1. Hot Product

    November 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Jay-Z, TLC, Pearl Jam, Fat Joe, Phil Collins, and more. The 'Gift' That Keeps On Giving Jay-Z apparently believes in the adage "You're only as good as your last hit." For his eighth Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set, "The Blueprint 2: The Gift…

  2. Chili Peppers' EMI Output Expanded for Reissue

    November 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Red Hot Chili Peppers' first four studio albums will be reissued Jan. 28 by EMI. Housing rare bonus material, the newly remastered versions of the group's 1984 eponymous debut, 1985's "Freaky Styl The Red Hot Chili Peppers' first four studio albums will be…

  3. Ween 'Just About Done' With New Album

    November 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST Beloved rock duo Ween is "just about done" with its next studio album, guitarist Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo tells Billboard.com. "That doesn't mean it's going to come out for awhile," he cautions. Beloved rock duo Ween is "just about done"…

  4. Inspired By Tragedy, TLC Survivors Carry On

    November 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted for Billboard.com There was a point when Arista considered compiling a TLC greatest-hits package and adding on the new songs that the trio had recorded before the untimely death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in April. But that notion was tabled. "When Lisa passed, it was…

  5. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about Richard Harris, the Bee Gees, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper, and more. THE LATE RICHARD HARRIS Hello again Fred. No obituary I have read so far of Richard Harris has focused on what to me is his greatest accomplishment -- his No. 2 recording of …

  6. Eminem Notches First Hot 100 No. 1

    October 31, 2002 12:00 AM EST Eminem's "Lose Yourself" walks to the head of the class on Billboard's Hot 100 this week, giving the rapper his first ever No. 1 on the singles tally. The cut is the chart's fastest-growing track at r Eminem's "Lose Yourself" walks to the head of the…

  7. Foo Fighters, Timberlake Crash U.K. Charts

    October 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST There was great news for Foo Fighters but disappointment for Justin Timberlake as the new U.K. charts were unveiled yesterday (Oct. 27). Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters went straight to No. 1 with their new There was great news for Foo Fighters but disappointment for Justin Timberlake as the…

  8. Shakira Sweeps MTV Latin Video Awards

    October 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Shakira was the big winner at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamerica last night (Oct. 24) at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. The Colombian star won in all five categories in whi Shakira was the big winner at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamerica last night …

  9. Billboard Bits: Eminem, Aguilera, Clarke

    October 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Clarke The soundtrack to Eminem's film debut, "8 Mile," -- which, as previously reported , is due Oct. 29 from Shady/Interscope Records -- will feature a limited-edition CD sampler featuring tracks from artists signed to Eminem's…

  10. Oasis Heads Q Awards Nominations

    October 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT With three nods, Oasis leads the nominations for the 13th annual Q Awards, to be held Oct. 21 at the Ex-Saatchi Gallery in London. The band is vying for the "best act in the world today" honor -- an a With three nods, Oasis leads the nominations for the 13th annual Q Awards, to be…

  11. Hot Product

    October 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Faith Hill, LL Cool J, "Red Hot + Riot," Jeff Buckley, and more. 'Cry' Me A River Faith Hill returns this week with her long-awaited new Warner Bros. album, "Cry." The title cut has made a quick impact across the Billboard singles…

  12. Wallflowers Stand Tall Through 'Red Letter Days'

    October 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "I don't mean to be blunt, but I think this is a great f***ing record," Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan exclaims of the band's fourth and newest set, "Red Letter Days," due Nov. 5 via Interscope. Not unlike the…

  13. Demolition

    October 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT When Ryan Adams signed with Lost Highway last year, part of the deal was that the label would try, release-wise, to keep pace with his seemingly nonstop songwriting. When Ryan Adams signed with Lost Highway last year, part of the deal was that the label would try, release-wise, to keep pace…

  14. Billboard Bits: CMA, 'Rocktober,' Jubilee, Ramones

    October 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on CMA, 'Rocktober,' Jubilee, Ramones Vince Gill, Brooks & Dunn, and Brad Paisley have been added to the performance lineup for the 36th annual CMA Awards. They join previously announced talent Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Shania…

  15. LL Cool J Brings The 'Luv' On '10'

    September 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Ask rapper LL Cool J the secret of longevity in a genre peppered with short-term careers, and he laughs. "I don't know," he says. "If I had the secret, I'd sell it for $50 million. Wait, why sell myself short? I'd…

  16. MTV Europe Music Awards 2002 Nominations

    September 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT MTV Europe Music Awards 2002 Nominations Here are the nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2002, to be presented Nov. 14 in Barcelona: Best group: Coldplay Linkin Park No Doubt Red Hot Chili Peppers U2 Best song: "Hero," Enrique Iglesias "Hot in Herre," Nelly "…

  17. Rock Buzz Bands Get 'Handpicked'

    September 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT MTV2 has hooked up with Capitol for the Oct. 22 release of "MTV2 Handpicked Vol. II," a compilation featuring 14 songs and three enhanced video clips by some of the music channel's top buzz bands of t MTV2 has hooked up with Capitol for the Oct. 22 release of "MTV2…

  18. Disturbed Takes 'Believe' Straight To No. 1

    September 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Believe," the sophomore Reprise effort from hard rock act Disturbed, rockets to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 on sales of 284,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, knocking the Dixie Chicks' "Home "Believe," the sophomore Reprise effort from hard rock act…

  19. Chili Peppers Book European Tour

    September 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Although the Red Hot Chili Peppers have yet to unveil any North American tour plans, the group has booked a spring European jaunt in support of its latest Warner Bros. set, "By the Way." Dates begin J Although the Red Hot Chili Peppers have yet to unveil any North American tour…

  20. Eminem, Nelly, Lavigne Notch New Platinum Marks

    September 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Recent albums by rappers Eminem and Nelly and young rocker Avril Lavigne each reached new platinum levels in their latest reviews by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Recent albums by rappers Eminem and Nelly and young rocker Avril Lavigne each reached new platinum levels…

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