1. Geldof Visits African Drought Victims

    May 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In the midst of lush green hills and fields of young corn, Bob Geldof met victims of Ethiopia's latest drought, 19 years after the Irish pop star first called for help for the millions hit by famine i In the midst of lush green hills and fields of young corn, Bob Geldof met victims of…

  2. Sweet, Droge, And Mullins Blossom As The Thorns

    May 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In joining together to form the Thorns -- a group focused entirely on three-part harmonies -- Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, and Shawn Mullins do not seem to have created anything terribly groundbreaking. But as one listens to the trio sing in unison…

  3. Billboard Bits: Roadrunner, Johnnie Taylor, Twiztid

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Roadrunner, Johnnie Taylor, Twiztid Roadrunner Records has made its entire catalog available as downloads on its Web site , Billboard Bulletin reports. The New York-based rock label has launched an online store, the Vault, offering downloads in the Windows Media format for 99 cents…

  4. Clapton, King Guest On Guy's 'Blues Singer'

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Buddy Guy has drafted a pair of famous friends to join him on his latest album, "Blues Singer." Due Tuesday (June 3) from Silvertone Records, the acoustic set finds the blues legend joined by one of h Buddy Guy has drafted a pair of famous friends to join him on his latest album, …

  5. 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,…

  6. Mars Volta Keyboardist Found Dead

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Mars Volta keyboardist Jeremy Michael Ward, also a member of Defacto, died on May 25 from an apparent drug overdose, according to Defacto's record company Gold Standard Labs (GSL). The 27-year-old The Mars Volta keyboardist Jeremy Michael Ward, also a member of Defacto, died on May…

  7. Ask Billboard

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about gold-certified singles, Toni Braxton, and Patty Loveless. THE GOLD STANDARD Hi, When I was looking this week's singles charts, I noticed some newly awarded gold singles. I understand how the American Idol Finalists single ("God…

  8. 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…

  9. Train Makes Bid For Longevity With Third Set

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In these troubled times, even platinum-plus bands like Train are expected to watch their pennies. But that is just fine with frontman Pat Monahan. "We did get hit with spending less on this album, but that's been happening to us from…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Rock bands Powderfinger and Killing Heidi are big winners at the Australian Performing Right Assn. music awards, presented at Sydney's Randwick Pavillion. 2001 - Rock bands Powderfinger and Killing Heidi are big winners at the Australian Performing Right Assn.…

  11. Jewel Pleasing Fans Online, On Tour

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records is offering something extra to Jewel fans who buy her forthcoming album "0304," due June 3, during its first week of release. Each copy in the first run of "0304" will include a downl Atlantic Records is offering something extra to Jewel fans who buy her…

  12. Billboard Bits: Staind, Goo Goo Dolls, Some Girls

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Staind, Goo Goo Dolls, Some Girls Staind has canceled its Toronto itinerary due to a "health concern," namely the re-emergence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in the region. According to a statement, the band canceled an autograph session set for today (May 27)…

  13. Britney Copyright Infringement Suit Dismissed

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Britney Spears, saying two Philadelphia songwriters failed to prove the pop singer copied the melody of one of their songs. A federal judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Britney Spears, saying two…

  14. Eve 6 Readies 'Heady' Album, Plans Tour

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock act Eve 6 will hit the road next month in advance of the July 22 release of "It's All in Your Head" (RCA). Produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Five For Fighting) and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (Roll Modern rock act Eve 6 will hit the road next month in advance of the July 22…

  15. 'Now' Is The Time For O.A.R.'s Label Jump

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As an independent band that manages to sell more than 300,000 copies of your self-released albums, signing with a major label might seem like the most logical move to the next level. But O.A.R. bassis As an independent band that manages to sell more than 300,000 copies of your self-released…

  16. The Tangled Web

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Indie-rock community/retailer Insound, Radiohead, and Jewel. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. THE IN-CROWD: Online music retailer Insound.com , now in its…

  17. Lips, Winwood Lead Bonnaroo NE Additions

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Flaming Lips, Steve Winwood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and an acoustic set by Hot Tuna are the newest additions to the lineup for Bonnaroo NE. The Flaming Lips, Steve Winwood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and an acoustic set by Hot Tuna are the newest additions to the…

  18. Tricky Exposes 'Vulnerable' Side

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. U.K. artist Tricky is one of the founding fathers of the early-1990s trip-hop scene. After providing raps and vocals for early Massive Attack albums ("Blue Lines" and "Protection"), he struck out on his own. Critics praised…

  19. 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&…

  20. Cold's World Heats Up

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. To cop a simple but appropriate pun, things are steadily heating up for the band Cold. Its latest single, "Stupid Girl," is No. 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and has sold 13,000 copies in the U.S., according to…

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