1. Rancid Takes 'Indestructible' To Warner Bros.

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Details have emerged on Rancid's deal with Warner Bros. Details have emerged on Rancid's deal with Warner Bros. As previously reported , the veteran punk act has left its long-time home of Hellcat/Epitaph Records for the release of its forthcoming album, "Indestructible,"…

  2. Labels Rolling Out A Bounty Of 'Blues'

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Congress has declared 2003 "the year of the blues," and Sony Legacy and Universal Music Enterprises (UME) are rolling out a flood of releases tied to the fall PBS series "Martin Scorsese Pres The U.S. Congress has declared 2003 "the year of the blues," and…

  3. Elder Wainwright 'Happy' On Sanctuary Debut

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Veteran songsmith Loudon Wainwright III will on Aug. 19 release "So Damn Happy," a live album recorded in January 2002 at Los Angeles' Largo club and the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, Calif. The disc is Veteran songsmith Loudon Wainwright III will on Aug. 19 release "So Damn…

  4. 'The Harder They Come' Prepped For Reissue

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hip-O/Universal Music Enterprises (UME) will mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. release of the landmark reggae album "The Harder They Come" with a remastered, two-disc "Deluxe Edition," due Aug. 5. Hip-O/Universal Music Enterprises (UME) will mark the 30th anniversary…

  5. Tunes On TV

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 30-July 6, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 30 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Blu Cantrell. "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artists: P. Diddy, Nelly. "The Late Show With David…

  6. 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 …

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    June 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Dublin-born songwriter Damien Rice's debut album has already received a warm stateside welcome as an import. Dublin-born songwriter Damien Rice's debut album has already received a warm stateside welcome as an import. The response is not surprising: Rice's striking,…

  8. Rapper Mystikal Pleads Guilty To Battery

    June 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Mystikal pleaded guilty yesterday (June 26) to charges that he forced his hairstylist to perform sex acts on him and two bodyguards. Mystikal (real name: Michael Tyler) had been charged with ag Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal pleaded guilty yesterday (June 26) to charges that he…

  9. As Escovedo Recovers, Friends Pitch In

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo is on hiatus until next year as he recovers from complications from Hepatitis C. The revered singer/songwriter was hospitalized after collapsing in April, and is currently resting a Alejandro Escovedo is on hiatus until next year as he recovers from complications from…

  10. Shaffer's 'Divine' Reunion With Mentor Muñoz

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Versatile "Late Show With David Letterman" bandleader Paul Shaffer frequently sits in with all types of rock'n'rollers. Last week at New York's Village Underground, however, he manned keyboards behind an all-star jazz…

  11. Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, Springsteen, 'Metal Health'

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Chris Rock to host the MTV Video Music Awards, Bruce Springsteen honored by the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards , 'Metal Health' show to benefit families of Rhode Island nightclub victims After a four-year break, comedian/actor Chris Rock will return to the role of host…

  12. Robbie Williams To Star In UNICEF Film

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT British pop star Robbie Williams will appear in a United Nations film aimed at raising awareness in Britain about child trafficking, according to the U.N.'s children's agency UNICEF. The three-minute British pop star Robbie Williams will appear in a United Nations film aimed at…

  13. This Day in Music

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Country's latest kid phenom, 12-year-old Billy Gilman, makes his Grand Ole Opry debut during the TNN-televised portion of the show. "This has been my dream ever since I started singing," 2000 - Country's latest kid phenom, 12-year-old Billy Gilman…

  14. Alien Ant Farm Ready Road Return

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alt-metal act Alien Ant Farm is preparing to return to touring for the first time since a bus accident left lead singer Dryden Mitchell with serious spinal injuries more than a year ago. The North Ame Alt-metal act Alien Ant Farm is preparing to return to touring for the first time since a…

  15. Studio Album, A&M Box, Tour On Tap For Baez

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Natalie Merchant and Steve Earle are among the contemporary songwriters whose songs Joan Baez has recorded for her first album in six years. Due Sept. 9, "Dark Chords on a Big Guitar" also includes tr Natalie Merchant and Steve Earle are among the contemporary songwriters whose…

  16. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 23-29, 2003. Ah, the sounds of summer. There's just so much live music on the tube, and this week most of it will be featured on the daily and nightly talk and news shows. Friday, as will be the case for the…

  17. Tunes On TV

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 23-29, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 23 CMT News Special: "Natalie vs. Toby: Both Sides of the War," CMT Featured Artists: Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith. "An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre," ABC…

  18. Hot Product

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Michelle Branch 'Paper'back Writer Michelle Branch will look to avoid the sophomore slump on her new album, "Hotel Paper," due this week from Maverick. First single "Are You Happy Now?" has already taken off at radio and is No. 12 on Billboard's Adult Top 40…

  19. Hot Product

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Charlie's Angels 'Full' Time Pink, Nas, David Bowie and Nickelback have recorded new songs for the "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" soundtrack, due this week on Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax. Pink's "Feel Good Time," featuring William…

  20. Hot Product

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- Hip-hop outfit Black Eyes Peas' "Elephunk" (A&M), featuring guest appearances by Justin Timberlake and Blink-182's Travis Barker. -- Veteran rap duo Gang Starr's first album since 1998, "…

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