1. Beg for Mercy

    November 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Since February, 50 Cent has been riding high on the success of his solo debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." The Queens, N.Y., MC will surely carry that momentum into the new year with "Beg for Mercy," th Since February, 50 Cent has been riding high on the success of his…

  2. Elephant Man: Ready 4 U.S. Success

    November 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. VP Records and Atlantic Records are looking to repeat the mainstream success of dancehall reggae acts Sean Paul and Wayne Wonder with their partnership on Elephant Man's "Good 2 Go." Due Dec. 2, the album serves as the dancehall…

  3. Billboard Bits: Suge Knight, Jerkins, Grant Lee Phillips

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Suge Knight, Jerkins, Grant Lee Phillips Riverhead Books has pushed the release of hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's autobiography to next year. Completion of the volume has been complicated by Knight's July imprisonment for assaulting a nightclub valet, but…

  4. Back In 'Black': Jay-Z Swan Song Bows On Top

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST "The Black Album" gives Jay-Z his sixth No. 1 release as it debuts atop The Billboard 200 this week. One of six top-10 debuts, the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set sold 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to "The Black Album" gives Jay-Z his sixth No. 1 release as it debuts atop…

  5. Spears To Produce ABC Family Film

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears is close to signing on as executive producer for an adaptation of a book she wrote with her mother for ABC Family. Based on the 2001 semiautobiographical novel "A Mother's Gift," the un Britney Spears is close to signing on as executive producer for an adaptation…

  6. Duff Signs On For CBS Comedy Pilot

    November 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST CBS has signed a comedy pilot deal with Hilary Duff, the 16-year-old "Lizzie McGuire" star. CBS has signed a comedy pilot deal with Hilary Duff, the 16-year-old "Lizzie McGuire" star. The network will develop a starring vehicle for Duff for the 2004-05 season, most likely…

  7. 2003 ASCAP Country Music Awards Winners

    November 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST ASCAP Country Music Awards Winners Here are the winners of the 41st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, held at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel on Nov. 3. SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Craig Wiseman "American Child" "The Cowboy In Me" "The Good Stuff" "…

  8. 'Baby Boy' Turns Six On Hot 100

    October 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul leads Billboard's Hot 100 for the sixth-straight week. The track once again fends off the advances of "Stand Up," the Ludacris and Shawnna cut which holds Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul leads…

  9. This Day in Music

    October 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Korn debuts its new single on the season premiere of "South Park." Korn members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, and David Silveria le 1999 - Korn debuts its new single on the…

  10. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Billy Ray Cyrus lends his support to two causes when his tour bus stops in 16 different locations on Nashville's Music Row throughout the day to collect food for Second Harvest Food Bank 2000 - Billy Ray Cyrus lends his support to two causes when his tour bus…

  11. 50 Cent, G Unit Give Away Diamonds

    October 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The new album from 50 Cent's quartet G Unit, "Beg for Mercy," due Nov. 18 on G Unit Records is arriving with a special bonus. The superstar rapper is offering fans the chance to win thousands of dolla The new album from 50 Cent's quartet G Unit, "Beg for Mercy,"…

  12. Cash's 'Unearthed' Box Set Unveiled

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A sprawling five-disc Johnny Cash box set will arrive Nov. 25 from American Recordings/Lost Highway. Dubbed "Unearthed," the set features 79 songs, 64 of them previously unreleased and produced by Ric A sprawling five-disc Johnny Cash box set will arrive Nov. 25 from American…

  13. This Day in Music

    October 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>U.K. artist Ms. Dynamite takes three honors at the seventh annual Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards at the London Arena. Dynamite, winner of the year's Mercury Music Prize, is named be 2002 - U.K. artist Ms. Dynamite takes three honors at the seventh annual…

  14. 'Imagine' License Plate Proposed In Florida

    September 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon's "Imagine" is inspiring a proposal for a Florida license plate. Michael Towner, 44, a longtime Beatles fan, is leading a campaign to have Florida add an "Imagine" specialty tag to help ra John Lennon's "Imagine" is inspiring a proposal for…

  15. This Day in Music

    September 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Canadian rock group the Matthew Good Band is the big winner at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's annual music video competition. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based group collects p 2000 - Canadian rock group the Matthew Good Band is the big winner at the…

  16. Bow Wow To Play Teen 'Prez'

    September 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bow Wow will make a run for the presidency as the star of the Columbia Pictures/Overbrook Entertainment film "Mr. Prez." Bow Wow will make a run for the presidency as the star of the Columbia Pictures/Overbrook Entertainment film "Mr. Prez." The film will be directed by…

  17. Mexican Fans Can't Bank On Concert Tickets

    September 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Abusive and outrageous are just some of the terms Mexican concertgoers have used to describe what they consider elitist presale ticketing practices that literally take them to the bank. Abusive and outrageous are just some of the terms Mexican concertgoers have used to describe what they…

  18. Rap Industry Probe Suspect Cuts Plea Deal

    August 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A rap industry insider has quietly cut a plea deal with New York authorities investigating alleged ties between music label Murder Inc. and the city's violent drug trade. A rap industry insider has quietly cut a plea deal with New York authorities investigating alleged ties between music…

  19. 50 Cent Banks European Tour

    August 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper 50 Cent will follow his North American Roc the Mic tour with a 15-date European trek. The arena dates begin Sept. 14 in Oberhausen, Germany, and wrap Oct. 8 in Manchester, England. This will be Rapper 50 Cent will follow his North American Roc the Mic tour with a 15-date European trek.…

  20. Capitol Counts On Javier

    July 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Following Capitol Records' success with Chingy's "Right Thurr," the label is banking on another newcomer, Javier, to help it reclaim a sizable share of the black music market. Under the direction of Priority/Capitol VP/urban…

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