1. CHART BEAT Bonus

    January 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Elton John and Las Ketchup. 'WORD' UP (AND DOWN): It's the least interesting chart week of the year, as radio tucks away the holiday songs for another 12 months and recaps the year gone by. As a result, there's…

  2. Stars Salute Jennings On Tribute Disc

    January 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Metallica lead singer James Hetfield are among the artists slated to appear on a forthcoming Waylon Jennings tribute album. Due in March, the RCA set will include Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Metallica lead singer James Hetfield are among the…

  3. Billboard Bits: Charlie Hunter, Tom McRae, Cutting Crew

    January 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Charlie Hunter, Tom McRae, Cutting Crew Progressive jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter has set a March 25 release for his ninth album, "Right Now Move." The set will be his first for Ropeadope Records after releasing seven albums through Blue Note. Breaking away from his earlier…

  4. 1ask

    January 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield fields readers' questions about Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and the Rolling Stones. MAD FOR MADONNA Hi Keith, When is Madonna's new album coming out? I heard she is releasing a box set celebrating her 20 years in the music industry. Is this true? If it is, when will…

  5. Rapper 50 Cent Arrested On Weapons Charges

    January 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rapper 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) was arrested Tuesday (Dec. 31) morning after police found two guns inside a car parked outside a New York nightclub where he was due to perform, authorities Rapper 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) was arrested Tuesday (Dec. 31) morning after…

  6. Eminem Leads 2002 RIAA Certifications

    December 31, 2002 12:00 AM EST With the best-selling album and soundtrack of the year, Eminem dominates U.S. year-end certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Billboard Bulletin reports. The rapper' With the best-selling album and soundtrack of the year, Eminem dominates U.S. year-end…

  7. Billboard Bits: Dr Pepper, R.E.M., Elton John

    December 31, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Dr Pepper, R.E.M., Elton John LL Cool J, Anastacia, and Paulina Rubio will pay tribute to Run-D.M.C., Cyndi Lauper, and Celia Cruz, respectively, in a new series of soft-drink Dr Pepper's "Be You" television ads. Both the artists paying tribute and those being honored…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2002 12:00 AM EST - Eddy Shaver, a talented guitarist and son of Texas singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, dies in his sleep while at home in Waco, Texas. Shaver, 38, played guitar with his father in the roots roc 2000 - Eddy Shaver, a talented guitarist and son of Texas singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver…

  9. 1TunesOnTV

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 30, 2002-Jan. 5, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 30 "Shania: In Her Own Words," VH1 Featured Artist: Shania Twain. "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: David…

  10. Billboard Bits: Bonnaroo; Damned/Motorhead; Green On Red

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Bonnaroo; Damned/Motorhead; Green On Red Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment have confirmed June 13-15 dates for the second annual Bonnaroo festival, to be held on a 600-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. Last June's inaugural edition of Bonnaroo drew more than 75,000 fans to…

  11. Jayhawks Wrap New Album, Set Tour Dates

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST Americana purveyors the Jayhawks will release a new studio album, "Rainy Day Songs," in April, according to the band's new label, Lost Highway. Americana purveyors the Jayhawks will release a new studio album , "Rainy Day Songs," in April, according to the band's…

  12. This Day in Music

    December 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>The world's oldest active conductor, Takashi Asahina, the musical director of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra dies at the age of 93. 2001 - The world's oldest active conductor, Takashi Asahina, the musical director of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra dies…

  13. Page Hamilton Revs Back Up With Gandhi

    December 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Page Hamilton has spent a long time under the rock radar since his revered alternative metal band Helmet disbanded in 1998 after five studio albums. Since then, the singer/guitarist has contributed hi Page Hamilton has spent a long time under the rock radar since his revered alternative metal…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson fields readers' letters about chart-topping singles in 2002, his No. 1 song of the rock era, Mariah Carey, Georgie Fame, and the Beatles. DULLSVILLE? Hello Fred! The 2002 calendar year is over and done, and only seven songs advanced to the…

  15. Billboard Bits: AMAs, Papa Roach, John Wesley Harding

    December 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Stories on an American Music Awards ticket auction for charity, Papa Roach recording a song for the "Biker Boyz" soundtrack, and John Wesley Harding's brief tour of England. Tickets to the 30th annula American Music Awards (AMA) are being auctioned online to benefit the Neil…

  16. Townshend Resolves To Finish New Who Album

    December 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST Pete Townshend's 2003 New Year's resolution will be to finish the Who's first new studio album since 1982, the guitarist writes on his official Web site. "I have never written quickly," he says. "I do Pete Townshend's 2003 New Year's resolution will be…

  17. This Day in Music

    December 26, 2002 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…

  18. 'Smooth' Ranked As No. 1 Song Of Rock Era

    December 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Smooth," the 1999 single by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, is the No. 1 song of the rock era based on chart performance on Billboard's Hot 100, according to a new book written by Billboard and Billboa "Smooth," the 1999 single by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, is the…

  19. John Doe To Be Found On The Road

    December 24, 2002 12:00 AM EST X singer/guitarist John Doe will take his solo act out on the road early in the New Year. After a Jan. 20 show in Salt Lake City, the artist has a slate of shows kicking off on Valentine's Day in Los X singer/guitarist John Doe will take his solo act out on the road early in the New Year…

  20. Stones Slate Free Environmental Concert

    December 24, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones will play a free concert with the goal of raising public awareness about global warming. Set for Feb. 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the event is being staged by the Nation The Rolling Stones will play a free concert with the goal of raising public awareness about…

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