1. This Day in Music

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>One of three victims of a Dec. 27, 1999 shooting at a nightclub attended by Sean ""Puffy"" Combs files a $100 million lawsuit against the rapper, his Bad Boy Entertainment, and others. J 1999 - One of three victims of a Dec. 27, 1999 shooting at a…

  2. This Day in Music

    December 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Frankie Gaye, younger brother of Marvin Gaye, dies of complications following a heart attack. He is 60. Frankie's combat experiences during the Vietnam War are said to have greatly influ 2001 - Frankie Gaye, younger brother of Marvin Gaye, dies of complications…

  3. 'Smooth' Ranked As No. 1 Song Of Rock Era

    December 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Smooth," the 1999 single by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, is the No. 1 song of the rock era based on chart performance on Billboard's Hot 100, according to a new book written by Billboard and Billboa "Smooth," the 1999 single by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, is the…

  4. Cult Fave Jellyfish Feted By Box Set

    December 24, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. A year ago, listening to Bruce Brodeen outline his plans to fete early-1990s power-pop act Jellyfish might have left one thinking the Not Lame Recordings chief was a tad insane. At the time, he was taking out a second mortgage on the equity of he…

  5. For Canadian Kathleen Edwards, U.S. Success Is Icing On The Cake

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Calling her debut album "Failer" may have been an ironic defensive move against it suffering an unhappy fate, but Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards admits to being taken aback by early response in the U.S., where it will be…

  6. Jerkins Flavors 'Honey' Of A Film

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins has signed on to write songs and produce the soundtrack for Universal Pictures' "Honey." Jerkins will also make his acting debut in the film, playing the r Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins has signed on to write songs and…

  7. Punk Legend Joe Strummer Dies

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Joe Strummer (real name: John Mellor), former lead singer of the legendary British punk band The Clash, died yesterday (Dec. 22) at his home in Broomfield, England. He was 50. The British Broadcasting Joe Strummer (real name: John Mellor), former lead singer of the legendary British punk band…

  8. Girls Aloud Nabs U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST The girls won yesterday (Dec. 22) at the end of a week of media hype over the race for the U.K.'s Christmas No. 1 single. The two-horse race between the male and female groups created from the ITV tal The girls won yesterday (Dec. 22) at the end of a week of media hype over the race for…

  9. 52TunesOnTV

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 23-29, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 23 "Christmas in Washington," TNT Featured Artists: Yolanda Adams, Brooks & Dunn, Dr. John, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Brian Setzer Orchestra,…

  10. The Last of the Pro Ricans

    December 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST Tony Touch joins Babu, Slum Village, and Dan the Automator as the latest rap artist to take part in Sequence's mix-tape sessions. Tony Touch joins Babu, Slum Village, and Dan the Automator as the latest rap artist to take part in Sequence's mix-tape sessions. A veteran of the mix…

  11. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart achievements of George Strait, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariah Carey, and offers his top-10 songs of 2002. STRAIT TALK: Texas native George Strait scores his 38th No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, as "She'll…

  12. Dirty Vegas Takes A Spin At The 'Tables'

    December 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST U.K. electronica outfit Dirty Vegas will return to its club roots for "A Night at the Tables," a 73-minute mix CD due Jan. 28 from Ultra Records. The set features recent club favorites from the likes U.K. electronica outfit Dirty Vegas will return to its club roots for "A Night…

  13. 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…

  14. 51TunesOnTV

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 16-22, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 16 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artists: Coldplay (also scheduled: Catherine Zeta-Jones, the latest evictee from "Survivor:…

  15. A Perfect Dream

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Be Like Water" launches the odyssey that is A Perfect Dream, a sensual feast of electronic leanings and hypnotic atmospheres that is brewed with alternative-leaning gothic melodies. RELEASE DATE: Nov. 16 "Be Like Water" launches the odyssey that is A Perfect Dream, a…

  16. The "Grace" EPs

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST After the posthumous two-disc studio set Sketches (For My Sweetheart, The Drunk) and live anthology Mystery White Boy, the most astute tack for presenting the late Jeff Buckley's musical testament wou RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26 After the posthumous two-disc studio set Sketches (For My…

  17. The Very Best of Ralph Stanley

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Ralph Stanley has to be among the most active septuagenarians in the music business, having released no fewer than nine records since 2000, while maintaining a virtually non-stop touring schedule. RELEASE DATE: Nov. 12 Ralph Stanley has to be among the most active septuagenarians in the music…

  18. Charmbracelet

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST The title of Mariah Carey's new album (her first from her new Island Def Jam-distributed Monarc label) recalls simpler, more innocent times. RELEASE DATE: Dec. 3 The title of Mariah Carey's new album (her first from her new Island Def Jam-distributed Monarc label) recalls simpler,…

  19. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z, Erick Sermon, R. Rock Town Fair

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST News ons Jay-Z, Erick Sermon, Rolling Rock Town Fair Rapper Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) has pacted with sportswear manufacturer Reebok to market an athletic shoe line to be called the "S. Carter Collection by Rbk." Due out in June, the initial shoe will be available in "…

  20. Fat Joe Juggles Crossover Success, Credibility

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fat Joe is no newcomer. This is an obvious statement to R&B and hip-hop fans, but for many pop music lovers, Fat Joe was relatively unknown until last year. "J.O.S.E.: Jealous Ones Still Envy," his fourth studio set, scored with…

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