1. Hot Product

    February 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing new releases from R. Kelly, Cat Power, AC/DC, Ministry, and more. 'Factory' Showroom In the wake of several release date changes and amid the ongoing controversy over child pornography allegations, R&B superstar R. Kelly returns this week with his latest Jive album, …

  2. Charges Loom In Chicago Nightclub Deaths

    February 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST City officials threatened to seek criminal charges against the Chicago nightclub where 21 people were killed early Sunday in a stampede, saying the owners violated a court order by keeping the club op City officials threatened to seek criminal charges against the Chicago nightclub where 21…

  3. Natalia Lafourcade

    February 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Eighteen-year-old Natalia Lafourcade's debut album is an invigorating revamp of Latin pop rules, down to a cover that shuns photos in favor of the singer's own art. Eighteen-year-old Natalia Lafourcade's debut album is an invigorating revamp of Latin pop rules, down to a cover…

  4. Cops Probe Tie Between Drugs, Murder Inc.

    February 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff had checked into a luxury hotel in Miami late last year when detectives showed up at his door. They arrested McGriff, 42, on a weapons charge -- but only as a pretext. By the Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff had checked into a luxury hotel in Miami late…

  5. Tenacious D Heading To Silver Screen

    February 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed "greatest band on Earth," is headed to the big screen thanks to a deal with New Line Cinema. Actor/comedian/rockers Jack Black and Kyle Gass -- the duo that makes up " Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed "greatest band on Earth," is…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'Making the Band,' Hendrix & More

    February 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on 'Making the Band,' Hendrix & More The MTV reality series "Making the Band II," which last year chronicled the assembly of a new hip-hop group whose career will be guided by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, will return this spring with 10 new episodes. The show…

  7. 2003 Juno Awards Nominees

    February 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST JUNO AWARDS NOMINEES Below are the nominees for Canada's 2003 Juno Awards, to be handed out April 6 at the Corel Centre in the country's capitol region, Ottowa-Gatineau. SINGLE OF THE YEAR "Bulletproof," Blue Rodeo (WEA/Warner) "A New Day Has Come," Celine…

  8. Fox Shapes Up New Jackson Special

    February 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson has made good on his threat to release his own footage compiled during months of interviews with British journalist Martin Bashir, whose recent TV special on Jackson caused a stir on b Michael Jackson has made good on his threat to release his own footage compiled during…

  9. Pepsi Avoids Hip-Hop Group's Boycott

    February 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) has called off a proposed boycott of PepsiCo. The action was canceled after the music mogul's organization, the soft drink manufacturer, and the L Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) has called off a…

  10. Billboard Bits: Grammys, VH1, Estefan

    February 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Stories on the latest performers added to the 45th annual Grammy Awards, VH1 countersuing Liza Minnelli and David Gest, Emilio Estefan creating television programming for the Hispanic market. Pop/rock outfit No Doubt and veteran singer/songwriter James Taylor have been added to the…

  11. Politics Emerge In Everclear's 'Daydream'

    February 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Though it has been hinted at before, Everclear fans now officially can add "political activist" to the many personas occupied by frontman Art Alexakis. "I'm at the point right now where I'm writing about things that are…

  12. AC/DC Looking Ahead To New LP, Live Shows

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST After AC/DC fulfills its contract by delivering its next studio set to Elektra, the veteran rock act will make its subsequent two albums for Epic, guitarist Malcolm Young tells Billboard.com. The two- After AC/DC fulfills its contract by delivering its next studio set to Elektra, the veteran…

  13. Incubus Sues To Break Free From Contract

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Modern rock outfit Incubus has filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. in an attempt to break free from its contract that requires the group to make four more albums with the company's Epic Records label. Modern rock outfit Incubus has filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. in an attempt to break…

  14. Bad Boy Confirms Universal Pact

    February 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST As first tipped here last month, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has signed a new distribution deal with Universal Records for his Bad Boy Records label. Universal will lend marketing and promotional support fo As first tipped here last month, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has signed a new…

  15. Reality-Themed Music Shows Keep On Rolling

    February 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST NBC's top-rated morning show "Today" has helped land a record deal for a singer who appeared on the show's talent contest last year. Kristy Starling, a 22-year-old Oklahoma native, earned second place NBC's top-rated morning show "Today" has helped land a…

  16. Universal Breathes New Life Into Crue Classics

    February 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises (UME) has inked an exclusive deal with Motley Crue to rerelease the group's catalog in the U.S., bolstered with bonus tracks. Universal Music Enterprises (UME) has inked an exclusive deal with Motley Crue to rerelease the group's catalog in the U.S.,…

  17. This Day in Music

    February 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>James Blackwood, the last founding member of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and one of the giants of Southern gospel music, dies in Memphis of complications of a stroke. He is 82. 2002 - James Blackwood, the last founding member of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and…

  18. Epic Rolls Out First AC/DC Reissues

    January 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST The first fruit of AC/DC's new deal with Epic will arrive Feb. 18, when the label reissues the band's "High Voltage," "Back in Black," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," and separate single and double-dis The first fruit of AC/DC's new deal with Epic…

  19. Billboard Bits: Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil Melee Entertainment, a new firm founded by former Priority Records head Bryan Turner, has entered into a joint venture deal with DreamWorks Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Based in DreamWorks' Beverly Hills headquarters, Melee will initially focus on…

  20. Judge Rules Jardine Cannot Tour As Beach Boys

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Beach Boys' Al Jardine will have to get around without using the name of the band that helped define the 1960s California sound, a U.S. court of appeals ruled yesterday (Jan. 28) in San Francisco. The Beach Boys' Al Jardine will have to get around without using the name of the…

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