1. P. Diddy, Michelle Branch Join AIDS Day Shows

    October 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Michelle Branch have signed on to participate in two planned concerts as part of the previously announced World AIDS Day awareness-raising initiative. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Michelle Branch have signed on to participate in two planned concerts…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about LL Cool J, Madonna, H and Claire, and "Bonnie & Clyde." LADIES STILL LOVE COOL JAMES Hi Fred, Reading Michael Ellis and Todd Martens' summary of chart news on Billboard.com last Thursday, I was amazed to discover that "…

  3. Fulks Invites Fans To Heckle Ryan Adams

    October 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Roots rock rabble-rouser Robbie Fulks is adding a little fuel to a recent controversy involving fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Adams. At one of the latter's concerts earlier this month in Nashville, so Roots rock rabble-rouser Robbie Fulks is adding a little fuel to a recent controversy…

  4. Faith Replaces King On Top Of The Hill

    October 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill's "Cry" (Warner Bros.) dethrones Elvis Presley on The Billboard 200 this week thanks to an opening week U.S. sales tally of 472,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's Hill's secon Faith Hill's "Cry" (Warner Bros.) dethrones Elvis…

  5. Westerberg Live CD/DVD By Year's End?

    October 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Paul Westerberg will follow up his 2002 Vagrant comeback "Stereo" with a live CD and DVD by year's end, according to his official Web site. Paul Westerberg will follow up his 2002 Vagrant comeback "Stereo" with a live CD and DVD by year's end, according to his…

  6. This Day in Music

    October 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Rock band Killing Heidi and dance duo Madison Avenue, both of which are debut acts with chart-topping hits on independent labels, lead the winners at the 14th Scape Australian Record Ind 2000 - Rock band Killing Heidi and dance duo Madison Avenue, both of which are…

  7. Chris Robinson Preps First Full Band Trek

    October 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson has confirmed his first solo tour backed by a full band, due to kick off Nov. 21 in Dallas. Robinson will be backed by multi-instrumentalist brothers Paul a Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson has confirmed his first solo tour backed by a…

  8. Vines, Music Sprout 'Handpicked' Tour

    October 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Heralded Australian rock act the Vines will headline a winter tour sponsored by MTV2. The MTV2 Handpicked Tour ties into the music network's recently released compilation CD "Handpicked Vol. II," and Heralded Australian rock act the Vines will headline a winter tour sponsored…

  9. Branch, Ashanti Top Bogart Benefit Bill

    October 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Michelle Branch, Ashanti, Sugar Ray, and Sixpence None The Richer will perform at this year's Bogart Tour for a Cure concert, set for Nov. 4 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. As previously Michelle Branch, Ashanti, Sugar Ray, and Sixpence None The Richer will perform at this…

  10. International Diva Laura Pausini Eyes U.S. Success

    October 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Laura Pausini is making the rounds like any new artist. She's visiting radio stations, sitting for interviews, and playing industry showcases, among other duties. But there's one difference between Pausini and other hopefuls working the…

  11. Hot Product

    October 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Santana, Foo Fighters, Chris Robinson, Kelly Rowland, and more. Yeah, 'Man' Carlos Santana faced a potentially tense scenario when he began assembling material for the follow-up to his monumentally successful 1999 Arista opus, "Supernatural." But…

  12. Kiss Go Symphonic Down Under

    October 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Well, they've tried everything else. Kiss will play a one-off concert Feb. 28 at the 48,000-capacity Telstra Dome in Melbourne with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The concert, to celebrate Well, they've tried everything else. Kiss will play a one-off concert Feb. 28 at…

  13. This Day in Music

    October 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Mart 1999 - George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his…

  14. This Day in Music

    October 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>John Mellencamp plays a surprise gig at the 350-person-capacity Mercury Lounge in New York. 1999 - John Mellencamp plays a surprise gig at the 350-person-capacity Mercury Lounge in New York. 1999 - A year after nearly dying from pneumonia, Johnny Cash finds himself…

  15. Contemporary: Original Jazz Classics Sampler

    October 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The 1950s and early '60s were the heyday of the indie jazz label, and it wasn't just Blue Note. For some years, Berkeley, Calif.-based Fantasy Inc. The 1950s and early '60s were the heyday of the indie jazz label, and it wasn't just Blue Note. For some years, Berkeley,…

  16. This Day in Music

    October 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his home town of Modena, Italy. The opera star, who was accused of owing the government $18 million for income earned from 198 2001 - Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his home town…

  17. Billboard Bits: Coolio/Outkast, Blades, 'La Boheme'

    October 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Coolio/Outkast, Blades, 'La Boheme' Hip-hop stars Coolio and Outkast have signed on to star in a low-budget direct-to-video movie financed by National Lampoon, Image Entertainment, and Broadway Entertainment. "National Lampoon's Hip-Hop Party" will be released…

  18. Dozens Of Acts Set For Mexican Music Festival

    October 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Beck, Flaming Lips, Junkie XL, Danny Tenaglia, Sasha, John Digweed, Deep Dish, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, DJ Dan, Jimmy Van M, Christopher Lawrence, and Max Graham are among the 60-plus acts set Beck, Flaming Lips, Junkie XL, Danny Tenaglia, Sasha, John Digweed, Deep Dish, Ozomatli, Los…

  19. Del McCoury Band Leads Bluegrass Awards

    October 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Del McCoury Band took top honors at the 13th annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (IBMA) last night (Oct. 17) at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville. The group won th The Del McCoury Band took top honors at the 13th annual International Bluegrass Music…

  20. Great White North Secures Its Own 'Idol'

    October 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Canada will be looking for its own Kelly Clarkson when CTV launches a spin-off of the hugely popular "American Idol" series, set to premiere in 2003. Dubbed "Canadian Idol," the show will bow followin Canada will be looking for its own Kelly Clarkson when CTV launches a…

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