, so stay tuned.


Billy Bragg is always up for a good quote. When he was asked recently if he thought surveillance is necessary to deter crime, Mr. Bragg had this to say: "We used to go to the Soviet Union and do gigs in the old days, and we would always wonder if our rooms were bugged. And then we used to think 'well, if everything's bugged and everything's being filmed, what kind of army do you need to go through all this stuff?" I think you have to try and keep it in perspective." Or make a poopy right in front of the camera. They always fast forward through that kind of stuff. Check out Billy's new album English, Half-English and learn a few things why don't ya?


Lil' Mo is having a baby! You heard it right, she finally put an end to all the rumors on her message board when she called in and left a message. In fact, she's even asking for your help with baby names -- check out the message boards to post your ideas! She's also working on a new album (again, proving her Superwoman status), and she wants your help with album titles, too. Again -- check out the message board. Lastly, you'll get a lil' refresher course on Mo when you hear her sing the hook on the new single from Angie Martinez, called "If I Could Go," which will be hitting the airwaves in the next few weeks. Everybody wants a Lil' Mo...


Third Eye Blind are working furiously on their third disc, reportedly to be called Crystal Baller. No word yet on the song titles etc. etc., but Stephan Jenkins did make a cryptic reference to one of his idols - Lou Reed - in a recent press release. Good to see Lou getting name-checked by someone these days. Check out 3EB when they play a hometown gig on 5/4 at San Francisco's Palace Of Legion Of Honor. Sounds like a spiffy joint.


We on the Hot News staff ask, who are these people who show up at their idols' houses? What do they think is going to happen? Are these people crazy, or deluded, or what? If anyone can tell us, we'd like to know. At least Billy Bragg doesn't have it so bad:

"Sometimes people come and look at my house, which is a bit odd, but I don't mind. Generally, people who come look at me are pretty considerate. It's not like I'm Kid Rock. My audience tends to be a little bit more thoughtful about it."

Look, if you want to feel closer to Billy, check out his new album England, Half English, which is out now, instead of trodding on his begonias.


April 19, 1986: Few artists can claim the worldwide superstar status of Simply Red. Led by the effortlessly soulful vocals of Mick Hucknall, Simply Red's music brims with supple grace, exuberant swing and danceable grooves. Since exploding out of Manchester, England in the mid-1980s, they've made some of the most memorable music in all of pop, including their very first single, the #1 smash "Holding Back The Years, " which on this date had just begun its climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Their debut album, Picture Book, debuted on the Top 200 Albums on this day as well, eventually selling well over a million copies in the US.


Natalie Merchant - Motherland (in stores now)
The Cure - Greatest Hits (in stores now)
Nate Dogg - Music & Me (in stores now)
Yolanda Adams - Believe (in stores now)
AC/DC - Stiff Upper Lip Live DVD (in stores now)
Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (in stores now)
Dakota Moon - A Place To Land (in stores now)
Billy Bragg - England, Half English (in stores now)
Down - Down II (in stores now)
Tweet - Southern Hummingbird (in stores Now)
Phish Live - vols. 7-12 (in stores now)
Trey Anastasio (in stores April 30)
Family Values Tour 2001 - (in Stores in May)
The Breeders - TitleTK (in stores in May)
Vida Blue (in stores June 25)
Knoc-turn'al - Knocs Landin' (in stores in June)
Code5 (in stores in June)
Third Eye Blind - Crystal Baller (in stores in July)



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