1. Unlikely Star Groban Is King of Highbrow Pop

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Josh Groban recalls going into a record store to buy a copy of his debut album on the night of its release late in 2001. "They couldn't figure out who I was asking for. 'Josh Gorgan? Who?'" Groban recalls with a smile. It…

  2. Vedder, Sting Nominated For Golden Globes

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Songs by Elton John, Sting, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and U2's Bono are among those nominated for best original song Golden Globe Awards. Danny Elfman's score for "Big Fish" and Howard Shore's work on Songs by Elton John, Sting, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and…

  3. P. Diddy Slates Broadway Debut

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will make his Broadway debut in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," Lorraine Hansbury's landmark drama about a black family moving into an all-white Chicago neighborhood. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will make his Broadway debut in a revival…

  4. Cocker Selects Best For 'Collection'

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Vocalist Joe Cocker has pored through his archives and chosen his 20 favorite songs from his own canon for the forthcoming hits album "Joe Cocker: Ultimate Collection," due Jan. 13 from A&M/Hip-O Vocalist Joe Cocker has pored through his archives and chosen his 20 favorite songs…

  5. Raitt, Earle Tribute NRBQ

    December 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST NRBQ will be the subject of a tribute album, "The Q People," to be released March 9 on Spirithouse Records. It will be the first release from the Boston-based independent label. Artists on "The Q Peop NRBQ will be the subject of a tribute album, "The Q People," to be…

  6. Good 2 Go

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Looking for something to heat up that holiday party? Well, look no further than this red-hot dancehall debut by Jamaica's "Energy God." The album's lead single, "Pon De River, Pon De Bank," exploded o Looking for something to heat up that holiday party? Well,…

  7. Nazario Breaks Latin Albums Chart Jinx

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There's been a dry spell for women on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. Since the beginning of the year, only one female artist -- the late Celia Cruz -- has topped the list. As far as pop is concerned, no woman has been No. 1 in terms…

  8. Hot Product

    November 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Elephant Man 'Good' Vibrations VP Records and Atlantic Records are looking to repeat the mainstream success of dancehall reggae acts Sean Paul and Wayne Wonder with their partnership on Elephant Man's "Good 2 Go." Due this week, the album serves as the dancehall…

  9. Country Veteran Teddy Wilburn Dies

    November 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Teddy Wilburn, a driving force in country music with his late brother Doyle as the Wilburn Brothers, died of congestive heart failure yesterday (Nov. 24) at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville. Teddy Wilburn, a driving force in country music with his late brother Doyle as the Wilburn…

  10. Eastwood: Soundtracks Should Have Score Focus

    November 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Actor/producer/director Clint Eastwood bemoaned the fact that film soundtracks have moved away from conventional scoring to the use of songs during his keynote speech at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboa Actor/producer/director Clint Eastwood bemoaned the fact that film soundtracks have moved…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses year-end charts, import singles and Clay Aiken with readers. UNFAIR ADVANTAGE Dear Fred, It's that time of year when everything is tabulated and everyone tries to figure out the best songs, artists, albums and storylines for 2003. I know this is a hectic time of…

  12. Elephant Man: Ready 4 U.S. Success

    November 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. VP Records and Atlantic Records are looking to repeat the mainstream success of dancehall reggae acts Sean Paul and Wayne Wonder with their partnership on Elephant Man's "Good 2 Go." Due Dec. 2, the album serves as the dancehall…

  13. Green Refreshes His Soul On Secular Album

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. It may have taken 27 years for Al Green and mentor/producer Willie Mitchell to reunite for a bold new secular album, but now that they're in the groove, it seems there's no stopping a good thing. Of the new "I Can't Stop,"…

  14. This Day in Music

    November 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Blues pianist/vocalist Mose Vinson dies of diabetes at his home in Memphis. He is 85. 2002 - Blues pianist/vocalist Mose Vinson dies of diabetes at his home in Memphis. He is 85. 2001 - Havana's National Theatre debuts "Se Seco el Arroyito" (the…

  15. 2003 BMI Country Awards Winners

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST BMI Country Awards Winners Here's are the winners of BMI's annual Country Awards, handed out Nov. 4 in Nashville. "The Baby," songwriter Harley Allen, recorded by Blake Shelton, (Warner Bros. Nashville) published by Coburn Music, Inc. "Beautiful Mess," Sonny…

  16. Clint Dives Into Scoring For 'Mystic River'

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Clint Eastwood regularly has a hand in composing or assembling his movie soundtracks. And he was recently recognized for his efforts by the Henry Mancini Institute. But his highly praised new film, the intense crime drama "Mystic River,"…

  17. Hornsby Goes To 'Town' With Hits Set, DVD

    November 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST The way it is: BMG Heritage has set a Jan. 13 release for two sets celebrating the career of pianist Bruce Hornsby. The CD "Greatest Radio Hits" is Hornsby's first greatest-hits package. His first DVD The way it is: BMG Heritage has set a Jan. 13 release for two sets…

  18. This Day in Music

    November 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Following up on 22-year-old vocalist/pianist Fiona Apple's 1996 debut, the oh-so-succinctly titled "Tidal," Clean Slate/Epic releases Apple's "When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts He Thinks 1999 - Following up on 22-year-old vocalist/pianist…

  19. This Day in Music

    November 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>A riot breaks out in Vancouver after Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose fails to appear for the kickoff show on the band's first North American tour since 1993. It is an ill-omen for the to 2002 - A riot breaks out in Vancouver after Guns N' Roses…

  20. 2003 ASCAP Country Music Awards Winners

    November 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST ASCAP Country Music Awards Winners Here are the winners of the 41st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, held at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel on Nov. 3. SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Craig Wiseman "American Child" "The Cowboy In Me" "The Good Stuff" "…

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