1. Travis Members To Back Sexsmith

    June 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The rhythm section from British rock act Travis is slated to be the backing band on Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith's sixth album. Bassist Dougie Payne and drummer Neil Primrose will begin wor The rhythm section from British rock act Travis is slated to be the backing band on…

  2. Haggard, Stuart Lead 'Barnyard' Tour

    June 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Marty Stuart will shepherd a six-act country music festival through America's heartland beginning July 6 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The two-month Electric Barnyard Tour will also feature Merle Haggard, BR Marty Stuart will shepherd a six-act country music festival through America's…

  3. Hot Product

    June 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp 'Trouble' Afoot John Mellencamp's new Columbia covers album, "Trouble No More," is led by "To Washington," inspired by Woody Guthrie and the Carter Family but with new lyrics by Mellencamp. The song questions President George W. Bush's…

  4. New Spain-Based MP3 Service Raises Ire

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A new for-pay digital music service being distributed through the Grokster peer-to-peer network in the U.S. is running afoul of the recording industry by selling unlimited access to major-label music A new for-pay digital music service being distributed through the Grokster peer-to-peer…

  5. Mellencamp Sets New Album Track List

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Century Award honoree John Mellencamp has finalized the tracklist for his next studio album, "Trouble No More," due June 3 from Columbia. 2001 Billboard Century Award honoree John Mellencamp has finalized the tracklist for his next studio album, "Trouble No More,…

  6. Former Stone Bill Wyman Rolls On

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bill Wyman may no longer be a Rolling Stone but he still keeps himself busy. Apart from recording and touring with his band the Rhythm Kings, the former Stones bassist is now a documentary maker and p Bill Wyman may no longer be a Rolling Stone but he still keeps himself busy. Apart from…

  7. Aerosmith Gets The Blues

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Considering Aerosmith's sizeable presence on the pop landscape and its place in rock history, it's a bit funny to hear guitarist Joe Perry relay that the group is working on a new album in his basemen Considering Aerosmith's sizeable presence on the pop landscape and its place…

  8. Legacy Tells 'The Story Of The Blues'

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Columbia/Legacy will release a two-CD blues anthology on June 3 as a prelude to Martin Scorsese's seven-part PBS series on the genre. Columbia/Legacy will release a two-CD blues anthology on June 3 as a prelude to Martin Scorsese's seven-part PBS series on the genre. Titled "…

  9. 17TunesOnTV

    April 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 21-27, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, APRIL 21 "Britney & Justin: Love Chain," E! Featured Artists: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake. "VH1 All Access: Outrageous Transformations,"…

  10. Aerosmith Looks To Standards For Blues Album

    April 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Aerosmith will likely enter the studio sometime in the next two or three weeks to begin recording its much-discussed blues album for Columbia, guitarist Joe Perry tells Billboard.com. Blind Willie McT Aerosmith will likely enter the studio sometime in the next two or three weeks to begin…

  11. Mellencamp Unveils Anti-War Song

    March 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST John Mellencamp has made a new anti-war-themed song, "To Washington," available for free download on his official Web site. John Mellencamp has made a new anti-war-themed song, "To Washington," available for free download on his official Web site . The cut, inspired by…

  12. Buju Banton Has 'Friends' On New Album

    February 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Two days after the March 11 release of his sixth album, "Friends for Life," Buju Banton will be doing what he loves best: performing. The dancehall reggae progenitor kicks off a 60-city U.S. tour to introduce his new VP Records/Atlantic…

  13. Ready for Love

    February 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST The follow-up to the 2001 set Wicked Grin—John Hammond's acclaimed collection of Tom Waits songs, produced by Waits—sees the veteran blues singer/guitarist in his most eclectic setting y The follow-up to the 2001 set Wicked Grin—John Hammond's acclaimed collection of Tom Waits songs…

  14. Music Industry Targets Workplace Downloaders

    February 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST The recording industry directed its anti-piracy campaign at large companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia today (Feb. 13), warning them that employees are illegally downloading music on company time. The recording industry directed its anti-piracy campaign at large companies in the U.S.,…

  15. 2003 Billboard/Monitor Radio Awards Winners

    February 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Billboard/Monitor Radio Awards Winners Here are the winners for the 2003 Billboard/Monitor Radio Awards, presented Feb. 8 at the Eden Roc Resort in Miami Beach. The awards honor radio stations, programmers, and personalities. Radio Station of the Year: Adult Contemporary- Major Market:…

  16. This Day in Music

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Detroit radio legend Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg - known by her trademark phrase "I betcha" - dies at Detroit's Harper Hospital. Steinberg was a local fixture in the Motor City for 2000 - Detroit radio legend Martha Jean "The Queen…

  17. Billboard Bits: Mariah Carey, Simple Plan, Caitlin Cary

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Mariah Carey, Simple Plan, Caitlin Cary The National Basketball Association (NBA) has tapped Mariah Carey to perform during the halftime break in its 52nd annual All-Star Game, set for Feb. 9 in Atlanta. The performance will air live on the TNT cable network in the U.S., and will be…

  18. Small Faces Feted With Debut Album Reissue

    December 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Small Faces are a band whose recorded legacy seems to grow in legend by the year. British contemporaries of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, their career was short (four years), but the sheer q The Small Faces are a band whose recorded legacy seems to grow in legend by the year.…

  19. Hammond Opts For One Of His Own On New Set

    November 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST After more than four decades interpreting the songs of others, renowned folk/blues artist John Hammond has written and recorded a song of his own. Due Feb. 11 via the Back Porch label, Hammond's "Read After more than four decades interpreting the songs of others, renowned folk/blues…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions on Erma Franklin, "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, No. 1 singles in Europe and the U.S., criteria for ranking top artists of all-ti REMEMBERING ERMA Fred, I was saddened to learn of the death of Erma…

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