Legendary entertainer Bob Hope has died at the age of 100, a family spokesperson said today (July 28). Hope died of pneumonia last night in Los Angeles at 9:28 p.m. with his family at his side, spokesman Ward Grant said.
By Christmas this year, Napster's enigmatic cat logo will again lure consumers into downloading music. But this time it will discard its file-sharing heritage and be entirely legal, with a wealth of new capabilities.
English pop singer/songwriter Daniel Bedingfield ended Beyonce's three-week reign on the U.K. singles chart as "Never Gonna Leave Your Side" (Polydor) went straight to No. 1. The Destiny's Child star's "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z (Columbia) fell to No. 2, and while she has Britain's most popular album for a fifth week with "Dangerously in Love," Bedingfield is also mounting a fresh challenge to that reign.
Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige are on board for a Sept. 4 free concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to kick off the 2003 National Football League season, Billboard.com has learned. Organizers are eyeing additional acts for the event, including Kid Rock and Aerosmith. The show will precede the first NFL game of the year later that evening between the Washington Redskins and New York Jets at D.C.'s FedEx Field.
The Sundance Channel will once again turn to music for Friday nights in October, with two back-to-back series, "Docs That Rock" and "Sonic Cinema" branded as "Hi-Fi Fridays." The former is a series of music-focused documentaries, while the latter is an examination of music and film hosted by Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore.