1. Billboard Bits: Will Smith, Joey Ramone, Area2

    May 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Will Smith, Joey Ramone, Area2 Two days before the new Will Smith single was to have been "officially" released to radio by Columbia, U.S. top 40 stations have begun spinning it. Although the official release date is tomorrow (May 9), a number of stations began playing "…

  2. Verve Remixed

    May 04, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Take 12 classic jazz sides, have them re-tweaked for today's dancefloors, and you have a set that brings jazz, the original dance music, back to the dancefloor. Take 12 classic jazz sides, have them re-tweaked for today's dancefloors, and you have a set that brings jazz, the…

  3. TunesOnTV

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT TV Listings for May 6-12, 2002 Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, MAY 6 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: Norah Jones (also scheduled Mary Tyler Moore, the latest evictee from "Survivor: Marquesas"). "…

  4. TMBG Screen 'Gigantic' Documentary In NYC

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Filmmakers AJ Schnack (director) and Shirley Moyers (producer) screened their They Might Be Giants documentary in New York last night (May 2) for an audience of family, friends, fans, and potential di Filmmakers AJ Schnack (director) and Shirley Moyers (producer) screened their They Might Be…

  5. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on Dirty Vegas, Sean Combs, Eminem, and Nickelback. TRUE BRIT: Paul Harris was born in Blackheath in South London. Ben Harris (no relation) was born in Bromley, Kent. Steve Smith was born in Eltham, also in South London. That happens to be incredibly significant in terms…

  6. Chesney Gallops Straight To No. 1

    May 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Country star Kenny Chesney bows on top of The Billboard 200 with his latest BNA album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," which moved a hardy 235,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Country star Kenny Chesney bows on top of The Billboard 200 with his latest BNA…

  7. 'Totally Hits 2002' Packs In 20 Top Tracks

    May 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The fifth volume in the BMG/Warner Bros. "Totally Hits" compilation series will consist of tracks from the likes of Alicia Keys, Pink, P.O.D., Outkast, Default, and more. Due June 4, "Totally Hits 200 The fifth volume in the BMG/Warner Bros. "Totally Hits" compilation…

  8. Billboard Bits: Jamiroquai, Tupac/Biggie, Satriani

    April 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Jamiroquai's exiting keyboardist/songwriter, Tupac Shakur/Biggie Smalls documentary, and Joe Satriani's forthcoming album. British funk/soul combo Jamiroquai has parted ways with longtime keyboardist and songwriting collaborator Toby Smith. A post on the group's…

  9. Train Tops California Music Awards

    April 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based rock act Train took home several top honors at Saturday's 25th annual California Music Awards, including best album for the Columbia release "Drops of Jupiter." The band's lead sin San Francisco-based rock act Train took home several top honors at…

  10. Rap Lawsuit Alleges Privacy Invasion

    April 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Five current and former Detroit officials have sued rapper Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) and others involved in the production of a DVD, saying their privacy was invaded. Defendants in the lawsuit, Five current and former Detroit officials have sued rapper Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young)…

  11. Ashanti Fends Off The Competition At No. 1

    April 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Ashanti commands four Billboard charts for the third straight week as her self-titled Murder Inc/Def Jam debut edges out a strong entry from Sheryl Crow to extend its lead on The Billboard 200. Despit Ashanti commands four Billboard charts for the third straight week as her self-titled Murder…

  12. Billboard Bits: System Of A Down, Manilow, Grushecky

    April 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on System Of A Down, Manilow, Grushecky System Of A Down yesterday (April 23) released an enhanced version of its latest album, "Toxicity" (American/Columbia). The new set features the same 14 tracks repackaged with a "metallic rendering" of the cover art and a…

  13. Waitin' on Joe

    April 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT On his Mercury debut, Steve Azar parlays his Delta roots and inspired songwriter's instincts into a potent mixture, without sacrificing his musical integrity—even though minimal pop sensibiliti On his Mercury debut, Steve Azar parlays his Delta roots and inspired songwriter's…

  14. J. Lo Leads ALMA Music Nominees

    April 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT With nods in four categories, including outstanding female performer, Jennifer Lopez leads the list of music nominees for the 2002 American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards. Honoring outstanding artist With nods in four categories, including outstanding female performer, Jennifer Lopez leads…

  15. Aerosmith Relishes 'Icon' Status

    April 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As bassist Tom Hamilton puts it, Aerosmith's collective feet are pushed solidly to the floor. On the heels of the million-selling Columbia album "Just Push Play" and the No. 7 Hot 100 hit "Jaded," the As bassist Tom Hamilton puts it, Aerosmith's collective feet…

  16. Aerosmith Relishes 'Icon' Status (continued)

    April 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Part two of Billboard.com interview with Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton. What can you tell us about the show Aerosmith is doing in Japan at the end of June? Well, this show in Japan is the finale of the World Cup, which outside of America is beyond gigantic. Wars could get started over these…

  17. 16TunesOnTV

    April 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related television listings for April 15-21, 2002. MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2002 "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: Sheryl Crow (also scheduled: John Stamos, Kate Burton). "The Hughleys," UPN Featured Artists: Shaggy, Destiny's Child's…

  18. Ashanti

    April 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B's current "it" girl Ashanti steps out on her own with her eponymous debut for Murder Inc. R&B's current "it" girl Ashanti steps out on her own with her eponymous debut for Murder Inc. With three singles—Ja Rule's "Always on Time," her…

  19. Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison,Take five

    April 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET Take Five PRODUCER: Teo Macero 5.1 MIX ENGINEER: Mark Wilder Columbia/Legacy CS 65122 JOHNNY CASH Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison PRODUCER: Bob Johnston 5.1 MIX ENGINEER: Thom C Concurrent with the rising tide of DVD-Audio titles entering the marketplace, new and,…

  20. ACM Awards Add Star Performers

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Trisha Yearwood are among the latest performers to be added to the upcoming 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards ceremony. The performance lineup for Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Trisha Yearwood are among the latest performers to be…

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