1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,"…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. This Day in Music

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Amy Grant joins Vince Gill on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. During the second show, on the eve of Easter Sunday, the newly married couple performs "How Great Thou Art." 2000 - Amy Grant joins Vince Gill on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. During the second show,…

  8. 6Twenty

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT An ode to nightlife and slackerdom, the D4's major-label U.S. debut is pure, simple rock candy. An ode to nightlife and slackerdom, the D4's major-label U.S. debut is pure, simple rock candy. No new ground is broken with the band's garage punk flavor, but the vibrant guitar…

  9. AOL Offers 50 Cent, Taylor, Train, Jewel First Listens

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Beginning today (March 28) AOL Music's First Listen program will debut four new songs from four different artists -- 50 Cent, James Taylor, Train, and Jewel -- over the next four days. Each of the tra Beginning today (March 28) AOL Music's First Listen program will debut four new…

  10. This Day in Music

    March 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies at the age of 41. 2002 - Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies at the age of 41. 2000 - Phil Collins takes home the Oscar for best original song at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles,…

  11. Everything Will Never Be OK

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST As rock albums go, Everything Will Never Be OK has it all: great songs, insistent melodies, ace playing. As rock albums go, Everything Will Never Be OK has it all: great songs, insistent melodies, ace playing. That it's Fiction Plane's debut effort makes it all the more impressive.…

  12. This Day in Music

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>More than a quarter-century after its release as a double album of amplified noise and feedback, former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" gets its first live per 2002 - More than a quarter-century after its release as a double…

  13. For the Last Time—Live From the Astrodome

    February 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST As the final performer at the Astrodome during the behemoth Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo last March, George Strait was the right man in the right place at the right time. As the final performer at the Astrodome during the behemoth Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo last March, George…

  14. This Day in Music

    February 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Country great Waylon Jennings is laid to rest following a private graveside service in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, Ariz. 2002 - Country great Waylon Jennings is laid to rest following a private graveside service in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, Ariz. 2001 - Beatles…

  15. Tha Row Soundtrack All In The 'Family'

    February 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Suge Knight's Tha Row record label has set a March 25 release date for the soundtrack to the film "Dysfunktional Family," a biopic about comedian Eddie Griffin. The soundtrack will feature tracks by t Suge Knight's Tha Row record label has set a March 25 release date for…

  16. This Day in Music

    January 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>64-year-old two-time Grammy Award winner Freddy Fender (Baldemar Huerta) is released from a San Antonio hospital following kidney transplant surgery a week earlier. 2002 - 64-year-old two-time Grammy Award winner Freddy Fender (Baldemar Huerta) is released from a San…

  17. Ice Cube Defrosts Back Catalog For Reissues

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Priority/Capitol will release expanded versions of Ice Cube's first four album in coming weeks. On Feb. 25, "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" and "Death Certificate" will be issued, with "The Predator" and "L Priority/Capitol will release expanded versions…

  18. DJ Envy Comes To The 'Party'

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Mix-tape DJs have long been considered to have the ear of the streets. Many of today's top artists made names for themselves on mix tapes. And DJs like Funkmaster Flex, DJ Clue, and Tony Touch have all parlayed early mix-tape success into…

  19. 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,"…

  20. 'Suge' Knight Denounces Arrest

    December 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight charged his arrest for alleged parole violations was a misguided effort by police to salvage their investigation of a string of homicides. Knight, 37, was taken into Los Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight charged his arrest for alleged parole…

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