1. Something Fierce

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As its name implies, this rock quartet —led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter Spencer Albee, formerly of Rustic Overtones—is a many-tentacled beast. As its name implies, this rock quartet —led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter Spencer Albee, formerly of Rustic Overtones—is…

  2. Big Beautiful Sky

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Led by the…

  3. Chart Beat Chat

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses "American Idol," charity singles, No. 1 country songs on Billboard's Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, and chart coincidences with readers. AMERICAN (IDOL) LIFE Hi Fred, After reading your column for the past few years, it was really cool to see you on…

  4. Diddy Gets The Blues In HBO Film

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will star as 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson in the HBO Films feature "Love in Vain," which Tim Blake Nelson will helm. Production begins in September in Mississippi. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will star as 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson…

  5. Nichole Nordeman Tops Dove Awards

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nichole Nordeman and Michael W. Smith were the big winners at the Gospel Music Association's (GMA) 34th Dove Awards last night (April 10) at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Nordeman won seve Nichole Nordeman and Michael W. Smith were the big winners at the Gospel Music…

  6. 50 Cent's Chart 'Club' Gets A Little Smaller

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Cent's "In Da Club" maintains its grip on Billboard's Hot 100 for the seventh-straight week, but the single is finally starting to show small signs of wear. Although the rapper's smash single also 50 Cent's "In Da Club" maintains its grip on…

  7. Bone Crusher Gets 'Attenchun!'

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Atlanta MC Bone Crusher signed with So So Def/Arista, his pile-driving, electronica-edged independent hip-hop single, "Never Scared," had already made a dent at local radio. Now his debut album, "Attenchun!," is ready to…

  8. Heart Comes 'Alive' On New Disc

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A two-disc live document of the final show of Heart's 2002 Summer of Love tour, a hometown gig at Seattle's Paramount Theatre, will be released as "Live in Seattle" in CD and SACD formats June 10 via A two-disc live document of the final show of Heart's 2002 Summer of…

  9. Phish Hooks Next Four Live Releases

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Phish has confirmed the next four releases in its ongoing Live Phish series through Elektra, due May 20. The shows for this batch -- 7/15/98 Portland, Ore.; 5/7/94 Dallas; 7/12/91 Keene, N.H.; and 12/ Phish has confirmed the next four releases in its ongoing Live Phish series through Elektra,…

  10. Breaking & Entering

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at some of the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. This week: Idlewild, Kem, Cradle Of Filth, and Pepe Aguilar. Welcome to Breaking & Entering, a weekly column launched with the redesign of Billboard.com. Each Wednesday, we'll…

  11. Billboard Bits: Chris Isaak, Jessica Simpson, One Big No

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Chris Isaak, Jessica Simpson, One Big No Premium cable channel Showtime's comedy "The Chris Isaak Show" is in production on its third season, which will find the star interacting with such musical guests as Michelle Branch, Gloria Estefan, Poison's Bret Michaels,…

  12. HOT RAP TRACKS

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. In Da Club , 50 Cent 2. Get Busy , Sean Paul 3. Beautiful , Snoop Dogg Featuring Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson 4. Excuse Me Miss , Jay-Z 5. I Know What You Want , Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey Featuring The Flipmode Squad News Jay-Z , Snoop Dogg , Sean…

  13. This Day in Music

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at a concert with Buena Vista Social Club bassist Cachaito Lopez in Basel, Switzerland. Gonzalez collapses shortly after perf 2001 - Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at a concert…

  14. Smithereens Frontman Launches Subscription Service

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT the Smithereens, has founded Patrons & Artists Together, a boutique entertainment partnership meant to fund his recording and touring projects and reward participants with a unique music experienc New Jersey-based artist Pat DiNizio, lead singer/songwriter of the Smithereens, has founded…

  15. Grohl Gets Behind Killing Joke's 'Axis'

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters frontman/rock drummer extraordinaire Dave Grohl is showing up everywhere -- his latest gig is as the drummer on the new Killing Joke album, Billboard reports in the April 12 issue. The pr Foo Fighters frontman/rock drummer extraordinaire Dave Grohl is showing up everywhere -- his…

  16. Hot Product

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Black Keys 'Freak' Of Nature For Akron, Ohio-based duo the Black Keys, their second album, "thickfreakness," is another helping of the group's decidedly retro blues/rock hybrid, augmented by covers of Junior Kimbrough's "Everywhere I Go" and Richard…

  17. Week of April 7-13

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV highlights for April 7, 2003. Let's start the week off with some hot country music! Monday night on CMT we'll find out exactly who's the hottest on the "Flameworthy Music Video Awards." Videos by Faith Hill , Toby Keith , and Shania Twain are each…

  18. Tunes On TV

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV highlights for April 7-13, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, APRIL 7 "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artist: Christina Aguilera ("Fighter"). "Diary," MTV Featured Artist: Christina Aguilera. "…

  19. Update: QOTSA Members Ready Side Projects

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Amid Queens Of The Stone Age's upcoming stints opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and appearing on the mainstage of Lollapalooza, the group's members are readying several side projects. Amid Queens Of The Stone Age's upcoming stints opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the influence of Indian music, the Dixie Chicks controversy, and songs covered by international artists with readers. SENSING A CONNECTION Fred, Sean Paul blasts his way toward the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with his Diwali-influenced "Get Busy." Diwali…

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