1. Gospel 'Queen' Vestal Goodman Dies

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Vestal Goodman, the beloved "Queen of Gospel Music," died Dec. 27 in Celebration, Fla., near Orlando. Goodman, who turned 74 on Dec. 17, had been vacationing with family for the Christmas holidays whe Vestal Goodman, the beloved "Queen of Gospel Music," died Dec. 27 in…

  2. Music Fuels New Year's Eve Celebrations

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for many music acts, the festivities surrounding New Year's Eve tend to drag others off of the couch and onto the stage While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for…

  3. Ask Billboard

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Shania Twain, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. LOOKING 'UP' FACTS & FIGURES Keith, I have a question about the album of the year. They say it's 50 Cent who sold 6 million this year, but I see Shania…

  4. Billboard Bits: Essence Fest, Marsalis, Finn Bros.

    December 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Essence Fest, Marsalis, Finn Brothers Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Gladys Knight, the O'Jays, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kenny Lattimore, Chante Moore, the Ohio Players, Freddie Jackson and Sinbad are among the first artists confirmed for the 2004 Essence…

  5. Timing, TVT Right For Lil Jon's Success

    December 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz can thank TVT's tenacity for the act's successful year. The Atlanta-based trio of Lil Jon, Big Sam and Lil Bo have taken their gospel of crunk to the masses with their TVT sophomore set, "Kings of…

  6. This Day in Music

    December 30, 2003 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. Jul 1999 - One of three victims of a Dec. 27, 1999 shooting at a nightclub…

  7. This Day in Music

    December 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>LaFace/Arista artist Usher sues trendy clothing company Tommy Hilfiger for alleged infringement of publicity rights and false endorsement. 1998 - LaFace/Arista artist Usher sues trendy clothing company Tommy Hilfiger for alleged infringement of publicity rights and…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Sean "Puffy" Combs is arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon when a gun is found in his vehicle after he leaves a chaotic scene at a New York club where three people a 1999 - Sean "Puffy" Combs is arrested and charged with…

  9. Jackson Denies Sex Charges In TV Interview

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST In his first interview since being charged with child molestation, pop star Michael Jackson vehemently denied the allegations but insists there is nothing wrong in sleeping with children, according to In his first interview since being charged with child molestation, pop star Michael Jackson…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Madonna, chart methodology and Shania Twain with readers. SOMETHING FAILS? Dear Fred, How would you rate 2003 in terms of chart success for Madonna: a failure or did she do well? Her "American Life" album is considered to be a flop, but it did reach No. 1, it…

  11. No Stopping OutKast On Hot 100

    December 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST OutKast holds down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week in a row, with the Andre 3000-led "Hey Ya!" at No. 1 and the Big Boi-fronted "The Way You Move" featuring Sleepy Brown OutKast holds down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for the…

  12. Alicia's 'Diary' Nabs Xmas Week No. 1

    December 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rising from last week's position of No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in a big shopping week. U.S. sales of the set are up 8% from last week to 370,000 unit Rising from last week's position of No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia…

  13. Labels Lining Up Reissue Bonanza

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST The batch of major catalog titles slated to be released in the first quarter of 2004 celebrate the British Invasion, a pair of metal icons, rock'n'roll's 50th anniversary and the work of Bob Dylan, Jo The batch of major catalog titles slated to be released in the first quarter…

  14. Hot Product

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST B2K Your 'Serve' Teen R&B quartet B2K will this week release "You Got Served," a soundtrack to the upcoming film of the same name. Due for U.S. theatrical release on Jan. 30, the film marks B2K's big screen debut and also stars Marques Houston, Lil' Kim and…

  15. Hot Product

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Big Fish 'Fish' Fry Having already been nominated for the best original song at the Golden Globe awards, Pearl Jam's "Man of the Hour" gets a wide release this week on Sony's "Big Fish" soundtrack. The cut was initially made available exclusively via…

  16. HOT PRODUCT

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing the Pearl Jam-led "Big Fish" soundtrack plus new albums from B2K and David Banner. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News David Banner …

  17. Method Man, Redman Move Into Fox's House

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fox is rapping the holidays with an early pickup of a comedy starring Method Man and Redman. Based on an idea by Method Man, the untitled project will star the two rapper/actors as themselves as they Fox is rapping the holidays with an early pickup of a comedy starring Method Man and Redman.…

  18. 52TunesOnTV

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 22-28, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 22 "The Early Show," CBS Featured Artist: Hilary Duff "Today," NBC Featured Artist: Stacie Orrico. "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist:…

  19. Merchant Builds Her Own 'House'

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Natalie Merchant giggles while recalling the low expectations she and her former bandmates in 10,000 Maniacs had for their debut release. "[But] it sold more copies than there were people in our hometown. And we were so impressed by that,…

  20. Comin' On Strong

    December 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Armed with an imposing presence and a big, bold, bodacious baritone, it is surprising that major stardom has eluded Trace Adkins. Armed with an imposing presence and a big, bold, bodacious baritone, it is surprising that major stardom has eluded Trace Adkins. Here, he reunites with producer…

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