1. Ol' Dirty Bastard Signs To Roc-A-Fella

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Controversial rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard has signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, and will soon begin work on his label debut. The artist, who has just been released after two years in prison, announced the n Controversial rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard has signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, and will…

  2. Jay-Z, 50 Cent Ready To 'Roc The Mic'

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team for the Roc the Mic trek of North American amphitheaters and arenas. The tour will begin June 25 in Hartford In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team…

  3. This Day in Music

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>"Touring Band 2000," the first full-length DVD featuring Pearl Jam, is released. The three-hour disc features 28 live songs filmed in various cities during the band's 2000 U.S. tour. 2001 - "Touring Band 2000," the first full-length DVD…

  4. Madonna's 'Life' Easily Debuts At No. 1

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Following a No. 1 debut in the U.K., Madonna's "American Life" opens on top of The Billboard 200. The Maverick/Warner Bros. album sold 241,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, according to Nielse Following a No. 1 debut in the U.K., Madonna's "American Life"…

  5. Haynes, Thompson Join Folks Fest

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers), Richard Thompson, and the Indigo Girls are among the latest acts confirmed to appear at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. The 13th annual three-day event Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers), Richard Thompson, and the Indigo Girls…

  6. The Tangled Web

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. This week: Wilco's free EP, Norah Jones' online music archive, and Blur's early listen to "Think Tank." STREAMS UNDER THE BRIDGE: Wilco fans who purchased the band'…

  7. 18TunesOnTV

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 28-May 4, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, APRIL 28 "Total Request Live," MTV Featured Artists: Good Charlotte, New Found Glory. "Born To Diva," VH1 Featured Artist: Gloria Estefan. "The Tonight Show With Jay…

  8. 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…

  9. Beacon Theatre, New York

    April 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It must be tough to make a live concert into a TV special. There are all sorts of production requirements that are satisfied by starting and stopping an event while taping. And while the end result ca It must be tough to make a live concert into a TV special. There are all sorts of production…

  10. Jones, Roots To Celebrate Tribeca Film Fest

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Norah Jones and the Roots will perform a free concert May 9 at New York's Battery Park as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The concert, titled 100% NYC: A Concert Celebrating the Tribeca Film Festiv Norah Jones and the Roots will perform a free concert May 9 at New York's Battery…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Little Peggy March, "American Idol," Celine Dion's Adult Contemporary chart success, Jennifer Lopez, singles and Ireland's contributions to the annual Eurovision Song Contest. ASKING ABOUT MARCH IN APRIL Dear Fred, I noticed in your "Chart Beat…

  12. Billboard Bits: SARS/Toronto, USO, Peggy Lee

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on SARS affecting Toronto concerts, USO, Peggy Lee "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson and Billy Joel & Elton John have canceled visits Monday (April 28) to Toronto due to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak. At the city's Air Canada Centre, Joel…

  13. George Jones Celebrates Gospel

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Talk to George Jones these days and the country music icon readily admits he's a changed man. Following a near-fatal car accident in 1999, he gave up alcohol and cigarettes and rediscovered his faith in God. That spiritual renewal fuels…

  14. Clarkson Becomes A No. 1 'Idol' Again

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Thankful," the debut album from "American Idol" first season winner Kelly Clarkson, outsold new releases from 50 Cent, Fleetwood Mac, and Darryl Worley to bow on top of The Billboard 200. The RCA set "Thankful," the debut album from "American Idol"…

  15. Branch Checks In To 'Hotel Paper'

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Michelle Branch, whose sophomore album "Hotel Paper," is due June 24 on Maverick Records, will take to the road for a brief tour prior to the set's release, sponsored by hair products manufacturer The Michelle Branch, whose sophomore album "Hotel Paper," is due June…

  16. Jam Bands Mine 'Red Rocks' Compilation

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Denver area's renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre is the subject and benefactor of a new CD compilation to be distributed through Best Buy. The Denver area's renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre is the subject and benefactor of a new CD compilation to be distributed through Best Buy. All…

  17. Songwriter Felice Bryant Dies

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Felice Bryant, who co-wrote the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love," and Buddy Holly's "Raining in My Heart," died today (April 22) at her home in Gatlinburg, Tenn., performing Felice Bryant, who co-wrote the Everly Brothers'…

  18. Memphis Bleek Roars Back On New Album

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Memphis Bleek will release his first album in three years, "M.A.D.E.," June 24 via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. The artist has kept a fairly low profile since the 2000 release of "The Understanding," w Rapper Memphis Bleek will release his first album in three years, "…

  19. Pre-Fame Norah Jones Vocals On New Disc

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Well before she began work on her Grammy-winning debut album, Norah Jones spent a few months working with New York singer/songwriter Peter Malick, touring the Northeast U.S., and recording with his gr Well before she began work on her Grammy-winning debut album, Norah Jones spent a few months…

  20. McCartney Meets 'The In-Laws'

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney will have a previously unreleased song on the upcoming soundtrack to "The In-Laws," due May 20 on Rhino Records. Paul McCartney will have a previously unreleased song on the upcoming soundtrack to "The In-Laws," due May 20 through Bulletproof Entertainment…

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