AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
Online balloting is now under way for the public to select its favorite musical artist of 2001, as part of the 29th annual "American Music Awards."
The nominees -- as determined by a blue ribbon panel -- are Destiny's Child, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, Shaggy and U2. Keys led all nominees with five American Music Awards nominations when the nominees were announced last week.
Fans can vote at abc.com or americanmusicawards.com for their favorite artist. The awards will be presented on Jan. 9 in ceremonies in Los Angeles, airing live on ABC-TV.
(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)
BROOKS ADDS JEWEL TO LINEUP
As Garth Brooks continues his comeback from a self-imposed hiatus, his tour continues to add quests. Last week's appearance at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles -- his first concert in two years and his first in that city in five -- was greeted by a host of guests, including Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and actors Woody Harrelson, Marlee Matlin and John Travolta.
Now his publicist says Jewel will appear with the country icon during Wednesday night's appearance on CBS. The broadcast, "Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast Live," will aired at 10 (ET). Jewel will sing two songs from her latest album, "This Way." She's also slated to accompany Brooks as he visits with military personnel aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise.
(Thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)
BOYZ II MEN
Boyz II Men is marking the 10th anniversary of the release of their 9-times platinum debut album "Cooleyhighharmony" with a return appearance in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York this Thursday.
The group will perform "Thank You" while on the parade route. They first appeared in the parade back in 1991.
After the holidays, Boyz II Men will enter the recording studio to begin work on their sixth studio album, scheduled for release in spring 2002.
(Web site: arista.com)
Afroman's debut single "Because I Got High" has topped the one million mark in global sales.
"Because I Got High" -- from Afroman's major label debut album "The Good Times" (on Universal Records) --- topped the charts in the United States, Germany, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. It cracked the Top-10 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland.
The song also appears on the "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" soundtrack album.
Afroman recently shot the video for "Crazy Rap," his second single from "The Good Times." "Crazy Rap" was released Oct. 29.
(Web site: universalrecords.com)
"Free City" --- the debut album from the rap group St. Lunatics --- has gone platinum, signifying sales of more than one million copies. Free City debuted at No.3 on the Billboard Top-200 album chart last summer.
St. Lunatics is rapper Nelly's band, based in St. Louis.
Meanwhile, his bandmate Ali is recording his solo album, "Heavy Starch," due out early next year. Currently, Ali hosts a two-hour radio show (on 95.5 FM WFUN) every Sunday from 6-10 p.m.
(Web site: st-lunatics.com)
XM Satellite Radio is airing the world radio premiere of the new Pink Floyd album.
"Echoes -- The Best Of Pink Floyd" (on Capital Records) has been digitally remastered and features more than 2 hours and 20 minutes of the greatest Pink Floyd tracks ever recorded, and mixed together as one piece of continuous music. The "Echoes" track listing includes "See Emily Play," "Money," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Wish You Were Here," "Comfortably Numb," "One Of These Days" and "Arnold Layne." It will also feature a track previously unavailable on CD.
XM Satellite Radio -- first nationwide satellite radio service --- completed its national launch this month.