1. This Day in Music

    August 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Alicia Keys is the big winner at the second annual Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, walking away with four honors from the event staged at Miami's Billboardlive. In addition to top new 2002 - Alicia Keys is the big winner at the second annual Billboard R&B…

  2. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Hilary Duff, Blu Cantrell, Shania Twain and Warner Bros. DISNEY GIRL: Actress Hilary Duff has topped the airplay list at Radio Disney a couple of times, but has never appeared on Billboard's Hot 100 -- until this week. While songs like "I…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses "American Juniors," "American Idols," fading singles and more with readers. JUNIORS' SENIORS Fred, I was watching "American Juniors" on Aug. 5 where it was announced that all the songs from that night's show would be from the…

  4. Gay Acts Seek To Break Country Music Barrier

    August 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT America's country music scene isn't exactly known for its gay artists, but a colorful pack of wanna-be stars pulled out their best rustic twangs and wailing guitars yesterday (Aug. 7) to try to change America's country music scene isn't exactly known for its gay artists,…

  5. This Day in Music

    August 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>The Rolling Stones perform their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain before an appreciative crowd estimated at 70,000. 1998 - The Rolling Stones perform their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain before an appreciative crowd…

  6. Yellowcard Challenges Punk Norms

    August 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As Yellowcard's 2003 Warped Tour commitment winds down (its East Coast-only stint ends Sunday (Aug. 10) in Asbury Park, N.J.), singer/guitarist Ryan Key tells Billboard.com the hardest adjustment for As Yellowcard's 2003 Warped Tour commitment winds down (its East Coast-only stint…

  7. Guest Appearances Keep Jay-Z On Top

    August 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z has the Midas touch when it comes to guest appearances. On Billboard's Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z cruises to a sixth-straight week at No. 1. Although the track surre Jay-Z has the Midas touch when it comes to guest appearances. On Billboard&…

  8. DeGraw Rides In On His 'Chariot'

    August 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "I view myself as 'everyman.' I just happen to write songs," 26-year-old Gavin DeGraw says. But any artist handpicked to be the latest protégé of RCA Music Group chairman Clive Davis is hardly ordinary. The New York-based…

  9. Billboard Bits: 'Live Tuesdays,' Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks

    August 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Live Tuesdays,' Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks Nickelback, the Donnas and 3 Doors Down are among the artists who have signed on for a new VH1 concert series, which has the working title "Live Tuesdays," Billboard.com has learned. The one hour-program will air Tuesdays…

  10. Grandmaster Flash: Rap Pioneer

    August 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Grandmaster Flash, one of hip-hop's pioneering DJs, will receive the Billboard's 2003 Hip-Hop Founders Award Aug. 8 at this year's Billboard-AURN R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show at the Roney Palace in Miami Beach, Fla.. Grandmaster…

  11. Dead's 'Very Best' Due Next Month

    August 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rhino is prepping a set of career-spanning highlights of the Grateful Dead's three decades. Due Sept. 16, "The Very Best of the Grateful Dead" will feature songs the band recorded for Warner Bros., Ar Rhino is prepping a set of career-spanning highlights of the Grateful Dead&…

  12. Novoselic Quits Music Business, Eyes Politics

    August 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic says he has "quit" the music industry. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic says he has "quit" the music industry. The news comes in a letter to fans on the official Web site of Eyes Adrift, Novoselic's most recent musical…

  13. Cantrell, Coral Scale U.K. Charts

    August 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blu Cantrell, the Providence, R.I.-born R&B singer whose only previous U.K. hit topped out at No. 12, has Britain's new No. 1 single. "Breathe," featuring Sean Paul (Arista), went straight to the Blu Cantrell, the Providence, R.I.-born R&B singer whose only previous U.K…

  14. Blige: In Love With Life

    August 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Mary J. Blige is jubilant. And it is evident on her sunny new album, "Love & Life." "This album is a celebration of life," says the R&B singer, whose previous sets often have been steeped in pain and heartbreak. "…

  15. Streets of Sin

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Austin-based singer/songwriter Joe Ely has built a devoted following through haunting, powerful albums and fierce live shows. Austin-based singer/songwriter Joe Ely has built a devoted following through haunting, powerful albums and fierce live shows. After a stint with the Flatlanders and a…

  16. Bad Boys II

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs wasted no time pulling out the big guns for his first release under the Universal Music banner. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs wasted no time pulling out the big guns for his first release under the Universal Music banner. The soundtrack to the summer sequel …

  17. The Artist in the Ambulance

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After two well-received independent releases, Orange County, Calif.'s Thrice delivers the goods on its major-label debut. After two well-received independent releases, Orange County, Calif.'s Thrice delivers the goods on its major-label debut. The band has refined its "screamo…

  18. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross. 2002 - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band…

  19. 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…

  20. Billboard Bits: AC/DC, McCartney/Sting, Setzer

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on AC/DC, McCartney/Sting, Setzer Fresh from its appearance at the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto benefit concert this week, hard rock act AC/DC plans to have a new album finished "by the end of the year," guitarist Angus Young tells Billboard.com. "I'd love to get…

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