1. Billboard Bits: Metallica, SARS, Amy Grant

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Metallica, SARS, Amy Grant Members of Aerosmith, Blink-182, Linkin Park, and Staind have been added to the festivities of MTV's Metallica "mtvICON" special. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Travis Barker from Blink-182, Lisa Marie Presley, Aaron Lewis and Mike…

  2. Ballads, Classics Dominate 'Down With Love'

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Retro-styled ballads and swing/lounge music set the musical tone for the "Down With Love" soundtrack, due May 13 on Reprise Records. Canadian crooner Michael Buble features prominently on the soundtra Retro-styled ballads and swing/lounge music set the musical tone for the "…

  3. Musiq To Headline Grey Goose Trek

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Musiq, Jaguar Wright, and Vivian Green are confirmed for the Grey Goose Music Tour, which kicks off May 22 in Washington, D.C., and bows June 22 in Orlando, Fla. Last year's Grey Goose tour featured B Musiq, Jaguar Wright, and Vivian Green are confirmed for the Grey Goose Music Tour,…

  4. 'Idol' Finalists To Hit The Road Again

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The second season finalists of Fox television's "American Idol" reality series/talent contest will hit the road for nearly two months this summer. The 39-date North American trek will kick off July 8 The second season finalists of Fox television's "American Idol"…

  5. This Day in Music

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. 1999 - Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a…

  6. Kenny G's 'Ultimate' Tunes Compiled

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Arista Records/BMG Heritage has set a June 10 release date for "Ultimate Kenny G," a 19-track collection spanning the veteran instrumentalist's 16-year career. The compilation also includes three sing Arista Records/BMG Heritage has set a June 10 release date for "Ultimate…

  7. Pop, Rock & R&B Fuel Fox 'Music Mania'

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A wide variety of artists from the worlds of pop, rock, and R&B/hip-hop will star in Fox television's "Summer Music Mania 2003." Alice Cooper, Brian McKnight, Fabolous, Kelly Clarkson, Tyrese, Sma A wide variety of artists from the worlds of pop, rock, and R&B/hip-hop…

  8. UPDATE: Second 'Austin City Limits' Fest Slated

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M., Al Green, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, and Mavis Staples are among the artists already confirmed to perform at the second annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. A limited number of three R.E.M., Al Green, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, and Mavis Staples are among the artists…

  9. 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…

  10. Eclectic Acts Rock Fourth Coachella Fest

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT More than seventy acts performed across five stages this weekend (April 26-27) at the fourth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Drawing more than 30,000 to the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, Ca More than seventy acts performed across five stages this weekend (April 26-27) at the fourth…

  11. Hot Product

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT American Idol finalists 'Idol' Worship It's hard to avoid the "American Idol" phenomenon these days, what with season one winner Kelly Clarkson's debut album recently hitting No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Fox reality show enjoying strong ratings. This week,…

  12. 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,…

  13. HOT DANCE MUSIC/CLUB PLAY

    April 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/dance.jsp 1. Gossip Folks (Fatboy Slim Mixes) , Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Featuring Ludacris 2. Walking On Thin Ice (Remixes) , Ono 3. I'll Be There , Weekend Players 4. Shake It , Marascia 5. Love Is A Crime , Anastacia News Elliott Featuring , Fatboy Slim…

  14. 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…

  15. Lonesome, On'ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings

    April 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fiercely independent and musically fearless, Waylon Jennings' contributions to American music cannot be overstated, and the diverse nature of those paying homage on this record gives evidence of Ol' W Fiercely independent and musically fearless, Waylon Jennings' contributions…

  16. Anthology

    April 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Earlier compilations have paid tribute to Los Angeles—bred quintet the Whispers, established in 1964 and fronted by smooth—singing twins Walter & Wallace "Scotty" Scott. Earlier compilations have paid tribute to Los Angeles—bred quintet the Whispers, established in 1964 and…

  17. Thankful

    April 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT At last! More than six months after single "A Moment Like This/Before Your Love" topped the Hot 100, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson's debut set sees the light of day. At last! More than six months after single "A Moment Like This/Before Your Love" topped the Hot…

  18. The Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles

    April 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It is tough not to be jealous of Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes' 22-year-old frontman. During the second of two recent shows in Los Angeles, Oberst spectacularly described in song the beautiful but oftenti It is tough not to be jealous of Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes' 22-year-old frontman.…

  19. Rainy Day Music

    April 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Much-loved Minneapolis roots rockers the Jayhawks (see story, page 12) surface for their first album since the 2000 set Smile (and their first on Lost Highway). Much-loved Minneapolis roots rockers the Jayhawks (see story, page 12) surface for their first album since the 2000 set Smile (and…

  20. Atomic Kitten

    April 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As cute and charismatic as they are, it's difficult not to think that this U.K. female trio is about a year too late in its bid for stateside success. As cute and charismatic as they are, it's difficult not to think that this U.K. female trio is about a year too late in its bid for…

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