1. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. ""Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant,"" which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simul 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised…

  2. Billboard Bits: Tim McGraw, Sexsmith/Coldplay, 'Oz'

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Tim McGraw, Sexsmith/Coldplay, 'Oz' Country star Tim McGraw made a promise of gifts to his band if "Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors" sold more than half-a-million copies in its first week of release. Indeed, the Curb set moved 602,000 copies during…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about Madonna's Bond theme and it's award chances, the best new artists of 2002, and Melanie. 'DAY' TIME? Dear Fred, Why no mention of Madonna's "Die Another Day" in "Chart Beat?" I think she may have a…

  4. TMBG's 'Gigantic' Film Finds U.S. Distribution

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST After months of film festival and special screenings, "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)," AJ Schnack's feature film documentary about Brooklyn, N.Y.-based duo They Might Be Giants, has been picked up by After months of film festival and special screenings, "Gigantic (A Tale…

  5. McCartney Notches Year's Highest-Grossing Tour

    December 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST In an unqualified commercial and critical success, Sir Paul McCartney was the top touring artist in the world for 2002, raking in $126.1 million, according to Billboard Boxscores. Delivering on a Supe In an unqualified commercial and critical success, Sir Paul McCartney was the top touring…

  6. The Statler Brothers Leave The Road

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. One of country music's longest-running road shows came to a close Oct. 26, when the Statler Brothers played their last concert performance in the 10,000-seat Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. "It was the biggest place close to home that…

  7. Update: McCartney Reignites Beatles Credit Controversy

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney believes the last shall be first. Yoko Ono believes he wants to rewrite history. After 40 years of second billing to his late partner John Lennon, McCartney has turned the tables on his Paul McCartney believes the last shall be first. Yoko Ono believes he wants to rewrite…

  8. Billboard Bits: AMAs, Rolling Stones, Reality Rock Show

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on AMAs, Rolling Stones, Reality Rock Show 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, Sheryl Crow, and Nelly are among the music artists confirmed to present trophies at the 30th annual American Music Awards. Set for Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and airing…

  9. Performers, Schedule Set For South By Southwest

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Producer/artist Daniel Lanois will give the keynote address during the next edition of annual music-industry festival South By Southwest, which will be held March 12-16 in Austin, Texas. Producer/artist Daniel Lanois will give the keynote address during the next edition of annual music…

  10. Cash Readies Traveling Album

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash has set a spring release for her first studio album in a decade. Due March 25 via Capitol, "Rules of Travel" features the first recorded duet between the artist and her Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash has set a spring release for her first studio album…

  11. Weir's Other Plans Include Ratdog, Collaborations

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST While the future of the Grateful Dead offshoot the Other Ones (featuring all four living founders) is unclear beyond a New Year's show in Oakland, Calif., vocalist/guitarist Bob Weir says he plans to While the future of the Grateful Dead offshoot the Other Ones (featuring all four living…

  12. 51TunesOnTV

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 16-22, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 16 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artists: Coldplay (also scheduled: Catherine Zeta-Jones, the latest evictee from "Survivor:…

  13. Blue Gets Help From Elton For U.K. No. 1

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST One of the best-loved ballads from Elton John's mid-1970s period provided male pop-R&B quartet Blue with its third U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Dec. 15). "Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word" (Inno One of the best-loved ballads from Elton John's mid-1970s period…

  14. Lovin' Spoonful's Yanovsky Dead At 57

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky died of a heart attack Friday at his farm home outside Kingston, Ontario. He was 57. After busking in Toronto during his teens, Yanovsky's first break cam Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky died of a heart attack Friday…

  15. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 2001 - R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 1999 - Country singer Bryan White and Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson…

  16. UB40 Presents the Fathers of Reggae

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST This is not only one of the best reggae albums of the year; it's also one of the best recording concepts of the year. The members of long-lived U.K. RELEASE DATE: Nov. 19 This is not only one of the best reggae albums of the year; it's also one of the best recording concepts of the…

  17. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74. 2001 - Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74. 2000 - Rapper Eminem and his wife Kim Mathers claim that they have reconciled after filing for divorce.…

  18. Aphex Twin Compiles 'Mixes For Cash'

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Pioneering electronic music artist Aphex Twin (real name: Richard D. James) has compiled 10 years' worth of remixes for the double-disc set "26 Mixes for Cash," due March 25 via Warp Records. The comp Pioneering electronic music artist Aphex Twin (real name: Richard D. James)…

  19. Difford Squeezes Out U.K. Tour Dates

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Squeeze co-founder/co-songwriter Chris Difford will tour the U.K. and Ireland as a special guest on longtime friend and blues rock veteran Chris Rea's early 2003 trek. Squeeze co-founder/co-songwriter Chris Difford will tour the U.K. and Ireland as a special guest on longtime friend and…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions on best original song Oscars, Mariah Carey's performance on the Billboard charts, and chart methodology. WILL 'LOSE' WIN? Fred, My co-workers and I were recently discussing this year's best songs…

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