1. Labels Rolling Out A Bounty Of 'Blues'

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Congress has declared 2003 "the year of the blues," and Sony Legacy and Universal Music Enterprises (UME) are rolling out a flood of releases tied to the fall PBS series "Martin Scorsese Pres The U.S. Congress has declared 2003 "the year of the blues," and…

  2. Elder Wainwright 'Happy' On Sanctuary Debut

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Veteran songsmith Loudon Wainwright III will on Aug. 19 release "So Damn Happy," a live album recorded in January 2002 at Los Angeles' Largo club and the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, Calif. The disc is Veteran songsmith Loudon Wainwright III will on Aug. 19 release "So Damn…

  3. Tunes On TV

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 23-29, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 23 CMT News Special: "Natalie vs. Toby: Both Sides of the War," CMT Featured Artists: Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith. "An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre," ABC…

  4. Billboard Bits: Eve, Hilary Rosen, Shout! Factory

    June 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Eve, Hilary Rosen, Shout! Factory Eve is rolling out her own apparel company, Fetish Clothing. The first product line of urban activewear, athletic attire and denim will launch this fall in department and specialty stores. The company eventually hopes to expand into a lifestyle brand,…

  5. 'National Lampoon Radio' Relaunching

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Before there was "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," there was "The National Lampoon Radio Hour." As with its TV successors, clever and often biting satire was its signature. Before there was "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," there was "The…

  6. 2003 Teen Choice Awards Nominees

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, which will be handed out Aug. 6 during a live two-hour ceremony that will be broadcast by Fox. Below are the nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, which will be handed out Aug. 6 during a live two-hour ceremony that will be broadcast by Fox.…

  7. Billboard Bits: Pulp, American Music Awards, Alice Cooper

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Pulp, American Music Awards, Alice Cooper Although famed U.K. rock act Pulp is on an extended hiatus, group members Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley have re-emerged in the new band Relaxed Muscle. The project has released a three-song EP, "The Heavy," through Rough Trade…

  8. Hot Product

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Death In Vegas 'Scorpio' Rising Tim Holmes and Richard Fearless, aka U.K. electronica duo Death In Vegas, return this week with the North American release of "Scorpio Rising" on Sanctuary Records. "Scorpio," Death In Vegas' first album since 1999's Time…

  9. Tunes On TV

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 16-22, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 16 "VH1 All Access: Fleetwood Mac," VH1 Featured Artists: Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks. "100 Greatest Songs of the Last 25…

  10. 'Austin City Limits' Fest Unveils Full Lineup

    June 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT More than 100 artists will perform on eight stages during the second annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. Set for Sept. 19-21, the event is expected to draw more than 75,000 to Zilker Park in the More than 100 artists will perform on eight stages during the second annual Austin City…

  11. Stinson Swims In Solo Waters

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT On a break from his gig as Guns N' Roses bassist, Tommy Stinson is stepping out on his own. He's playing Thursday (June 12) at Largo in Los Angeles, July 1 at the Mercury Lounge in New York, and will On a break from his gig as Guns N' Roses bassist, Tommy Stinson is stepping…

  12. J. Lo Creates A 'Monster'

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In the midst of her own real-life engagement to Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez is nearing a deal to slip on another engagement ring for a starring role in the New Line Cinema comedy "Monster-in-Law." Lop In the midst of her own real-life engagement to Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez is…

  13. 'Hairspray,' Joel, Simmons Win Tonys

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A musical with a gay sensibility and a play about a gay baseball player dominated the 57th annual Tony Awards, presented yesterday (June 8) at Radio City Music Hall in New York. "Hairspray," the smash A musical with a gay sensibility and a play about a gay baseball player dominated…

  14. U.K. Judge: 'Shizzle My Nizzle' Not Offensive

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT To the ears of a High Court judge, it is hardly surprising if rap music sounds like Greek, but one member of the bench went one step further yesterday (June 5). To the ears of a High Court judge, it is hardly surprising if rap music sounds like Greek, but one member of the bench went one step…

  15. Billboard Bits: Field Day, Verizon/RIAA, Kathleen Edwards

    June 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Field Day, Verizon/RIAA, Kathleen Edwards The beleaguered Field Day festival, which yesterday revamped to a single-day event Saturday at East Rutherford, N.J.'s Giants Stadium, has announced its full reconfigured lineup. Original headliners Beastie Boys and Radiohead are set to…

  16. Stray Cats Howl Again For Hootenanny

    June 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The ninth annual southern California rockabilly/car culture festival Hootenanny will be held July 5-6 at a new location, Cal State University-Fullerton Field in Fullerton, Calif. The festival's headli The ninth annual southern California rockabilly/car culture festival Hootenanny will be…

  17. SARS, Sore Throat Cause Dixie Chicks Postponements

    June 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A day after postponing a show due to an illness suffered by lead singer Natalie Maines, the Dixie Chicks have rescheduled an upcoming Toronto concert due to concerns over the SARS (Severe Acute Respir A day after postponing a show due to an illness suffered by lead singer Natalie Maines, the…

  18. Clear Channel Stations Draw Ownership Protests

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Protesters around the country sent a message yesterday (May 29), urging federal regulators not to allow large media companies to increase their control over television, radio, and newspapers. The demo Protesters around the country sent a message yesterday (May 29), urging federal regulators…

  19. Toronto SARS Benefit Sells Out Quickly

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Seventy-thousand tickets were sold in three hours yesterday afternoon (May 29) for the Concert for Toronto, featuring Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace, and Barenaked Ladies. The Seventy-thousand tickets were sold in three hours yesterday afternoon (May 29) for the…

  20. The Old Kit Bag

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Veteran singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Richard Thompson does a lot of things better than most specialists: His Anglo-folk laments move as if he were channeling Celtic ghosts, and he can wail Veteran singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Richard Thompson does a lot of things…

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