1. Billboard Bits: Tim McGraw, Sexsmith/Coldplay, 'Oz'

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Tim McGraw, Sexsmith/Coldplay, 'Oz' Country star Tim McGraw made a promise of gifts to his band if "Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors" sold more than half-a-million copies in its first week of release. Indeed, the Curb set moved 602,000 copies during…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about Madonna's Bond theme and it's award chances, the best new artists of 2002, and Melanie. 'DAY' TIME? Dear Fred, Why no mention of Madonna's "Die Another Day" in "Chart Beat?" I think she may have a…

  3. Bono, Stewart, Strummer Pen Mandela Tribute

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Veteran rock stars Bono, Dave Stewart, and Joe Strummer have written a song in tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela. The track is titled "48864," in honor of the number Mandela wor Veteran rock stars Bono, Dave Stewart, and Joe Strummer have written a song in…

  4. TMBG's 'Gigantic' Film Finds U.S. Distribution

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST After months of film festival and special screenings, "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)," AJ Schnack's feature film documentary about Brooklyn, N.Y.-based duo They Might Be Giants, has been picked up by After months of film festival and special screenings, "Gigantic (A Tale…

  5. This Day in Music

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Spanish singer Carlos Cano dies of a heart attack in Granada, after spending three weeks in intensive care. He is 54. 2000 - Spanish singer Carlos Cano dies of a heart attack in Granada, after spending three weeks in intensive care. He is 54. 1999 - Hank Snow, the…

  6. Mandela AIDS Concert Lineup Swells

    December 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST The list of artists participating in Nelson Mandela's Feb. 2 South African AIDS benefit concert has grown to include a who's who of popular and world music. Among those newly confirmed to appear at th The list of artists participating in Nelson Mandela's Feb. 2 South African…

  7. McCartney Notches Year's Highest-Grossing Tour

    December 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST In an unqualified commercial and critical success, Sir Paul McCartney was the top touring artist in the world for 2002, raking in $126.1 million, according to Billboard Boxscores. Delivering on a Supe In an unqualified commercial and critical success, Sir Paul McCartney was the top touring…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jay-Z becomes the first hip-hop artist ever to release an album from the ""MTV Unplugged"" series when roc-A-Fella/Def Jam issues ""Jay-Z Unplugged."" 2001 - Jay-Z becomes the first hip-hop artist ever to release an album from…

  9. Performers, Schedule Set For South By Southwest

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Producer/artist Daniel Lanois will give the keynote address during the next edition of annual music-industry festival South By Southwest, which will be held March 12-16 in Austin, Texas. Producer/artist Daniel Lanois will give the keynote address during the next edition of annual music…

  10. Cash Readies Traveling Album

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash has set a spring release for her first studio album in a decade. Due March 25 via Capitol, "Rules of Travel" features the first recorded duet between the artist and her Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash has set a spring release for her first studio album…

  11. 51TunesOnTV

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 16-22, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 16 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artists: Coldplay (also scheduled: Catherine Zeta-Jones, the latest evictee from "Survivor:…

  12. Original Joe Jackson Band Sets North American Tour

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST The reunited Joe Jackson Band will venture to North America in the spring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jackson's first album, "Look Sharp" (A&M). Kicking off March 14 in New Orleans, the 1 The reunited Joe Jackson Band will venture to North America in the spring to…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big Country, is found dead in a Hawaii hotel room. He is 43. Adamson, who fought a long battle with alcoholism, had b 2001 - Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big…

  14. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74. 2001 - Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74. 2000 - Rapper Eminem and his wife Kim Mathers claim that they have reconciled after filing for divorce.…

  15. Fat Joe Juggles Crossover Success, Credibility

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fat Joe is no newcomer. This is an obvious statement to R&B and hip-hop fans, but for many pop music lovers, Fat Joe was relatively unknown until last year. "J.O.S.E.: Jealous Ones Still Envy," his fourth studio set, scored with…

  16. Billboard Bits: MTV Asia Awards, Thalia, Craig David

    December 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on MTV Asia Awards, Thalia, Craig David Shaggy and Hong Kong-born Mandarin-pop singer CoCo Lee will host the second MTV Asia Awards, set for Jan. 24 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The event will feature performances by Avril Lavigne, Missy Elliott, Nick Carter, Blue, Atomic Kitten,…

  17. Rykodisc Assembles Morphine Favorites, Rarities

    December 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Morphine will see the finest moments from its Rykodisc catalog collected for a 16-track retrospective titled "The Best of Morphine, 1992-1995." Morphine will see the finest moments from its Rykodisc catalog collected for a 16-track retrospective titled "The Best of Morphine,…

  18. Bennett, Lang A 'Wonderful' Team

    December 10, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Tony Bennett has been enamored of k.d. lang at least since tapping her to join him on his 1994 Grammy Award-winning "MTV Unplugged" live set. He also took her on tour with him last summer after she recorded "Keep the Faith, Baby…

  19. Ashanti, Nelly Clean Up At Billboard Awards

    December 10, 2002 12:00 AM EST R&B/hip-hop artists Ashanti and Nelly were the top honorees at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, aired live tonight (Dec. 9) on Fox from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Ashanti took home eight awards, R&B/hip-hop artists Ashanti and Nelly were the top honorees at the 2002 Billboard Music…

  20. This Day in Music

    December 10, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Rick Danko, bassist and singer for acclaimed rock act the Band, dies at his home in Woodstock, N.Y. The Ontario-born musician would have celebrated his 57th birthday on December 29. 1999 - Rick Danko, bassist and singer for acclaimed rock act the Band, dies at his…

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