1. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Rising," the Boss' first album with the E Street Band since 1987. 2002 - Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Rising," the Boss' first album with…

  2. State Property Presents the Chain Gang, Volume 2

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT While most labels are satisfied with their crews and cliques, Roc-a-Fella's burgeoning roster of talent can only be described as an army. While most labels are satisfied with their crews and cliques, Roc-a-Fella's burgeoning roster of talent can only be described as an army. The…

  3. Marc-André Hamelin, piano

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The mazurka is an old Polish folk dance made world-famous by Chopin, whose reinventions of the form are adored to this day. The mazurka is an old Polish folk dance made world-famous by Chopin, whose reinventions of the form are adored to this day. A key 20th-century heir to the great Pole&…

  4. This Day in Music

    August 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Ash drummer Rick McMurray is injured as the band's tour bus driver tries to avoid a shredded tire on Oregon's Interstate 5. The bus, which is carrying the Irish band between Area2 tour g 2002 - Ash drummer Rick McMurray is injured as the band's tour…

  5. Mud on the Tires

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In the third installment of what's already shaping up as a remarkably consistent and imaginative recording career, Brad Paisley again sets the standard of what modern traditional country can be. In the third installment of what's already shaping up as a remarkably consistent and…

  6. Exclusive: Frehley's Fine Without Kiss

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With Kiss nearing the launch of its co-headlining trek with Aerosmith, the band's former guitarist, Ace Frehley, wants to make certain that fans know he won't be a part of the tour, and that he's hard With Kiss nearing the launch of its co-headlining trek with Aerosmith , the…

  7. Billboard Bits: Kevin Richardson, Iron Maiden, SOAD

    July 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Kevin Richardson, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down The Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson will reprise his role as Billy Flynn in the stage production of "Chicago" when he joins the show's U.S. touring company for its Aug. 5-24 stay at San Francisco's Golden Gate…

  8. Greatest Hits Collection, Vol. 1

    July 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nothing like a greatest-hits collection to take stock of a career to date. Nothing like a greatest-hits collection to take stock of a career to date. Trace Adkins has put together a string of winners that impresses in its diversity. The brawny baritone evokes machismo on such cuts as "…

  9. Hot Product

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kiss 'Kiss' This Just when you thought they'd tried everything else, Kiss invades record stores again this week with "Kiss Symphony -- Alive IV," the first release on its own Kiss Records through Sanctuary. The double-disc set chronicles the band's Feb. 28…

  10. Thalía Shoots For Mainstream U.S. Success

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In the annals of the pop pantheon, there are countless stories of soap opera actresses turned singers. But a Mexican soap opera star who becomes a successful singer in Spanish and then a purveyor of urban music in English rivals even the most…

  11. Decoration Day

    July 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After a short-lived association with Lost Highway, Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers make their move to West Coast roots indie New West. After a short-lived association with Lost Highway, Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers make their move to West Coast roots indie New West. Their label debut…

  12. Breaking And Entering

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Drive-By Truckers, Mogwai, Yonder Mountain String Band A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. KEEP ON TRUCKIN': A little-known cult act two…

  13. Trailblazing Directors Celebrate Their 'Work'

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham are arguably three of the most innovative music-video directors to come along in the past 10 years. So when the directors joined forces with Palm Pictur Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham are arguably three of the most innovative…

  14. Breaking & Entering

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Aceyalone, Rob Dougan and !!! A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. REVEALING AN ACE: Socially aware underground rapper Aceyalone has built a…

  15. Simmons Taps Dylan, Zappa Songs For Solo Set

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob Dylan and the late Frank Zappa, Billboard.com has learned. The as-yet-untitled disc will be among the first albums rele Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Downloads and satellite radio, Euro pop, falls from No. 1, Led Zeppelin, methodology, most No. 1 titles, 50 Cent, and arti iWILL Hi Fred, I am very interested in what is happening with Apple's iTunes…

  17. This Day in Music

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>A Houston jury sentences rap musician South Park Mexican (Carlos Coy) to 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. Coy testifies that he is innocent in this case as w 2002 - A Houston jury sentences rap musician South Park Mexican (Carlos Coy) to…

  18. Kiss, Sanctuary Seal Deal For Label

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Kiss Records, to be announced today (May 5), will kick off with a new, two-disc live set, "The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV,"…

  19. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Prince Paul 'Business' Major Concept albums are often tricky fare, especially in hip-hop. However, veteran producer Prince Paul has been able to create his own niche with his hip-hop-driven concept pieces. He takes on the music industry this week with "Politics of the Business,…

  20. Prince Paul Stays In 'Business'

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Concept albums are often tricky fare, especially in hip-hop. However, veteran producer Prince Paul has been able to create his own niche with his hip-hop-driven concept pieces. He takes on the music industry with his latest, "Politics of the…

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