1. La Musica Negra

    May 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Birmingham, Ala.-bred band returns after a four-year recording layoff, retooled as a trio following the exit of guitarist Anne-Marie Griffin. The Birmingham, Ala.-bred band returns after a four-year recording layoff, retooled as a trio following the exit of guitarist Anne-Marie Griffin.…

  2. CHART BEAT

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson's chart report includes Eagles, Eurovision, chart discussion, and his weekly trivia challenge. /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Fred Bronson …

  3. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of the Eagles, as well as Jemini and other Eurovision-related acts. 'HOLE' LOTTA LOVE: There's been an Eagles sighting on a Billboard chart. The new song "Hole in the World" (ERC) enters the Adult Contemporary chart at No. 24. …

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Kenny G, Lisa Marie Presley, reggae, and airplay. BOOKENDS Hi Fred, Speaking of "Auld Lang Syne" by Kenny G in your column last week, did you ever notice that Kenny G had a song debut on the…

  5. Lomax Blues Compilations Go To The Source

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A pair of upcoming blues compilations culled from the Alan Lomax Archives and the Library of Congress collect original versions of some noted blues standards. Due in the fall is "Alan Lomax: Blues Son A pair of upcoming blues compilations culled from the Alan Lomax Archives and the…

  6. Stars Flock To Big-Screen Cole Porter Musical

    May 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Alanis Morissette, Robbie Williams, and R&B singer Vivian Green will appear in "Just One of Those Things," a big screen musical portrait of songwriter Col Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Alanis Morissette, Robbie Williams, and…

  7. Cold's World Heats Up

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 26-June 1, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 26 "The View," ABC Featured Artist: The Sounds (also scheduled: guest co-host Melissa Rivers, Carson Daly). "Driven: Nelly," VH1 Featured Artists: Nelly, Mase, St.…

  8. Electro Bamako

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Malian vocalist Mamani Keita, a former backup singer with Salif Keita, and Euro techno-head Marc Minelli collectively created this remarkably idiosyncratic album. Malian vocalist Mamani Keita, a former backup singer with Salif Keita, and Euro techno-head Marc Minelli collectively created this…

  9. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Willie Nelson, Trapt, Ricky Martin, 50 Cent & Nate Dogg, and Eros Ramazzotti. FULL NELSON : Willie Nelson is in the top-40 of Billboard's Hot 100 for the first time since 1984. Nelson's duet with Julio Iglesias, "To All the Girls I…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Pop radio, Annie Lennox, and "American Idol." HOT STUFF, AND NOT Fred, You mentioned in a recent column that pop radio in America might be turning its back on Celine Dion. Could this be part of a…

  11. CHART BEAT

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson's chart report includes Willie Nelson, plus "Idol" discussion, and his weekly trivia challenge. /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Willie Nelson , Fred Bronson …

  12. 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners Here are the 2003 winners of the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, handed out May 22 in Memphis. Blues Entertainer of the Year: B.B. King Blues Band of the Year : Magic Slim & The Teardrops Blues Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers"…

  13. Studdard Wins Second 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol." The aspiring artist learned he was the victor of a public vote at the end of last night's (May 21) two-hour season finale of Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol.…

  14. Unreleased Cuts Bolster 'Gimme Skelter'

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Weezer, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the artists that will contribute previously unreleased material to "Gimme Skelter," a compilation album due in September from Weezer, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the…

  15. Breaking & Entering

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Goldfrapp, New Pornographers, Prefuse 73, and Tomahawk. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. GOLD RECORD: Goldfrapp 's 2000 debut "Felt…

  16. The Tangled Web

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Charity ticket auctions and Epitonic. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. TICKETS FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Online auction sites such as eBay and StubHub have become…

  17. Live Takes Flight With 'Birds'

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Not only does Live's new Radioactive/MCA album "Birds of Pray" (due May 20) sonically hark back to the band's early days of guitar-driven power-pop, but it also shows Live performing with the same high level of energy with…

  18. CHART BEAT

    May 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports and discusses charts with readers, and offers his weekly trivia challenge. /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Fred Bronson …

  19. Soul

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Somewhere along the way, amid personnel changes, heart attacks, and label shifts, the Kentucky HeadHunters have evolved into the great American rock'n'roll band. Somewhere along the way, amid personnel changes, heart attacks, and label shifts, the Kentucky HeadHunters have evolved…

  20. North and South

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jazz vocalist Luciana Souza's North and South is, as its name indicates, a marriage of Northern (jazz and the American songbook) and Southern (the artist's Brazilian roots) influences. Jazz vocalist Luciana Souza's North and South is, as its name indicates, a marriage of…

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