1. Tortoise Crawling Along On New Album

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Chicago instrumental rock outfit Tortoise is eyeing an early 2004 release for its fifth Thrill Jockey album, multi-instrumentalist John McEntire tells Billboard.com. "We have been working very sporadi Chicago instrumental rock outfit Tortoise is eyeing an early 2004 release for its fifth…

  2. Michael Jackson Hospitalized Briefly

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pop icon Michael Jackson was hospitalized briefly yesterday (May 21) after falling ill on the same day he was scheduled to give a deposition in a copyright lawsuit. The artist was hospitalized in Indi Pop icon Michael Jackson was hospitalized briefly yesterday (May 21) after falling ill on…

  3. Train Stokes Engine For Summer Tour

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pop/rock act Train has set an itinerary for a North American tour in support of its forthcoming album "My Private Nation," due June 3 from Columbia. Pop/rock act Train has set an itinerary for a North American tour in support of its forthcoming album "My Private Nation,"…

  4. Toby Keith Plans Ford-Sponsored Tour

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith is remaining a "Ford truck man" through-and-through. The country artist and Ford spokesperson will use his June 15 performance at the auto manufacturer's Centennial Celebration in Dearborn, Toby Keith is remaining a "Ford truck man" through-and-through. The…

  5. Billboard Bits: Bernie Williams, Siren Festival, AthFest

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Bernie Williams, Siren Fest, AthFest New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams has inked a deal with GRP for the release of "The Journey Within," his recording debut. The CD is expected in stores on July 15. Williams, who plays guitar, composed seven of the album's…

  6. Plan Could Signal End Of MCA Brand

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Before the end of the year, the MCA moniker -- first used in 1924 -- may cease to exist. Sources say the current plan is to eliminate the MCA Records brand, which is home to such artists as Shaggy and Before the end of the year, the MCA moniker -- first used in 1924 -- may cease to exist.…

  7. White Stripes Take 'Elephant' On Tour

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The White Stripes have rolled out plans for a six-week North American summer tour, beginning June 13 in Mountain View, Calif. The Detroit duo has shows on tap through July 23 at New York's Central Par The White Stripes have rolled out plans for a six-week North American summer tour,…

  8. The Tangled Web

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Charity ticket auctions and Epitonic. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. TICKETS FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Online auction sites such as eBay and StubHub have become…

  9. Staind Sets Spring/Summer Shows

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock act Staind has added a slew of appearances at radio station-sponsored festivals and a handful of headlining shows to its tour schedule. As previously reported, the band kicked off its run la Hard rock act Staind has added a slew of appearances at radio station-sponsored festivals…

  10. Steely Dan Extends Tour Into Fall

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July 23 in Costa Mesa, Calif., has announced a second leg of dates that stretch into the fall. The trek will now Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July…

  11. Riviera, Chicago

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pete Yorn may or may not have received some help from his famous industry siblings, leading to some high-profile soundtrack placement and a heavily promoted major-label debut, but much of the guy's su Pete Yorn may or may not have received some help from his famous industry siblings,…

  12. Black Eyed Peas Join Justin/Christina Tour

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop outfit Black Eyed Peas, now a quartet thanks to the addition of female vocalist Fergie, have joined Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera's Justified and Stripped tour as the opening act. Hip-hop outfit Black Eyed Peas, now a quartet thanks to the addition of female vocalist…

  13. Depeche Mode's Gahan Sets Solo Tour

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode frontman David Gahan will play more than a month's worth of solo North American dates in support of his upcoming album "Paper Monsters," due June 3 from Mute/Reprise. Depeche Mode frontman David Gahan will play more than a month's worth of solo North American…

  14. Metal Mavens Schedule DVDs, Tour

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Iron Maiden and Dio have more in common than their status as veterans of the heavy metal scene. Both will release DVDs in July, shortly before hooking up with stalwart metal act Motorhead for a summer Iron Maiden and Dio have more in common than their status as veterans of the heavy metal…

  15. Breaking & Entering

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Gotan Project, Garage A Trois, and Howie Day. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. SAY YEAH: Art-punk trio the Yeah Yeah…

  16. Hawk's 'HuckJam' Returns In Fall

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam tour will be back for a second round in the fall. The action sports/music outing will kick off Oct. 2 in Vancouver and visit 28 cities before closing Nov. 16 in Tampa, Fl Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam tour will be back for a second round in the fall.…

  17. Billboard Bits: Memorial Day, Anastasio, Suede

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Memorial Day, Anastasio, Suede Country act Lonestar, soprano Renee Fleming, inspirational singer Yolanda Adams, and the National Symphony Orchestra will appear at the annual National Memorial Day Concert on May 25 in Washington, D.C. The performances on the west lawn of the Capitol…

  18. Presley, Isaak Team For Summer Tour

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lisa Marie Presley will hook up with crooner Chris Isaak for a number of dates on his summer tour. Presley will open from a July 11 show in Boston through an Aug. 9 appearance in Minneapolis. The run Lisa Marie Presley will hook up with crooner Chris Isaak for a number of dates on his summer…

  19. LIVE REVIEWS

    May 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Throwing Muses in Cambridge, Mass., Pete Yorn in Chicago, De La Soul in New York, and more. /bb/livereviews/archives.jsp News Pete Yorn …

  20. House of Blues, Chicago

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "We take it back to the days of yes y'allin,' " Jurassic 5 rhymed to the sold-out House of Blues, effectively drawing out the blueprint for the Cali-based hip-hop collective's success: old-school hip- "We take it back to the days of yes y'allin,' "…

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