1. Billboard Bits: David Bowie, Gomez, Sufjan Stevens

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on David Bowie, Gomez, Sufjan Stevens After postponing the first four shows of his North American A Reality tour due to the flu, David Bowie has put off another show scheduled for tomorrow (Dec. 12) at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. "David is slowly improving, and we are still…

  2. The Black Album

    November 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST After nine albums and 10 years in the game, one of the industry's most consistent MCs has decided to stop recording. After nine albums and 10 years in the game, one of the industry's most consistent MCs has decided to stop recording. Serving as Jay-Z's swan song, "The…

  3. 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…

  4. Hot Product

    November 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Beatles Ever Seen A Grown Man... 'Naked'? In a move that has been bantered about for years, a new edition of the Beatles' 1970 swan song "Let It Be" will be released this week internationally by EMI. Now dubbed "Let It Be ... Naked," the album has been…

  5. Hot Product

    November 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z 'Black' Friday Originally intended for an unusual Friday release on Nov. 28, Jay-Z's swan song, "The Black Album," was moved up two weeks due to piracy. "I have made sure that my album is available at a lower price for my fans," Jay-Z says. "In…

  6. Jay-Z Album Moved Up Two Weeks

    November 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST As first tipped here yesterday (Nov. 5), Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam has moved up the release of Jay-Z's swan song, "The Black Album," from Nov. 28 to Nov. 14, due to piracy. "Due to individuals illegally dis As first tipped here yesterday (Nov. 5), Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam has moved…

  7. Mescaleros Piece Together Strummer's Swan Song

    November 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When an undiagnosed congenital heart defect claimed Joe Strummer's life last December, legions of music fans were left not only stunned but feeling as though the life had been suckerpunched out of them as well. To these people, Strummer was…

  8. Billboard Bits: Beatles, String Cheese, Lit

    October 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Beatles, String Cheese, Lit Infinity Broadcasting has teamed with Apple Corps to present a premiere airing of "Let It Be...Naked," the new version of the Beatles' swan song. The album will be aired in its entirety Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. ET on Infinity stations in 35 major U…

  9. Breaking & Entering

    October 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Twilight Singers and Kill Hannah. TWILIGHT YEARS: The moody hard rock of the Afghan Whigs could be as misogynistic as it was masochistic, with leader Greg Dulli hating himself a little more with each…

  10. Jay-Z Swan Song Gets Special Friday Release

    October 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Black Album" is to have a rare Friday release Nov. 28 from Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. "We wanted to try something different," says Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles. "Everything [related t Jay-Z's " The Black Album ," which he says will…

  11. New Lennon DVD Celebrates His 'Legend'

    September 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Never-before-seen footage of former Beatle John Lennon will highlight the DVD "Lennon Legend," executive produced by the artist's widow, Yoko Ono. The release will arrive Nov. 18 in North America via Never-before-seen footage of former Beatle John Lennon will highlight the DVD …

  12. The Beatles Revisit 'Let It Be'

    September 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a move that has been bantered about for years, a new edition of the Beatles' 1970 swan song "Let It Be" will be released Nov. 17 internationally by EMI. In a move that has been bantered about for years, a new edition of the Beatles' 1970 swan song "Let It Be"…

  13. Little Black Dress & Other Stories

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Anny Celsi, late of Los Angeles bands the Tearjerkers and Annyland, steps out with a dark-hued album for her own indie label. Singer/songwriter Anny Celsi, late of Los Angeles bands the Tearjerkers and Annyland, steps out with a dark-hued album for her own indie label. Celsi…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses the Beatles, George Strait, falls from No. 1, "American Juniors" and Madonna with readers. JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE AND RINGO Dear Fred, I enjoy reading your "Chart Beat Bonus" and "Chart Beat Chat" columns on the Internet, so thanks for all the…

  15. Lost Highway Collects 'Found' Gems

    August 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alternative country flagship label Lost Highway has set a Sept. 23 release date for "Lost & Found -- Vol. I," a single-disc collection of rarities, b-sides and unreleased music from artists on the Alternative country flagship label Lost Highway has set a Sept. 23 release date…

  16. Live, Rare Tracks Fill O'Connor Swan Song

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In waving goodbye to a tumultuous music career, Sinéad O'Connor will leave her mark with "She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty." Due Se In waving goodbye to a tumultuous music career, Sinéad O'Connor will leave…

  17. Hot Product

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jane's Addiction Rejoice In Relapse The return of Jane's Addiction has been greeted with open arms. "Strays," the band's first new studio album in 13 years, is due this week via Capitol and has enjoyed a huge pre-release buzz thanks to the single "Just Because.…

  18. Under the Influence

    July 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This gem of a collection, the first in a new series from DMC, finds Morrissey compiling 15 of his favorite eccentric songs by acts that have affected his illustrious 20-year recording career. This gem of a collection, the first in a new series from DMC, finds Morrissey compiling 15 of his…

  19. Courtney Love Signs With Virgin

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here last month, Courtney Love has signed a three-record deal with Virgin. The first fruit of the deal will be the Oct. 28 release of the album "America's Sweetheart," Billboard exclus As first tipped here last month, Courtney Love has signed a three-record deal…

  20. Jane's Addiction Returns

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The return of Jane's Addiction has been greeted with open arms. "Strays," the band's first new studio album in 13 years, is due July 22 via Capitol. The set already has a huge pre-release buzz thanks to the single "Just…

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