1. American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The American Idol product machine picks up steam with this set of familiar pop tunes covered by 11 of the 12 finalists from the Fox-TV show (conspicuously absent is finalist Vanessa Olivera). The American Idol product machine picks up steam with this set of familiar pop tunes covered by 11 of…

  2. This Day in Music

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Alejandro Sanz wins three awards, including the award for best song for "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte," at Spain's sixth Premios de la Musica ceremony in Madrid. 2002 - Alejandro Sanz wins three awards, including the award for best song for "Y Solo…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses Joni Mitchell, Apple's iTunes, last name chart coincidences, James Ingram, and Madonna, with readers. TRAVELS WITH JONI Hi Fred, As a longtime Joni Mitchell fan (and chart junkie), I have a few Joni-related chart questions: First,…

  4. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at the 13th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, including songwriter of the year, hot Latin track of the y 2002 - Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at…

  5. Billboard Bits: Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Placebo

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Placebo Rap star Nelly is joining his sister, Jackie Donahue, at the forefront of a bone marrow donation awareness and recruitment campaign. Donahue, who suffers from leukemia, is also hoping to find a donor for herself through the "Jes Us 4 Jackie"…

  6. Weird Al Parodies Eminem, Avril On New Album

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop stars on his latest album, "Poodle Hat," due May 20 via Way Moby/Volcano. On the 12-track set, the musical parody veteran reworks well-know "Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop…

  7. Breaking & Entering

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: RJD2, Opeth, Craig Morgan, and Forty Foot Echo. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. CUT-AND-PASTE MONSTER: Ohio-native RJ Krohn, who goes by the…

  8. This Day in Music

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return To Sender" and "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley _ dies of a heart attack. He is 70. 2002 - Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including…

  9. Metallica Debuts New Song, Bassist At MTV Tribute

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Playing in public for the first time with new bassist Rob Trujillo, Metallica ran through a fast and furious medley of songs at the "mtvICON" tribute concert for the veteran metal act Saturday in Los Playing in public for the first time with new bassist Rob Trujillo, Metallica ran…

  10. QOTSA Keeping New Songs To Themselves

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Queens Of The Stone Age have approximately 25 new songs in the pipeline for their next Interscope studio album, but guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme tells Billboard.com fans shouldn't hold their breath t Queens Of The Stone Age have approximately 25 new songs in the pipeline for their next…

  11. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Other key titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- Acclaimed folk/rock artist Richard Thompson's "The Old Kit Bag" (Cooking Vinyl/spinART). -- Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson's "On and On" (Universal). -- Canadian rock outfit New Pornographers…

  12. 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…

  13. This Day in Music

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pa. 2002 - Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on…

  14. 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…

  15. Gilman Gives Stepanek's 'Heartsongs' A Musical Voice

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Even at age 12 when he scored with his debut single, "One Voice," Billy Gilman showed unusual maturity. Now, with "Music Through Heartsongs - Songs Based on the Poems of Mattie J.T. Stepanek," Gilman, who turns 15 May 24, has…

  16. Seeger Re-Records Anti-War Track

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger has recorded a new version of his Vietnam War-era protest song, "Bring Them Home." With new verses written by Seeger and Appleseed Recordings founder Jim Musselman, t Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger has recorded a new version of his Vietnam War…

  17. Billboard Bits: Metallica, SARS, Amy Grant

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Metallica, SARS, Amy Grant Members of Aerosmith, Blink-182, Linkin Park, and Staind have been added to the festivities of MTV's Metallica "mtvICON" special. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Travis Barker from Blink-182, Lisa Marie Presley, Aaron Lewis and Mike…

  18. Breaking & Entering

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. This week: Lynne Arriale, Thicke, Stagga Lee, and Hot Hot Heat. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. THE PIANIST: Lynne Arriale , a…

  19. Billboard Bits: Skynyrd/Hagar, McCulloch, 'Finding Nemo'

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sammy Hagar plan summer tour, Ian McCulloch to tour behind third solo album, and Thomas Newman marks his first animation score with 'Finding Nemo.' Southern rock act Lynyrd Skynyrd and veteran rocker Sammy Hagar will team up for a summer tour kicking off July 19…

  20. Rapper Freaky Zeeky Stable After Shooting

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT What police are describing as a case of road rage is at the heart of a shooting involving rapper Freaky Zeeky (real name: Ezekial James) in New York. A member of the Diplomats, Zeeky was shot in the c What police are describing as a case of road rage is at the heart of a shooting involving…

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