1. Based on the 1963 film 81/2 by Federico Fellini,

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Based on the 1963 film 81/2 by Federico Fellini, the current revival of Nine at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre is neither black nor white, but rather a seamless blending of shades that creates a ri Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston Book by Arthur Kopit Adaptation from Italian by…

  2. Coldplay Takes Top Honor At Ivor Novello Awards

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The members of Coldplay were named songwriters of the year at the 48th annual Ivor Novello Awards yesterday (May 22) in London, presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and sponso The members of Coldplay were named songwriters of the year at the 48th annual Ivor Novello…

  3. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Willie Nelson, Trapt, Ricky Martin, 50 Cent & Nate Dogg, and Eros Ramazzotti. FULL NELSON : Willie Nelson is in the top-40 of Billboard's Hot 100 for the first time since 1984. Nelson's duet with Julio Iglesias, "To All the Girls I…

  4. Billboard Bits: Summer Jam, Labatt Bash, Joni Mitchell

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Summer Jam, Labatt Bash, Joni Mitchell Eminem, 50 Cent, Nelly, and Sean Paul are among the star-studded performers who will appear at New York radio station Hot 97's Summer Jam X on June 3 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.Y. Other acts include Nas, Busta Rhymes, Lil'…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,"…

  7. Studdard Wins Second 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol." The aspiring artist learned he was the victor of a public vote at the end of last night's (May 21) two-hour season finale of Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol.…

  8. Sting Professes 'Sacred Love'

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sting's new studio album, "Sacred Love," will be released Sept. 23 in North America by A&M/Interscope and a day earlier internationally. Sting's new studio album, "Sacred Love," will be released Sept. 23 in North America by A&M/Interscope and a day…

  9. 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…

  10. Gilmour Donates Millions To London Homeless

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour donated $5.88 million to charity today (May 20) to house hundreds of homeless people and low-wage workers in central London. The artist said he was inspired by a sim Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour donated $5.88 million to charity today (May 20) to house…

  11. Billboard Bits: Essence Awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mavericks

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stories on the Essence Awards, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Mavericks. Beyonce Knowles, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott are among the performers confirmed for the 16th Annual Essence Awards. Set for June 6 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, the event will also feature performances by…

  12. N.J. To Ask Springsteen, Bon Jovi For Help

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi have performed at many benefit concerts over the years. Now their home state of New Jersey has its hand out. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi have performed at many benefit concerts over the years. Now their home state of New Jersey has its hand out. State…

  13. Tunes On TV

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 19-25, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 19 "The View," ABC Featured Artist: Jermaine Jackson (also scheduled: Cybill Shepherd, Mario Cantone). "100% NYC: A Concert Celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival," VH1…

  14. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A. club scene in the 1980s, dies of liver failure. He is 46. James "Top Jimmy" Paul Konceck found his greatest fame in a Van Hal 2001 - Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A.…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: "American Idol" second season finalists, artists named "Hill," Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Yoko Ono, women on Billboar IDOLS SHATTER TWO MORE RECORDS Dear Fred, Here are a couple of…

  16. Billboard Bits: Coldplay, Joe Jackson, Burning Spear

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Coldplay, Joe Jackson, Burning Spear Coldplay's May 31 show at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl will be broadcast live across the U.S. by Westwood One. The two-hour special is set to air on more than 150 stations, including WXRK New York and KROQ Los Angeles. The U.K. act will…

  17. GNR/Weiland Band Goes To The Movies

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rumors continue to swirl about the status of the new band featuring three ex-members of Guns N' Roses. And while the project, said to be named Reloaded and featuring Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Rumors continue to swirl about the status of the new band featuring three ex-members of…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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 …

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