1. Billboard Bits: Pioneer Awards, Polo Montanez, Littrell

    November 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Pioneer Awards, Polo Montanez, Littrell The Rhythm & Blues Foundation has announced its 2003 Pioneer Awards honorees, to be presented Feb. 20 in New York, as part of the events during Grammy Week, Billboard Bulletin reports. The Supremes, Dell-Vikings, and the Dixie Cups will…

  2. New Material Emerging From Offspring

    November 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Platinum-selling punk act the Offspring plans to begin work next month on the follow up to 2000's "Conspiracy of One," with eyes on a spring release through Columbia. Producer Brendan O'Brien, who man Platinum-selling punk act the Offspring plans to begin work next month…

  3. BET Programs World AIDS Day Specials

    November 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST To coincide with the Dec. 1 designation as World AIDS Day, cable network BET has slated special programming across four days to provide public awareness and focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic among the Af To coincide with the Dec. 1 designation as World AIDS Day, cable network BET has slated…

  4. Pseudopod Singer Recovers From Brain Surgery

    November 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST Kevin Carlberg, the lead singer of pop-leaning jam band Pseudopod, is recovering at home after undergoing surgery last week to remove a malignant brain tumor. The Interscope band was in Ft. Collins, C Kevin Carlberg, the lead singer of pop-leaning jam band Pseudopod, is recovering at home…

  5. Second Soundtrack Goes The Extra 'Mile'

    November 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST On the heels of the huge chart success of the soundtrack to the Eminem-starring film "8 Mile" (Interscope), a second album of music featured in the film will hit stores Dec. 3. "More Music From '8 Mil On the heels of the huge chart success of the soundtrack to the Eminem…

  6. Outkast's Dre Taking 'Hater' To Big Screen

    November 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST With Eminem enjoying critical and commercial success with his feature film debut in "8 Mile," another rapper will soon be testing his mettle on the big screen. Andre Benjamin -- better known as Dre, o With Eminem enjoying critical and commercial success with his feature film debut…

  7. 48TunesOnTV

    November 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, NOV. 25 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Vanessa Carlton (also scheduled: John Leguizamo; live from San Juan, Puerto Rico). "…

  8. This Day in Music

    November 24, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is among the victims of an airliner crash in Switzerland. She is 34. 2001 - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with…

  9. Earphoria

    November 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Although it's punctuated with some really memorable moments from the band's best era—the period predating 1995's Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness—the release of Earphoria really Although it's punctuated with some really memorable moments from the band's best…

  10. Loyalty

    November 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST On the follow-up to last year's platinum break-through, Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E)—which included the hit Ashanti collaboration "What's Luv?"—extra-large MC Fat Joe serves up a si On the follow-up to last year's platinum break-through, Jealous Ones Still Envy …

  11. Dutty Rock

    November 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST VP and Atlantic Records recently entered into a long-term strategic agreement to bring VP's outstanding reggae artists to mainstream and pop audiences. VP and Atlantic Records recently entered into a long-term strategic agreement to bring VP's outstanding reggae artists to…

  12. CHART BEAT BONUS

    November 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the chart accomplishments of Elton John, Rascal Flatts, and Madonna. HIS SONGS: Elton John has his highest-debuting album in just over five years on The Billboard 200. "Greatest Hits 1970-2002" (Rocket/UTV) opens at No. 12, the best first-week position for…

  13. Jay-Z Goes Back To School

    November 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST "I never had nobody to talk to," Jay-Z mumbled Tuesday while in one of the few quiet rooms in Chicago's Marshall High School, in the midst of a brief cross-country tour of schools. "I never had nobody to talk to," Jay-Z mumbled Tuesday while in one of the few quiet…

  14. 'Light' Propels Sean Paul Debut

    November 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. It seems unlikely, but one of the most highly anticipated albums of the fourth quarter of 2002 comes from an artist who was relatively unknown last year. What's even more surprising is that said performer is a reggae artist. That's the…

  15. 'Down With Wilco' To Surface On Yep Roc

    November 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST The long-awaited collaboration between Wilco and part-time Seattle supergroup the Minus 5, originally slated for release by the now-extinct Mammoth Records, will finally see the light of day Feb. 25 v The long-awaited collaboration between Wilco and part-time Seattle supergroup the Minus 5,…

  16. Syleena Johnson Pens New 'Chapter'

    November 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Despite critical acclaim and grassroots support for her debut collection, 2001's "Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness," Jive Records singer/songwriter Syleena Johnson admits to being ultimately disappointed by its lack of…

  17. Jay-Z Scores 5th Chart-Topper With 'Blueprint'

    November 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z snares his fifth No. 1 this week on The Billboard 200 with "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam). The album sold a mighty 545,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nie Jay-Z snares his fifth No. 1 this week on The Billboard 200 with "The…

  18. Billboard Bits: Snoop Dogg, Alejandro Sanz, Danny Blitz

    November 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Snoop Dogg, Alejandro Sanz, Danny Blitz Rapper-turned-actor Snoop Dogg is in negotiations to star in Warner Bros. Pictures' big-screen adaptation of the classic 1970s police-action television series "Starsky and Hutch." The Todd Phillips-directed project will go into…

  19. Vines Look Ahead To Sophomore Album

    November 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST While Australian rock outfit the Vines winds down Stateside touring commitments for its Capitol debut disc, "Highly Evolved," bassist Patrick Matthews admits to Billboard.com the foursome is already l While Australian rock outfit the Vines winds down Stateside touring commitments…

  20. After A Rough Start, Audioslave Prepares To Cruise

    November 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted and expanded from the magazine for Billboard.com. If someone were to draft a how-to manual on forming a rock supergroup, it might behoove them to take note of the lessons learned by Audioslave this year. The in-your-wildest-dreams quartet comprising ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris…

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