1. Live Takes Flight With 'Birds'

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Not only does Live's new Radioactive/MCA album "Birds of Pray" (due May 20) sonically hark back to the band's early days of guitar-driven power-pop, but it also shows Live performing with the same high level of energy with…

  2. This Day in Music

    May 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Wolfgang Schneiderhan, one of the 20th century's best-known violinists, dies in a Vienna hospital. He is 86. 2002 - Wolfgang Schneiderhan, one of the 20th century's best-known violinists, dies in a Vienna hospital. He is 86. 1999 - The Backstreet Boys…

  3. Bringing It All Together

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With this eighth release, Vickie Winans shows all the big-league chops and credentials she has earned and accumulated during her nearly 20-year career. With this eighth release, Vickie Winans shows all the big-league chops and credentials she has earned and accumulated during her nearly 20…

  4. Great White Forms Legal Defense Fund

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Great White, the rock band whose pyrotechnics appear to have sparked a deadly nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., has created a trust to help pay its legal bills. Great White, the rock band whose pyrotechnics appear to have sparked a deadly nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., has created…

  5. Feds Detail Murder Inc. Money Laundering

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Multimillion-selling hip-hop label Murder Inc. wrote checks to a convicted drug kingpin's company in exchange for dirty cash, prosecutors say in a new complaint. Multimillion-selling hip-hop label Murder Inc. wrote checks to a convicted drug kingpin's company in exchange for dirty…

  6. Ask Billboard

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers questions about Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, and Brandy. BRING BACK BRITNEY! Hey Keith, How are you? I am a huge fan of Britney Spears. She's been out of the spotlight for a while now. I was just wondering if you have any information on the release of…

  7. 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…

  8. R.E.M. Begins Rehearsals With New Drummer

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M. is in the midst of preparations for its upcoming world tour, and according to a post by frontman Michael Stipe on the group's official Web site, the band has already rehearsed 70 songs. The tou R.E.M. is in the midst of preparations for its upcoming world tour , and according to a…

  9. I Still Get Dressed on Sundays

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Billing himself as the Hoboken Saddletramp, Pistilli is a respected Western swing guru with a sure sense of style and musicianship. Billing himself as the Hoboken Saddletramp, Pistilli is a respected Western swing guru with a sure sense of style and musicianship. Pistilli doesn't betray…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Alejandro Sanz wins three awards, including the award for best song for "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte," at Spain's sixth Premios de la Musica ceremony in Madrid. 2002 - Alejandro Sanz wins three awards, including the award for best song for "Y Solo…

  11. Ashanti To Open Mariah Tour

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R&B sensation Ashanti will be the opening act on the North American leg of Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet World Tour. R&B sensation Ashanti will be the opening act on the North American leg of Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet World Tour. As previously reported , the 21-date trek…

  12. R&B Heavyweights Join Essence Fest Lineup

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are among the latest additions to the Essence Music Festival bill. Set for July 3-5 in New Orleans, the event has also added Yolanda Adams, Musiq, and Kindred Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are among the latest additions to the Essence Music…

  13. Former Stone Bill Wyman Rolls On

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bill Wyman may no longer be a Rolling Stone but he still keeps himself busy. Apart from recording and touring with his band the Rhythm Kings, the former Stones bassist is now a documentary maker and p Bill Wyman may no longer be a Rolling Stone but he still keeps himself busy. Apart from…

  14. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at the 13th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, including songwriter of the year, hot Latin track of the y 2002 - Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at…

  15. 'Three Pickers' Concert Heads To CD, DVD

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A 2002 concert that brought together bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs will be documented on upcoming CD and DVD releases. Due July 15 via Rounder, "Three Pickers" features A 2002 concert that brought together bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs,…

  16. California Panel OKs Artist Contract Reform

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A bill designed to provide California recording artists with more leverage in forging contracts is headed to the state Senate floor after winning approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee. A bill designed to provide California recording artists with more leverage in forging contracts is…

  17. This Day in Music

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>The Rolling Stones arrive by blimp at New York's Van Cortland Park to announce their 2002/2003 world tour. 2002 - The Rolling Stones arrive by blimp at New York's Van Cortland Park to announce their 2002/2003 world tour. 2000 - A small but enthusiastic…

  18. Reggae, Mainstream Acts To Play Sumfests

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural U.S. version of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, as well as the 11th annual Sumfest in Jamaica. The U.S. even Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural…

  19. Pat Green Rides 'Wave' Of New Album

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Pat Green has slated July 15 as the release date for his second Republic/Universal album, "Wave On Wave." Produced by Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, R.E.M.), the 13-track set once again f Country artist Pat Green has slated July 15 as the release date for his second…

  20. John Hiatt Gets Tribute Treatment While Delivering New Album

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On May 6, John Hiatt arrives with "Beneath This Gruff Exterior," the first album on which he shares billing with his longstanding road band, the Goners. "The four of us do something together that we don't do apart," Hiatt…

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