1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. Kiss, Sanctuary Seal Deal For Label

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Kiss Records, to be announced today (May 5), will kick off with a new, two-disc live set, "The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV,"…

  6. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Taking a closer look at what music is on TV for the week of May 5-11, 2003. Far be it from me to toot the Billboard horn, but it's easy to see that the "2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards" is one of the biggest Latin music events of the year. The star-studded event…

  7. Hanson Splits Island, Working On New Album

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Brotherly pop trio Hanson has left Island Def Jam (IDJ) and is working on a new studio album. "For a long time, it was building up that this partnership wasn't something that was productive," group me Brotherly pop trio Hanson has left Island Def Jam (IDJ) and is working on a…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses with readers: music popularity cycles, "American Idol" and singles charts, commercially released singles, and Nate Dogg. POP IDOLS Dear Fred, Although I always love reading your column, I have truly enjoyed it more in recent…

  9. Affidavit: Drug Money Backed Murder Inc.

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rap industry insiders have told investigators that the successful Murder Inc. music label was bankrolled by a notorious drug dealer who also was involved in a shooting of hip-hop superstar 50 Cent. Rap industry insiders have told investigators that the successful Murder Inc. music label was…

  10. Ol' Dirty Bastard Signs To Roc-A-Fella

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Controversial rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard has signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, and will soon begin work on his label debut. The artist, who has just been released after two years in prison, announced the n Controversial rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard has signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, and will…

  11. Prince Paul Stays In 'Business'

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Concept albums are often tricky fare, especially in hip-hop. However, veteran producer Prince Paul has been able to create his own niche with his hip-hop-driven concept pieces. He takes on the music industry with his latest, "Politics of the…

  12. Ask Billboard

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the "Fame" soundtrack, Jody Watley, and Def Leppard. LOOKING FOR 'FAME' Dear Keith, I just recently heard that the soundtrack to the film "Fame" will be re-released in a remastered version. When will it be…

  13. Edwin McCain Returns To Stripped Down Sound

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. If Edwin McCain happens to perform a song from his new album, "The Austin Sessions," at next year's Grammy Awards, don't expect a stage filled with candles, exotic dancers, and the New York Philharmonic. Don't look for…

  14. Breaking & Entering

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. This week: Lynne Arriale, Thicke, Stagga Lee, and Hot Hot Heat. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. THE PIANIST: Lynne Arriale , a…

  15. Rosanne Cash Returns After With 'Rules Of Travel'

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "I know big labels are dinosaurs and everything's changing," Rosanne Cash says, "but at the risk of sounding retro, I'm glad to be with Capitol." She's particularly grateful for the label's forbearance…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Little Peggy March, "American Idol," Celine Dion's Adult Contemporary chart success, Jennifer Lopez, singles and Ireland's contributions to the annual Eurovision Song Contest. ASKING ABOUT MARCH IN APRIL Dear Fred, I noticed in your "Chart Beat…

  17. Apple Music Service Trumpets Ease Of Use

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT High-quality design and simplicity of use are expected to be the hallmarks of the new digital music service from Apple Computer, to be unveiled Monday (April 28). High-quality design and simplicity of use are expected to be the hallmarks of the new digital music service from Apple Computer,…

  18. Taj Mahal Revisits Hawaiian Influence

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Eclectic blues legend Taj Mahal revisits the Hawaiian sounds he first explored in the late 1980s on his next album, "Hanapepe Dream." The set will be released June 10 on Mahal's own Kan-Du Records via Eclectic blues legend Taj Mahal revisits the Hawaiian sounds he first…

  19. AFI Revels In Success Of 'Sorrow'

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The reasons why longtime underground rock act AFI signed with major label DreamWorks aren't surprising -- bigger video budgets, global distribution, press machine. The reasons why longtime underground rock act AFI signed with major label DreamWorks aren't surprising -- bigger video…

  20. Dixie Chicks Speak Out On ABC

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Dixie Chicks, who saw sales plummet and fans smash their CDs after singer Natalie Maines told a London audience she was "ashamed" President Bush hails from Texas, say they fear for their lives ami The Dixie Chicks, who saw sales plummet and fans smash their CDs after singer…

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