1. Jackson, McBride Reveal 2004 Tour Schedule

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST As expected, Alan Jackson and Martina McBride have put together a tour that will take the pair across the U.S. in the late winter and spring. The tour is slated to kick off Jan. 29 in Moline, Ill., an As expected , Alan Jackson and Martina McBride have put together a tour that will take the…

  2. Pharrell Runs Into Sneaker, Fashion Game

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Pharrell Williams, one half of production duo the Neptunes and CEO of the Star Trak recording label, is getting into the fashion industry. Reebok and Williams have entered into a long-term licensing p Pharrell Williams, one half of production duo the Neptunes and CEO of the Star Trak…

  3. CHART BEAT

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson's report includes Annie Lennox & Other Golden Globe Nominees, Chart Discussion & More /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Fred Bronson , Annie Lennox …

  4. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. The performance marks the 10th year the National Academy of Recording Arts and S 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the…

  5. Billboard Bits: Love, Music Midtown, Shins

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Stories on Courtney Love, Atlanta's Music Midtown festival and the Shins. An advance listen of a track on Courtney Love's upcoming solo album is now streaming on her official Web site . The song "Mono" will be featured on Love's forthcoming Virgin debut, "America…

  6. Ashanti, Metallica To Play 'America's Party'

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Ashanti, Metallica and Puddle Of Mudd are among the acts set to perform on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) for FOX's "America's Party" celebration. Also featuring Hootie & the Blowfish, Westside Connecti Ashanti, Metallica and Puddle Of Mudd are among the acts set to…

  7. 'Yesspeak' Documentary Due On DVD

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST "Yesspeak," a documentary on pioneering progressive rock act Yes, will be released Jan. 27 on DVD via Classic Pictures. The three-hour exploration of the group, narrated by Who singer Roger Daltrey an "Yesspeak," a documentary on pioneering progressive rock act Yes, will…

  8. OutKast Maintains Singles Chart Lock

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST For the second week in a row, hip-hop duo OutKast holds the top two slots on Billboard's Hot 100. The Andre 3000-led "Hey Ya!" leads the singles chart for the third-straight week, while the Big Boi-fr For the second week in a row, hip-hop duo OutKast holds the top two slots on…

  9. Jerkins Tries His Hand At Film Scoring

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com Rodney Jerkins is among the growing number of music producers and hit songwriters venturing into the world of film scoring with his work on Universal Pictures' "Honey," which opened Dec. 5 in U.S. theaters. The Grammy Award winner…

  10. THE TANGLED WEB

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-Related Issues & Destinations: iTunes, Underworld & More /bb/tangledweb/index.jsp News …

  11. This Day in Music

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Radiohead treats fans to a Webcast featuring songs from the group's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled sixth Capitol album. Frontman Thom Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood host the session, in 2002 - Radiohead treats fans to a Webcast featuring songs from the group&…

  12. Billboard Bits: Floetry, Bright Eyes, Mercury

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Stories on Floetry, Bright Eyes and Freddie Mercury. Floetry is busy today (Dec. 17) taping a guest appearance on the UPN show "One on One." The R&B duo will be seen on an episode slated to air March 2. Starring Flex Alexander and Kyla Pratt, the sitcom revolves around a teenage…

  13. Cocker Selects Best For 'Collection'

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Vocalist Joe Cocker has pored through his archives and chosen his 20 favorite songs from his own canon for the forthcoming hits album "Joe Cocker: Ultimate Collection," due Jan. 13 from A&M/Hip-O Vocalist Joe Cocker has pored through his archives and chosen his 20 favorite songs…

  14. Harding Reshapes 'Shadow' Into 'Apple'

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST After more than a year of uncertainty, John Wesley Harding will early next year release a new studio album backed by full band. "Adam's Apple" is due Feb. 17 and was preceded in October by "Garden of After more than a year of uncertainty, John Wesley Harding will early…

  15. Janet Tapped For Super Bowl Halftime

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Janet Jackson will perform on one of the world's biggest stages, the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. The National Football League championship football game is set to air Feb. 1 live on CBS from Hou Janet Jackson will perform on one of the world's biggest stages, the Super Bowl…

  16. HOT RAP TRACKS

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. The Way You Move , OutKast Featuring Sleepy Brown 2. Stand Up , Ludacris Featuring Shawnna 3. Damn! , YoungBloodZ Featuring Lil Jon 4. Holidae In , Chingy Featuring Ludacris & Snoop Dogg 5. Stunt 101 , G-Unit Issue date: Dec. 20, 2003 News Snoop Dogg , Lil…

  17. Studdard Takes 'Soulful' To No. 1

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Second-season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard bows atop The Billboard 200 with his J Records debut, "Soulful." The album sold 416,500 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to becom Second-season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard bows atop…

  18. BREAKING & ENTERING

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Breaking Acts Entering Billboard charts. This week: Kinky and Big & Rich /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News …

  19. Breaking & Entering

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Kinky and Big & Rich. GETTING KINKY: With Spanish-flavored hip-hop beats colliding with jazz percussion, Mexican five-piece Kinky is dripping with rhythmic propulsion. On top of the groove lies a non…

  20. A Q&A With Phil Ramone

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Chances are Phil Ramone has produced the soundtrack to your life -- literally. Dubbed the Pope of Pop by his peers, the nine-time Grammy Award winner is one of the modern music era's most enduring, influential producers. Possessed with…

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