1. Ben Harper Preps Live DVD, EP

    October 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ben Harper's Aug. 4 concert in Los Angeles will be the subject of the DVD "Live at the Hollywood Bowl," due Nov. 18 from Virgin. Ben Harper's Aug. 4 concert in Los Angeles will be the subject of the DVD "Live at the Hollywood Bowl," due Nov. 18 from Virgin. The…

  2. Costello Heads 'North' With Orchestrated Map

    September 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT An expanded version of a Billboard magazine Elvis Costello piece that appears in the Oct. 4 issue that is exclusive to Billboard.com. Elvis Costello's new Deutsche Grammophon release "North" is not what anyone would call typical Costello. In sharp contrast to his last album,…

  3. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Carolyn Dawn Johnson is again the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to top female, Johnson takes home trophies for top single and top 2002 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson is again the big winner at the Canadian Country…

  4. RIAA Sues File Sharers, Offers Amnesty

    September 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America today (Sept. 8) announced the filing of more than 250 copyright-infringement suits against individual peer-to-peer network users accused of trading massiv The Recording Industry Association of America today (Sept. 8) announced the filing of more…

  5. Amy Grant Shares 'Simple Things'

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Always one to wear her heart on her sleeve musically, Amy Grant's willingness to be vulnerable and surprisingly forthright in her creative expression has earned the 42-year-old singer/songwriter devoted fans in contemporary Christian and…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Norwegian artists, Celia Cruz, Elton John and more with readers. IDOL, NORWEGIAN STYLE Hi Fred, I've been a fan of yours for a long time, ever since I first bought "The Billboard Book of Number One Hits" about 12 years ago. I want to tell you some chart…

  7. Wayne Turns Hard-Knock Life Into Memorable Music

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After years of churning out slick, scrubbed, media-schooled cowboys, country music is favoring another style -- male artists with grit and substance who have led real lives. Among the artists leading that charge is Jimmy Wayne, whose self-titled…

  8. Earle Documentary Heading To DVD

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT More than a quarter century after making "The Blank Generation" with Ivan Kral, a film which featured New York's emerging punk scene, director Amos Poe has returned to music for his latest project. More than a quarter century after making "The Blank Generation" with…

  9. Metallica Gets In The Game, Unlocks Vault

    June 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Metallica has signed a deal with Vivendi Universal Games for a combat action video game. Due for release by early 2005, it will be designed with input from Jeff Darrow, the conceptual artist on the "M Metallica has signed a deal with Vivendi Universal Games for a combat action video game…

  10. James Brown Pardoned For Crimes In S.C.

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT James Brown had plenty of reasons to feel good yesterday (May 20) as South Carolina officials pardoned the soul legend for his past crimes in that state. Brown, who served a two-and-a-half-year prison James Brown had plenty of reasons to feel good yesterday (May 20) as South Carolina…

  11. New Spain-Based MP3 Service Raises Ire

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A new for-pay digital music service being distributed through the Grokster peer-to-peer network in the U.S. is running afoul of the recording industry by selling unlimited access to major-label music A new for-pay digital music service being distributed through the Grokster peer-to-peer…

  12. The Matrix Gets Entangled With Bowie, Phair

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Matrix, co-writers and producers of much of Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" album, will be doing some production work on David Bowie's upcoming album. Matrix member Lauren Christy tells Billboard.com tha The Matrix, co-writers and producers of much of Avril Lavigne's …

  13. Universal, EMI Sue Napster's Backers

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) and EMI filed a lawsuit against the venture capitalists who backed Napster Inc., claiming they contributed to the copyright violations by millions of the defunct song-swapp Universal Music Group (UMG) and EMI filed a lawsuit against the venture capitalists who…

  14. N'Dour Nixes Tour In Protest Of War

    March 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Senegal's Youssou N'Dour has canceled a planned seven-week North American tour due to the possible war in Iraq. "It is my strong conviction that the responsibility for disarming Iraq should rest with Senegal's Youssou N'Dour has canceled a planned seven-week North…

  15. Gabriel Takes 'Growing Up' To Europe

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Peter Gabriel has announced dates for a European leg of his Growing Up tour in support of his latest Real World/Geffen album "Up," beginning April 24 in Stockholm and wrapping May 21 in London. The ar Peter Gabriel has announced dates for a European leg of his Growing Up tour in…

  16. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest accomplishments of Gerald Levert, Madonna, and LL Cool J. G, THE SEVENTH LETTER: While LL Cool J is probably thrilled his new album "10" (Def Jam) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, if he had known about Gerald…

  17. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about LL Cool J, Madonna, H and Claire, and "Bonnie & Clyde." LADIES STILL LOVE COOL JAMES Hi Fred, Reading Michael Ellis and Todd Martens' summary of chart news on Billboard.com last Thursday, I was amazed to discover that "…

  18. Ant Draws Community Service In Pistol Threat

    October 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A London judge said 1980s pop idol Adam Ant suffered a "temporary episode" of mental illness when he threatened pub customers with a fake pistol, and sentenced him today (Oct. 2) to a year's community A London judge said 1980s pop idol Adam Ant suffered a "temporary…

  19. Top Artists Join Fight Against Illegal Downloads

    September 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Would you stop illegally downloading music files if Britney Spears asked? How about Brian Wilson? Eminem? Or Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Madonna, P.O.D., Marilyn Manson, 3 Doors Down? They've all signed o Would you stop illegally downloading music files if Britney Spears asked? How about…

  20. New Book Chronicles Pete Best's Beatles Adventures

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For 40 years, Pete Best has been known as the world's most famous sacking victim, the man dismissed by the Beatles when they were on the very cusp of becoming the most successful group of all time. Th For 40 years, Pete Best has been known as the world's most famous sacking victim,…

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