People: May 6, 2002

SITCOM OPERA STUD

MTV is old school. These days, it is sitcoms and TV newsmagazines that are generating buzz for budding music stars. When JOSH GROBAN, 21, released his self-titled album last November, its unconventional style baffled radio stations. That's because Groban wraps his baritone around a hybrid of opera and pop, sings in English, Spanish and Italian and, when he performs, is not afraid to look and act like Michael Bolton. If DJs were indifferent, viewers clamored for information after Groban appeared on Ally McBeal playing a loser with pipes of gold. Last week, after he was profiled on ABC's...

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