1. This Day in Music

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>26-year-old Karen Manders dies from injuries sustained from a 30-foot fall from a barrier at an overcrowded free concert in Brighton, England, headlined by Fatboy Slim. 2002 - 26-year-old Karen Manders dies from injuries sustained from a 30-foot fall from a barrier…

  2. New ZZ Top Set Finally Surfaces In September

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Originally expected in April, ZZ Top's "Mescalero" will be released Sept. 9 in the U.S. via RCA (and a day earlier internationally). Originally expected in April, ZZ Top's "Mescalero" will be released Sept. 9 in the U.S. via RCA (and a day earlier internationally…

  3. Avril Plugs Into iTunes

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Teen pop/rock sensation Avril Lavigne is offering a five-track live EP for paid download exclusively through Apple's iTunes Music Store, beginning today (July 15). The cuts, "Sk8er Boi," "Nobody's Foo Teen pop/rock sensation Avril Lavigne is offering a five-track live…

  4. Epic Preps Blondie Set For International Release

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blondie will release its first studio album for Epic, "The Curse of Blondie," Sept. 18 in Australia and Japan and Oct. 6 in Europe. The band's manager, Allen Kovac, is understood to be in negotiations Blondie will release its first studio album for Epic, "The Curse of…

  5. Full Lineup Uncapped For Sprite Tour

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The 2003 edition of the Sprite Liquid Mix tour, set to kick off Aug. 14 in Denver, has added a number of artists to its bill, which will take two stages of performances to 20 cities in late summer. The 2003 edition of the Sprite Liquid Mix tour, set to kick off Aug. 14 in Denver, has added a…

  6. The Tangled Web

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Okayplayer.com and Limp Bizkit. JUST A PLAYER: Started in 1999 by Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Okayplayer.com has evolved into one of the Internet's largest hip-hop communities. Okayplayer has…

  7. Phair Play: Liz Indulges In The Major Label Game

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records released Liz Phair's fourth album on June 24, but not too long ago the artist was fighting to get off the label. A critic's darling from the start, Capitol had expected the photogenic Capitol Records released Liz Phair's fourth album on June 24, but not too long…

  8. This Day in Music

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album "Nightm 2001 - Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los…

  9. Billboard Bits: Lips/Stripes, Roger Daltrey, James Iha

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Lips/Stripes, Roger Daltrey, James Iha The Flaming Lips came to the rescue of the Witnness festival in Kildare, Ireland, replacing the White Stripes on the main stage last night (July 13). The Stripes had to cancel at the last minute after frontman Jack White broke his finger in a…

  10. Matthews Gets 'Personal' On 'Some Devil'

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews tells Billboard.com that his recently completed solo debut reveals a side of the singer/songwriter that his fans have not yet seen. Matthews says "Some Devil," due Sept. 23 on RCA, inclu Dave Matthews tells Billboard.com that, in many ways, his recently completed solo…

  11. Warped Tour Bands Team For Film

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rancid, Simple Plan, the Used, Less Than Jake, the Ataris and other acts on the 2003 Warped Tour will appear in "Punk Rock Holocaust," a feature-length slasher flick being filmed on this summer's tour Rancid, Simple Plan, the Used, Less Than Jake, the Ataris and other acts on…

  12. Jazz Great Benny Carter Dead At 95

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz pioneer and big band leader Benny Carter, who helped break Hollywood's bar to black composers, died Saturday at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Carter, who was one of the first bl Legendary jazz pioneer and big band leader Benny Carter, who helped break Hollywood&…

  13. Rossdale Gets In The 'Game'

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale is following her lead by inking to star in Crusader Entertainment's "The Game of Their Lives." With Gwen Stefani poised to make her big-screen debut in Martin Scorsese's "Aviator," her husband, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, is…

  14. This Day in Music

    July 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>It is announced that Marilyn Manson must cancel appearances at seven European rock festivals due to drummer Ginger Fish's bout with mononucleosis. 1998 - It is announced that Marilyn Manson must cancel appearances at seven European rock festivals due to drummer…

  15. Keep It Together

    July 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Four years have passed since rootsy pop band Guster released its last album. Four years have passed since rootsy pop band Guster released its last album. But "Keep It Together" picks up where "Lost and Gone Forever" left off, delivering cozy melodies often punctuated with…

  16. Chapter II

    July 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ashanti turns another page in her career with this, her sophomore set. Ashanti turns another page in her career with this, her sophomore set. The follow-up to the artist's multi-platinum self-titled debut, "Chapter II" doesn't stray too far from its predecessor. Lead…

  17. This Day in Music

    July 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Yusuf Islam, born Stephen Georgiou and formerly known by his stage name Cat Stevens denies that he has in the past supported militant Islamic group Hamas. Islam was denied entry into Isr 2000 - Yusuf Islam, born Stephen Georgiou and formerly known by his stage name…

  18. Billboard Bits: Limp Bizkit, Skip Battin, Sondre Lerche, WNBA

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Limp Bizkit, Skip Battin, Sondre Lerche, WNBA Limp Bizkit will play an invitation-only concert at New York's Webster Hall Wednesday (July 16) that will be broadcast on AOL for Broadband's "BroadBAND Rocks!" concert series. The concert will be the fourth live…

  19. Judas Priest Reunites With Halford

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Judas Priest will reteam with estranged lead singer Rob Halford for a new album and tour in 2004, marking the veteran British heavy metal band's 30th anniversary. It's been more than a dozen years sin Judas Priest will reteam with estranged lead singer Rob Halford for a new album…

  20. Jane's Addiction Returns

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The return of Jane's Addiction has been greeted with open arms. "Strays," the band's first new studio album in 13 years, is due July 22 via Capitol. The set already has a huge pre-release buzz thanks to the single "Just…

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