1. 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…

  2. Yardbirds: 'Birdland' And Before

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja …

  3. DJ Envy Comes To The 'Party'

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Mix-tape DJs have long been considered to have the ear of the streets. Many of today's top artists made names for themselves on mix tapes. And DJs like Funkmaster Flex, DJ Clue, and Tony Touch have all parlayed early mix-tape success into…

  4. Six Retailers Move Into Digital Music

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST In an effort to combat plummeting CD sales, six of the largest music retailers have formed a joint venture, dubbed Echo, to ensure their survival in a world where consumers are spending less and less In an effort to combat plummeting CD sales, six of the largest music retailers have formed a…

  5. Johnny Marr Q&A: Past, Present, Future

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Q&A with Johnny Marr about his reputation for spending days on end in the studio, his varied collaborations with such artists as Neil Finn and New Order's Bernard Sumner, and his thoughts on the l As the Feb. 4 release date of Johnny Marr and the Healers' iMusic debut, "…

  6. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>The London Court of Appeal, in a long-running dispute, rules that the Spice Girls must pay an Italian scooter maker an estimate $1.5 million in damages and legal costs for misrepresentin 2002 - The London Court of Appeal, in a long-running dispute, rules that the…

  7. Billboard Music Group Pacts With PromoSquad

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Billboard Music Group has entered into a deal with PromoSquad, a research firm that uses online respondents to evaluate music. Billboard Music Group has entered into a deal with PromoSquad , a research firm that uses online respondents to evaluate music. The survey respondents will include…

  8. Top Hip-Hop Imprints Seeking New Homes

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Bad Boy Entertainment chief Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is in talks to sign a distribution deal for his imprint with Universal Records, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. Bad Boy Entertainment chief Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is in talks to sign a distribution deal for his imprint with…

  9. Cranberries Terminate MCA Contract

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Cranberries have terminated their contract with MCA Records, according to a statement. The veteran Irish rock act had one final studio album left under its deal but will instead continue work on a The Cranberries have terminated their contract with MCA Records, according to a statement.…

  10. Lava Develops Blue Man Group 'Complex'

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Musical performance art troupe Blue Man Group has signed a multi-album deal with Atlantic-associated label Lava Records. Musical performance art troupe Blue Man Group has signed a multi-album deal with Atlantic-associated label Lava Records. The first fruit of the deal will be the April 22…

  11. This Day in Music

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as "Is That All There Is" and "Fever" made her a jazz and pop legend, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles. S 2002 - Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky,…

  12. Dismemberment Plan Announces Split

    January 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Washington, D.C.-based rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan will split up later this year, frontman Travis Morrison tells Billboard.com. The group will honor plans for a handful of previously announced Washington, D.C.-based rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan will split up later this year,…

  13. Will Smith Eyeing DreamWorks Deal?

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Will Smith, who is not renewing his contract with Columbia, has received a "multi-platform offer" from DreamWorks SKG, a source tells Billboard Bulletin. Will Smith, who is not renewing his contract with Columbia, has received a "multi-platform offer" from DreamWorks SKG,…

  14. Buju Banton Enlists 'Friends' For New LP

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton is set to release "Friends for Life," his first album in almost three years, March 11 on VP/WEA/Atlantic and March 3 in Europe via Anti/Epitaph. Written and co-prod Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton is set to release "Friends for Life,"…

  15. New Celine Album Due In March

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST To coincide with the launch of her Las Vegas extravaganza, international superstar Celine Dion will release a new album this spring. To coincide with the launch of her Las Vegas extravaganza, international superstar Celine Dion will release a new album this spring. The diva's upcoming…

  16. Rich Robinson Looks Ahead With Hookah Brown

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST With no end in sight to the Black Crowes' now year-long hiatus, guitarist Rich Robinson has spent the past several months working with a new band, Hookah Brown. The group, which is rounded out by form With no end in sight to the Black Crowes' now year-long hiatus , guitarist Rich…

  17. Dupri, So So Def Head To Arista

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop uber-producer Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def label have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Arista, four months after the imprint ended its decade-long association with Columbia Reco Hip-hop uber-producer Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def label have signed an exclusive…

  18. Music, Tech Groups Negotiate Copyright Compromise

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST The leading trade associations for the music and technology industries, which have been at loggerheads over consumers downloading songs on the Internet, have negotiated a compromise they contend will The leading trade associations for the music and technology industries, which have been at…

  19. Townshend Free After Child Porn Arrest

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was released from police custody early this morning (Jan. 14), and is resting at home after his arrest on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, his lawy The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was released from police custody early this morning (Jan.…

  20. Townshend Arrested On Suspicion Of Porn Possession

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested today (Jan. 13) in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, police said. Scotland Yard police headquarters announced that a 57-year- The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested today (Jan. 13) in London on suspicion of…

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