1. Billboard Bits: Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil Melee Entertainment, a new firm founded by former Priority Records head Bryan Turner, has entered into a joint venture deal with DreamWorks Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Based in DreamWorks' Beverly Hills headquarters, Melee will initially focus on…

  2. White Stripes Roar Back With 'Elephant'

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Detroit-based rock duo the White Stripes' fourth studio album, "Elephant," has been set for an April 15 release by the band's Third Man imprint, in association with V2 Records. Detroit-based rock duo the White Stripes' fourth studio album, "Elephant," has…

  3. Reed's 'Raven' Reinterprets Poe

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST By his own admission, "The Raven" is the most ambitious project undertaken by Lou Reed in a recording career that now spans four decades. The new Sire/Reprise album by the former lynchpin of the Velve By his own admission, "The Raven" is the most ambitious project…

  4. Grammy Performers, Nominees CD Unveiled

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Coldplay, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Nelly with Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, and Bruce Springsteen are the first performers confirmed for the 45th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out Feb. 23 at N Coldplay, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Nelly with Destiny's Child's Kelly…

  5. McGraw Sets 'One Band Show' Tour

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors will kick off a 52-date U.S. tour March 7 in Birmingham, Ala. Dubbed the One Band Show, the run will feature the artist and his band performing for more than two Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors will kick off a 52-date U.S. tour March 7 in…

  6. Hot Product

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Lou Reed, Zwan, Erasure, and more. 'Rave' On Lou Reed's Edgar Allen Poe-inspired "The Raven" (Sire/Reprise) first began to take shape after the artist collaborated with director Robert Wilson on "POEtry," a primitive live stage…

  7. 4TunesOnTV

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 27 "VH1 All Access: Skin Deep," VH1 Featured Artists: Cher, Michael Jackson. "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artist: DMX. "The…

  8. The Swift

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST This new foursome, which hails from North Carolina, has delivered an impressive Flicker debut. This new foursome, which hails from North Carolina, has delivered an impressive Flicker debut. Comprising lead vocalist/pianist Britt Edwards, bassist Mike Simons, guitarist Chris Byers, and drummer…

  9. Joel, John Reteam For U.S. Tour

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Pop pianists Billy Joel and Elton John's 2003 tandem tour continues to grow. Pop pianists Billy Joel and Elton John's 2003 tandem tour continues to grow. The pair has already scheduled 21 shows, with April appearances in Milwaukee, Cleveland, and St. Paul, Minn., and a second night…

  10. Singer/Actress Nell Carter Dies

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nell Carter, who played the sassy, matronly housekeeper on the 1980s sitcom "Gimme a Break!" and received a Tony Award in 1978 for her performance in the Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin'," died tod Nell Carter, who played the sassy, matronly housekeeper on the…

  11. Billboard Bits: Hip-Hop Festival, Adkins, Thorogood

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Hip-Hop Festival, Adkins, Thorogood Russell Simmons is organizing what he is dubbing the "Woodstock of hip-hop," to be staged in conjunction with the second Hip-Hop Summit. The Urban Hip-Hop Music Festival will be held April 12 at Atlanta's Turner Field and is expected…

  12. Diverse List Of Songs Get Erasure-fied

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. British duo Erasure has been making music for 18 years. In the years since bandmates Andy Bell and Vince Clarke released their first album, "Wonderland" -- which spawned global hits like "Who Needs Love (Like That)" and "…

  13. 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards, to be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Below are the nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The honors will be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Blues entertainer of the…

  14. 'Chicago,' U2 Take Home Golden Globes

    January 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST "Chicago," the splashy Broadway musical adapted for the silver screen, took home three of the eight trophies for which it was nominated at the Golden Globe Awards, while Irish rock act U2 won the best "Chicago," the splashy Broadway musical adapted for the silver screen,…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses with readers Eminem's Oscar chances, the lenght of singles reigns at No. 1, collections of Billboard magazines, Russian artists on Billboard charts, songs that have stalled at N WILL OSCAR GO HOME WITH MARSHALL? Hi Fred! Eminem's "Lose Yourself,"…

  16. New Celine Album Due In March

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST To coincide with the launch of her Las Vegas extravaganza, international superstar Celine Dion will release a new album this spring. To coincide with the launch of her Las Vegas extravaganza, international superstar Celine Dion will release a new album this spring. The diva's upcoming…

  17. Stellar Gospel Music Awards Winners

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Winners of the 18th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, presented Jan. 11, 2003 in Atlanta Below are the winners of the 18th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, presented Jan. 11, 2003 in Atlanta: Artist of the year: Kirk Franklin, "Rebirth of Kirk Franklin" (Gospo Centric) Song of…

  18. Ja Rule, Eve Hit The Road

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ja Rule will be hitting the road later this month for a host of dates in the eastern half of the U.S. The run will kick off Jan. 29 and is currently scheduled to last through a Feb. 20 show in Rapper Ja Rule will be hitting the road later this month for a host of dates in the eastern…

  19. Linkin Park Prepares To Ride 'Meteora'

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Modern rock act Linkin Park has settled on "Meteora" as the moniker for its highly anticipated sophomore Warner Bros. album. Modern rock act Linkin Park has settled on "Meteora" as the moniker for its highly anticipated sophomore Warner Bros. album. Due March 25, the set…

  20. 2003 Dove Awards

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the Gospel Music Association's 2003 Dove Awards, which will take place April 10 in Nashville. Below are the nominees for the Gospel Music Association's 2003 Dove Awards, which will take place April 10 in Nashville: Song of the year: "Above All," Lenny LeBlanc,…

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