1. Simple Plan Concocts Holiday DVD 'Package'

    October 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Canadian punk quintet Simple Plan is finalizing a holiday DVD for Nov. 25 release on Lava Records. Titled "A Big Package for You," the disc will feature the band's entire video catalog alongside tour Canadian punk quintet Simple Plan is finalizing a holiday DVD for Nov. 25…

  2. ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS

    October 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The All-American Rejects are a burgeoning rock'n'roll success story. The All-American Rejects are a burgeoning rock'n'roll success story. Some Oklahoma kids formed a band. Then, they released an album on the independent Doghouse label, home to such acts as the Get Up Kids,…

  3. Bette ... Intimately

    October 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Barry Manilow recalls waking from a dream earlier this year with Bette Midler on his mind. "It was the 1950s in my dream, and Bette was singing Rosemary Clooney songs," Manilow says with a smile. "Bette and I hadn't spoken in…

  4. It is clear that "A Mighty Wind" is destined for

    October 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It is clear that "A Mighty Wind" is destined for at least a few nominations come Oscar time—and a best original song nod is all but a given. It is clear that "A Mighty Wind" is destined for at least a few nominations come Oscar time—and a best original song nod is all but…

  5. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Missy Elliott, Alice Cooper and Beyoncé. THE RAITT STUFF: There's a connection between two albums that debut on The Billboard 200 this week - a fragile connection, but a connection nevertheless. Bette Midler…

  6. Beyonce's 'Baby' Stays Strong On Charts

    October 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce Knowles' "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul cruises to a third week in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a fourth on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The next three sp Beyonce Knowles' "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul cruises to a…

  7. Earle, Bragg, Morello Set Tour Plans

    October 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The trek begins Nov. 7-8 at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, Wis., and will wrap Nov. 24 in Washington, D.C. Dates have been unveiled for the politically minded Tell Us the Truth Tour, which, as first reported here , will feature Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Lester Chambers…

  8. Breaking & Entering

    October 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Peaches, Aesop Rock and Give Up The Ghost. DIRTY PEACHES: There's an element of performance art in the sex-obsessed electro-rap of Peaches. In concert she dresses like a Hooters waitress trapped in 1984…

  9. Clay Aiken 'Measures' Up On RCA Debut

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In June, Aiken sat down with Billboard's Fred Bronson for a lengthy interview about his experiences on "American Idol." Last week they met up again, to discuss Aiken's debut CD track-by-track in a con It would be difficult to find anyone in the U.S. who has not heard of…

  10. Identity Crisis

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ms. Lynne has it all wrong. Her previous album, "Love, Shelby," should have been called "Identity Crisis." And this, her eighth album, should be titled "Love, Shelby." Recall, for a moment, the artist Ms. Lynne has it all wrong. Her previous album, "Love,…

  11. Leona Naess

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The eponymous title of Leona Naess' third album reinforces her stated sense of it being more like a first one. The eponymous title of Leona Naess' third album reinforces her stated sense of it being more like a first one. The sweetly melancholic set is surely more solid overall than…

  12. Wyclef Rallies For Immigrant Rights

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean is slated to appear at a rally for immigrant workers rights Saturday (Oct. 4) in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. The former Fugees member's set is part of an event celebrating t Wyclef Jean is slated to appear at a rally for immigrant workers rights Saturday (Oct.…

  13. Thursday's 'War' Rages On Island

    October 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In Thursday's "War All the Time," the "lullaby of carbon monoxide" is inhaled under a crumbling New York skyline. The title track of the band's major label debut is full of 9/11-inspired imagery, but In Thursday's "War All the Time," the "…

  14. Billboard Bits: Norah/Dolly, AUDIO/VISUAL, David Cross

    September 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Norah/Dolly, AUDIO/VISUAL, David Cross A duet between Norah Jones and Dolly Parton will highlight the performance slate for the 37th annual CMA Awards, set for Nov. 5 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House and airing live on CBS. The duo will perform Parton's "The Grass Is…

  15. New Lennon DVD Celebrates His 'Legend'

    September 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Never-before-seen footage of former Beatle John Lennon will highlight the DVD "Lennon Legend," executive produced by the artist's widow, Yoko Ono. The release will arrive Nov. 18 in North America via Never-before-seen footage of former Beatle John Lennon will highlight the DVD …

  16. Hot Product

    September 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Dido Dido Armstrong's breathless journey is reflected in the title of her much-awaited new album, "Life for Rent" (Arista/BMG). She has gone from hopeful singer/songwriter to budding superstar, thanks to worldwide sales of 12 million for her debut album, "No Angel."…

  17. This Day in Music

    September 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Singer/songwriter Mickey Newbury dies at this home in Vida, Ore., after a lengthy illness. He is 62. 2002 - Singer/songwriter Mickey Newbury dies at this home in Vida, Ore., after a lengthy illness. He is 62. 2001 - Celine Dion and Peter Gabriel perform at an…

  18. Blood on the Tracks

    September 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan's brilliant 1975 masterwork gets the hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) 5.1 multichannel treatment here, to stunning effect. Bob Dylan's brilliant 1975 masterwork gets the hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) 5.1 multichannel treatment here, to stunning effect. It truly is Dylan like…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Elvis Presley's "Rubberneckin'," Clay Aiken, radio airplay, "Greatest Gainers" and his book series "Hottest Hot 100 Hits." DON'T FORGET ELVIS Dear Fred, How come you didn't mention anything in "Chart Beat"…

  20. 'Baby' Kicks 'Tailfeather' From Chart Roost

    September 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With a 2-1 move, Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul finally unseats "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from the top of Billboard's Hot 100 this week. The chart's fastest-growing track at radio for the With a 2-1 move, Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" featuring…

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