1. Weird Al Parodies Eminem, Avril On New Album

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop stars on his latest album, "Poodle Hat," due May 20 via Way Moby/Volcano. On the 12-track set, the musical parody veteran reworks well-know "Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop…

  2. Billboard Bits: Tim McGraw, Winnipeg Folk, Floydfest

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Tim McGraw, Winnipeg Folk, Floydfest Country star Tim McGraw and his band the Dancehall Doctors will play a free show for military personnel and their families later this month. The May 21 performance will take place at Colorado's Fort Carson Army Base/Pershing Field. "I…

  3. The Tangled Web

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. This week: Apple's iTunes, the Blue Man Group, and Billy Currington. WILL APPLE MAKE 'EM BITE? Apple Computer's week-old digital music service, the iTunes Music Store, appears to…

  4. Punks Prevail In 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!'

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Members of Green Day, Rancid, X, Blink 182, A.F.I., and more lend their voices and likeness to the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!" The Hellcat Pictures film was written a Members of Green Day, Rancid, X, Blink 182, A.F.I., and more lend their voices and…

  5. Gilman Gives Stepanek's 'Heartsongs' A Musical Voice

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Even at age 12 when he scored with his debut single, "One Voice," Billy Gilman showed unusual maturity. Now, with "Music Through Heartsongs - Songs Based on the Poems of Mattie J.T. Stepanek," Gilman, who turns 15 May 24, has…

  6. This Day in Music

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Hundreds of admirers line up outside a large suburban Atlanta church to attend the funeral of TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash the week before. 2002 - Hundreds of admirers line up outside a large suburban Atlanta church to attend…

  7. Billboard Bits: BB Latin Awards, Robi Draco Rosa, Mogwai

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on BB Latin Awards, Robi Draco Rosa, Mogwai Actress Roselyn Sanchez, singer/actor Carlos Ponce, and actor Miguel Varoni have been tapped to host the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The May 8 event at the Miami Arena will be taped for May 11 broadcast on Telemundo. As previously…

  8. Seeger Re-Records Anti-War Track

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger has recorded a new version of his Vietnam War-era protest song, "Bring Them Home." With new verses written by Seeger and Appleseed Recordings founder Jim Musselman, t Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger has recorded a new version of his Vietnam War…

  9. UPDATE: SARS Scare Causes Branch Cancellation

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Citing concerns over the incidence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Toronto, singer Michelle Branch has canceled an upcoming tour date in Toronto. According to House of Blues Canada, Bra Citing concerns over the incidence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Toronto,…

  10. Billboard Bits: SARS/Toronto, USO, Peggy Lee

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on SARS affecting Toronto concerts, USO, Peggy Lee "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson and Billy Joel & Elton John have canceled visits Monday (April 28) to Toronto due to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak. At the city's Air Canada Centre, Joel…

  11. Jazz Great Nina Simone Buried

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Remembering her artistry and activism, hundreds of mourners crowded a church in Carry-Le-Rouet in southern France today (April 25) to bid farewell to jazz singer Nina Simone. Remembering her artistry and activism, hundreds of mourners crowded a church in Carry-Le-Rouet in southern France…

  12. George Jones Celebrates Gospel

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Talk to George Jones these days and the country music icon readily admits he's a changed man. Following a near-fatal car accident in 1999, he gave up alcohol and cigarettes and rediscovered his faith in God. That spiritual renewal fuels…

  13. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Andrea Bocelli is honored for his outstanding contribution to music at the third Classical Brit Awards. 2002 - Andrea Bocelli is honored for his outstanding contribution to music at the third Classical Brit Awards. 1999 - Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rhett Akins,…

  14. Dead, Dylan Go On The Road Again

    April 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Dead and Bob Dylan will co-headline the second leg of the former's Summer Getaway Tour, set to kick off July 29 in a yet-to-be-announced location. The two acts last hit the road together in 1987 o The Dead and Bob Dylan will co-headline the second leg of the former's Summer…

  15. Melissa Errico Adds New Colors With 'Blue Like That'

    April 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Melissa Errico always made a point not to make a record. For one thing, she simply did not have the time. At 18, while a freshman at Yale, the native New Yorker was cast in the national touring company of "Les Miserables", followed by…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Dave Matthew's strained vocal chords forces the postponement of a DMB show at New York's Madison Square Garden. 2002 - Dave Matthew's strained vocal chords forces the postponement of a DMB show at New York's Madison Square Garden. 2001 - Joey…

  17. Nelson Drafts Famous Pals For July 4th Picnic

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Country music icon Willie Nelson will reprise his annual Fourth of July Picnic this year at the Two River Canyon Amphitheatre in Spicewood, Texas. Country music icon Willie Nelson will reprise his annual Fourth of July Picnic this year at the Two River Canyon Amphitheatre in Spicewood, Texas.…

  18. Hot Product

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- Country artist Jessica Andrews' "Now" (DreamWorks). -- A retrospective from singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, "Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection" (Mailboat/MCA). -- Reggae artist…

  19. Bone Crusher Gets 'Attenchun!'

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Atlanta MC Bone Crusher signed with So So Def/Arista, his pile-driving, electronica-edged independent hip-hop single, "Never Scared," had already made a dent at local radio. Now his debut album, "Attenchun!," is ready to…

  20. Billboard Bits: George Strait, Widespread Panic, Bogguss

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on George Strait, Widespread Panic, Bogguss George Strait is the latest artist to be added to the performance slate for the 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. He will also be honored with a Special Achievement Award during the event, acknowledging his impressive string of…

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