1. KRS-One Discusses The State Of Hip-Hop

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The sixth annual Hiphop Appreciation Week is scheduled for May 18-25 in New York. The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Temple of Hiphop, whose manifesto states its purpose is to "continue decriminalizing Hiphop's public image and…

  2. Reggae, Mainstream Acts To Play Sumfests

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural U.S. version of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, as well as the 11th annual Sumfest in Jamaica. The U.S. even Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural…

  3. Pop Super-Trio Thorns To Unveil Debut

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Acoustic harmony trio the Thorns -- a group made up of singer/songwriters Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, and Pete Droge -- is set to release its debut self-titled album May 20 on Aware/Columbia Records Acoustic harmony trio the Thorns -- a group made up of singer/songwriters Matthew Sweet,…

  4. 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…

  5. Tunes On TV

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 5-11, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 5 "Boston Public," Fox Featured Artists: Lifehouse, Method Man, GQ, Joey McIntyre, Tamyra Gray. "VH1 All Access: Sex & Rock 'n' Roll," VH1 Featured Artists:…

  6. Dance Divas

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It's a boa paradise on Dance Divas, a non-stop, 75-minute tour de force of beats and bellows, courtesy of popular New York-based DJ Louie DeVito. It's a boa paradise on Dance Divas, a non-stop, 75-minute tour de force of beats and bellows, courtesy of popular New York-based DJ Louie…

  7. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Glen Larson and Stu Phillips (thanks to Panjabi MC), Blue Man Group, Jewel, Wynonna, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, and American Idol Finalists. GOOD KNIGHT: Two names with long histories on Billboard's Hot 100 are back on the chart, thanks to a…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Jay-Z, 50 Cent Ready To 'Roc The Mic'

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team for the Roc the Mic trek of North American amphitheaters and arenas. The tour will begin June 25 in Hartford In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team…

  11. Sean Paul 'Busy' Ousting 50 Cent Single

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to a major boost in airplay, Sean Paul's "Get Busy" ends the nine-week reign of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" on Billboard's Hot 100. In making the 2-1 jump, Paul earns his first No. 1 on the main sin Thanks to a major boost in airplay, Sean Paul's …

  12. Rap, R&B, Soul To Make Up Detroit Music Fest

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop heavyweights R. Kelly and P. Diddy, and veteran acts the O'Jays and the Temptations are among the acts on the bill for the third annual Detroit Music Festival. Slated for Aug. 1-2 at t R&B/hip-hop heavyweights R. Kelly and P. Diddy, and veteran acts the O'Jays…

  13. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Highlighting music on television for the April 28-May 4, 2003. Contests... It's all about contests on television these days -- "Fear Factor," "Survivor," and the like are out there, but it's the music shows that really know how to find talent. The biggest of them…

  14. 18TunesOnTV

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 28-May 4, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, APRIL 28 "Total Request Live," MTV Featured Artists: Good Charlotte, New Found Glory. "Born To Diva," VH1 Featured Artist: Gloria Estefan. "The Tonight Show With Jay…

  15. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>A Widespread Panic concert in Pelham, Ala. goes sour when young fan Erica Robins Young of Chattanooga, Tenn., collapses and dies of an apparent overdose of the drug Ecstasy. 2002 - A Widespread Panic concert in Pelham, Ala. goes sour when young fan Erica Robins Young…

  16. Jones, Roots To Celebrate Tribeca Film Fest

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Norah Jones and the Roots will perform a free concert May 9 at New York's Battery Park as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The concert, titled 100% NYC: A Concert Celebrating the Tribeca Film Festiv Norah Jones and the Roots will perform a free concert May 9 at New York's Battery…

  17. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z, Wilco, La Ley

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Jay-Z's Reebok shoe line, Wilco's digital EP, and La Ley's new studio album. Jay-Z's signature Reebok athletic shoe sold out in only a few hours over the weekend -- making it the fastest-selling shoe in Reebok's history. While exact numbers were not…

  18. Twisted Sister Kicks Off Reunion With USO Stint

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 's pop metal act Twisted Sister will reunite next month for a brief USO tour and select U.S. and European dates over the summer. On behalf of the USO, the band will perform at one Air Force base a 1980's pop metal act Twisted Sister will reunite next month for a brief USO tour…

  19. Memphis Bleek Roars Back On New Album

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Memphis Bleek will release his first album in three years, "M.A.D.E.," June 24 via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. The artist has kept a fairly low profile since the 2000 release of "The Understanding," w Rapper Memphis Bleek will release his first album in three years, "…

  20. The Tangled Web

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Weekly online column keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. This week: Madonna music previews, the Webby Awards, and 3 Doors Down's videos for " Welcome to The Tangled Web, a weekly column launched with the recent redesign…

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