1. Billboard Bits: Skynyrd/Hagar, McCulloch, 'Finding Nemo'

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sammy Hagar plan summer tour, Ian McCulloch to tour behind third solo album, and Thomas Newman marks his first animation score with 'Finding Nemo.' Southern rock act Lynyrd Skynyrd and veteran rocker Sammy Hagar will team up for a summer tour kicking off July 19…

  2. Ministry Of Sound Bows Download Program

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT London-based dance-music brand Ministry of Sound (MoS) has begun offering almost 100,000 tracks for legitimate download from its Web site, Billboard Bulletin reports. MoS relaunched the site yesterday London-based dance-music brand Ministry of Sound (MoS) has begun offering almost 100,000…

  3. Blur Roars Back After Four Years

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. One rumor had it that Blur was making a world-music album. Another held that the band's seventh set would be a dance record. The actual recording, "Think Tank," is neither. Instead, Blur has delivered radical modern rock that…

  4. 'American Life' Reigns In The U.K.

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "American Life" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) powered to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (April 27). It's the artist's eighth No. 1 album in Britain, a string that began when "Like a Virgi Madonna's "American Life" (Maverick/Warner Bros…

  5. This Day in Music

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>A fire damages R&B legend James Brown's office in Augusta, Ga. It turns out to be no accident, as, a week later investigators find a fire accelerant in several locations in the build 2000 - A fire damages R&B legend James Brown's office in Augusta,…

  6. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>A Widespread Panic concert in Pelham, Ala. goes sour when young fan Erica Robins Young of Chattanooga, Tenn., collapses and dies of an apparent overdose of the drug Ecstasy. 2002 - A Widespread Panic concert in Pelham, Ala. goes sour when young fan Erica Robins Young…

  7. The Smell of Our Own

    April 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ever wonder what would happen if Belle & Sebastian united forces with nonprofit musical group Up With People, with Phil Spector as producer? No? Well, Toronto's Joel Gibb, who records as the Hidde Ever wonder what would happen if Belle & Sebastian united forces with nonprofit…

  8. 50 Cent Posts 'Club,' 'Questions' On Top

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Cent's reign on the Billboard major charts continues. His long-running hit "In Da Club" hangs onto the No. 1 post on the Hot 100 for a ninth week, while his latest, "21 Questions," moves into the p 50 Cent's reign on the Billboard major charts continues. His…

  9. Twisted Sister Kicks Off Reunion With USO Stint

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 's pop metal act Twisted Sister will reunite next month for a brief USO tour and select U.S. and European dates over the summer. On behalf of the USO, the band will perform at one Air Force base a 1980's pop metal act Twisted Sister will reunite next month for a brief USO tour…

  10. Breaking & Entering

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard's charts. This week: The Black Keys, Kathleen Edwards, Finch, and Liam Lynch. Welcome to Breaking & Entering, a weekly column launched with the redesign of Billboard.com. Each Wednesday, we'll take a look at…

  11. The Jayhawks Return To Their Roots

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Like so many artists, Jayhawks frontman Gary Louris doesn't spend much time listening to his own albums after they're finished. Yet, as the father of a 3-and-a-half year-old boy -- who, as Louris laughingly puts it, is "totally…

  12. Jardine Sued Again Over Beach Boys Name

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Brother Records Inc. yesterday (April 21) sued former Beach Boys singer/guitarist Al Jardine for using the band's name when he tours. Brother Records Inc. yesterday (April 21) sued former Beach Boys singer/guitarist Al Jardine for using the band's name when he tours. The 9th U.S.…

  13. Madonna Edged Out For No. 1 U.K. Debut

    April 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. singles chart sprang a surprise yesterday (April 20) when Madonna's "American Life" (Maverick), which had led the way in midweek sales, was beaten to No. 1 by the incumbent chart-topper of th The U.K. singles chart sprang a surprise yesterday (April 20) when Madonna&…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Alan Dale, a crooner of the late 1940s and '50s whose hits included the million-selling single "Heart of My Heart," dies at the age of 73 after a long illness. 2002 - Alan Dale, a crooner of the late 1940s and '50s whose hits included the million…

  15. Day I Forgot

    April 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Pete Yorn's rightly celebrated 2001 debut, musicforthemorningafter, might be happy to learn that not much has changed on his follow-up. Fans of Pete Yorn's rightly celebrated 2001 debut, musicforthemorningafter, might be happy to learn that not much has changed on his follow…

  16. The Senior

    April 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ginuwine returns to his bump'n'grind roots with The Senior. Ginuwine returns to his bump'n'grind roots with The Senior. The artist's fourth studio set, the album marks a return to the sexually-driven party anthems that put him on the map. For immediate proof, look no…

  17. CHART BEAT BONUS

    April 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Peggy March and Beth. STILL FOLLOWING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: In 1956, Elvis Presley's double-sided single "Don't Be Cruel" \ "Hound Dog" set a record by remaining No. 1 for 11 weeks. That was the longest-running No. 1…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    April 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses 50 Cent, Cher, coincidences, charity singles and albums, the Eagles, Celine Dion, and Madonna with readers. 50 CENT'S WORTH Fred, Quick question: Will 50 Cent's new DVD/CD combo get to chart on The Billboard 200? Just wondering if it would be treated as a…

  19. PJ Harvey Eyeing Festivals, Collaborations

    April 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT PJ Harvey is confirmed for a handful of summer European festival appearances, beginning Aug. 16-17 at the V2003 festival in Stafford and Chelmsford, England. PJ Harvey is confirmed for a handful of summer European festival appearances, beginning Aug. 16-17 at the V2003 festival in Stafford…

  20. R.I. Town Considers Nightclub Fire Memorial

    April 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Authorities in the Rhode Island town where a nightclub fire killed 99 people are asking the victims' survivors to decide if the site should be turned into a memorial. Authorities in the Rhode Island town where a nightclub fire killed 99 people are asking the victims' survivors to…

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