Back In 'Black': Jay-Z Swan Song Bows On Top

Back In 'Black': Jay-Z Swan Song Bows On Top

"The Black Album" gives Jay-Z his sixth No. 1 release as it debuts atop The Billboard 200 this week. One of six top-10 debuts, the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set sold 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to lead the field, despite being released off-cycle on Friday (new albums are typically released on Tuesdays).
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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Jewel, Kylie Minogue and Sarah McLachlan.
Arrest Warrant Issued For Michael Jackson

Arrest Warrant Issued For Michael Jackson

Authorities today (Nov. 19) an arrest warrant had been issued for Michael Jackson in a child molestation case. "There is an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson," said senior Deputy Tim Gracey of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. Gracey said Jackson was in Las Vegas and authorities were negotiating with his lawyer for his surrender.
Strait Confirms '04 Tour Dates

Strait Confirms '04 Tour Dates

The country artist will kick off the run Jan. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with 26 dates in the U.S. and Canada confirmed; more are expected.
Wu-Tang Clan Regrouping For 2004 Tour, Book

Wu-Tang Clan Regrouping For 2004 Tour, Book

After a tumultuous recent history which has seen its members incarcerated, dropped from record labels and at odds with one another, pioneering hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan will embark on what is said to be its final tour next year, Billboard.com can reveal. The 60-city outing will likely get underway in May or June, coinciding with Riverhead Books' release of the comprehensive group history, "The Wu-Tang Manual."
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2000 - Kenny Rogers kicks off his 2000 Christmas tour in Dalton, Ga.
Coroner's Inquest Opens In Aaliyah Crash

Coroner's Inquest Opens In Aaliyah Crash

Singer/actress Aaliyah died of severe burns and a blow to the head after her plane crashed in the Bahamas in 2001, a pathologist testified yesterday (Nov. 17) at the opening of a coroner's inquest in Nassau.
Chesney Eyeing Tour With Urban, Bentley

Chesney Eyeing Tour With Urban, Bentley

Kenny Chesney will begin his 2004 touring efforts with a March 17 appearance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, to be followed by a run of North American arenas with Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley.
Creed Reloading For 2004

Creed Reloading For 2004

After taking most of 2003 off, Creed is primed to return with several new releases next year. A special package is in the works for release "before the end of 2004," which will cull hits, previously unreleased material and new songs the band plans to record in the coming months. The album may also feature material "culled from collaborations," according to Wind-Up Records.

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