1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the Carpenters, 'The Disco Ball,' record holding artists, triple-titled tunes, artists who have charted under different names, and bad jokes with readers. REMEMBERING KAREN Hello Fred: Feb. 4, 2003 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Karen Carpenter …

  2. Billboard Bits: Usher/Doug E. Fresh, Liz Phair & More

    January 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Usher/Doug E. Fresh, Liz Phair & More R&B star Usher and rap veteran Doug E. Fresh have joined the lineup of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Read to Achieve Celebration. Set for Feb. 8 at Atlanta's Phillips Arena, the event will see Usher joining NBA…

  3. Reed's 'Raven' Reinterprets Poe

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST By his own admission, "The Raven" is the most ambitious project undertaken by Lou Reed in a recording career that now spans four decades. The new Sire/Reprise album by the former lynchpin of the Velve By his own admission, "The Raven" is the most ambitious project…

  4. Billboard Bits: 'Chicago,' Edwards, VH1 'Diva' Search

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on 'Chicago,' Kathleen Edwards, VH1 'Diva' Search The big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago" continues to collect accolades, the latest being a leading five nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. The film will compete for the…

  5. Yardbirds: 'Birdland' And Before

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja …

  6. 4TunesOnTV

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 27 "VH1 All Access: Skin Deep," VH1 Featured Artists: Cher, Michael Jackson. "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artist: DMX. "The…

  7. This Day in Music

    January 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>During the Big Day Out tour stop in Sydney, a 15-year-old girl from nearby Dee Why dies from a heart attack after being caught in the surge of the 55,000-strong crowd as Limp Bizkit take 2001 - During the Big Day Out tour stop in Sydney, a 15-year-old girl from…

  8. The Essential Janis Joplin

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST More than three decades after her death from a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel room, Janis Joplin remains the goddess of female rock vocalists. More than three decades after her death from a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel room, Janis Joplin remains the goddess of female rock…

  9. One Bedroom

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Like electricity trapped in ice, such is the aural experience of indie experimentalists the Sea and Cake's sixth album, One Bedroom. Like electricity trapped in ice, such is the aural experience of indie experimentalists the Sea and Cake's sixth album, One Bedroom. Almost begging to…

  10. Billboard Bits: Coldplay, Soozie Tyrell & More

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Coldplay, Soozie Tyrell & More U.K. modern rock act Coldplay will close down a section of Los Angeles' Hollywood Blvd. Sunday (Jan. 26) for a free performance that will be broadcast live on ABC's premiere of "The Jimmy Kimmel Show." The show will air live at…

  11. CHART BEAT BONUS

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the chart accomplishments of Eminem, B2K and P. Diddy, "Chicago," and R.Kelly. 8 MILES DOWN: After a 12-week reign atop Billboard's Hot 100, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Shady/Interscope) makes a dramatic drop, down to No. 9. It's the…

  12. Johnny Marr Q&A: Past, Present, Future

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Q&A with Johnny Marr about his reputation for spending days on end in the studio, his varied collaborations with such artists as Neil Finn and New Order's Bernard Sumner, and his thoughts on the l As the Feb. 4 release date of Johnny Marr and the Healers' iMusic debut, "…

  13. Billboard Bits: Sundance, Foo Fighters, Springsteen

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Sundance, Foo Fighters, Springsteen A star-studded crowd turned out last night (Jan. 22) at Harry O's in Park City, Utah, to watch Beck, Ben Lee, and DJ Z-Trip serenade an HBO party as part of the annual Sundance Film Festival. Beck's mostly acoustic set eventually gave way…

  14. Top Hip-Hop Imprints Seeking New Homes

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Bad Boy Entertainment chief Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is in talks to sign a distribution deal for his imprint with Universal Records, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. Bad Boy Entertainment chief Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is in talks to sign a distribution deal for his imprint with…

  15. Nate Dogg Gathers Eve, Snoop For New Album

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nate Dogg has finalized details for his forthcoming self-titled Elektra album, due Feb. 25. The 15-song set will feature a number of high-profile guests, including Eve, Redman, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Xz Nate Dogg has finalized details for his forthcoming self-titled Elektra album, due Feb. 25.…

  16. Club NBA Drafts Top Acts

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nelly, Ja Rule, Jermaine Dupri, the Clipse, and Nappy Roots are among the wide array of artists confirmed to appear on the Club NBA live music stage during the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Nelly, Ja Rule, Jermaine Dupri, the Clipse, and Nappy Roots are among the wide array of…

  17. 4ask

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Kylie Minogue, TLC, and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). GOT THE FEVER FOR THE GIRL Keith, Over the holidays I picked up a copy of Kylie Minogue's latest album "Fever." I saw her at the KIIS [Los Angles] Jingle Ball Concert…

  18. Verizon Forced To ID Web Pirate

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST In a major victory for record companies, a U.S. District Court judge yesterday (Jan. 21) ruled in favor of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in its 6-month-old lawsuit against Inter In a major victory for record companies, a U.S. District Court judge yesterday (Jan. 21)…

  19. Hot Product

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing new releases from Solange, Groove Armada, the Sea & Cake, and more. 'Star' Search "It got to the point where I told Columbia that they were going to have to drop me," 16-year-old newcomer Solange recalls. Not exactly something typically heard from a young…

  20. Solange Following In Big Sis' Footsteps

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "It got to the point where I told Columbia that they were going to have to drop me," 16-year-old newcomer Solange recalls. Not exactly something typically heard from a young artist on her first outing, but Solange is not one to cave…

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