1. Billboard Bits: Bernie Williams, Siren Festival, AthFest

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Bernie Williams, Siren Fest, AthFest New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams has inked a deal with GRP for the release of "The Journey Within," his recording debut. The CD is expected in stores on July 15. Williams, who plays guitar, composed seven of the album's…

  2. Roxio Rebranding Pressplay As Napster

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Roxio has acquired online music service Pressplay from Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment and plans to revive it under the Napster name before March 2004. Roxio has acquired online music service Pressplay from Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment and…

  3. 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…

  4. Diddy Relaunches Label With 'Bad Boys II'

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will reactivate his Bad Boy Records label with the soundtrack to the film "Bad Boys II." Due July 15, the set is led by the Jay-Z single "La-La-La," and will boast cuts by 50 Cen Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will reactivate his Bad Boy…

  5. Spears, Skechers Settle Suits

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company have settled competing federal lawsuits over a deal for the pop star to market a line of roller skates and accessories, court documents sta Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company have settled competing federal…

  6. Eminem Gets In The Video Game 'Mix'

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Having already conquered the worlds of music and movies, rap star Eminem has his sights set on video games. The first title from his deal with Conspiracy Entertainment, "Mix TV Presents: Eminem," is e Having already conquered the worlds of music and movies, rap star Eminem has his…

  7. Feds Detail Murder Inc. Money Laundering

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Multimillion-selling hip-hop label Murder Inc. wrote checks to a convicted drug kingpin's company in exchange for dirty cash, prosecutors say in a new complaint. Multimillion-selling hip-hop label Murder Inc. wrote checks to a convicted drug kingpin's company in exchange for dirty…

  8. Billboard Bits: 'Johnny English,' matchbox, Earle

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Johnny English,' matchbox, Earle U.K. pop star Robbie Williams has contributed the new song "A Man for All Seasons" to Decca's "Johnny English" soundtrack. Due July 15, the set also features several tracks by female string quartet Bond, one by…

  9. Thompson Smiles Through Adversity On 'Kit Bag'

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For his new CD, "The Old Kit Bag," veteran troubadour Richard Thompson has taken a sidestep away from his signature sound. "It's basically a trio recording," he says. In addition to his own revered guitar work, Thompson…

  10. Kristy Starling

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This big-voiced Oklahoma City native landed her record deal via a talent competition on NBC's Today Show. This big-voiced Oklahoma City native landed her record deal via a talent competition on NBC's Today Show. While she finished in second place, Starling caught the attention of…

  11. House of Blues, Chicago

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "We take it back to the days of yes y'allin,' " Jurassic 5 rhymed to the sold-out House of Blues, effectively drawing out the blueprint for the Cali-based hip-hop collective's success: old-school hip- "We take it back to the days of yes y'allin,' "…

  12. Latifah Going 'Gangster' In Next Film

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Queen Latifah is nearing a deal to star in Miramax Films' remake of the South Korean action-comedy "My Wife Is a Gangster." No director is on board, but the studio hopes to be in production by first q Queen Latifah is nearing a deal to star in Miramax Films' remake of the…

  13. Billboard Bits: Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Placebo

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Placebo Rap star Nelly is joining his sister, Jackie Donahue, at the forefront of a bone marrow donation awareness and recruitment campaign. Donahue, who suffers from leukemia, is also hoping to find a donor for herself through the "Jes Us 4 Jackie"…

  14. Wyclef Wings It To J Records

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop jack-of-all-trades Wyclef Jean has signed with J Records as a recording artist and is working on a new studio album. Jean, who was formerly signed to Columbia, had inked an imprint deal with J Hip-hop jack-of-all-trades Wyclef Jean has signed with J Records as a recording artist and…

  15. Rob Zombie Erecting 'House' Sequel

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie is fixing to build another "House." Zombie has inked a deal with Lions Gate Films to write and direct a sequel to his directorial debut, the horror feature "House of Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie is fixing to build another "House.…

  16. This Day in Music

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Husband and wife team Vince Gill and Amy Grant help raise approximately $300,000 at the 9th Annual Vinny pro-celebrity golf tournament at Legends Club of Tennessee in Franklin, Tenn. 2001 - Husband and wife team Vince Gill and Amy Grant help raise approximately $300…

  17. Orton Gets 'Wild' On 'How To Deal'

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Beth Orton, the Flaming Lips, John Mayer, Liz Phair, and the Donnas are among the artists featured on the soundtrack to "How To Deal," due July 8 on Capitol Records. Beth Orton, the Flaming Lips, John Mayer, Liz Phair, and the Donnas are among the artists featured on the soundtrack…

  18. John, Taupin Sink Teeth Into Musical 'Lestat'

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pop music icons Elton John and Bernie Taupin will create the music and lyrics for a Broadway musical version of Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat." Warner Bros. is developing the show as the first proje Pop music icons Elton John and Bernie Taupin will create the music and lyrics…

  19. Clear Channel Unveils 'Instant Live'

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has revealed details of its long-anticipated live CD program, first reported in January by... Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has revealed details of its long-anticipated live CD program, first reported in January by Billboard Bulletin . The service,…

  20. Billboard Bits: 'Grease,' Joe Henry, Magic Johnson

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Grease,' Joe Henry, Magic Johnson Hoping "Grease" lightning can strike a third time, Paramount Pictures is drawing up plans for "Grease 3," a continuation of the hit musical franchise. The plan is to set the latest version of the musical in the late…

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