1. This Day in Music

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering both a heart attack and stroke. He is 70. Chavis (Wilson Anthony Chavis) scored what is considered the first zydeco hi 2001 - Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering both…

  2. Do You Swing?

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT You have to love this band. After some 25 years, these hard-lovin', apparently hard-drinkin' guys from Queens, N.Y. You have to love this band. After some 25 years, these hard-lovin', apparently hard-drinkin' guys from Queens, N.Y., are still bangin' out vintage,…

  3. Hammerstein Ballroom, New York

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT New York-based electronic pop/performance art duo Fischerspooner (frontman/lyricist Casey Spooner and composer/producer Warren Fischer) brought its lavish, sexually provocative show to a packed Hammer New York-based electronic pop/performance art duo Fischerspooner (frontman/lyricist Casey…

  4. 'American Fleadh' Marks Irish Invasion

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A group of Irish acts will hit the U.S. next month for a series of American Fleadh tour dates. Performing under the banner at various dates will be the Saw Doctors, Black 47, Eileen Ivers, Hothouse Fl A group of Irish acts will hit the U.S. next month for a series of American Fleadh tour…

  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. Jay-Z, 50 Cent Ready To 'Roc The Mic'

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team for the Roc the Mic trek of North American amphitheaters and arenas. The tour will begin June 25 in Hartford In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team…

  7. 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…

  8. 'Idol' Finalists To Hit The Road Again

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The second season finalists of Fox television's "American Idol" reality series/talent contest will hit the road for nearly two months this summer. The 39-date North American trek will kick off July 8 The second season finalists of Fox television's "American Idol"…

  9. Artists Take Stand Against Radio Deregulation

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A letter signed by 30 major recording artists is to be sent today to Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Billboard Bulletin reports. The letter warns Powell that f A letter signed by 30 major recording artists is to be sent today to Michael Powell,…

  10. Pop, Rock & R&B Fuel Fox 'Music Mania'

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A wide variety of artists from the worlds of pop, rock, and R&B/hip-hop will star in Fox television's "Summer Music Mania 2003." Alice Cooper, Brian McKnight, Fabolous, Kelly Clarkson, Tyrese, Sma A wide variety of artists from the worlds of pop, rock, and R&B/hip-hop…

  11. Blur Roars Back After Four Years

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. One rumor had it that Blur was making a world-music album. Another held that the band's seventh set would be a dance record. The actual recording, "Think Tank," is neither. Instead, Blur has delivered radical modern rock that…

  12. Dylan, Dead, Petty, Matthews On Bonnaroo NE

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan, the Dead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds lead the lineup for the first Bonnaroo NE festival, Billboard.com has learned. The list of performers for t Bob Dylan, the Dead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds…

  13. Hot Product

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT American Idol finalists 'Idol' Worship It's hard to avoid the "American Idol" phenomenon these days, what with season one winner Kelly Clarkson's debut album recently hitting No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Fox reality show enjoying strong ratings. This week,…

  14. 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…

  15. Taj Mahal Revisits Hawaiian Influence

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Eclectic blues legend Taj Mahal revisits the Hawaiian sounds he first explored in the late 1980s on his next album, "Hanapepe Dream." The set will be released June 10 on Mahal's own Kan-Du Records via Eclectic blues legend Taj Mahal revisits the Hawaiian sounds he first…

  16. P-Funk Family Celebrates 'Six Degrees'

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Epic/Legacy will on May 13 release a 15-track compilation that collects songs from George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, as well as a number of artists who worked with Clinton, including Bootsy Col Epic/Legacy will on May 13 release a 15-track compilation that collects songs from George…

  17. Music From the NBC Television Series Crossing Jordan

    April 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Helmed by T-Bone Burnett and Craig Street, the soundtrack to the music-intensive TV crime drama series gets ultra-hip artists to cover songs not necessarily associated with them—all with eerie Helmed by T-Bone Burnett and Craig Street, the soundtrack to the music-intensive TV crime drama…

  18. Tunes On TV

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 14-20, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, APRIL 14 "VH1 All Access: How the Stars Get Hot," VH1 Featured Artists: Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Slash's Snakepit, Shania Twain, LeAnn…

  19. Bits: Pearl Jam, Jeffrey Osborne, Tom Russell

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Pearl Jam, Jeffrey Osborne, Tom Russell A rare Pearl Jam club show tomorrow (April 12) at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., will be available for cybercasting from RealNetworks for a 24-hour window beginning 3 p.m. PST Monday. Fans will need to download the RealOne player, which is…

  20. Heart Comes 'Alive' On New Disc

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A two-disc live document of the final show of Heart's 2002 Summer of Love tour, a hometown gig at Seattle's Paramount Theatre, will be released as "Live in Seattle" in CD and SACD formats June 10 via A two-disc live document of the final show of Heart's 2002 Summer of…

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