CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Willie Nelson, Trapt, Ricky Martin, 50 Cent & Nate Dogg, and Eros Ramazzotti.
Copeland Tops W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Copeland Tops W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Vocalist Shemekia Copeland led the field at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, collecting three trophies during the ceremony last night (May 22) at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre. Copeland's Alligator album "Talking to Strangers" was named blues album of the year and contemporary blues album of the year, and the singer was named contemporary female artist of the year.
Britney's Outfits Up For Grabs Online

Britney's Outfits Up For Grabs Online

Britney Spears has started an online charity auction and is offering a plethora of memorabilia, including more than 50 costumes she has worn in concert appearances, video clips, and films.
CHART BEAT CHAT

CHART BEAT CHAT

"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Pop radio, Annie Lennox, and "American Idol."
Blue Man Group Expands Touring Plans

Blue Man Group Expands Touring Plans

The inimitable Blue Man Group will kick off a U.S. summer tour July 7 in Columbia, Md. Currently dates run through Aug. 30, although more are expected.
Tracy Chapman Plans U.S. Tour

Tracy Chapman Plans U.S. Tour

Singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman will kick off a U.S. tour June 7 in Seattle. The itinerary currently consists of 31 dates through an Aug. 2 show in Austin, Texas; more are expected. The first half of the tour will feature eastmountainsouth opening through July 8; Joseph Arthur is scheduled to open the rest of the shows.
P.O.D. Pays Up In November

P.O.D. Pays Up In November

Inspirational-leaning hard rock outfit P.O.D. has dubbed its new album "Payable on Death" and will release it Nov. 4 via Atlantic.
Tortoise Crawling Along On New Album

Tortoise Crawling Along On New Album

Chicago instrumental rock outfit Tortoise is eyeing an early 2004 release for its fifth Thrill Jockey album, multi-instrumentalist John McEntire tells Billboard.com. "We have been working very sporadically for the past year-and-a-half on material that will constitute a portion of the new record," he says. "We are planning another long-ish session this summer, at which time we will be complete."
Brian Wilson To Perform Aborted Album

Brian Wilson To Perform Aborted Album

Thirty-seven years after aborting his most ambitious project midway through recording, former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, plans to resurrect the long-lost "Smile" album in U.K. concerts next year. Wilson has set four dates at London's Royal Festival Hall for February 2004 as well as five additional shows throughout the U.K. the following month.
Wynton Marsalis Signs With Blue Note

Wynton Marsalis Signs With Blue Note

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has inked a deal with Blue Note Records, with sessions for his label bow expected to begin this summer. Marsalis was signed to his previous label, Columbia, over two decades ago by current Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall, who at the time was Columbia's general manager.
Michael Jackson Hospitalized Briefly

Michael Jackson Hospitalized Briefly

Pop icon Michael Jackson was hospitalized briefly yesterday (May 21) after falling ill on the same day he was scheduled to give a deposition in a copyright lawsuit. The artist was hospitalized in Indianapolis for observation and treatment before the deposition began, Brian Oxman, an attorney for the Jackson family said.
No 'Questions': 50 Cent's Back On Top

No 'Questions': 50 Cent's Back On Top

50 Cent has returned to a familiar place: the top of Billboard's Hot 100. His single "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg climbs 2-1 on the chart, knocking Sean Paul's "Get Busy" to No. 2 after a three-week run at the summit.

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