1. Billboard Bits: Family Reunion, Pearl Jam, Freedom Concert

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Family Reunion, Pearl Jam, Freedom Concert Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Lil' Romeo and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will all perform as part of the Tom Joyner Family Reunion, to be held Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at Walt…

  2. Fannypack Hopes Novelty Song Fosters Legit Success

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Summer always seems to be the season for fun and frivolous singles. This summer is no exception. Tommy Boy recording act Fannypack is off to an early start with its tongue-in-cheek single "Cameltoe." Summer always seems to be the season for fun and frivolous singles. This summer is…

  3. 2003 Pearl Awards Winners

    June 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Awards Winners Here are the winners for the 2003 Pearl Awards, handed out June 20 at Cottonwood Auditorium in Salt Lake City, Utah. SACRED RECORDING: "Hear My Praise" (Album: "Hear My Praise") Artist: Kenneth Cope Songwriter: Kenneth Cope Producer: Kenneth Cope …

  4. New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop/rock supergroup-of-sorts never thought past its 2000 disc "Mass Romantic" (Mint Records). The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop…

  5. Fats, Ike, B.B. Toasted As 'Blues Kingpins'

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Right Stuff/EMI is mining its catalog to pay proper tribute to the blues with greatest-hits CD packages for six artists the label has dubbed "Blues Kingpins." The discs -- each due Aug. 5 -- will The Right Stuff/EMI is mining its catalog to pay proper tribute to the blues with…

  6. This Day in Music

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the mos 2002 - Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time…

  7. Courtney Love Near Deal With Virgin

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Courtney Love's search for a new label is almost over. The rocker is in advanced negotiations to sign with Virgin Records, sources said. If the deal is closed, Virgin will release "America's Sweethear Courtney Love's search for a new label is almost over. The rocker is in…

  8. Year of the Spider

    May 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT From the aggressive, angst-ridden tone of opener "Remedy," it's clear that Year of the Spider will be a dark, hard-rock journey. From the aggressive, angst-ridden tone of opener "Remedy," it's clear that Year of the Spider will be a dark, hard-rock journey. Much…

  9. Cold's World Heats Up

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. To cop a simple but appropriate pun, things are steadily heating up for the band Cold. Its latest single, "Stupid Girl," is No. 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and has sold 13,000 copies in the U.S., according to…

  10. The Golden Age of Grotesque

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT On the surface, The Golden Age of Grotesque delivers all of the noise and aggression that one expects from Manson. On the surface, The Golden Age of Grotesque delivers all of the noise and aggression that one expects from Manson. Deeper investigation, however, reveals far more. For example,…

  11. Counterfeit 2

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With Counterfeit 2, Depeche Mode founding member/songwriter/occasional lead vocalist Martin Gore steps out of the shadows to deliver his long-awaited solo full-length. With Counterfeit 2, Depeche Mode founding member/songwriter/occasional lead vocalist Martin Gore steps out of the shadows to…

  12. Courtney Love In Label Talks

    April 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Courtney Love is in talks for a label deal with EMI, V2, Sanctuary, and several other companies, according to Dave Lory, who has signed her for personal management in partnership with David Leach, his Courtney Love is in talks for a label deal with EMI, V2, Sanctuary, and several other…

  13. This Day in Music

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at a concert with Buena Vista Social Club bassist Cachaito Lopez in Basel, Switzerland. Gonzalez collapses shortly after perf 2001 - Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at a concert…

  14. but one day. . .

    March 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Ute Lemper's last Decca album—Punishing Kiss, in 2000, featuring songs by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, and Scott Walker—was a brave, artful attempt to break out of her avant-cab Ute Lemper's last Decca album—Punishing Kiss, in 2000, featuring songs by Tom Waits, Elvis…

  15. 'Fear Yourself' Finds Daniel Johnston Feeling Blessed

    March 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On his 20th album, lo-fi veteran Daniel Johnston has teamed with a new collaborator for a new sound: Sparklehorse principal Mark Linkous, who produced the set and brought a new fidelity to Johnston's songs. The result, "Fear Yourself,…

  16. Written in the Stars

    March 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST There's nothing revelatory in Tom Michael's interpretation of familiar music nor anything extraordinary in his song selections. There's nothing revelatory in Tom Michael's interpretation of familiar music nor anything extraordinary in his song selections. The revelation,…

  17. 09TunesOnTV

    February 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 24-March 2, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, FEB. 24 "Direct Effect," MTV Featured Artists: TLC, 50 Cent. "VH1 All Access: Real-Life Groupies," VH1 Featured Artists: Unwritten Law. "…

  18. This Day in Music

    February 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>The Spice Girls lose a lawsuit filed against them by Italian motorcycle manufacturing company Aprilla SpA. The battle, in London's Hig Court, is over a sponsorship deal Aprilia claim is 2000 - The Spice Girls lose a lawsuit filed against them by Italian…

  19. This Day in Music

    February 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Trace Adkins plays his first concert since breaking his ankle and undergoing surgery for tendon damage. Adkins ignores doctors' warnings to remain seated and walks around the stage so fa 1999 - Trace Adkins plays his first concert since breaking his ankle and…

  20. Love Blames 'Potty Mouth' For Arrest

    February 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Musician/actress Courtney Love blamed her "potty mouth" after British police arrested her for verbally abusing cabin staff on a trans-Atlantic flight. Musician/actress Courtney Love blamed her "potty mouth" after British police arrested her for verbally abusing cabin staff…

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