Interpol, Datsuns Lead NME Awards Tour

Interpol, Datsuns Lead NME Awards Tour

Interpol, the Datsuns, the Polyphonic Spree, and the Thrills have signed on for U.K. music magazine NME's Awards Tour 2003, kicking off Jan. 24 in Dublin and wrapping Feb. 9 in London. The final show coincides with NME's annual Carling Awards, set to be handed out Feb. 13 in London.
Congress Passes Lower Webcast Royalty Rates

Congress Passes Lower Webcast Royalty Rates

The U.S. Congress approved a deal early this morning (Nov. 15) that would allow small Internet-based radio stations to pay lower royalty rates to the musicians and record labels whose songs they use.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2000 - Due to the throat troubles of their frontmen, Chino Moreno and Fred Durst, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, respectively, cancel separate shows north of the U.S. border. Deftones were to play to several thousand fans at the Aberdeen Pavillion in Ottawa, while Durst et al were to rock Vancouver with its Anger Management Tour.
Chart Beat Bonus

Chart Beat Bonus

"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson's chart-based tidbits on Justin Timberlake, Boston, Eminem, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Keith Urban, and Westlife.
Chart Beat Chat

Chart Beat Chat

"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about Lonnie Donegan, Kid Rock's "Picture," and Standfast.
Phish Hooks February U.S. Tour

Phish Hooks February U.S. Tour

Reunited jam band Phish has confirmed 12 arena dates for what will be its first tour since embarking on a hiatus in the fall of 2000.
Deals Expand Music Download Content

Deals Expand Music Download Content

Pressplay, the digital music service from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, has inked a content licensing deal with Warner Music Group, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pact gives Pressplay content from all five major labels. The only other subscription service to feature content from all five is Listen.com's Rhapsody.
Michael Jackson Testifies At Trial

Michael Jackson Testifies At Trial

Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson took the witness stand yesterday (Nov. 13) in a California courtroom in a $21 million lawsuit by his longtime promoter that accuses the singer of backing out of two millennium concerts.
Massive Attack Opens '100th Window'

Massive Attack Opens '100th Window'

Massive Attack has dubbed its fourth album "100th Window" and will release it Feb. 10 in the U.K. via Virgin; a North American release date is penciled in for some time in February.
Eminem Dominates MTV Europe Awards

Eminem Dominates MTV Europe Awards

Eminem topped the fan-voted MTV Europe Music Awards Thursday night (Nov. 14) at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi, with three honors. The rapper/actor took trophies for best album for his Shady/Interscope set "The Eminem Show," best hip-hop artist, and best male, the latter delivered by actor Pierce Brosnan.
Billboard Bits: Roots, Royce Da 5'9

Billboard Bits: Roots, Royce Da 5'9", 'Come Together'

Stories on a New York tour by the Roots, the debut solo album from rapper Royce Da 5'9", and the DVD/VHS release of TNT's "Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music" concert.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2000 - As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band's online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song "Original Prankster" were automatically entered, appear on MTV's "Total Request Live" to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band.

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