1. This Day in Music

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Reggae star Dennis Brown dies at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, of a collapsed lung. He is 43. 1999 - Reggae star Dennis Brown dies at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, of a collapsed lung. He is 43. 1998 - A track from metal-funk band White Zombie…

  2. This Day in Music

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks weds actor Adrian Pasdar in Las Vegas. 2000 - Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks weds actor Adrian Pasdar in Las Vegas. 1999 - Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at…

  3. Mars Volta Celebrates Chaos On Debut

    June 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Less than two weeks after At The Drive-In broke up in 2001, Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Bixler had formed the Mars Volta. Without even hearing a note of their new endeavor, major labels began making cal Less than two weeks after At The Drive-In broke up in 2001, Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Bixler…

  4. Ask Billboard

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' letters about "Queer As Folk," Dana Glover, and Bette Midler. 'FOLK' SALES Hi, I'm wondering how many copies the season three soundtrack to "Queer As Folk" were sold its first week, its current progress to date, and how…

  5. Mars Volta, Rapture Sign With Strummer

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Details have emerged on Strummer Recordings, the Universal-distributed label run by former Capitol president Gary Gersh that was first announced last year. Strummer's first release, due June 24, is th Details have emerged on Strummer Recordings, the Universal-distributed label run by…

  6. Lomax Blues Compilations Go To The Source

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A pair of upcoming blues compilations culled from the Alan Lomax Archives and the Library of Congress collect original versions of some noted blues standards. Due in the fall is "Alan Lomax: Blues Son A pair of upcoming blues compilations culled from the Alan Lomax Archives and the…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. This Day in Music

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Renato Carosone, a key figure in Italian music in the post-war era, dies in Rome at the age of 81. Carosone, a Neapolitan, was most famous for his 1956 hit "Tu Vuo'Fa'L'Americano" ("You 2001 - Renato Carosone, a key figure in Italian…

  10. This Day in Music

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to devote time to his new band and family, following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. Lee's new band is called Methods of 1999 - It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to…

  11. This Day in Music

    April 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>63-year-old American composer John Corigliano wins the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in music for his "Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra. 2001 - 63-year-old American composer John Corigliano wins the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in music for his "Symphony No. 2 for String…

  12. Fine Tuning

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at music television highlights for the week of April 14-20, 2003. "American Idol" fans will want to stay up for NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Monday as inaugural season winner Kelly Clarkson will perform and likely sit down with Jay for a chat about her…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2002 - Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2001 - Composer Monty Norman…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    March 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson answers questions on Madonna, one-hit wonders, featured artists, the Ramones, and airplay-only hits. CAUTION: This week's Chart Beat Chat ends with a surprise twist you won't see coming until the very last second! Uh-uh, don't scroll down there now -- have a little…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses with readers Elton John and Blue, the state of the music industry, pop artists mining classical music, R&B hits, Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" and The Billboard Hot 100, one-hi I GUESS THAT'S WHY HE CALLS THEM THE BLUES Hi Fred, I got the import CD…

  16. Cold Readies New Album, Tour

    February 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Modern rock outfit Cold is gearing up for a short club tour to preview its forthcoming album "Year of the Spider." The set, due April 29 on Flip/Geffen, finds the band getting some help from Weezer fr Modern rock outfit Cold is gearing up for a short club tour to preview its…

  17. Sparta Braves The Cold On SnoCore Tour

    February 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Considering it doesn't snow much in Texas, you can't blame the El Paso-based Sparta for initially having reservations about co-headlining this year's annual SnoCore tour with Glassjaw. Drummer Tony Ha Considering it doesn't snow much in Texas, you can't blame the El…

  18. This Day in Music

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jay-Z becomes the first hip-hop artist ever to release an album from the ""MTV Unplugged"" series when roc-A-Fella/Def Jam issues ""Jay-Z Unplugged."" 2001 - Jay-Z becomes the first hip-hop artist ever to release an album from…

  19. Billboard Bits: Springsteen, Children's Day, Jack Black

    November 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Bruce Springsteen, Children's Day, Jack Black Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have postponed two additional shows in the wake of saxophonist Clarence Clemons' recent surgery to repair a detached retina. Saturday's (Nov. 9) show in Columbus, Ohio, has been…

  20. Iommi Holding Out Hope For New Sabbath Album

    October 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Although Rhino is nearing the release of the first installment in a multi-year Black Sabbath reissue program, the band's next studio album -- the first to feature its classic lineup of Ozzy Osbourne ( Although Rhino is nearing the release of the first installment in a multi-year Black…

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