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Monday, November 30, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 68

About the Cougar

Brooks shatters record; Psycho heads back into theaters

Gettin' Jiggy with Jake

Jake McKim

Country superstar Garth Brooks has done it.

With sales of his latest CD, Double Live, topping 1,085,000 units, Brooks broke the first-week sales record previously set by Pearl Jam's Vs., which sold 950,000 copies.

In addition, Brooks also broke the single-week sales record of 1,061,000 copies held by the blockbuster soundtrack to the movie The Bodyguard..

Other smash debuts to the Billboard charts this week included Method Man's Tical 2000: Judgment Day, which sold 411,000 copies; Jewel's latest effort, Spirit, which nailed down 368,000 units; and Mariah Carey's #1's, which sold 221,000 copies. Ice Cube's War and Peace -- The War Disc, The Offspring's Americana and Whitney Houston's My Love is Your Love also did well on the charts, all showing up in the top 20.

Brooks embarked on a huge nationwide marketing campaign including a special Wal-Mart teleconcert, television appearances on several big-name talk shows and many other publicity-gaining appearances, which undoubtedly helped push his double live CD over the top.

Calling all unsigned bands ...

Musician magazine, in association with Atlantic Records, Drum Workshop, Healey Disc, Shure and Stump Preacher Guitars, has announced the launch of the 1999 Best Unsigned Band Competition, a.k.a. the BUB, open to all unsigned bands and artists of all genres.

In its long history, Musician magazine's BUB competition invites unsigned bands and artists from across the United States and Canada to submit a two-song cassette to be judged by a preliminary panel of editors and writers of major music publications.

Six finalists will then be submitted to a panel of music executive industry experts to include: Pete Ganbarg, senior director of A&R (artist and repertoire) Arista; Steve Greenberg, senior vice president of A&R Mercury; Hugh Padgham, producer of Sting and Melissa Etheridge; and Jim Pitt, music booker/producer of VH1's Hard Rock Live and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

The six winners will each receive extended coverage in Musician magazine upon completion of the competition, inclusion on Musician's Best of the Unsigned Bands CD compilation and introduction to independent and major-label A&R departments.

The grand prize winner will receive a premium prize package that includes a complete custom drum kit from Drum Workshop, a choice of one guitar from Stump Preacher Guitars, a microphone package and a 1,000 CD duplication package from Healey Disc.

For more information, contact Musician's Web site at

All entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 1998, and mailed to:

49 Music Square West
Nashville, TN 37203

In theaters ...

Heading into movie theaters this weekend are two films sure to make waves at the box office.

Psycho, the classic horror remake starring Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn, will give Gen-Xers a chance to see what made their parents scream.

Vince Vaughn stars as Norman Bates, the proprietor of a small, out-of-the-way motel where terror often resides.

Suzanne Tenner/Universal Pictures

The other one, A Simple Plan, starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda, is the story of two brothers (Paxton and Thornton) who stumble onto nearly $4 million cash and are sent on a tailspin that leads to major problems. 

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