1. Fire

    May 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Is it disco punk? Dance metal? Who cares, especially when it's as awesome as Fire. Is it disco punk? Dance metal? Who cares, especially when it's as awesome as Fire. Sure, frontman Dick Valentine may occasionally channel Tom Jones, and the album's lyrics are often absurd. But,…

  2. 2003 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominees

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the 2003 MuchMusic Video Awards, which will be held June 22 at the music channel's headquarters in Toronto. Below are the nominees for the 2003 MuchMusic Video Awards, which will be held June 22 at the music channel's headquarters in Toronto. Best video Matthew Good, …

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Kenny G, Lisa Marie Presley, reggae, and airplay. BOOKENDS Hi Fred, Speaking of "Auld Lang Syne" by Kenny G in your column last week, did you ever notice that Kenny G had a song debut on the…

  4. Lomax Blues Compilations Go To The Source

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A pair of upcoming blues compilations culled from the Alan Lomax Archives and the Library of Congress collect original versions of some noted blues standards. Due in the fall is "Alan Lomax: Blues Son A pair of upcoming blues compilations culled from the Alan Lomax Archives and the…

  5. TOP INTERNET ALBUM SALES

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/internet.jsp 1. Come Away With Me , Norah Jones 2. The Very Best Of Cher , Cher 3. Live Phish 18: 5.7.94, The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas , Phish 4. Live Phish 17: 07.15.98, Portland Meadows, Portland, Oregon , Phish 5. Live Phish 19: 7.12.91, Colonial Theatre, Keene, New Hampshire…

  6. Billboard Bits: Earnhardt, Frampton, Opry Concerts

    May 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Earnhardt, Frampton, Opry Concerts Delbert McClinton has been added to the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert, set for June 28 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He will join previously announced performers Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, Sheryl Crow, Alabama, Kenny…

  7. Austin City Limits Fest Grows

    May 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reunited country act the Mavericks, rising rock group Kings Of Leon, and pseudo-revivalist choir the Polyphonic Spree are among the latest acts confirmed for the second annual Austin City Limits Festi Reunited country act the Mavericks, rising rock group Kings Of Leon, and pseudo-revivalist…

  8. Staind, Deftones Rock Billboard Album Chart

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT New releases from Staind and the Deftones top The Billboard 200 this week, extending the reign of rock on the album chart. Staind's "14 Shades of Gray" (Flip/Elektra) sold 221,000 copies in the U.S., New releases from Staind and the Deftones top The Billboard 200 this week,…

  9. Breaking & Entering

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Alkaline Trio, Lizz Wright, Soilwork, and Tiesto. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. LIGHTING UP: Underground pop-punk act the Alkaline Trio…

  10. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Previewing music-related television for the week of May 26-June 1, 2003. Close out your U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend celebrating Willie Nelson 's 70th birthday with an amazing cast of his pals on the USA Network. A two-hour version of a marathon concert taped in April at New York&…

  11. Cold's World Heats Up

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 26-June 1, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 26 "The View," ABC Featured Artist: The Sounds (also scheduled: guest co-host Melissa Rivers, Carson Daly). "Driven: Nelly," VH1 Featured Artists: Nelly, Mase, St.…

  12. Hot Product

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jools Holland Big And Small Former Squeeze keyboardist-turned-talk show host Jools Holland this week releases a second star-studded album of guests fronting his band. "Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends" (Rhino) features the talents of such diverse performers as Bono,…

  13. Bright Black

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After a successful, albeit short run with the Digable Planets, Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler steps out on his own under the guise of Cherrywine. After a successful, albeit short run with the Digable Planets, Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler steps out on his own under the guise of…

  14. Salt

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Newcomer Lizz Wright has three things in common with Grammy Award-winning Norah Jones: She is a photogenic, atypical jazz artist signed to a signature jazz imprint. Newcomer Lizz Wright has three things in common with Grammy Award-winning Norah Jones: She is a photogenic, atypical jazz artist…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Willie Nelson, Trapt, Ricky Martin, 50 Cent & Nate Dogg, and Eros Ramazzotti. FULL NELSON : Willie Nelson is in the top-40 of Billboard's Hot 100 for the first time since 1984. Nelson's duet with Julio Iglesias, "To All the Girls I…

  16. Spoon Serves Up New EP

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Texas-based independent rock outfit Spoon will issue a seven-song EP, "The Way We Get By," Aug. 8 through Matador head Gerard Cosloy's U.K.-based label, 12XU Records. Texas-based independent rock outfit Spoon will issue a seven-song EP, "The Way We Get By," Aug. 8…

  17. 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…

  18. Marilyn Manson Posts 'Grotesque' At No. 1

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Manson's "The Golden Age of Grotesque" gives the theatrical rocker the second No. 1 album of his career. One of four albums to debut inside the top-20, the Interscope release sold 118,000 copi Marilyn Manson's "The Golden Age of Grotesque" gives the…

  19. ADULT CONTEMPORARY

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/contemporary.jsp 1. The Game Of Love , Santana Featuring Michelle Branch 2. Beautiful , Christina Aguilera 3. Can't Stop Loving You , Phil Collins 4. Don't Know Why , Norah Jones 5. Drift Away , Uncle Kracker Featuring Dobie Gray News Christina Aguilera , Phil…

  20. 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…

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