1. Punks Prevail In 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!'

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Members of Green Day, Rancid, X, Blink 182, A.F.I., and more lend their voices and likeness to the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!" The Hellcat Pictures film was written a Members of Green Day, Rancid, X, Blink 182, A.F.I., and more lend their voices and…

  2. Rapper Freaky Zeeky Stable After Shooting

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT What police are describing as a case of road rage is at the heart of a shooting involving rapper Freaky Zeeky (real name: Ezekial James) in New York. A member of the Diplomats, Zeeky was shot in the c What police are describing as a case of road rage is at the heart of a shooting involving…

  3. Def Jam Crew Takes 'Vendetta' On The Road

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT While most acts go on the road in support of new albums, several Def Jam Records artists will launch a tour next month behind the release of a new video game. While most acts go on the road in support of new albums, several Def Jam Records artists will launch a tour next month behind the…

  4. This Day in Music

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Canada's leading jazz figure, Moe Koffman, dies of cancer in Orangeville, Ontario. He is 73. Koffman, who played flute, saxophone, and clarinet, released 30 albums in his 50-year career. 2001 - Canada's leading jazz figure, Moe Koffman, dies of cancer in…

  5. Hot Product

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Mr. Cheeks 'Back' To Back Queens, N.Y.-based rapper Mr. Cheeks has returned with his second solo album, "Back Again," due this week from Universal Records. "Back Again" is the follow-up to the 2001 album "John P. Kelly," which featured "Lights,…

  6. Mr. Cheeks 'Back Again' On New Album

    March 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Queens, N.Y.-based rapper Mr. Cheeks has returned with his second solo album, "Back Again," slated for release next Tuesday (March 18) on Universal Records. Queens, N.Y.-based rapper Mr. Cheeks has returned with his second solo album, "Back Again," slated for release next…

  7. Additional titles hitting stores this week include:

    March 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Additional titles -- A new studio album from singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, "Evolve" (Righteous Babe). -- Dancehall veteran Buju Banton's "Friend for Life" (VP/Anti), featuring Sly & Robbie, Fat Joe, and Wayne Wonder. -- Modern rock outfit A.F.I.'s "…

  8. Fallen Artists' Mothers To Be Honored

    March 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Seven mothers of R&B/hip-hop artists who have lost their lives through violence or tragic circumstances will be honored Tuesday (March 11) at a New York event staged by the Christopher Wallace Mem Seven mothers of R&B/hip-hop artists who have lost their lives through violence or…

  9. Ice Cube Prepares For Another 'Friday'

    November 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST Coming off the $70 million-plus box office success of "Barbershop," Ice Cube returns to familiar territory with "Friday After Next," due Friday (Nov. 22) in U.S. theaters. Reprising his role as Craig, Coming off the $70 million-plus box office success of "Barbershop,…

  10. Chili Peppers' EMI Output Expanded for Reissue

    November 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Red Hot Chili Peppers' first four studio albums will be reissued Jan. 28 by EMI. Housing rare bonus material, the newly remastered versions of the group's 1984 eponymous debut, 1985's "Freaky Styl The Red Hot Chili Peppers' first four studio albums will be…

  11. Forty Licks

    October 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT It is always gratifying to rediscover every few years that "Street Fighting Man" still teems with menace, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is frustration set to music, "Sympathy for the Devil" is downr It is always gratifying to rediscover every few years…

  12. Billboard Bits: Ja Rule, O-Town, King Crimson

    September 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Ja Rule, O-Town, King Crimson Rapper Ja Rule will release a new album, "The Last Temptation," Nov. 19 via Def Jam. The first single, "Thug Lovin'," features R&B vocalist Bobby Brown; a video directed by producer Irv Gotti will be show Oct. 15-17 in Las…

  13. Kelly Osbourne Won't Get 'Freaky'

    September 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT MTV personality Kelly Osbourne ("The Osbournes") won't be making her feature film debut in "Freaky Friday" after all. MTV personality Kelly Osbourne ("The Osbournes") won't be making her feature film debut in "Freaky Friday" after all. The…

  14. 'Good Will' Revives Nirvana Archival Hopes

    August 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Unreleased Nirvana material may see daylight by the end of the year, ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic tells Billboard.com. Although he and drummer Dave Grohl will continue their battle against Cobai Unreleased Nirvana material may see daylight by the end of the year, ex-Nirvana bassist…

  15. Jack Osbourne Films 'Dawson's Creek' Cameo

    August 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Jack Osbourne, the son of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and one of the stars of MTV's hit series "The Osbournes," will film a cameo today (Aug. 9) for the more clean cut WB Network series "Dawson's C Jack Osbourne, the son of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and one of…

  16. Ozzy Making Early Return To Ozzfest

    August 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Ozzy Osbourne is returning to Ozzfest two weeks earlier than expected. Osbourne planned to miss 11 shows to be with his wife Sharon, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. "Sharon now re Ozzy Osbourne is returning to Ozzfest two weeks earlier than expected. Osbourne planned…

  17. Ja Rule To Make 'Fast' Return

    July 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Ja Rule (real name: Jeffrey Atkins) is in negotiations to reprise his role in the sequel to Universal Pictures' "The Fast and the Furious" for director John Singleton and Original Films. Produc Rapper Ja Rule (real name: Jeffrey Atkins) is in negotiations to reprise his…

  18. Billboard Bits: CMC, MECCA Awards, Rosco Gordon

    July 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Ja Rule, CMC, MECCA Awards, Rosco Gordon Ja Rule will go back to his roots with the Cash Money Click -- now known as the Cash Murda Click, or simply CMC -- to release a new album in the fall. Due Nov. 26 via Murder Inc./TVT, "Est. Since '93," will bring the chart…

  19. Nelly's 'Nellyville' Nails No. 1 Again

    July 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For a second straight week, the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 has been renamed "Nellyville." The latest Universal set from rapper Nelly notched another week at the top after selling 447,000 copi For a second straight week, the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 has been…

  20. Hip-Hop Heavyweights Turn Out For 'UrbanAID'

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B and hip-hop's finest turned out in droves to support a good cause last night (April 9) at LIFEbeat's UrbanAID 2 benefit. Held at New York's Beacon Theatre, the benefit concert featured perform R&B and hip-hop's finest turned out in droves to support a good…

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