1. Missy, Mr. Cheeks Join Lil' Kim's 'Mafia'

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Missy Elliott, Mr. Cheeks, Styles P, and Mashonda Tifere are among the guests lending a hand on Lil Kim's upcoming album "La Bella Mafia," due March 4 from Atlantic. Mr. Cheeks appears on first single Missy Elliott, Mr. Cheeks, Styles P, and Mashonda Tifere are among the guests…

  2. Backstreet Boy Goes Broadway In 'Chicago'

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson made his Broadway debut yesterday (Jan. 20) joining the cast of "Chicago." The singer has taken the role slick lawyer Billy Flynn, replacing Billy Zane ("Titani Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson made his Broadway debut yesterday …

  3. Solange Following In Big Sis' Footsteps

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "It got to the point where I told Columbia that they were going to have to drop me," 16-year-old newcomer Solange recalls. Not exactly something typically heard from a young artist on her first outing, but Solange is not one to cave…

  4. Tunes On TV

    January 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 20-26, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 20 "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artists: Mariah Carey, Cam'Ron ("Boy (I Need You)"). "One On One," UPN Featured Artist…

  5. Production Issues Kill Mandela's AIDS Benefit

    January 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST An all-star South African AIDS awareness concert packed that Nelson Mandela had planned to host next month has been canceled because of problems over broadcast rights and sponsorship, his spokesperson An all-star South African AIDS awareness concert packed that Nelson Mandela had planned to…

  6. Chicago

    January 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Who knew? Catherine Zeta-Jones, RenÉe Zellweger, and Richard Gere singing and dancing their way through the silver screen version of the Kander & Ebb musical/comedy classic Chicago . Who knew? Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Richard Gere singing and dancing their way through…

  7. Billboard Bits: Madonna, Salute To The Blues & More

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Madonna, Salute To The Blues, and Black Eyed Peas Madonna will make her episodic television debut on NBC's "Will & Grace" in May. The network did not give details on the storyline of the episode. Madonna hosted "Saturday Night Live" in the '80s and…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses with readers Eminem's Oscar chances, the lenght of singles reigns at No. 1, collections of Billboard magazines, Russian artists on Billboard charts, songs that have stalled at N WILL OSCAR GO HOME WITH MARSHALL? Hi Fred! Eminem's "Lose Yourself,"…

  9. Dylan Crosses The 'Mountain' On AOL

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST A new Bob Dylan original song, "Cross the Green Mountain," will make its premiere today (Jan. 17) in streaming audio form on AOL Music's First Listen program. As previously reported, the song was reco A new Bob Dylan original song, "Cross the Green Mountain," will…

  10. Har Mar Superstar: Soul From An Unlikely Source

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Few artists personify the spirit of the independent music world as well as Har Mar Superstar. In fact, only the indie world could create this musical mass of contradiction. He's a chubby white guy from Minnesota who likes to merge disco…

  11. Ja Rule, Eve Hit The Road

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ja Rule will be hitting the road later this month for a host of dates in the eastern half of the U.S. The run will kick off Jan. 29 and is currently scheduled to last through a Feb. 20 show in Rapper Ja Rule will be hitting the road later this month for a host of dates in the eastern…

  12. Brit Awards 2003 Nominees

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the Brit Awards 2003, which will take place Feb. 20 at London's Earls Court. Below are the nominees for the Brit Awards 2003, which will take place Feb. 20 at London's Earls Court: British male solo artist: Badly Drawn Boy (XL/Beggars Banquet) Craig David (Wildstar…

  13. Eminem Nabs Quartet Of AMAs

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rapper Eminem came out on top at last night's (Jan. 13) American Music Awards, winning four trophies at the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The rapper won the favorite male pop/rock Rapper Eminem came out on top at last night's (Jan. 13) American Music Awards,…

  14. Hot Product

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing the "Chicago" soundtrack and new albums from Kathleen Edwards and Paul Weller. Windy City The versatile talents of actors Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Renee Zellweger are on display in the hit film "Chicago," the original cast recording for which…

  15. 3TunesOnTV

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 13-19, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 13 "The 30th Annual American Music Awards," ABC Featured Artists: Paula Abdul, Alabama, Erykah Badu, Pat Boone, Bobby Brown, Busta Rhymes, Tisha Campbell…

  16. CHART BEAT BONUS

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Eminem and Norah Jones. YOU WIN SOME, YOU 'LOSE' SOME: Time to rewrite the chart history books. Eminem holds on to the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 for an 11th week, placing "Lose Yourself" (Shady…

  17. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the "rock era," chart methodologies, ranking songs, Missy Elliott, chart bullets, and Russian act t.A.T.u. in response to readers' letters. WHEN WILL IT END? Dear Fred, Gary Reid hit on a point [in last week's "Chart Beat Chat"] that I have…

  18. Chesney Extends 'Margaritas' Tour

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Country star Kenny Chesney has tacked on a slew of dates to his upcoming Margaritas & Senoritas tour, set to kick off Jan. 16 in Tupelo, Miss. In addition to previously announced dates that ran th Country star Kenny Chesney has tacked on a slew of dates to his upcoming Margaritas &…

  19. Diana Ross Won't Be In Court Next Week

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Diana Ross won't be required to appear in Tucson, Ariz., City Court next week in her drunken-driving case. Diana Ross won't be required to appear in Tucson, Ariz., City Court next week in her drunken-driving case. The singer, represented by Phoenix attorney Greg Davis, filed a…

  20. R. Kelly Children's Book To Be Reissued

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Despite the controversy surrounding its subject, a children's book based on R. Kelly's life will be reissued on March 1. Publisher Unique Expressions plans to re-release the children's story, "I Can Fly! (The R. Kelly Story)," based on Kelly's rags-to-riches life…

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