1. Billboard Bits: Metallica, Fire Theft, River Rocks

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Metallica, Fire Theft, River Rocks Metallica is the first act confirmed for the 2004 Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand, which will kick off Jan. 16 in Auckland. Along the way, Metallica will play three separate headlining shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Big Day…

  2. Bill Would Put Internet Song Swappers In Jail

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Internet users who allow others to copy songs from their hard drives could face prison time under legislation introduced by two Democratic lawmakers yesterday (July 16). The House bill is the stronges Internet users who allow others to copy songs from their hard drives could face prison time…

  3. Parker Performs 'Lost' Tunes

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Cleverly conceived, the Gallery Six Records album "Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney" prudently stars Graham Parker (along with Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz and the B-52's Kate Pierson) on songs written by the Beatles'…

  4. Cuban Salsa Queen Celia Cruz Dies

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Celia Cruz, who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa," died today (July 16) of a brain tumor. She was 77. Celia Cruz, who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa," died today (July 16) of a brain tumor. She was…

  5. Alabama Tour Fares Well

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For country supergroup Alabama, parting is indeed sweet sorrow. The sweetness is to the tune of $15 million in box office grosses before the tour even hits its stride. Billed as Alabama's Farewell tour, the 40-city trek ends in mid-November.…

  6. Billboard Bits: SARS Benefit, Amos, MLB All-Star Game

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on SARS Benefit, Amos, MLB All-Star Game The July 30 Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto Concert , headlined by the Rolling Stones, will see tickets capped at 500,000. The show, designed to help the city's sagging tourism and hospitality sectors after the stigma from SARS (Severe…

  7. Full Lineup Uncapped For Sprite Tour

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The 2003 edition of the Sprite Liquid Mix tour, set to kick off Aug. 14 in Denver, has added a number of artists to its bill, which will take two stages of performances to 20 cities in late summer. The 2003 edition of the Sprite Liquid Mix tour, set to kick off Aug. 14 in Denver, has added a…

  8. Women Celebrate Dolly On Tribute Disc

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The career of Dolly Parton will be celebrated in grand fashion this fall with the all-star, all female tribute album "Just Because I'm a Woman." Due Oct. 14 via Sugar Hill Records, the collection will The career of Dolly Parton will be celebrated in grand fashion this fall with…

  9. Tunes On TV

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 14-20, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 14 "101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment," E! Featured Artists: David Crosby, Carmen Electra, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Milli Vanilli, Liza…

  10. Chimera

    July 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Opening with the Abbess Hildegard Von Bingen chant that has been sampled ad infinitum is an inauspicious start for Delerium, the group that broke out in 1997 with "Silence" featuring singer Sarah McLa Opening with the Abbess Hildegard Von Bingen chant that has been sampled ad…

  11. CHART BEAT

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson's report includes Mary J. Blige, Johnnie Taylor, Clay Aiken, chart discussion, and his weekly trivia challenge. /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Mary J. Blige , Clay Aiken , Fred Bronson , Johnnie Taylor …

  12. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Mary J. Blige, Johnnie Taylor and Clay Aiken. MUCH O' BLIGE: Mary J. Blige collects her 15th top-10 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, as her latest song "Love at 1st Sight" (Geffen) leaps 19…

  13. My Bloody Valentine's Shields Resurfaces

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Shields, the mastermind behind critically acclaimed but long-dormant shoegazing rock group My Bloody Valentine, will release his first new music in more than a decade on the soundtrack for the f Kevin Shields, the mastermind behind critically acclaimed but long-dormant shoegazing rock…

  14. Hanson Sets Acoustic August

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Brotherly pop band Hanson, which parted ways with Island Def Jam earlier this year, has set a summer North American acoustic tour. At the shows, the group will unveil a number of songs slated for its Brotherly pop band Hanson, which parted ways with Island Def Jam earlier this year, has set a…

  15. Hootenanny Salutes Strummer

    July 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Late Clash frontman Joe Strummer was honored with a few special tributes at last weekend's ninth annual Hootenany rockabilly festival and car show in Orange County, Calif. Late Clash frontman Joe Strummer was honored with a few special tributes at last weekend's ninth annual…

  16. This Day in Music

    July 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls loses his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stag 2000 - Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their…

  17. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of July 7-13, 2003. Following the blast of Independence Day-related programming on television, things settle down a bit this week, but that doesn't mean there aren't fireworks to observe. The main attraction won&…

  18. Tunes On TV

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 7-13, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 7 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd (also scheduled: Sean Connery, Regina King). "The Wayne Brady Show," Syndicated Featured Artist:…

  19. Boxed Set Celebrates 'Sesame Street'

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a time of musical segmentation and stratification, there remains a place where artists of all genres can play on common ground: "Sesame Street." In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the semina In a time of musical segmentation and stratification, there remains a place where…

  20. This Day in Music

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Folk singer/songwriter Fred Neil is found dead at his home in Summerland Key, Fla., apparently of natural causes. He is 64. Neil was best known as the writer of "Everybody's Talkin'," wh 2001 - Folk singer/songwriter Fred Neil is found dead at his…

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