1. Couldn't Have Said It Better

    October 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Back in 1977, Meat Loaf and songwriting buddy Jim Steinman dished up "Bat Out of Hell," one of rock's most beautifully bombastic, teen-dream albums of all time. Back in 1977, Meat Loaf and songwriting buddy Jim Steinman dished up "Bat Out of Hell," one of rock's…

  2. Billboard Bits: Strokes/Coldplay, Zucchero, Escovedo

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Bits: Strokes/Coldplay, Zucchero, Escovedo AOL Music's First View initiative today (Oct. 10) debuted new videos from the Strokes and Coldplay. The Strokes' "12:51" is the first single from the group's sophomore album, " Room on Fire ," due Oct. 28…

  3. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Missy Elliott, Alice Cooper and Beyoncé. THE RAITT STUFF: There's a connection between two albums that debut on The Billboard 200 this week - a fragile connection, but a connection nevertheless. Bette Midler…

  4. Phantom Planet Prepares New Album, Tour

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based pop quintet Phantom Planet will take to the road later this month for a five-week tour of the U.S., during which it will debut songs from its forthcoming self-titled album, due Jan. Los Angeles-based pop quintet Phantom Planet will take to the road later this month for a…

  5. Hong Kong Withdraws Offer To Rolling Stones

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The American Chamber of Commerce and a government-funded investment promotion unit have withdrawn an offer to the Rolling Stones to perform at a pop festival in Hong Kong, amid criticism that the vete The American Chamber of Commerce and a government-funded investment promotion unit have…

  6. This Day in Music

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>U2 kicks off the third leg of its Elevation tour in South Bend, Ind., and invites the world to join them for free. The show is Webcast via RealNetworks and European Internet communicatio 2001 - U2 kicks off the third leg of its Elevation tour in South Bend, Ind., and…

  7. Beyonce's 'Baby' Stays Strong On Charts

    October 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce Knowles' "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul cruises to a third week in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a fourth on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The next three sp Beyonce Knowles' "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul cruises to a…

  8. Billboard Bits: CMAs, Hip-Hop/Hoops, Descendents

    October 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on CMAs, Hip-Hop/Hoops, Descendents Toby Keith, Martina McBride, George Strait and Shania Twain have been added to the performance lineup for the 37th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. They join previously announced duet performers Dolly Parton and Norah Jones and Alan…

  9. Grohl Goes Metal With Probot

    October 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The self-titled debut from Dave Grohl's long-discussed heavy metal project Probot will finally see the light of day in February via Southern Lord Records. The album sports a who's-who of hard rock voc The self-titled debut from Dave Grohl's long-discussed heavy metal project…

  10. Breaking & Entering

    October 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Peaches, Aesop Rock and Give Up The Ghost. DIRTY PEACHES: There's an element of performance art in the sex-obsessed electro-rap of Peaches. In concert she dresses like a Hooters waitress trapped in 1984…

  11. Billboard Bits: MTV, Kurtis Blow, Bob Seger

    October 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV, Kurtis Blow, Bob Seger MTV has given the green light to second seasons of "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," starring Snoop Dogg, and "Newlyweds," which chronicles the private life of pop singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. New seasons of both shows will begin…

  12. The Dead's Winterland Finale Comes To DVD

    October 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Before San Francisco's legendary venue Winterland closed its doors on Dec. 31, 1978, it first played host to one final concert by the Grateful Dead. Twenty-five years later, the show will be released Before San Francisco's legendary venue Winterland closed its doors on Dec. 31, 1978…

  13. Hip-Hop's Biggest Acts Set For Source Awards

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ja Rule, Fabolous. Nelly and Murphy Lee are among the acts confirmed to perform during the 2003 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards. Set for Oct. 13 at Florida's Miami Arena, the ceremony will also feature en Ja Rule, Fabolous. Nelly and Murphy Lee are among the acts confirmed to perform during…

  14. Tunes On TV

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related listings for Oct. 6-12 Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, OCT. 6 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Joss Stone (also scheduled: Lucy Liu, Jacques Lowe). "The Sharon Osbourne Show," Syndicated Featured Artists: Steadman, Justin…

  15. Hot Product

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- A new album from rap outfit Boo Yaa TRIBE, "West Kosta Nostra" (Sarinjay), featuring guest spots from Eminem, B Real, Kurupt and Mack 10, among others. -- Wu-Tang Clan principal the RZA's "The Birth…

  16. TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/randb.jsp 1. Speakerboxx/The Love Below , OutKast 2. The R in R&B Collection: Volume One , R. Kelly 3. Cheers , Obie Trice 4. Grand Champ , DMX 5. Da Skool Boy Presents Murphy's Law , Murphy Lee Issue date: Oct. 11, 2003 News R. Kelly , Murphy Lee , Obie Trice …

  17. THE BILLBOARD HOT 100

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/hot100.jsp 1. Baby Boy , Beyonce featuring Sean Paul 2. Shake Ya Tailfeather , Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee 3. Get Low , Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins 4. Right Thurr , Chingy 5. Frontin' , Pharrell featuring Jay-Z Issue date: Oct. 11, 2003 News…

  18. Ice Cube To Heat Up 'XXX' Sequel

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With Vin Diesel stepping aside, Ice Cube has landed the starring role in the "XXX" sequel. Director Rob Cohen has also opted out of the sequel to the 2002 action film about an extreme athlete-turned-s With Vin Diesel stepping aside, Ice Cube has landed the starring role in the "…

  19. HOT RAP TRACKS

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. Get Low , Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins 2. Damn! , YoungBloodZ featuring Lil Jon 3. Shake Ya Tailfeather , Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee 4. Right Thurr , Chingy 5. Stand Up , Ludacris featuring Shawnna Issue date: Oct. 11, 2003…

  20. Wyclef Rallies For Immigrant Rights

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean is slated to appear at a rally for immigrant workers rights Saturday (Oct. 4) in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. The former Fugees member's set is part of an event celebrating t Wyclef Jean is slated to appear at a rally for immigrant workers rights Saturday (Oct.…

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