1. 'Smooth' Ranked As No. 1 Song Of Rock Era

    December 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Smooth," the 1999 single by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, is the No. 1 song of the rock era based on chart performance on Billboard's Hot 100, according to a new book written by Billboard and Billboa "Smooth," the 1999 single by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, is the…

  2. This Day in Music

    December 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Sawyer Brown singer Mark Miller hosts cable channel Shop At Home's ""Hope for the Holidays"" initiative benefiting St. Jude's Children's Hospital. All proceeds from all merchandise sold 1999 - Sawyer Brown singer Mark Miller hosts…

  3. Rap Mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight Arrested

    December 24, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested yesterday (Dec. 23) for allegedly violating the terms of his parole, Los Angeles sheriff's officials said. The alleged parole violations involve his a Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested yesterday (Dec.…

  4. This Day in Music

    December 24, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>1975 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ""Let's Do It Again,"" The Staple Singers. 1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ""Let's Do It Again,"" The Staple Singers. 1962 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ""Telstar,"" The…

  5. For Canadian Kathleen Edwards, U.S. Success Is Icing On The Cake

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Calling her debut album "Failer" may have been an ironic defensive move against it suffering an unhappy fate, but Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards admits to being taken aback by early response in the U.S., where it will be…

  6. Jerkins Flavors 'Honey' Of A Film

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins has signed on to write songs and produce the soundtrack for Universal Pictures' "Honey." Jerkins will also make his acting debut in the film, playing the r Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins has signed on to write songs and…

  7. 52TunesOnTV

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 23-29, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 23 "Christmas in Washington," TNT Featured Artists: Yolanda Adams, Brooks & Dunn, Dr. John, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Brian Setzer Orchestra,…

  8. Billboard Bits: Tim McGraw, Sexsmith/Coldplay, 'Oz'

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Tim McGraw, Sexsmith/Coldplay, 'Oz' Country star Tim McGraw made a promise of gifts to his band if "Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors" sold more than half-a-million copies in its first week of release. Indeed, the Curb set moved 602,000 copies during…

  9. Jon Bon Jovi Aids N.J. School Raise Funds

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Jon Bon Jovi took a break from his namesake band's international tour to help a high school group raise $36,500 for a local medical clinic. The artist performed 10 songs during his appearance yesterda Jon Bon Jovi took a break from his namesake band's international tour to help a…

  10. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart achievements of George Strait, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariah Carey, and offers his top-10 songs of 2002. STRAIT TALK: Texas native George Strait scores his 38th No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, as "She'll…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about Madonna's Bond theme and it's award chances, the best new artists of 2002, and Melanie. 'DAY' TIME? Dear Fred, Why no mention of Madonna's "Die Another Day" in "Chart Beat?" I think she may have a…

  12. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Pops Staples, (born Roebuck Staples) patriarch of R&B group the Staple Singers, dies at the age of 84. He had suffered a concussion recently in a fall near his home in Dalton, Ill. 2000 - Pops Staples, (born Roebuck Staples) patriarch of R&B group the Staple…

  13. Holiday Sales Keep Shania 'Up' On Top

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST With Christmas fast approaching, Shania Twain's "Up!" maintains its grip on top of The Billboard 200 for a fourth-straight week. The Mercury Nashville album saw an 18% increase at retail to sales of 3 With Christmas fast approaching, Shania Twain's "Up!"…

  14. Galactic To Tour 'Freezestyle' In 2003

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST New Orleans-based instrumental jazz-funk combo Galactic has set up another tour under the Freezestyle moniker. The six-week jaunt is due to kick off Jan. 23 at the group's hometown venue Tipitina's, r New Orleans-based instrumental jazz-funk combo Galactic has set up another tour…

  15. Minnelli, Husband Sue VH1 For $23 Million

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Veteran entertainer Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, have filed a $23 million lawsuit against VH1 and others for dropping plans to air a reality show centered on their lives. The couple's co Veteran entertainer Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, have filed a $23 million…

  16. Performers, Schedule Set For South By Southwest

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Producer/artist Daniel Lanois will give the keynote address during the next edition of annual music-industry festival South By Southwest, which will be held March 12-16 in Austin, Texas. Producer/artist Daniel Lanois will give the keynote address during the next edition of annual music…

  17. 51TunesOnTV

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 16-22, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 16 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artists: Coldplay (also scheduled: Catherine Zeta-Jones, the latest evictee from "Survivor:…

  18. Online Leaks Force System Of A Down's Hand

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. System of a Down had not planned on releasing an album this winter. As far as the group is concerned, there is only one reason for the release of "Steal This Album." "If these songs were never leaked on the Web, I never would have…

  19. Jon Bon Jovi To Pay Australia Fan's Fine

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Jon Bon Jovi won't let a fan who plunged into Sydney Harbor and swam to a floating stage drown in fines. Jon Bon Jovi won't let a fan who plunged into Sydney Harbor and swam to a floating stage drown in fines. The 32-year-old fan swam with two women toward the stage where Bon Jovi…

  20. Blue Gets Help From Elton For U.K. No. 1

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST One of the best-loved ballads from Elton John's mid-1970s period provided male pop-R&B quartet Blue with its third U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Dec. 15). "Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word" (Inno One of the best-loved ballads from Elton John's mid-1970s period…

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