1. Ashanti To Open Mariah Tour

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R&B sensation Ashanti will be the opening act on the North American leg of Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet World Tour. R&B sensation Ashanti will be the opening act on the North American leg of Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet World Tour. As previously reported , the 21-date trek…

  2. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at the 13th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, including songwriter of the year, hot Latin track of the y 2002 - Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at…

  3. Sean Paul Still 'Busy' On Singles Chart

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean Paul's "Get Busy" continues to occupy the No. 1 post on Billboard's Hot 100 for a second week. The reggae-leaning cut holds off 50 Cent's "21 Questions," which takes a 4-2 jump on the chart. The Sean Paul's "Get Busy" continues to occupy…

  4. Billboard Bits: Timberlake, Combs/Simmons, matchbox

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Justin Timberlake, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs/Russell Simmons, and matchbox twenty. 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake has signed on as a special correspondent for Turner Sports. The artist will report from the PGA championship, NBA playoffs, and NASCAR races for the TNT…

  5. Beyonce Readies 'Dangerous' Solo Debut

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Destiny's Child frontwoman Beyonce Knowles has set a July 8 release date for her long-awaited Columbia solo debut album, "Dangerously in Love." The set will feature guest appearances by the likes of J Destiny's Child frontwoman Beyonce Knowles has set a July 8 release date…

  6. Weird Al Parodies Eminem, Avril On New Album

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop stars on his latest album, "Poodle Hat," due May 20 via Way Moby/Volcano. On the 12-track set, the musical parody veteran reworks well-know "Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop…

  7. Reggae, Mainstream Acts To Play Sumfests

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural U.S. version of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, as well as the 11th annual Sumfest in Jamaica. The U.S. even Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural…

  8. Family Plans Release Of Unearthed Marley Cuts

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The family of Bob Marley has discovered a batch of unheard recordings by the reggae icon that may be used as the basis for an album partially produced in the same style as the mid-1990s Beatles single The family of Bob Marley has discovered a batch of unheard recordings by the reggae icon…

  9. This Day in Music

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return To Sender" and "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley _ dies of a heart attack. He is 70. 2002 - Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including…

  10. Metallica Debuts New Song, Bassist At MTV Tribute

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Playing in public for the first time with new bassist Rob Trujillo, Metallica ran through a fast and furious medley of songs at the "mtvICON" tribute concert for the veteran metal act Saturday in Los Playing in public for the first time with new bassist Rob Trujillo, Metallica ran…

  11. Evanescence Has Faith In Live Show

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Although it took less than two months for Evanescence's Wind-Up debut, "Fallen," to reach the platinum threshold, the biggest news surrounding the band has more to do with its members' faith than its Although it took less than two months for Evanescence's Wind-Up…

  12. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Matrix Reloaded Locked And 'Loaded' New tracks from Deftones, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and P.O.D. are featured on the double-disc soundtrack to the film "Matrix Reloaded," due this week from Maverick. The highly anticipated film, starring Keanu Reeves, arrives May 15 in…

  13. 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,…

  14. HOT PRODUCT

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Previewing the "Matrix Reloaded" soundtrack, and new releases from Blur, the Isley Brothers, Prince Paul, Serart, and more. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News Paul …

  15. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Taking a closer look at what music is on TV for the week of May 5-11, 2003. Far be it from me to toot the Billboard horn, but it's easy to see that the "2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards" is one of the biggest Latin music events of the year. The star-studded event…

  16. Tunes On TV

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 5-11, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 5 "Boston Public," Fox Featured Artists: Lifehouse, Method Man, GQ, Joey McIntyre, Tamyra Gray. "VH1 All Access: Sex & Rock 'n' Roll," VH1 Featured Artists:…

  17. HOT RAP TRACKS

    May 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. 21 Questions , 50 Cent Featuring Nate Dogg 2. Get Busy , Sean Paul 3. Can't Let You Go , Fabolous Featuring Mike Shorey & Lil' Mo 4. I Know What You Want , Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey Featuring The Flipmode Squad 5. Beautiful , Snoop Dogg…

  18. This Day in Music

    May 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Billboard's Latin Music Awards are webcast for the first time by StarMedia, which hosts the Billboard En Espanol and Billboard Brasil sites. 2000 - Billboard's Latin Music Awards are webcast for the first time by StarMedia, which hosts the Billboard En…

  19. Trance Classics

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT What makes a trance classic? For some, angelic vocals surrounded by cascading synths are mandatory. What makes a trance classic? For some, angelic vocals surrounded by cascading synths are mandatory. For others, classical arrangements punctuated by stabbing basslines are essential. Whatever,…

  20. This Day in Music

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pa. 2002 - Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on…

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