1. More From Backstage At The BMAs

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST x Fans of Sting will see the artist in a new light when his sold-out "Sacred Love" tour starts in January ... literally. "This tour will be a little more theatrical than usual," the Century Award honoree told Billboard. "I normally just concentrate on musicians and a…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Britney Spears, his conncection to "American Idol," the Oscars and Clay Aiken with readers. A LOSE-LOSE SITUATION Dear Fred, Why was Britney Spears' last single totally ignored in the States? I am not a big fan of hers, but I bought her last album because…

  3. Jagger Knighted At Buckingham Palace

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, once a scourge of the British establishment, received its ultimate accolade today (Dec. 12) when he was knighted by heir to the throne Prince Charles in a cerem Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, once a scourge of the British establishment,…

  4. Pearl Jam Mulling Studio, Label Decisions

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST As Pearl Jam moves ahead with self-releasing its first music since parting ways with longtime label Epic, guitarist Mike McCready says the band could return to the studio as early as April. As Pearl Jam moves ahead with self-releasing its first music since parting ways with longtime label…

  5. Pixies DVD A Go, Tour Plans Unknown

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST While reports that the Pixies will reunite for concerts in 2004 remain unconfirmed, Billboard.com has learned there are two archival projects in the works. While reports that the Pixies will reunite for concerts in 2004 remain unconfirmed, Billboard.com has learned there are two archival…

  6. Funk Pioneer George Clinton Arrested

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST George Clinton was arrested and charged with drug possession in Tallahassee, Fla., after allegedly telling an officer he had cocaine in his pocket. The funk music pioneer was arrested Saturday and bon George Clinton was arrested and charged with drug possession in Tallahassee, Fla., after…

  7. MC Hammer Hits With WB Comedy Series

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST MC Hammer has teamed with writer-producer Devon Shepard for a comedy series project for the WB Network to star the former rapper. The project falls under MC Hammer's script deal with the network, whic MC Hammer has teamed with writer-producer Devon Shepard for a comedy series project for…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Ashanti takes home a leading eight awards, including R&B/hip-hop artist and female artist of the year for her self-titled debut album and the hit single "Foolish," at the 2002 Billbo 2002 - Ashanti takes home a leading eight awards, including R&B…

  9. Ozzy Osbourne Badly Injured In Crash In England

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rocker Ozzy Osbourne underwent emergency surgery at a hospital in Britain after suffering serious injuries in an all-terrain vehicle crash on the grounds of his estate in Buckinghamshire, his publicis Rocker Ozzy Osbourne underwent emergency surgery at a hospital in Britain after suffering…

  10. Supreme Court: Parks Can Sue OutKast

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way today (Dec. 8) for civil rights icon Rosa Parks to proceed with her lawsuit against rap group OutKast over a hit song with her name as its title. The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way today (Dec. 8) for civil rights icon Rosa Parks to proceed with her…

  11. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Dec. 8-14, 2003).

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Dec. 8-14, 2003). Put down the remote! This is the week of the 2003 Billboard Music Awards. You can forget all other programming, really. Nowhere else are you going to find performances by R. Kelly, Pink, Century…

  12. Tunes On TV

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 8-14, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 8 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: Alicia Keys (also scheduled: Gwyneth Paltrow). "The Sharon Osbourne Show," Syndicated Featured Artists: guest co…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Aimee Mann headlines a Seattle "release party" for Sub Pop's "Badlands: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska," issued the month before. Mann is joined by fellow contributors Damien 2000 - Aimee Mann headlines a Seattle "release…

  14. Live at the Garden

    December 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST The most hardcore Pearl Jam fan will wax poetic about a good dozen of the shows on the band's 2003 tour. The most hardcore Pearl Jam fan will wax poetic about a good dozen of the shows on the band's 2003 tour. But you did not have to be an Eddie Vedder devotee or know every obscure…

  15. Nelson, Reynolds Plan Kucinich Fundraiser

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Willie Nelson's first fundraising concert for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will come Jan. 3 a the Austin (Texas) Music Hall. Billed as an evening of acoustic music with Nelson and Willie Nelson's first fundraising concert for Democratic presidential candidate…

  16. 'Honesty' Pays Off For Rodney Atkins

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In an environment where artists must prove themselves quickly or be dropped from their record labels, Rodney Atkins is an anomaly. Signed to Curb Records in 1997, Atkins had four singles that struggled on the charts before he finally hit with his…

  17. The Bad Plus 'Give' Again

    December 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jazz trio the Bad Plus will release its sophomore album, "Give," March 9 via Columbia. Jazz trio the Bad Plus will release its sophomore album, "Give," March 9 via Columbia. As was the group's 2003 debut, "These Are the Vistas," the new set was produced by…

  18. Osbournes Corral Stars For 'Family Christmas'

    December 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST MTV will give viewers a glimpse into the holiday season at the home of Ozzy Osbourne and his family with "The Osbourne Family Christmas Special," airing Dec. 11 on the cable network. MTV will give viewers a glimpse into the holiday season at the home of Ozzy Osbourne and his family…

  19. 2003 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS PERFORMANCES AND APPEARANCES

    December 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST x PERFORMERS: CLAY AIKEN The runner-up of the second season of the Fox competition "American Idol," is a finalist in best selling single of the year category ("This is the Night"/"Bridge Over Troubled Water"). Although he narrowly missed taking the "Idol…

  20. R&B/Hip-Hop Acts Lead Grammy Nominees

    December 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé, Jay-Z, OutKast and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are tied for the lead with six nominations for the 46th Grammy Awards. Missy Elliott, Eminem, Evanescence, 50 Cent, the Neptunes' Chad Beyoncé, Jay-Z, OutKast and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are tied for the lead…

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