1. The Beginning Stages Of . . .

    July 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Polyphonic Spree is two-dozen strong, with each member attired in a flowing white robe. The Polyphonic Spree is two-dozen strong, with each member attired in a flowing white robe. The ringleader is Tim DeLaughter (ex-Tripping Daisy), who formed this choral symphonic pop band three years…

  2. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Brooks & Dunn, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, Trapt, Thalia and the Rolling Stones. TWO FOR THE 'ROAD': Will "Red Dirt Road" (Arista) by Brooks & Dunn become the duo's 18th No. 1 hit on…

  3. Simmons Plans Birmingham Hip-Hop Summit

    July 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rap impresario Russell Simmons will stage a Hip-Hop Summit Aug. 1-3 in Birmingham, Ala., the epicenter of the 1960s civil rights movement. The event will be held in conjunction with the 13th annual Bi Rap impresario Russell Simmons will stage a Hip-Hop Summit Aug. 1-3 in Birmingham, Ala., the…

  4. Nickelback Readies 'The Long Road'

    July 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nickelback will release its third album, "The Long Road," Sept. 23 in the U.S. via Roadrunner. The Canadian rock act self-produced the set, which will be led by the single "Someday." A video for the t Nickelback will release its third album, "The Long Road," Sept…

  5. THE BILLBOARD 200

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/bb200.jsp 1. Chapter II , Ashanti 2. Dangerously In Love , Beyonce 3. Fallen , Evanescence 4. Dance With My Father , Luther Vandross 5. Get Rich Or Die Tryin' , 50 Cent News Luther Vandross …

  6. Ashanti, Beyonce Albums Remain On Top

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT New albums from young R&B divas Ashanti and Beyonce maintain their grip on the top of The Billboard 200. Ashanti's "Chapter II" (Murder Inc./Def Jam) sold 135,000 copies in the U.S., according to New albums from young R&B divas Ashanti and Beyonce maintain their grip on…

  7. 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…

  8. Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

    July 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sam Cooke's catalog seems easily divided into halves: There's the somewhat campy, mainstream-aimed side, and then there's the no-frills Southern soul and gospel. Sam Cooke's catalog seems easily divided into halves: There's the somewhat campy, mainstream-aimed side,…

  9. Jane's Addiction Returns

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The return of Jane's Addiction has been greeted with open arms. "Strays," the band's first new studio album in 13 years, is due July 22 via Capitol. The set already has a huge pre-release buzz thanks to the single "Just…

  10. THE BILLBOARD 200

    July 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/bb200.jsp 1. Chapter II , Ashanti 2. Dangerously In Love , Beyonce 3. Dance With My Father , Luther Vandross 4. Hotel Paper , Michelle Branch 5. Get Rich Or Die Tryin' , 50 Cent News Michelle Branch , Luther Vandross …

  11. Billboard Bits: Family Reunion, Pearl Jam, Freedom Concert

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Family Reunion, Pearl Jam, Freedom Concert Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Lil' Romeo and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will all perform as part of the Tom Joyner Family Reunion, to be held Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at Walt…

  12. Ashanti Returns To No. 1 With 'Chapter II'

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Little more than a year after her self-titled debut bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Ashanti scores her second chart-topper with "Chapter II." The Murder Inc./Def Jam album sold 326,000 copies in Little more than a year after her self-titled debut bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard…

  13. Soul Singer Barry White Dies At 58

    July 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Soul singer Barry White, known for his rich bass vocals, died today (July 4) in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 58, his manager Ned Shankman said. Shankman said White, a two-time Grammy winner, d Soul singer Barry White, known for his rich bass vocals, died today (July 4) in a Los…

  14. Chart Beat Bonus

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. THE DEBATE CONTINUES Hi Fred, Two weeks ago, singles from Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 & No. 2, respectively, with sales of 393…

  15. Chart Beat Bonus

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of the Chi-Lites, Jeffrey Osborne, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," Michael McDonald, Michelle Branch and Jimmy Buffett. ON THE RECORD : If you find a greatest hits collection by the Chicago-based R&B quartet the Chi-Lites, and…

  16. Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The solo debut from Destiny's Child singer Beyonce Knowles leads three albums into the top-10 of The Billboard 200. Knowles' "Dangerously in Love" (Music World/Columbia) may have fallen well short of The solo debut from Destiny's Child singer Beyonce Knowles leads…

  17. This Day in Music

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half 2002 - Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie…

  18. Evanescence, Beyonce Lead U.K. Charts

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Evanescence started a fourth week with the U.K.'s No. 1 single and Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles debuted as a solo artist with the No. 1 album on the new tallies published yesterday (June 29). Eva Evanescence started a fourth week with the U.K.'s No. 1 single and…

  19. 2003 Pearl Awards Winners

    June 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Awards Winners Here are the winners for the 2003 Pearl Awards, handed out June 20 at Cottonwood Auditorium in Salt Lake City, Utah. SACRED RECORDING: "Hear My Praise" (Album: "Hear My Praise") Artist: Kenneth Cope Songwriter: Kenneth Cope Producer: Kenneth Cope …

  20. Ritmo Caliente

    June 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Palmieri debuted on Concord last year with the beautiful album La Perfecta II. This follow-up is equally pleasing. Palmieri debuted on Concord last year with the beautiful album La Perfecta II. This follow-up is equally pleasing. The mambo "La Voz del Caribe" opens the set. The jazz…

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