1. Afro-Celts Plant A New 'Seed'

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Afro-Celt Sound System has finalized the details of its fourth Real World Records Album. "Seed," due March 25, is the group's first effort to be put out under the streamlined name the Afro Celts, The Afro-Celt Sound System has finalized the details of its fourth Real World…

  2. Yardbirds: 'Birdland' And Before

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja …

  3. 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…

  4. First Recordings Selected For Library Of Congress

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST U.S. Librarian of Congress James A. Billington yesterday (Jan. 27) announced the first group of recordings to be entered into the National Recording Registry, which was initiated by Congress in 2000. U.S. Librarian of Congress James A. Billington yesterday (Jan. 27) announced the first group…

  5. Prosecutors May Subpoena Aretha Franklin

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Prosecutors may subpoena singer Aretha Franklin to obtain information about her home that was destroyed by a fire in October. The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office will decide this week whether to is Prosecutors may subpoena singer Aretha Franklin to obtain information about her home…

  6. More Artists Line Up To Salute The Blues

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST India.Arie, John Fogerty, Solomon Burke, Natalie Cole, Levon Helm, and Alison Krauss are among the newly confirmed artists flocking to the Feb. 7 Salute to the Blues concert at New York's Radio City M India.Arie, John Fogerty, Solomon Burke, Natalie Cole, Levon Helm, and Alison Krauss…

  7. 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…

  8. This Day in Music

    January 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>During the Big Day Out tour stop in Sydney, a 15-year-old girl from nearby Dee Why dies from a heart attack after being caught in the surge of the 55,000-strong crowd as Limp Bizkit take 2001 - During the Big Day Out tour stop in Sydney, a 15-year-old girl from…

  9. Maria McKee Leaps From The 'High Dive'

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Maria McKee will release her fourth studio album, "High Dive," April 22 via her own Viewfinder Records, Billboard.com has learned. Singer/songwriter Maria McKee will release her fourth studio album, "High Dive," April 22 via her own Viewfinder Records,…

  10. This Day in Music

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz Library, dies of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif. He is 68. In the late '50s, Givens' indie imprint was among the first 1999 - Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz…

  11. Report: Franklin Uncooperative With Police

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin didn't cooperate with authorities investigating a fire that destroyed her $1.6-million Michigan mansion, according to a police report. The Bloomfield Township police report shows offic Aretha Franklin didn't cooperate with authorities investigating a fire that…

  12. 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…

  13. This Day in Music

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as "Is That All There Is" and "Fever" made her a jazz and pop legend, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles. S 2002 - Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky,…

  14. Failer

    January 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Whether it was looking toward the future or not, in signing Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Kathleen Edwards, Rounder's still-relatively-new rock imprint ZÖe may have made an investment th Whether it was looking toward the future or not, in signing Canadian singer/songwriter…

  15. Will Smith Eyeing DreamWorks Deal?

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Will Smith, who is not renewing his contract with Columbia, has received a "multi-platform offer" from DreamWorks SKG, a source tells Billboard Bulletin. Will Smith, who is not renewing his contract with Columbia, has received a "multi-platform offer" from DreamWorks SKG,…

  16. 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,"…

  17. This Day in Music

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Metallica's James Hetfield and his wife Francesca welcome the birth of their third child, a baby girl named Marcella. 2002 - Metallica's James Hetfield and his wife Francesca welcome the birth of their third child, a baby girl named Marcella. 2001 - As in…

  18. Seals Taps Sturmer, Crowell For Help On New Disc

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Country-pop artist Brady Seals' new album, "Thompson Street," due Feb. 25 from Image Entertainment, will feature songs co-written with Nashville singer/songwriter/producer Rodney Crowell and ex-Jellyf Country-pop artist Brady Seals' new album, "Thompson Street,"…

  19. Hundreds Attend Maurice Gibb's Funeral

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST During a private funeral service yesterday (Jan. 15) in Miami Beach that mixed humor and emotion, Bee Gees member Maurice Gibb was remembered as a man who celebrated life. About 200 friends and family During a private funeral service yesterday (Jan. 15) in Miami Beach that mixed humor and…

  20. Smith, McKeehan Snare Nine Dove Nominations

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Michael Smith and dc Talk's Toby McKeehan each scored nine nominations to lead the field for the Gospel Music Association's 2003 Dove Awards. Smith and McKeehan (who records as tobyMac) will vie for b Michael Smith and dc Talk's Toby McKeehan each scored nine nominations to…

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