1. Jay-Z Inc.

    October 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For Jay-Z, the end is just the beginning. The rapper/mogul has decided to retire as a recording artist after 10 years and more than 18 million albums sold. "I always had the dream of moving over to the business side," Jay-Z says in an…

  2. Tunes on TV

    October 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Oct. 20-26, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, OCT. 20 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Annie Lennox (also scheduled: Angelina Jolie). "MWL Stacked," CMT Featured Artist: Shania Twain. "Monday Night…

  3. Jay-Z Swan Song Gets Special Friday Release

    October 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Black Album" is to have a rare Friday release Nov. 28 from Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. "We wanted to try something different," says Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles. "Everything [related t Jay-Z's " The Black Album ," which he says will…

  4. Compilation Celebrates Big Star's 'Story'

    October 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Some viewers of the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" have wondered about the show's theme and the music used to underline dramatic moments. In a program that seems to get most things right, period-wise, wh Some viewers of the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" have…

  5. 'Baby Boy' Fends Off Singles Chart Challenges

    October 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Baby Boy" from Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul is showing no signs of relinquishing its hold on the top of Billboard's Hot 100. The second chart-topper from Beyoncé's debut Columbia album, "Dan "Baby Boy" from Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul is showing no signs of…

  6. 50 Cent, Nelly Win Big At The Source

    October 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper 50 Cent won two major awards, including album of the year, while Nelly and Lil' Kim also took home trophies at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards last night (Oct. 13) in Miami. 50 Cent's "Get Rich Rapper 50 Cent won two major awards, including album of the year, while Nelly…

  7. The Tangled Web

    October 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related issues and destinations. This week: Independent labels selling downloads and Stock and Roll. INDIES IN THE MIX: The new, legitimate Napster digital music store is set to launch later this month, and will initially be stocked with 500,000-plus…

  8. Beyonce's 'Baby' Stays Strong On Charts

    October 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce Knowles' "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul cruises to a third week in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a fourth on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The next three sp Beyonce Knowles' "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul cruises to a…

  9. Ying Yang Twins Score Big

    October 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. TVT, the first independent distributor to land two titles in the top-20 of The Billboard 200 since November 1995, has done it again. The label scores its third top-20 album in two months with the Ying Yang Twins' Collipark/TVT debut, "…

  10. Billboard Bits: MTV, Kurtis Blow, Bob Seger

    October 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV, Kurtis Blow, Bob Seger MTV has given the green light to second seasons of "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," starring Snoop Dogg, and "Newlyweds," which chronicles the private life of pop singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. New seasons of both shows will begin…

  11. 2003 Vibe Awards Nominees

    October 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the inaugural Vibe Awards. Set for Nov. 20 at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center, the event will be hosted by Queen Latifah and broadcast as a two-hour special the next night on UPN. Below is a list of nominees for the inaugural Vibe Awards. Set for Nov. 20 at the Santa…

  12. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Oct. 6-12, 2003. By now you should have had your fill of "The Blues" (if not, order the seven-DVD series via PBS.org ). Although it'll be hard to top last week's rich musical programming, the vast…

  13. Hip-Hop's Biggest Acts Set For Source Awards

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ja Rule, Fabolous. Nelly and Murphy Lee are among the acts confirmed to perform during the 2003 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards. Set for Oct. 13 at Florida's Miami Arena, the ceremony will also feature en Ja Rule, Fabolous. Nelly and Murphy Lee are among the acts confirmed to perform during…

  14. THE BILLBOARD HOT 100

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/hot100.jsp 1. Baby Boy , Beyonce featuring Sean Paul 2. Shake Ya Tailfeather , Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee 3. Get Low , Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins 4. Right Thurr , Chingy 5. Frontin' , Pharrell featuring Jay-Z Issue date: Oct. 11, 2003 News…

  15. Me & My Brother

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After years of thriving in the South, crunk music is now everywhere. After years of thriving in the South, crunk music is now everywhere. Crunk veterans Ying Yang Twins look to take full advantage of the sub-genre's newfound fame with their TVT debut, "Me & My Brother." The…

  16. HOT RAP TRACKS

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. Get Low , Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins 2. Damn! , YoungBloodZ featuring Lil Jon 3. Shake Ya Tailfeather , Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee 4. Right Thurr , Chingy 5. Stand Up , Ludacris featuring Shawnna Issue date: Oct. 11, 2003…

  17. 'Baby Boy' Holds Down Singles Chart Lead

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Baby Boy" from Beyonce and Sean Paul maintains its grip on Billboard's Hot 100 for a second-straight week. The cut also leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for the third "Baby Boy" from Beyonce and Sean Paul maintains its grip on…

  18. HOT RAP TRACKS

    October 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. Shake Ya Tailfeather , Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee 2. Get Low , Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Featuring Ying Yang Twins 3. Right Thurr , Chingy 4. Damn! , YoungBloodZ Featuring Lil Jon 5. Into You , Fabolous Featuring Tamia Or Ashanti Issue date: Oct. 4,…

  19. Tunes On TV

    September 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 29 "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artist: Pink ("Trouble") "Monday Night Football," ABC Featured Artists: Vic Damone, Run-DMC, John Popper, Jason Mraz …

  20. TOP INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

    September 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/indie_albums.jsp 1. Me & My Brother , Ying Yang Twins 2. Kings Of Crunk , Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 3. The Wind , Warren Zevon 4. In Reverie , Saves The Day 5. A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar , Dashboard Confessional Issue date: Oct. 4, 2003 News Warren Zevon , Lil…

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