1. Mariah Ditching 'Bells And Whistles' On Tour

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Although Mariah Carey is downsizing her North American tour plans from arenas to theaters, her agent tells Billboard the move had nothing to do with lower-than-expected ticket sales. Although Mariah Carey is downsizing her North American tour plans from arenas to theaters, her agent tells…

  2. Ross' Lawyer Wants Breath Tests Thrown Out

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Diana Ross' attorney in a drunken driving case is asking a judge to throw out breath test results and statements the singer made to police on the night she was arrested. Ross, 59, was arrested Dec. 30 Diana Ross' attorney in a drunken driving case is asking a judge to throw out…

  3. HOT RAP TRACKS

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. 21 Questions , 50 Cent Featuring Nate Dogg 2. Can't Let You Go , Fabolous Featuring Mike Shorey & Lil' Mo 3. I Know What You Want , Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey Featuring The Flipmode Squad 4. Get Busy , Sean Paul 5. Magic Stick , Lil' Kim…

  4. Led Zeppelin Comes To Life On CD, DVD

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Largely without the benefit of mass media exposure, Led Zeppelin built its reputation as one of the greatest bands in rock history through a decade-plus of groundbreaking albums and transcendent live performances. But as far as live documents…

  5. Billboard Bits: Summer Jam, Labatt Bash, Joni Mitchell

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Summer Jam, Labatt Bash, Joni Mitchell Eminem, 50 Cent, Nelly, and Sean Paul are among the star-studded performers who will appear at New York radio station Hot 97's Summer Jam X on June 3 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.Y. Other acts include Nas, Busta Rhymes, Lil'…

  6. No 'Questions': 50 Cent's Back On Top

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Cent has returned to a familiar place: the top of Billboard's Hot 100. His single "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg climbs 2-1 on the chart, knocking Sean Paul's "Get Busy" to No. 2 after a three- 50 Cent has returned to a familiar place: the top of Billboard…

  7. Studdard Wins Second 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol." The aspiring artist learned he was the victor of a public vote at the end of last night's (May 21) two-hour season finale of Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol.…

  8. Our Lady Peace Leads MuchMusic Video Nominees

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With six nominations, Our Lady Peace leads the list of nominees for Canada's 14th annual MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA). Close behind is fellow rock act Treble Charger with five, while Chantal Kreviazu With six nominations, Our Lady Peace leads the list of nominees for Canada's 14th…

  9. White Stripes Take 'Elephant' On Tour

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The White Stripes have rolled out plans for a six-week North American summer tour, beginning June 13 in Mountain View, Calif. The Detroit duo has shows on tap through July 23 at New York's Central Par The White Stripes have rolled out plans for a six-week North American summer tour,…

  10. Co-Star Ludacris Leads 'Furious' Sequel Soundtrack

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In addition to his co-starring role in "2 Fast 2 Furious," rapper-turned-actor Ludacris turns out the soundtrack's first single, "Act a Fool." The track is No. 49 in its third week on Billboard's Hot In addition to his co-starring role in "2 Fast 2 Furious,…

  11. Billboard Bits: Essence Awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mavericks

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stories on the Essence Awards, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Mavericks. Beyonce Knowles, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott are among the performers confirmed for the 16th Annual Essence Awards. Set for June 6 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, the event will also feature performances by…

  12. Steely Dan Extends Tour Into Fall

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July 23 in Costa Mesa, Calif., has announced a second leg of dates that stretch into the fall. The trek will now Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July…

  13. Kelly, Timberlake Top U.K. Charts

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jive Records notched a double victory on the U.K. charts yesterday (May 18), with R. Kelly's "Ignition" starting a second week atop the singles chart and Justin Timberlake's "Justified" returning to N Jive Records notched a double victory on the U.K. charts…

  14. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Previewing music-related television for the week of May 19-25, 2003. It's a crazy week of music events on television. There's big names on stages from New York to Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and the hardest thing will be picking which to watch. Country goes prime time on Wednesday as…

  15. Tunes On TV

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 19-25, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 19 "The View," ABC Featured Artist: Jermaine Jackson (also scheduled: Cybill Shepherd, Mario Cantone). "100% NYC: A Concert Celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival," VH1…

  16. This Day in Music

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Susannah McCorkle, a jazz and cabaret singer who performed in major clubs and concert halls throughout the country, dies at the age of 55. A preliminary investigation determines that McC 2001 - Susannah McCorkle, a jazz and cabaret singer who performed in major clubs…

  17. Few rock acts enjoy as mythic a reputation as the

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Few rock acts enjoy as mythic a reputation as the Clash. And when just about every soul lucky enough to see the group live remarks, "They were the best band I ever saw, no one before or after ever com Few rock acts enjoy as mythic a reputation as the Clash. And when just about every soul…

  18. Politics of the Business

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bootleggers beware! The version of Politics that has been circulating illegally on the street is not the same as the official version. Bootleggers beware! The version of Politics that has been circulating illegally on the street is not the same as the official version. The final pressing has…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A. club scene in the 1980s, dies of liver failure. He is 46. James "Top Jimmy" Paul Konceck found his greatest fame in a Van Hal 2001 - Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A.…

  20. Ten 'Idols' To Hit The Road

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ten of the dozen season two "American Idol" finalists will take part in the group's upcoming North American tour. Ten of the dozen season two "American Idol" finalists will take part in the group's upcoming North American tour . The 39-city run will feature Clay…

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