1. Billboard Bits: Metallica, Fire Theft, River Rocks

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Metallica, Fire Theft, River Rocks Metallica is the first act confirmed for the 2004 Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand, which will kick off Jan. 16 in Auckland. Along the way, Metallica will play three separate headlining shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Big Day…

  2. Parker Performs 'Lost' Tunes

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Cleverly conceived, the Gallery Six Records album "Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney" prudently stars Graham Parker (along with Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz and the B-52's Kate Pierson) on songs written by the Beatles'…

  3. This Day in Music

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Travis drummer Neil Primrose suffers a head injury while swimming in a pool in Belfort, France, necessitating the cancellation of several European concerts. 2002 - Travis drummer Neil Primrose suffers a head injury while swimming in a pool in Belfort, France,…

  4. Cuban Salsa Queen Celia Cruz Dies

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Celia Cruz, who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa," died today (July 16) of a brain tumor. She was 77. Celia Cruz, who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa," died today (July 16) of a brain tumor. She was…

  5. Neil Young Surveys 'Greendale'

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Neil Young has set an Aug. 19 release for his next Reprise album, "Greendale." The 10-song set chronicles the life and times of the Green family, residents of the fictional town from which the album t Neil Young has set an Aug. 19 release for his next Reprise album , "Greendale…

  6. New ZZ Top Set Finally Surfaces In September

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Originally expected in April, ZZ Top's "Mescalero" will be released Sept. 9 in the U.S. via RCA (and a day earlier internationally). Originally expected in April, ZZ Top's "Mescalero" will be released Sept. 9 in the U.S. via RCA (and a day earlier internationally…

  7. This Day in Music

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album "Nightm 2001 - Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los…

  8. Hot Product

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boys 'Boys' Will Be Boys Sean "P. Diddy" Combs likes to think big. So when the entertainment mogul decided to relaunch his Bad Boy Records with new distributing partner Universal Records, he determined that it would be with an album that he predicts will be "the…

  9. Thalía Shoots For Mainstream U.S. Success

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In the annals of the pop pantheon, there are countless stories of soap opera actresses turned singers. But a Mexican soap opera star who becomes a successful singer in Spanish and then a purveyor of urban music in English rivals even the most…

  10. This Day in Music

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit, two police department officials, and a top city aide for alleged violation of his First Amendment rights 2000 - Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files a federal lawsuit against the city of…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses with readers Barry White, Ashanti and No. 1 album debuts, Buddy Jewell, Eurovision, Madonna, Clay Aiken and obsessive fans. WORDS AND MUSIC Hi Fred, With the unfortunate passing of Barry White over the July 4 holiday weekend, I would like to point out that he is one of…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Veteran country artist Dolly Parton takes to the road for the first time in a decade when she kicks off a 13-city club tour in New York. 2002 - Veteran country artist Dolly Parton takes to the road for the first time in a decade when she kicks off a 13-city club tour…

  13. Simple Plan, Lillix Offer 'Freaky' Covers

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Simple Plan, the Donnas and Bowling For Soup are among the acts that have contributed songs to the "Freaky Friday" soundtrack, due July 29 on Hollywood Records. Simple Plan, the Donnas and Bowling For Soup are among the acts that have contributed songs to the "Freaky Friday…

  14. VH1 Turns Zevon 'Inside Out'

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Warren Zevon will be the debut subject of a new VH1 series, "Inside Out," which launches Aug. 24. As tipped here last month, Warren Zevon will be the debut subject of a new VH1 series, "Inside Out," which launches Aug. 24. The program will chronicle the veteran singer…

  15. A Perfect Circle Looks To Lucky 'Thirteen'

    July 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rock outfit A Perfect Circle will return Sept. 16 with its sophomore Virgin album, "Thirteenth Step." As previously reported, the set is the band's first with new bassist Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson Rock outfit A Perfect Circle will return Sept. 16 with its sophomore Virgin…

  16. Green Seeks Continued Major Label Success

    July 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. At a time when many artists are leaving the major-label system to put out their albums independently, Pat Green has gone the opposite route. After releasing six successful independent albums, Green signed with New York-based Republic/Universal…

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

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of July 7-13, 2003. Following the blast of Independence Day-related programming on television, things settle down a bit this week, but that doesn't mean there aren't fireworks to observe. The main attraction won&…

  18. Tunes On TV

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 7-13, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 7 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd (also scheduled: Sean Connery, Regina King). "The Wayne Brady Show," Syndicated Featured Artist:…

  19. Boxed Set Celebrates 'Sesame Street'

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a time of musical segmentation and stratification, there remains a place where artists of all genres can play on common ground: "Sesame Street." In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the semina In a time of musical segmentation and stratification, there remains a place where…

  20. Hot Product

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT How To Deal 'Deal' Breaker Beth Orton, the Flaming Lips, John Mayer, Liz Phair, and the Donnas are among the artists featured on the soundtrack to "How To Deal," due this week on Capitol Records. Orton has two tracks on the album: "Thinking About Tomorrow" and …

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