1. Big Beautiful Sky

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Led by the…

  2. Genuine

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With their second major-label release, the Derailers stay true to their (admittedly well-rendered) retro package while evolving into a more accessible but nevertheless stylish presentation. With their second major-label release, the Derailers stay true to their (admittedly well-rendered)…

  3. Billboard Bits: Lou Reed, Jazz Aspen, Olatunji

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Lou Reed, Jazz Aspen, Olatunji With the help of producer 7 Aurelius (Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys), Lou Reed has reworked his classic song "Walk on the Wild Side." The new version of the song, titled "Walk on the Wild Side (Georgie Joins the Army)," is available on…

  4. Interscope Gets On Board With 50 Cent's Label

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Interscope has entered into a deal with rapper 50 Cent's G-Unit Records. 50 Cent will sign and develop artists for release via G-Unit, the first of which will come from the rap trio of the same name, Interscope has entered into a deal with rapper 50 Cent's G-Unit Records. 50 Cent…

  5. Hot Product

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Godsmack 'Face' The Music Godsmack frontman Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and new drummer Shannon Larkin (who replaced Tommy Stewart early last year) are building on two previous multi-platinum albums with the release this week of "Faceless" …

  6. Songs of Jason Robert Brown

    April 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade) blends Billy Joel's rollicking piano-driven rock with William Finn's cleverly conversational Broadway fare. Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade) blends Billy Joel's rollicking piano-driven rock with…

  7. This Day in Music

    April 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken rampage on a trans-Atlantic flight a year before. 2002 - R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken…

  8. Phish's Anastasio On The Road Again

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST As previously tipped here, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is heading out for a 10-date spring tour with his nine-piece band. As previously tipped here , Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is heading out for a 10-date spring tour with his nine-piece band. The outing will kick off May 26 with the…

  9. This Day in Music

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey dies of prostate cancer in Gary, Ind., at the age of 74. Kinsey is the patriarch of a well-known blues family: sons Donald, Kenneth, and Ralph backed t 2001 - Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey dies of prostate…

  10. Billboard Bits: Rochester Jazz, Nothingface, Yerba Buena

    April 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Rochester Jazz, Nothingface, Yerba Buena Tony Bennett, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Dave Brubeck, Spyro Gyra, and Medeski, Martin & Wood will headline the second annual Rochester International Jazz Festival, set for June 5-14 in Rochester, N.Y. Other artists slated to perform…

  11. Former Oasis Drummer Loses Court Challenge

    April 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Former Oasis drummer Anthony McCarroll today (April 1) failed in a London Court of Appeal challenge to his earlier defeat in a High Court damages case, in which he claimed negligence against the band Former Oasis drummer Anthony McCarroll today (April 1) failed in a London Court of Appeal…

  12. Godsmack Has Fun With 'Faceless' Rap

    March 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Although Republic/Universal rockers Godsmack titled its third recording "Faceless" -- to reference its self-perception of being rock'n'roll underdogs -- circumstances are aligning to put the foursome decidedly and permanently…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Diana Streisand Kind, mother of singer-actress Barbra Streisand, dies of complications from an accident she suffered at her home the previous November. She is 93. 2002 - Diana Streisand Kind, mother of singer-actress Barbra Streisand, dies of complications from an…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the Dixie Chicks, drastic chart drops, freedom of speech, radio airplay, and songs with 'fool' in the title with readers. THE NIGHT THEY DROVE THE DIXIES DOWN Fred, Looks like the title "Landslide" was appropriate. The Dixie Chicks song avalanched…

  15. This Day in Music

    March 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Actor/musician Dudley Moore-whose work as a jazz pianist was mainly overshadowed by his film roles-dies at his New Jersey home of pneumonia, a complication of progressive supranuclear pa 2002 - Actor/musician Dudley Moore-whose work as a jazz pianist was mainly…

  16. Hot Product

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Other key titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- New albums from the all-star rap outfits Hot Boys ("Let 'Em Burn," Cash Money) and the Diplomats ("Diplomatic Immunity," Diplomat/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam). -- The 12th installment in the "NOW…

  17. This Day in Music

    March 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past decade, actress Charleen "Chuck" McCrory, finally tie the knot. The pair exchanges vows at Tony's Ballroom in Houston before 200 2002 - ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past…

  18. Collins DVD Documentary Due

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST The BBC's Phil Collins documentary "A Life Less Ordinary" will be released on DVD May 20 through Sanctuary Visual Entertainment. First broadcast in November in the U.K., the film is a comprehensive ov The BBC's Phil Collins documentary "A Life Less Ordinary" will…

  19. Hot Product

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Buzzcocks Look Sharp It's not uncommon to see a punk band squeeze out several albums of sheer greatness and then break up while at the height of its energy, preferring to burn out in a blaze of glory rather than fade away into embarrassing obscurity. Manchester, England's the…

  20. System Of A Down Goes 'Boom' With Moore

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST The video to support System Of A Down's latest single, "Boom!," has been directed by guerrilla filmmaker Michael Moore ("Roger & Me," "Bowling for Columbine"). The clip serves as a statement from The video to support System Of A Down's latest single…

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