1. Martina McBride Sets Winter Tour Plans

    October 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Country star Martina McBride will kick off her second Joy of Christmas tour Nov. 28 in Erie, Pa. The trek is slated to wrap Dec. 22 in Oklahoma City. Country star Martina McBride will kick off her second Joy of Christmas tour Nov. 28 in Erie, Pa. The trek is slated to wrap Dec. 22 in Oklahoma…

  2. Wilson Embraces The 'Glamour'

    September 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With her 1993 Blue Note album "Blue Light 'Til Dawn," Cassandra Wilson blazed a trail that inspired jazz vocalists to tap into the popular music they grew up with while also paying heed to earlier tra With her 1993 Blue Note album "Blue Light 'Til Dawn,"…

  3. Love's 'Sweetheart' Bumped To 2004

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The release of Courtney Love's debut Virgin album, "American Sweetheart," has been bumped to 2004. Originally due Oct. 28, the set has been moved to Feb. 10 to allow for finishing touches to be applie The release of Courtney Love's debut Virgin album, "American…

  4. Billboard Bits: Sting, 'One Unwired Day,' 'Great Joy'

    September 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Sting, 'One Unwired Day,' 'Great Joy!' As tipped here last week, Sting will play a free concert Oct. 7 in Chicago's Grant Park. The show will serve to herald the launch of American Express' new Blue Cash credit card. Guitarist Jonny Lang will open.…

  5. Australian Icon Slim Dusty Dies

    September 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Australian country music icon Slim Dusty died today (Sept. 19) in Sydney at the age of 76, after a two-year battle with cancer. His signature tune, 1957's "The Pub With No Beer," was a top-10 hit in t Australian country music icon Slim Dusty died today (Sept. 19) in Sydney at…

  6. Hot Product

    September 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blind Boys Of Alabama 'Tell' Me About It The Blind Boys Of Alabama have recruited a star-studded cast to help fill out their upcoming album, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," due this week via Real World Records. The disc will be the legendary vocal group's first holiday…

  7. Various Cash CD, Video Projects Due

    September 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Purely coincidentally and unrelated to his death today (Sept. 12), several Johnny Cash audio and video projects will be released in the coming weeks. Purely coincidentally and unrelated to his death today (Sept. 12), several Johnny Cash audio and video projects will be released in the coming…

  8. Lopez-Affleck Wedding Postponed

    September 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Their first movie together bombed and they endured weeks of nasty headlines over his strip-club visit. Now Hollywood lovebirds Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck say a media frenzy has forced them to post Their first movie together bombed and they endured weeks of nasty headlines over his strip…

  9. Breaking & Entering

    August 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Robert Randolph, New Amsterdams and Nevermore. ALL IN THE FAMILY: The music of Robert Randolph may have been born in a church, but the pedal steel guitar whiz is a direct disciple of the mid-1970s party funk…

  10. Soul Serenade

    August 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Derek Trucks recorded this album with his band in two sessions (one in 1999, the other in 2000). Derek Trucks recorded this album with his band in two sessions (one in 1999, the other in 2000). It is a more laid-back project than "Joyful Noise," the band's 2002 debut for…

  11. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, CMT, Kathy Mattea

    August 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Mary J. Blige, CMT, Kathy Mattea Mary J. Blige is the latest addition to the performance lineup for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. As previously reported , the Aug. 28 event at New York's Radio City Music Hall will also feature 50 Cent, Good Charlotte, Coldplay and…

  12. Blind Boys Round Up All Stars To 'Tell It'

    August 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Blind Boys Of Alabama have recruited a star-studded cast to help fill out their upcoming album, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," due Sept. 16 via Real World Records. The disc will be the legendary vo The Blind Boys Of Alabama have recruited a star-studded cast to help fill out…

  13. The Tangled Web

    August 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Lulu.com, SongwriterUniverse and the Gospel Music Workshop of America. TO COLLABORATE, WITH LOVE : The Internet's defining characteristic is that it allows people to interact and communicate with others around the…

  14. This Day in Music

    August 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Guitarist Michael Houser, a founding member of the Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic, dies at his home in Athens from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He is 40. 2002 - Guitarist Michael Houser, a founding member of the Georgia-based jam band…

  15. Rogers, Parton Get Back Under 'Covers'

    August 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton recently teamed to a record a song together for the first time since 1990. The new Parton-penned cut, "Undercover," will be included on Rogers' upcoming album, "Back to t Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton recently teamed to a record a song…

  16. The Soul of John Black

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Soul of John Black is the collaboration of John Bigham and Christopher Thomas, multi-instrumentalists who have worked with an impressive array of acts, including Miles Davis, Betty Carter, Eminem, The Soul of John Black is the collaboration of John Bigham and Christopher Thomas, multi…

  17. Rhino 'Feeling' Punk On Four-Disc Set

    July 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rhino Records will on Oct. 28 release a four-disc box set with more than 100 songs chronicling the '70s punk movement. Rhino Records will on Oct. 28 release a four-disc box set with more than 100 songs chronicling the '70s punk movement. "Ever Get the Feeling You've Been…

  18. Gloria Gets Personal

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Reinvention is often seen as essential for longevity in pop music. But for Gloria Estefan, the more things change, the more her personal life and public persona seem to stay the same. It's a paradox that has allowed Estefan to remain…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Madonna, Nena, Kim Wilde. Q&A WITH C&R Fred: I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the very enjoyable interviews you did with Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. Your…

  20. Yoakam 'Splits' The Difference

    June 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Country music star/actor Dwight Yoakam has been added to the cast of Hyperion Pictures' independent feature "Three Way Split." Country music star/actor Dwight Yoakam has been added to the cast of Hyperion Pictures' independent feature "Three Way Split." The…

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