1. Timing, TVT Right For Lil Jon's Success

    December 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz can thank TVT's tenacity for the act's successful year. The Atlanta-based trio of Lil Jon, Big Sam and Lil Bo have taken their gospel of crunk to the masses with their TVT sophomore set, "Kings of…

  2. Billboard Bits: Stones, Joe Jackson, Savath & Savalas

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Rolling Stones, Joe Jackson, Savath & Savalas The Rolling Stones' performance at Toronto's Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto extravaganza will be released on DVD next spring. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Stones tour manager Michael Cohl said all 13 acts that…

  3. U.K. Still 'Mad' About Andrews, Jules

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST The single "Mad World" remained No. 1 for a second week in the U.K., topping yesterday's (Dec. 29) final weekly sales chart of 2003. Released by Sanctuary/Adventure, the Michael Andrews featuring Gary The single "Mad World" remained No. 1 for a second week in the U.K.…

  4. 01TunesOnTV

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 29 "Dave Koz ? Saxophonic," BET Jazz Featured Artist: Dave Koz. "The Wayne Brady Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: The Bangles (also scheduled: Kevin Bacon, Jerry…

  5. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television Programming This Week

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Dec. 29, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004 As one door closes, another is said to open. So it is with the passage of time and the end of 2003 and the dawn of 2004. Seeing as New Year's Eve can be a dangerous night on the…

  6. Unlikely Star Groban Is King of Highbrow Pop

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Josh Groban recalls going into a record store to buy a copy of his debut album on the night of its release late in 2001. "They couldn't figure out who I was asking for. 'Josh Gorgan? Who?'" Groban recalls with a smile. It…

  7. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Madonna, chart methodology and Shania Twain with readers. SOMETHING FAILS? Dear Fred, How would you rate 2003 in terms of chart success for Madonna: a failure or did she do well? Her "American Life" album is considered to be a flop, but it did reach No. 1, it…

  8. Adams Takes On 'Rock,' 'Love'

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST In the three years since Ryan Adams left his acclaimed alt-country band, Whiskeytown, fans and critics alike have adored pretty much everything he has put out -- no matter how far it found him strayin In the three years since Ryan Adams left his acclaimed alt-country band, Whiskeytown, fans…

  9. This Day in Music

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting songs of the 1960s and '70s, dies at a hospital in Roswell, Ga. He is 57 years old. 1999 - Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting…

  10. No Stopping OutKast On Hot 100

    December 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST OutKast holds down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week in a row, with the Andre 3000-led "Hey Ya!" at No. 1 and the Big Boi-fronted "The Way You Move" featuring Sleepy Brown OutKast holds down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for the…

  11. Alicia's 'Diary' Nabs Xmas Week No. 1

    December 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rising from last week's position of No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in a big shopping week. U.S. sales of the set are up 8% from last week to 370,000 unit Rising from last week's position of No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia…

  12. Ask Billboard

    December 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Dolly Parton, Kylie Minogue and Monica. THE GRASS IS BLUE Dear Keith, Thanks for offering the opportunity for us to get some answers we might not otherwise get. I am a huge fan of Dolly Parton and have about 30 of her albums and CDs. Her…

  13. Judge OKs 'Source' Excerpt Of Eminem Song

    December 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST A New York federal judge will allow hip-hop magazine The Source to distribute CDs containing limited excerpts of a previously unreleased recording by rapper Eminem that includes racially charged lyric A New York federal judge will allow hip-hop magazine The Source to distribute CDs containing…

  14. The National Sings 'Sad Songs' On Second Set

    December 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from "Hot Artists" for Artist of the Day feature. A mere 30 seconds into the National's "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers" lead singer Matt Berninger already sounds spent. The Brooklyn, N.Y., quintet's second album begins with "Cardinal Song," a…

  15. Trick Daddy Avoids Jail On Drug Charges

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rapper Trick Daddy avoided prison by pleading guilty to cocaine and weapons charges, but he will make 24 free appearances to speak to children about the dangers of guns, AIDS, drugs and violence. Rapper Trick Daddy avoided prison by pleading guilty to cocaine and weapons charges, but he will…

  16. Unknowns Snag U.K. Holiday No. 1

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST One of the most closely-fought races ever for the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 title was ended yesterday (Dec. 21) with a dramatic victory by a demo recording made two years ago for $50. The dark ho One of the most closely-fought races ever for the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1…

  17. Merchant Builds Her Own 'House'

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Natalie Merchant giggles while recalling the low expectations she and her former bandmates in 10,000 Maniacs had for their debut release. "[But] it sold more copies than there were people in our hometown. And we were so impressed by that,…

  18. Lyin' in the Face of Love

    December 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Anna Montgomery has much in common with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Phoebe Snow, Macy Gray, Alison Moyet and Shelby Lynne. Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Anna Montgomery has much in common with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Phoebe Snow, Macy…

  19. Nick Cannon

    December 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nick Cannon is quickly becoming a triple threat. Nick Cannon is quickly becoming a triple threat. Star of TV (Nickelodeon's "The Nick Cannon Show") and film ("Drumline," "Love Don't Cost a Thing"), Cannon is now trying his hand at music. The 21-year-old…

  20. Splinter

    December 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Offspring once again delivers a mixture of standard hooks and tongue-in-cheek, angst-ridden lyrics. The Offspring once again delivers a mixture of standard hooks and tongue-in-cheek, angst-ridden lyrics. But with more near misses than direct hits, "Splinter" is somewhat…

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