1. Austin, Jones Set For 'HIP' Jazz Benefits

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST The hip sounds of Patti Austin, Elvin Jones, Dianne Reeves, and Ramsey Lewis will be the focal point of a slate of New York benefit concerts. Sponsored by the HIP Health Plan of New York, the HIP Jazz The hip sounds of Patti Austin, Elvin Jones, Dianne Reeves, and Ramsey Lewis will be the…

  2. Jarrett To Receive 2003 Polar Music Prize

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Pianist Keith Jarrett has been selected as the 2003 winner of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's annual Polar Music Prize. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the prize at a May 12 ceremony i Pianist Keith Jarrett has been selected as the 2003 winner of the Royal Swedish…

  3. Billboard Bits: 'Chicago,' Edwards, VH1 'Diva' Search

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on 'Chicago,' Kathleen Edwards, VH1 'Diva' Search The big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago" continues to collect accolades, the latest being a leading five nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. The film will compete for the…

  4. Eclectic Rockers Drafted For Pearl Jam Tour Support

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam has drafted Sleater-Kinney, Sparta, Idlewild, and the Buzzcocks as the support acts for its 2003 North American tour. Sleater-Kinney will support beginning with the April 1 Denver tour opene Pearl Jam has drafted Sleater-Kinney, Sparta, Idlewild, and the Buzzcocks as the support…

  5. Grammy Performers, Nominees CD Unveiled

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Coldplay, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Nelly with Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, and Bruce Springsteen are the first performers confirmed for the 45th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out Feb. 23 at N Coldplay, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Nelly with Destiny's Child's Kelly…

  6. This Day in Music

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>More than 30 years after the heyday of soul duo Sam & Dave, Sam Moore finally launches a solo career when he releases "Plenty Good Lovin': The Lost Solo Album," in England on Swing C 2002 - More than 30 years after the heyday of soul duo Sam &…

  7. 'Chicago' Nabs 12 U.K. Film Nominations

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST With 12 nominations, "Chicago" tied with "Gangs of New York" to lead the field for the British Academy Film Awards (aka the Baftas). Among the nods for the silver screen adaptation of the Broadway mus With 12 nominations, "Chicago" tied with "Gangs of New…

  8. Hot Product

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Lou Reed, Zwan, Erasure, and more. 'Rave' On Lou Reed's Edgar Allen Poe-inspired "The Raven" (Sire/Reprise) first began to take shape after the artist collaborated with director Robert Wilson on "POEtry," a primitive live stage…

  9. Round About Roma

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Saxman Stefano di Battista, well-known for his work with Michel Petrucciani and Elvin Jones, has also enjoyed the frontman spot for a number of years with his own quartet. A favorite in the Parisian j Saxman Stefano di Battista, well-known for his work with Michel Petrucciani and Elvin Jones,…

  10. CHART BEAT BONUS

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the chart accomplishments of Eminem, B2K and P. Diddy, "Chicago," and R.Kelly. 8 MILES DOWN: After a 12-week reign atop Billboard's Hot 100, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Shady/Interscope) makes a dramatic drop, down to No. 9. It's the…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses artist's nationalities, chart records, an alleged attempt to inflate airplay data, and original songs from soundtracks that have reached No. 1. DON'T FORGET THIS 'GROOVE' Hi Fred, Although I've been following your online section on Billboard.com…

  12. B2K, P. Diddy 'Bump' To No. 1

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST B2K's "Bump, Bump, Bump" featuring P. Diddy dances its way to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 thanks to a major spike in radio airplay. The single moves up one notch to end the 12-week run of Eminem's B2K's "Bump, Bump, Bump" featuring P. Diddy dances…

  13. Norah Jones Remains On Top

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' debut album, "Come Away With Me," benefits from a 5.5% sales gain and maintains its grip on the top of The Billboard 200 for a second-straight week. The Blue Note/Capitol set moved 114,00 Norah Jones' debut album, "Come Away With Me," benefits from a…

  14. R. Kelly Arrested In Florida On Porn Charges

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST R. Kelly, already facing child pornography charges in Illinois, was arrested today (Jan. 22) in Florida on additional similar charges after investigators said they found 12 photographs of a nude girl R. Kelly, already facing child pornography charges in Illinois, was arrested today (Jan. 22)…

  15. Update: Bobby Brown's Sentence Reduced

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Bobby Brown will not have to serve the remainder of an eight-day jail sentence for drunken driving after he is discharged from an Atlanta hospital, police said today (Jan. 22). Brown, the husband of p Bobby Brown will not have to serve the remainder of an eight-day jail sentence for drunken…

  16. Diverse List Of Songs Get Erasure-fied

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. British duo Erasure has been making music for 18 years. In the years since bandmates Andy Bell and Vince Clarke released their first album, "Wonderland" -- which spawned global hits like "Who Needs Love (Like That)" and "…

  17. 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 …

  18. 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…

  19. 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards, to be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Below are the nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The honors will be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Blues entertainer of the…

  20. 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…

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