1. Billboard Bits: Mariah Carey, Simple Plan, Caitlin Cary

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Mariah Carey, Simple Plan, Caitlin Cary The National Basketball Association (NBA) has tapped Mariah Carey to perform during the halftime break in its 52nd annual All-Star Game, set for Feb. 9 in Atlanta. The performance will air live on the TNT cable network in the U.S., and will be…

  2. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>The London Court of Appeal, in a long-running dispute, rules that the Spice Girls must pay an Italian scooter maker an estimate $1.5 million in damages and legal costs for misrepresentin 2002 - The London Court of Appeal, in a long-running dispute, rules that the…

  3. Steely Dan Embraces 'Everything'

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan has put the finishing touches on a new studio album, "Everything Must Go," due May 6 via Reprise. The set is the follow-up to 2000's "Two Against Nature," which was Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan has put the finishing touches on…

  4. This Day in Music

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Nine Inch Nails makes its first ever instore signing appearance at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square. 2002 - Nine Inch Nails makes its first ever instore signing appearance at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square. 1999 - Hal B. Cook…

  5. Production Issues Kill Mandela's AIDS Benefit

    January 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST An all-star South African AIDS awareness concert packed that Nelson Mandela had planned to host next month has been canceled because of problems over broadcast rights and sponsorship, his spokesperson An all-star South African AIDS awareness concert packed that Nelson Mandela had planned to…

  6. Billboard Bits: Madonna, Salute To The Blues & More

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Madonna, Salute To The Blues, and Black Eyed Peas Madonna will make her episodic television debut on NBC's "Will & Grace" in May. The network did not give details on the storyline of the episode. Madonna hosted "Saturday Night Live" in the '80s and…

  7. Will Smith Eyeing DreamWorks Deal?

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Will Smith, who is not renewing his contract with Columbia, has received a "multi-platform offer" from DreamWorks SKG, a source tells Billboard Bulletin. Will Smith, who is not renewing his contract with Columbia, has received a "multi-platform offer" from DreamWorks SKG,…

  8. Exies Explode With 'Inertia'

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Los Angeles quartet the Exies entered the studio to record its major-label debut with one simple goal, according to lead singer Scott Stevens. "We wanted to make the best, most perfect record we could," he says of "Inertia,"…

  9. Smith, McKeehan Snare Nine Dove Nominations

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Michael Smith and dc Talk's Toby McKeehan each scored nine nominations to lead the field for the Gospel Music Association's 2003 Dove Awards. Smith and McKeehan (who records as tobyMac) will vie for b Michael Smith and dc Talk's Toby McKeehan each scored nine nominations to…

  10. Amos Expands U.S. Tour Plans

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tori Amos has scheduled a slate of 12 eastern U.S. winter tour dates that extend a previously announced stand at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The tour kicks off Feb. 19 in Boca Raton, Fla., and n Tori Amos has scheduled a slate of 12 eastern U.S. winter tour dates that extend a…

  11. 2003 Dove Awards

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the Gospel Music Association's 2003 Dove Awards, which will take place April 10 in Nashville. Below are the nominees for the Gospel Music Association's 2003 Dove Awards, which will take place April 10 in Nashville: Song of the year: "Above All," Lenny LeBlanc,…

  12. Steven Curtis Chapman Pushes Boundaries

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. At a time when church-driven music dominates the Christian industry, and many of his peers are releasing praise and worship albums or hymns collections, Steven Curtis Chapman is boldly going where no one in contemporary Christian music has gone…

  13. Crue Film A 'Go', Tour Dates A 'No'

    January 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST Motley Crue fans will have to wait until 2004 for another tour, putting an end to rumors the band might join this summer's Ozzfest lineup. Says founding bassist Nikki Sixx, "As far as the question bei Motley Crue fans will have to wait until 2004 for another tour, putting an end to…

  14. Supergrass Coming Back To 'Life'

    January 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In 1995, amid the heady days of Brit pop, precocious U.K. rock trio Supergrass breezed to the chart summit with its guitar-fueled debut album, "I Should Coco." Seven years on, with many of its contemporaries long forgotten, Supergrass…

  15. Murder Inc. Probe Results In Arrests

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST An investigation of alleged ties between rap music label Murder Inc. and New York's violent drug trade has resulted in the arrests of two men for credit card fraud, authorities said today (Jan. 7). Th An investigation of alleged ties between rap music label Murder Inc. and New York'…

  16. Teenager Cleared Of Hollywood Piracy Charges

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST A Norwegian teenager was acquitted in a key test case today (Jan. 7) of violating computer break-in laws with his program that circumvents security codes on Hollywood's DVD movies. A Norwegian teenager was acquitted in a key test case today (Jan. 7) of violating computer break-in laws…

  17. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley dies at…

  18. Black Keys Sign With Fat Possum, Eye S-K Trek

    January 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys has signed with Fat Possum and will release its sophomore album, "ThickFreakness," on April 8. The group, which features guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and d Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys has signed with Fat Possum and will…

  19. Tunes On TV

    January 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 6-12, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 6 VH1 All Access: Celebrity Breakups," VH1 Featured Artists: Naughty By Nature, Salt 'N Pepa, Puff Daddy, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Bob…

  20. This Day in Music

    January 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani accepts the marriage proposal of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. 2002 - No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani accepts the marriage proposal of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. 2002 - Veteran rock guitarist Eric Clapton marries Melia McEnery,…

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