1. OutKast Maintains Singles Chart Lock

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST For the second week in a row, hip-hop duo OutKast holds the top two slots on Billboard's Hot 100. The Andre 3000-led "Hey Ya!" leads the singles chart for the third-straight week, while the Big Boi-fr For the second week in a row, hip-hop duo OutKast holds the top two slots on…

  2. Jerkins Tries His Hand At Film Scoring

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com Rodney Jerkins is among the growing number of music producers and hit songwriters venturing into the world of film scoring with his work on Universal Pictures' "Honey," which opened Dec. 5 in U.S. theaters. The Grammy Award winner…

  3. Studdard Takes 'Soulful' To No. 1

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Second-season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard bows atop The Billboard 200 with his J Records debut, "Soulful." The album sold 416,500 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to becom Second-season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard bows atop…

  4. Amazon Hooks Pearl Jam Single

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Veteran rock act Pearl Jam, now free from its Sony Music contract, has aligned with Amazon.com to sell the CD single "Man of the Hour" from the "Big Fish" soundtrack. As previously reported, the singl Veteran rock act Pearl Jam, now free from its Sony Music contract, has…

  5. BREAKING & ENTERING

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Breaking Acts Entering Billboard charts. This week: Kinky and Big & Rich /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News …

  6. Breaking & Entering

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Kinky and Big & Rich. GETTING KINKY: With Spanish-flavored hip-hop beats colliding with jazz percussion, Mexican five-piece Kinky is dripping with rhythmic propulsion. On top of the groove lies a non…

  7. The Offspring Continues Challenging Itself

    December 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. About a half-hour before the Offspring took the stage at a recent holiday show for WXTM (92.3) Cleveland, the wings were typically empty and quiet, aside from guitar and drum techs buzzing by and the occasional passing security guard. But as it…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big Country, is found dead in a Hawaii hotel room. He is 43. Adamson, who fought a long battle with alcoholism, had b 2001 - Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big…

  9. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    December 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Dec. 15-21, 2003). Christmas is still coming and holiday programming is still warming up your television this week. Among the sounds of the season: &#149; "Jingle Ball Rock" - Monday night, Fox will…

  10. Osbournes Top U.K. Singles Chart

    December 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital, Ozzy Osbourne had some cheering news yesterday (Dec. 14) when "Changes," his duet with daughter Kelly, debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. Las As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital, Ozzy Osbourne had some cheering…

  11. Hot Product

    December 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST OutKast Let's Go To The 'Video' Tape! Superstar rap duo OutKast has readied a video hits compilation for release this week on Arista. The DVD, "OutKast: The Videos," compiles clips from throughout the group's decade-long career. The compilation will feature 10…

  12. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 2001 - R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 1999 - Country singer Bryan White and Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson…

  13. Chesney Lays Out 2004 'Tiki' Tour Dates

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Internal fighting, therapy sessions and tumultuous making of the band's latest album are headed to the big screen in the documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." An unflinching, warts-and-all lo As expected , Kenny Chesney will hit the road in the spring with fellow…

  14. Metallica Film Filled With 'Monster' Revelations

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Internal fighting, therapy sessions and tumultuous making of the band's latest album are headed to the big screen in the documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." An unflinching, warts-and-all lo Internal fighting, therapy sessions and tumultuous making of the band's…

  15. Unearthed

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST In one of the most inspired pairings of producer and artist in recorded music history, Rick Rubin and Johnny Cash found each other at the right time for both. In this posthumous collection primarily o In one of the most inspired pairings of producer and artist in recorded music history, Rick…

  16. Soulstar

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Musiq sticks to his tried-and-true formula of catchy, narrative lyrics and sweet soul melodies on his third set for Def Soul. Musiq sticks to his tried-and-true formula of catchy, narrative lyrics and sweet soul melodies on his third set for Def Soul. Lead single "forthenight" is a…

  17. Top of the World Tour Live

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST The truest test of an act is its ability to deliver live, and the Dixie Chicks do this in spades, as heard on this double CD from their recent tour. The truest test of an act is its ability to deliver live, and the Dixie Chicks do this in spades, as heard on this double CD from their recent…

  18. 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…

  19. Billboard Bits: Strummer, Sugarcult, Polyphonic Spree

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Stories on Joe Strummer tributes, a new Sugarcult album and Polyphonic Spree holiday shows. A pair of Joe Strummer tribute shows will be staged in the coming weeks, one in the Windy City and one in the Big Apple. The Dec. 16 Chicago event at Schubas Tavern will feature former Wilco member Jay…

  20. Thomas Returns To 'Talk' With New Album

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Carl Thomas will return early next year with his sophomore album, "Let's Talk About It." Due Feb. 10 via Bad Boy Records, the single "She Is" featuring LL Cool J leads the collection. The track debuts Carl Thomas will return early next year with his sophomore album, …

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