1. Richard Ashcroft Focuses On Warmth, Hope

    April 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Richard Ashcroft's second solo album, "Human Conditions," is a spiritual work that the former frontman for the Verve says grew out of the fabric of his recent life. Ashcroft explains, "The main ingredient would be the…

  2. Something Fierce

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As its name implies, this rock quartet —led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter Spencer Albee, formerly of Rustic Overtones—is a many-tentacled beast. As its name implies, this rock quartet —led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter Spencer Albee, formerly of Rustic Overtones—is…

  3. VonRay

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Easy listening for the nÜ-metal crowd aptly describes VonRay's eponymous debut. Easy listening for the nü-metal crowd aptly describes VonRay's eponymous debut. Yet, the immediately comfortable feel to much of the ballad-heavy album is welcoming. VonRay's first single, "…

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses "American Idol," charity singles, No. 1 country songs on Billboard's Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, and chart coincidences with readers. AMERICAN (IDOL) LIFE Hi Fred, After reading your column for the past few years, it was really cool to see you on…

  5. Phish Hooks Next Four Live Releases

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Phish has confirmed the next four releases in its ongoing Live Phish series through Elektra, due May 20. The shows for this batch -- 7/15/98 Portland, Ore.; 5/7/94 Dallas; 7/12/91 Keene, N.H.; and 12/ Phish has confirmed the next four releases in its ongoing Live Phish series through Elektra,…

  6. Paganini's Violin Inspires Regina Carter's 'Dream'

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There is a good reason why Regina Carter is pictured inside her latest release holding a violin, flanked by two somber, uniformed guards. The Guarneri violin, dubbed "Il Cannaone" or "The Cannon," dates to the 1700s and was…

  7. Pavarotti, Bono To Sing For Iraqi Refugees

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and U2 frontman Bono will team up on stage next month to raise funds to help Iraqis uprooted by the war, the United Nations refugee agency said today (April 8). Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and U2 frontman Bono will team up on stage next month to raise funds…

  8. K-Ci, JoJo Free After Tax Evasion Arrest

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R&B crooners K-Ci and JoJo are free on bail after being arrested on tax evasion charges. The brothers, who built their career as part of the early 1990s group Jodeci, were released yesterday (Apri R&B crooners K-Ci and JoJo are free on bail after being arrested on tax evasion charges.…

  9. Hot Product

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lucinda Williams/Jayhawks A pair of roots rock veterans, Lucinda Williams and the Jayhawks, release new albums this week for Lost Highway. Williams' "World Without Tears" is the follow-up to 2001's "Essence," which debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200. The set…

  10. This Day in Music

    April 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Sarah McLachlan's audience grows by one when the Canadian musician gives birth to daughter India Ann Sushil Sood, her and drummer-husband, Ashwin Sood's first child. 2002 - Sarah McLachlan's audience grows by one when the Canadian musician gives birth…

  11. Songs of Jason Robert Brown

    April 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade) blends Billy Joel's rollicking piano-driven rock with William Finn's cleverly conversational Broadway fare. Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade) blends Billy Joel's rollicking piano-driven rock with…

  12. Billboard Bits: Cold, Ron Sexsmith, Reach454

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Cold, Ron Sexsmith, Reach454 Modern rock outfit Cold has been added to this summer's rejuvenated Lollapalooza festival . The band will headline the second stage over 11 dates from July 23-Aug. 10, and join the performers on the main stage -- including Jane's Addiction,…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the influence of Indian music, the Dixie Chicks controversy, and songs covered by international artists with readers. SENSING A CONNECTION Fred, Sean Paul blasts his way toward the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with his Diwali-influenced "Get Busy." Diwali…

  14. Artists Line Up For R.I. Nightclub Fire Benefit

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Billy Gilman and Phoebe Snow are among at least 15 acts that will perform during an April 22 benefit concert for victims and survivors of the West Warwick, R.I., nightclub fire. Held at the Providence Billy Gilman and Phoebe Snow are among at least 15 acts that will perform during an April 22…

  15. Carnegie Hall Auditorium Opens In September

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST -week festival featuring Youssou N'Dour, Yo-Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, and John Adams. Zankel Hall, under the main auditorium, has a movable floor and stage, and can seat 540 to 644, depending on whether t Carnegie Hall's new auditorium will open Sept. 12 with a two-week festival…

  16. Phish's Anastasio On The Road Again

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST As previously tipped here, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is heading out for a 10-date spring tour with his nine-piece band. As previously tipped here , Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is heading out for a 10-date spring tour with his nine-piece band. The outing will kick off May 26 with the…

  17. Gomez Gears Up For U.S. Tour

    April 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rootsy U.K. quintet Gomez has set a spring tour of the U.S., slated to start April 26 at the... Rootsy U.K. quintet Gomez has set a spring tour of the U.S., slated to start April 26 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. and encompass 13 dates through a May 12 gig…

  18. Lucinda Salutes Westerberg, Pairs With Young

    April 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg proved to be a rather substantial influence on lauded singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams' new Lost Highway set... Former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg proved to be a rather substantial influence on lauded singer/songwriter Lucinda…

  19. Marshall Tucker Band To Rally Support For Troops

    March 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Veteran Southern rock act the Marshall Tucker Band will headline a May 1 concert/rally in support of the U.S. military in Spartanburg, S.C. Veteran Southern rock act the Marshall Tucker Band will headline a May 1 concert/rally in support of the U.S. military in Spartanburg, S.C. Set for the…

  20. Top Acts Plug In For 'Matrix Reloaded' Soundtrack

    March 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST New tracks from Deftones, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and, as previously reported, P.O.D., will be featured on the double-disc soundtrack to the film "Matrix Reloaded," due May 6 from Maverick. New tracks from Deftones, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and, as previously reported , P.O.D…

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