1. Connick Returns To Traditional Jazz

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After numerous flirtations with pop standards and big band vocals, Harry Connick Jr. is returning to small ensemble traditional jazz for his next release. After numerous flirtations with pop standards and big band vocals, Harry Connick Jr. is returning to small ensemble traditional jazz for…

  2. Newsted Makes Peace With Metallica Past

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT To Jason Newsted, playing bass isn't as much a gift as it is a continuously sharpened talent. Much like food and water, plugging in and jamming is unrivaled sustenance in his life. It was for this rea To Jason Newsted, playing bass isn't as much a gift as it is a continuously…

  3. Diddy Relaunches Label With 'Bad Boys II'

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will reactivate his Bad Boy Records label with the soundtrack to the film "Bad Boys II." Due July 15, the set is led by the Jay-Z single "La-La-La," and will boast cuts by 50 Cen Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will reactivate his Bad Boy…

  4. Billboard Bits: Treach; Deana Carter, Quetzal

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Treach; Deana Carter, Quetzal Naughty By Nature frontman Treach is at work on his solo debut, "Ogogly." According to a spokesperson, the artist is mulling major label offers but may release the set on Naughty By Nature's Nature Records imprint. Guests include Naughty By…

  5. Paul 'Busy' Fending Off 50 Cent's 'Questions'

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean Paul's "Get Busy" leads Billboard's Hot 100 for a third straight week. Even so, the reggae-influenced track still has its work cut out for it as 50 Cent's "21 Questions" is close behind at No. 2, Sean Paul's "Get Busy" leads Billboard&…

  6. Go-Go's Members Score 'Lovelace' Musical

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Go-Go's principals Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin are putting the finishing touches on an off-Broadway musical based on the life of late porn star actress Linda Lovelace. Starring former "Family Ti Go-Go's principals Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin are putting the…

  7. 2003 BET Awards Nominees

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT BET Awards nominees. The awards will be handed out at a June 24 ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Below is a list of the 2003 BET Awards nominees. The awards will be handed out at a June 24 ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Best group: B2K Clipse Floetry Mary Mary…

  8. The Matrix Gets Entangled With Bowie, Phair

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Matrix, co-writers and producers of much of Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" album, will be doing some production work on David Bowie's upcoming album. Matrix member Lauren Christy tells Billboard.com tha The Matrix, co-writers and producers of much of Avril Lavigne's …

  9. NYC's SummerStage Salutes The Blues

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT SummerStage, an annual fixture of outdoor arts and entertainment performances in New York's Central Park, will open with a weekend of blues-themed programming to coincide with the Congress-designated SummerStage, an annual fixture of outdoor arts and entertainment performances in New…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Devoted fans of Madonna wait in the rain outside Wyndham's Theatre to cheer on the 43-year-old performer in her first London stage performance in the show "Up for Grabs." Seats for the p 2002 - Devoted fans of Madonna wait in the rain outside Wyndham&…

  11. R. Kelly, Blur Hit U.K. No. 1

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly continued to shrug off personal controversy with another chart triumph yesterday (May 11), as his Jive single "Ignition" powered straight to No. 1 in the U.K. Meanwhile, Blur scored its fifth R. Kelly continued to shrug off personal controversy with another chart triumph…

  12. TunesOnTV

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 12-18, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 12 "VH1 All Access: Hot Sexy Now," VH1 Featured Artists: Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Avril Lavigne. "Boston Public," Fox Featured Artists: Whitney Houston, Joey…

  13. Hot Product

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alkaline Trio Underground rock outfit Alkaline Trio releases its next studio album, "Good Mourning," this week via Vagrant Records. The follow up to 2001's "From Here to Infirmary" was tracked at Cello Studios in Los Angeles with producer Joe McGrath (Blink 182, R.L.…

  14. HOT COUNTRY SINGLES & TRACKS

    May 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/country.jsp 1. Have You Forgotten? , Darryl Worley 2. She's My Kind Of Rain , Tim McGraw 3. Big Star , Kenny Chesney 4. Three Wooden Crosses , Randy Travis 5. I Believe , Diamond Rio News Kenny Chesney , Randy Travis , Darryl Worley , Tim McGraw …

  15. Blues on Blonde on Blonde

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The concept at work here is Bob Dylan's songs interpreted by blues musicians. The concept at work here is Bob Dylan's songs interpreted by blues musicians. It's a solid idea—even an obvious one—and it's carried off in convincing fashion. Producer Randy Labbe put together a…

  16. Kristy Starling

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This big-voiced Oklahoma City native landed her record deal via a talent competition on NBC's Today Show. This big-voiced Oklahoma City native landed her record deal via a talent competition on NBC's Today Show. While she finished in second place, Starling caught the attention of…

  17. A Beautiful World

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Robin Thicke, who records simply as Thicke, is the son of actor/songwriter Alan Thicke and actor/singer Gloria Loring. Robin Thicke, who records simply as Thicke, is the son of actor/songwriter Alan Thicke and actor/singer Gloria Loring. Until now, Thicke worked primarily behind the scenes,…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses Joni Mitchell, Apple's iTunes, last name chart coincidences, James Ingram, and Madonna, with readers. TRAVELS WITH JONI Hi Fred, As a longtime Joni Mitchell fan (and chart junkie), I have a few Joni-related chart questions: First,…

  19. Montreux Packs Schedule For 37th Jazz Fest

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The jazz of Diane Schuur and George Benson, the pop of Craig David and Jamiroquai, the modern rock of Radiohead and the Flaming Lips, and the classic rock of Van Morrison and Jethro Tull will be on di The jazz of Diane Schuur and George Benson, the pop of Craig David and Jamiroquai, the…

  20. Chayanne, Montenegro Take Billboard Latin Honors

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The old mingled with the new last night (May 8) at the 2003 Billboard Latin Music awards. Veteran Puerto Rican singer Chayanne and rising Mexican star Pilar Montenegro were the big winners, each takin The old mingled with the new last night (May 8) at the 2003 Billboard Latin Music awards.…

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