1. CHART BEAT

    September 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson's Report Includes Iron Maiden, John Mayer, Beyoncé, Sean Paul, Chart Discussion & More! /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Sean Paul , Fred Bronson , John Mayer …

  2. Wu-Tang's RZA Signs To Sanctuary

    September 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The RZA -- rapper, "supreme abbot" and head production guru of the Wu-Tang Clan -- has signed an exclusive worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records Group. His solo debut as RZA, "Birth of a Pri The RZA -- rapper, "supreme abbot" and head production guru of the…

  3. 'Baby Boy' Can't Shake 'Tailfeather'

    September 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT For the sixth week in a row, Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul is the fastest-growing track at radio on Billboard's Hot 100. Yet its bid for No. 1 on the chart is once again thwarted by "S For the sixth week in a row, Beyoncé's "Baby Boy"…

  4. Actor/Musician Sheb Wooley Dies

    September 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sheb Wooley, a veteran actor in westerns like "High Noon" who also recorded the pop novelty song "The Purple People Eater," died yesterday (Sept. 16) in Nashville. He was 82. Wooley had suffered from Sheb Wooley, a veteran actor in westerns like "High Noon" who…

  5. Ask Billboard

    September 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' queries about Tamia, Coldplay, Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. YOU SAY TAMIA... Hi, I'm a big fan of R&B artist Tamia. After hearing her latest stuff, like "Officially Missing You" and "Into You" with Fabolous, I was…

  6. Q&A With Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes

    September 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Three years after the August 2000 death of founding member Allen Woody, Gov't Mule marks the end of an era -- and the start of a new one -- with the Oct. 7 release of "The Deepest End." The two-CD/DVD Three years after the August 2000 death of founding member Allen Woody, Gov&…

  7. Timberlake, Rock Among AMA Nominees

    September 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and Kid Rock are among the artists who received multiple nominations for the 31st annual American Music Awards (AMAs), to be presented Nov. 16 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium and b Justin Timberlake and Kid Rock are among the artists who received multiple nominations…

  8. Cash Family Support Boosts Children's Charity

    September 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The SOS Children's Villages-USA charity has seen a wave of interest since the death of Johnny Cash. The organization, which provides homes for at-risk children around the world, was named by the Cash The SOS Children's Villages-USA charity has seen a wave of interest since the death…

  9. 2003 AMA Awards Nominees

    September 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Here are the nominees for the 2003 American Music Awards, to be presented Nov. 16 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Here are the nominees for the 2003 American Music Awards, to be presented Nov. 16 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. POP/ROCK Favorite Male Artist Clay Aiken Kid Rock…

  10. Cigar Maker Sues P. Diddy

    September 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' love of cigars has put him in a cloud of legal trouble. Rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' love of cigars has put him in a cloud of legal trouble. A boutique cigar maker claims a videographer trespassed at its Miami factory, filmed…

  11. Newman And Piano Tackle His 'Songbook'

    September 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT On "The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1," due Sept. 30 on Nonesuch Records, Randy Newman recreates 18 works spanning his 33-year career. On "The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1," due Sept. 30 on Nonesuch Records, Randy Newman recreates 18 works spanning his 33-year career. But…

  12. Billboard Bits: Cash, Crahan, Anastacia, Savage

    September 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Cash, Crahan, Anastacia, Savage A funeral was held today (Sept. 15) for Johnny Cash, who died Friday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville of complications from diabetes resulting in respiratory failure. A private service and burial took place at the Hendersonville Funeral Home in his…

  13. Spears' Live Set Surprises Vegas

    September 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Partygoers hit the jackpot at the Palms in Las Vegas early yesterday (Sept. 14) morning when Britney Spears hit the stage unexpectedly. Partygoers hit the jackpot at the Palms in Las Vegas early yesterday (Sept. 14) morning when Britney Spears hit the stage unexpectedly. Accompanied by a…

  14. Hot Product

    September 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Aretha Franklin 'Happy' Go Lucky Aretha Franklin returns to music stores this week with "So Damn Happy," her first Arista studio album since 1998's "A Rose Is Still a Rose." That set debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and…

  15. Tough Love

    September 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT If he were on a major label, he would surely be hailed as "the next big thing." That said, consider Ed Hamell (aka Hamell on Trial) the next "little big man." A genuinely funny guy with a social consc If he were on a major label, he would surely be hailed as "the next…

  16. Drankin' Patnaz

    September 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT If you have been to a hip-hop club this summer, the name "YoungbloodZ" will surely ring a bell. If you have been to a hip-hop club this summer, the name "YoungbloodZ" will surely ring a bell. The Atlanta-based duo's current single, "Damn," is one of the…

  17. Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience

    September 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hinged largely on the material from O'Connor's 2002 album of traditional Irish songs, "Sean-Nós Nua," this 150-minute DVD is a fitting farewell from the singer, who retired from music in July. Hinged largely on the material from O'Connor's 2002 album of…

  18. Wooden Leather

    September 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A few years ago, if someone had said that some of hip-hop's most innovative music would be coming from Kentucky, they would have been laughed at. A few years ago, if someone had said that some of hip-hop's most innovative music would be coming from Kentucky, they would have been…

  19. Bow Wow To Play Teen 'Prez'

    September 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bow Wow will make a run for the presidency as the star of the Columbia Pictures/Overbrook Entertainment film "Mr. Prez." Bow Wow will make a run for the presidency as the star of the Columbia Pictures/Overbrook Entertainment film "Mr. Prez." The film will be directed by…

  20. Artists, Industry React To Cash's Death

    September 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As the news spread of Johnny Cash's death today (Sept. 12) at age 71, fellow artists and members of the music industry expressed deep sadness. As the news spread of Johnny Cash's death today (Sept. 12) at age 71, fellow artists and members of the music industry expressed deep…

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