1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers questions about the state of commercial singles and the U.S. music market. SINGLE AGAIN Hello, There is so much disgust that I have for the record companies these days regarding singles, these are just some of my thoughts on the…

  2. Famous Fans Pick Zappa Faves

    August 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The late Frank Zappa is revered as an absurdist genius who continually pushed the limits of conventional music, but wading into his vast body of work can be daunting for new listeners. With that in mi The late Frank Zappa is revered as an absurdist genius who continually pushed the limits of…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Readers letters answered by chart expert Fred Bronson regarding adult R&B, Ashanti, "American Idol," Ace Of Base, album tracks hitting No. 1, the Dixie Chicks, lengthy artist names, and commercial WHITHER R&B? Hi Fred, I am very concerned about the current state of R&B…

  4. Wilco's 'Heart' Heads To DVD; New Album In Works

    August 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Sam Jones' illuminating Wilco documentary "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" is gradually making its way across the country, but even after a year-and-a-half following and filming the band, director/ph Sam Jones' illuminating Wilco documentary "I Am Trying To Break…

  5. Santana, Whitney, Lavigne Head To DataPlay

    August 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Arista announced today (Aug. 5) that it plans to release albums from Santana, Whitney Houston, and Avril Lavigne on pre-recorded DataPlay digital media. The label struck a deal with DataPlay -- a coin Arista announced today (Aug. 5) that it plans to release albums from Santana, Whitney…

  6. Andrew W.K. Living It Up On Ozzfest

    July 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Like a bloody nose on the face of pop rock music, Andrew W.K. (real name: Andrew Wilkes-Krier) has sucker-punched the Ozzfest set with his in-your-face/dance-on-the-barstool Island debut "I Get Wet." Like a bloody nose on the face of pop rock music, Andrew W.K. (real name: Andrew…

  7. Queens, Trail Of Dead Expand Tour Plans

    July 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The upcoming Queens Of The Stone Age/...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead tour has doubled in size, with dates now booked through Oct. 1 in Denver. The upcoming Queens Of The Stone Age/...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead tour has doubled in size, with dates now booked through…

  8. Rappers Research Revealed On 'Dexter's Lab'

    July 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A host of rappers have turned to science on the upcoming offering, "Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment." Due Aug. 20, the Rhino EP will feature seven tracks from the likes of Coolio, De La So A host of rappers have turned to science on the upcoming offering, "…

  9. ABC Celebrates America's Musical Independence

    July 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For ABC television's special "In Search of America: A July 4th Musical Celebration," host Peter Jennings says he wanted to connect aspects of American life through its music. For ABC television's special "In Search of America: A July 4th Musical Celebration,"…

  10. Part two of "A Final Conversation With The Who's John Entwistle"

    June 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Part two of "A Final Conversation With The Who's John Entwistle" Known as "the Ox," the Chiswick, England-born bassist said he was pleased that the band had returned to a five-piece after touring with a large backing band in the late '80s. "I feel much more…

  11. Stapp: Shock Delayed Medical Attention After Accident

    June 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Creed singer Scott Stapp says that he was in shock following his April car accident and didn't realize the seriousness of his injuries until later. Creed singer Scott Stapp says that he was in shock following his April car accident and didn't realize the seriousness of his injuries…

  12. 'Chemistry' Touted As Return To Form For Oasis

    June 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Feature excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "It's far and away the best record since 'Definitely Maybe,'" declares a confident Noel Gallagher. "I'd probably say the whole thing will be an eight out of 10." There are few, if any, releases in…

  13. Jane's, Brains, And More To Hit Mexico Beach

    June 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Jane's Addiction, Bad Brains, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Ozomatli, and the Breeders are among the confirmed acts for the Mextravaganza music festival, to be held Aug. 30-Sept 1 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The Jane's Addiction, Bad Brains, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Ozomatli, and the Breeders…

  14. Ageless GBV Enjoys Another Jolt Of Youthful Enthusiasm

    June 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Feature excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. It's the night before New Year's Eve, and the members of Guided by Voices (GBV) are holding court in the bowels of Harlem, N.Y.'s famed Apollo Theatre a few hours before a sold-out concert with local wonderkids the Strokes.…

  15. Rhino Dials Up TMBG 20th Anniversary Retrospective

    June 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As Brooklyn, N.Y.-based duo of John Linnell and John Flansburgh -- otherwise known as They Might Be Giants -- celebrate their 20th anniversary of performing together, Rhino will get into the act by re As Brooklyn, N.Y.-based duo of John Linnell and John Flansburgh -- otherwise known as They…

  16. Redding Honors Hendrix On New Live Set

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Noel Redding, the bass player of the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience, talks about the gig in the Czech Republic documented on his new live album, "Live From Bunkr. Prague," due June 24 from Track Re "We didn't want to do the whole lot of the Experience but there again…

  17. Hot Product

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Papa Roach, Wyclef Jean, Paul Oakenfold, Guided By Voices, and more. 'Love' It Or Leave It Hard rock act Papa Roach returns this week with its sophomore DreamWorks album "lovehatetragedy." The set was produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam,…

  18. Fatboy Slim's Triumphant Homecoming

    June 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT (Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com) Hometown fans of Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) were given a tasty treat last July, when he gave them a free show on the beach in Brighton, England. That Hometown fans of Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) were given a tasty treat last July, when he…

  19. Billboard Bits: Carousel Of Hope, I-FI Fest, Crowell

    June 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Carousel Of Hope, I-FI Fest, Rodney Crowell Sting, Elton John, and B.B. King will perform at the 15th annual Carousel of Hope fundraiser, set for Oct. 15 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event, to be hosted by Jay Leno, raises funds for childhood diabetes. To…

  20. Billboard Bits: Faithfull/Zwan, Wu-Tang, NBN

    May 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Marianne Faithfull/Zwan, Wu-Tang Clan, Naughty By Nature Marianne Faithfull joined Billy Corgan's new outfit Zwan onstage Saturday (May 18) as a surprise guest during the band's set at Jamboree 2002, sponsored by radio station WKQX Chicago (Q101). She led the band through a…

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