1. Big Star Compilation Boasts New Track

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rykodisc has set a Sept. 23 release date for "Big Star Story," a new best-of collection celebrating the career of Memphis-based power-pop icons Big Star. The set includes a newly recorded song, "Hot T Rykodisc has set a Sept. 23 release date for "Big Star Story," a…

  2. Juanes Tops Latin Grammys With Five Wins

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes fulfilled predictions of a stellar night and swept five awards at the fourth-annual Latin Grammy Awards, held last night (Sept. 3) at the AmericanAirlines Arena in M Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes fulfilled predictions of a stellar night and swept five…

  3. 'Tailfeathers' Still Shakin' Singles Chart

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from the "Bad Boys II" (Bad Boy/Universal) soundtrack cruises to a second-straight week atop Billboard's Hot 100. However, Beyoncé is making another run towards the top. Th "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from the "Bad Boys II" (Bad…

  4. Folk Vet Lightfoot Praises 'Beautiful' Tribute

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Canada's foremost folk troubadour of the past four decades pronounces himself "delighted" about the upcoming album release "Beautiful - A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot." "I love this tribute," Lightfoot tells…

  5. Billboard Bits: Obie Trice/Eminem, Buffett, MOBO Awards

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Obie Trice/Eminem, Buffett, MOBO Awards Eminem protege Obie Trice will give fans who purchase his debut album, "Cheers," a chance to spend time in the studio with his superstar mentor. The set is due Sept. 23 from Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records. Three random pressings…

  6. Vandross Live Album Due Next Month

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As R&B star Luther Vandross continues to recover from a debilitating April stroke, J Records will on Oct. 14 release "Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003," chronicling a Feb. 14 performance at the As R&B star Luther Vandross continues to recover from a debilitating April…

  7. 'Love & Life' Puts Blige Back On Top

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Mary J. Blige's "Love & Life" gives the R&B veteran her second No. 1 on The Billboard 200. In its first week, the Geffen album sold 286,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, Mary J. Blige's "Love & Life" gives the R&B veteran her…

  8. Amy Grant Shares 'Simple Things'

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Always one to wear her heart on her sleeve musically, Amy Grant's willingness to be vulnerable and surprisingly forthright in her creative expression has earned the 42-year-old singer/songwriter devoted fans in contemporary Christian and…

  9. Hot Product

    September 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 'Own' Terms Imagine the dilemma. Your band is on tour for months on end, playing the same songs night after night. Sometimes you don't even have a soundcheck to jam new ideas, and creative inspiration isn't usually overflowing while driving…

  10. Elton, Darkness Lead U.K. Charts

    September 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Elton John has achieved only the third solo No. 1 of his 32-year U.K. chart career, with a song recorded 26 years ago. Elton John has achieved only the third solo No. 1 of his 32-year U.K. chart career, with a song recorded 26 years ago. "Are You Ready for Love," released on the…

  11. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Sept. 1-7, 2003. The fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards are the week's big story, Wednesday night on CBS, live from Miami. The show will be hosted by actor/comedian George Lopez and feature a ton of performances. Look…

  12. Tunes On TV

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 1-7, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 1 "MTV2 Presents: 22 Greatest Bands," MTV2 Featured Artists: Aerosmith, Alice In Chains, the Cure, Green Day, Guns N' Roses, Korn, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, Nine Inch…

  13. Nappy Roots Return With 'Wooden Leather'

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Nappy Roots couldn't have picked a more appropriate lead single than "Roun' the Globe" to introduce their Atlantic sophomore set, "Wooden Leather." The success of the act's 2002 debut, "Watermelon, Chicken …

  14. A Little Moonlight

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After releasing an ambitious big band album—"The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan" in 2001—Reeves revels in a more intimate setting with "A Little Moonlight." Working with her touring After releasing an ambitious big band album—"The Calling: Celebrating Sarah…

  15. Performance Spectacles Reign Over MTV's 20th VMAs

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With 14 of 21 awards given out during the three-hour broadcast from New York's Radio City Music Hall, performances ranging from pop to hip-hop to modern rock filled much of the show. The 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards began with a big surprise, with Britney Spears and Christina…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Norwegian artists, Celia Cruz, Elton John and more with readers. IDOL, NORWEGIAN STYLE Hi Fred, I've been a fan of yours for a long time, ever since I first bought "The Billboard Book of Number One Hits" about 12 years ago. I want to tell you some chart…

  17. This Day in Music

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Rapper Cam'ron (Cameron Giles) is arrested on the outskirts of New York's Times Square. Police pull the rapper's Land Rover over on 42nd St. and 11th Avenue after the vehicle makes an il 2002 - Rapper Cam'ron (Cameron Giles) is arrested on the…

  18. The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003 Nominees

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003 Nominees Below is the final list of nominees for the The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003, which will be presented Oct. 13 in Miami and broadcast in November on BET. ARTIST OF THE YEAR -- MALE SOLO Jay-Z Nelly Baby aka Birdman LL Cool J Ja Rule ARTIST OF…

  19. Hip-Hoppers Shake Chart-Topping 'Tailfeather'

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After an eight-week run, Beyoncé and Jay-Z surrender the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 to Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee. The hip-hop threesome jumps 3-1 on the chart as the Destiny's Child sin After an eight-week run, Beyoncé and Jay-Z surrender the top spot on Billboard's…

  20. Ween Takes Indie Road To 'Quebec'

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Ween spent most of the previous decade as one of the strangest bands on a major-label roster, recording a series of unclassifiable records for Elektra that included elements of country, rock, psychedelia and classic pop. But while the duo of…

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