1. Aiken, Studdard Albums Due On Same Day

    June 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The sales showdown between "American Idol" singers Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard will continue with the release of their respective albums on the same day, Billboard.com has learned. According to the The sales showdown between "American Idol" singers Clay Aiken and Ruben…

  2. Beck Readies 'Jeff,' Tours With B.B.

    June 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rock guitar wizard Jeff Beck will on July 22 issue his latest Epic studio album, "Jeff." Rock guitar wizard Jeff Beck will on July 22 issue his latest Epic studio album, "Jeff," and will support its release on the summer's 12th annual B.B. King Music Festival tour.…

  3. Despite 'Idols,' 50 Cent Still A Top-5 Presence

    June 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Chart-topping "American Idol" debuts from Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard may have knocked 50 Cent from his No. 1 perch on Billboard's Hot 100, yet the rapper still makes two appearances in the top-5. 5 Chart-topping "American Idol" debuts from Clay Aiken and Ruben…

  4. Velvet Revolver Loads Up For Live Debut

    June 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Velvet Revolver will play its first show tonight (June 19) at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre. Velvet Revolver -- the new group featuring Guns N' Roses vets Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, David Kushner of Suicidal Tendencies and former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland --…

  5. Blige Offers Up New 'Love'

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R&B superstar Mary J. Blige has made her new single, "Love @ First Sight" featuring Method Man, available for sampling on her official Web site. R&B superstar Mary J. Blige has made her new single, "Love @ First Sight" featuring Method Man, available for sampling…

  6. Breaking & Entering

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Aceyalone, Rob Dougan and !!! A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. REVEALING AN ACE: Socially aware underground rapper Aceyalone has built a…

  7. 2003 Teen Choice Awards Nominees

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, which will be handed out Aug. 6 during a live two-hour ceremony that will be broadcast by Fox. Below are the nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, which will be handed out Aug. 6 during a live two-hour ceremony that will be broadcast by Fox.…

  8. Lopez, Eminem Lead 'Teen Choice' Nominees

    June 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Musical and acting skills have placed Jennifer Lopez ahead of fellow nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards. Lopez scored 12 nominations, including nods for movie actress, female music artist and fe Musical and acting skills have placed Jennifer Lopez ahead of fellow nominees for the 2003…

  9. Type O Negative's 'Life' Style

    June 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Type O Negative's fifth studio album, "Life Is Killing Me" (Roadrunner), hits the streets June 17, frontman Peter Steele is ready for people to start complaining. The bassist/vocalist/songwriter predicts a backlash from the…

  10. Hot Product

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Boyd Tinsley Your Aim Is 'True' After a dozen years as violinist in Dave Matthews Band, Boyd Tinsley says the making of his debut solo disc, "True Reflections," was a liberating endeavor. The album, which features contributions from Lisa Germano, Doyle Bramhall II, the…

  11. Petty Prepares Live CD/DVD

    June 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' live prowess is the subject of the DVD/CD package "Live at the Olympic: The Last DJ and More." Due July 22 from Warner Bros./Warner Home Video, the set captures the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' live prowess is the subject of the DVD…

  12. Liberation

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Indian percussionist/tabla master Karsh Kale is a key member of Bill Laswell's Tabla Beat Science. Indian percussionist/tabla master Karsh Kale is a key member of Bill Laswell's Tabla Beat Science. And he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Herbie Hancock,…

  13. Shootenanny!

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A love song for all that is offbeat, Shootenanny! wonderfully captures the quirks of life without getting too bogged down by the depressing stuff. A love song for all that is offbeat, Shootenanny! wonderfully captures the quirks of life without getting too bogged down by the depressing stuff.…

  14. RDS Arena, Dublin

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The last time Paul McCartney played Dublin, it was 1963 and Beatlemania was in full swing. Legend has it that after the gig, John, Paul, George, and Ringo had to be transported out of the now-defunct The last time Paul McCartney played Dublin, it was 1963 and Beatlemania was in full swing.…

  15. Polyphonic Spree Inks With Hollywood

    June 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood Records has signed the 24-member Polyphonic Spree for North America in a multifaceted deal that includes a piece of the band's touring proceeds. Hollywood will on June 24 rerelease the group Hollywood Records has signed the 24-member Polyphonic Spree for North America in a…

  16. P. Diddy Rolls Out Sean John Designer SUV

    June 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has partnered with Lincoln to design a Limited Edition Sean John Navigator. He was seen showcasing the $85,000 luxury ride at last week's MTV Movie Awards and his private after-p Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has partnered with Lincoln to design a…

  17. Tinsley's Talent 'Reflected' On Solo Debut

    June 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After a dozen years as violinist in Dave Matthews Band, Boyd Tinsley says the making of his debut solo disc, "True Reflections," was a liberating endeavor. The album arrives June 17 via Bama Rags/RCA. After a dozen years as violinist in Dave Matthews Band, Boyd Tinsley says the…

  18. Neptunes Strut Their Stuff On 'Clones'

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ubiquitous production team the Neptunes is working on a star-studded compilation featuring artists from its Star Trak label. Due Aug. 5, "Star Trak Presents... Clones" is described by Neptunes princip Ubiquitous production team the Neptunes is working on a star-studded compilation…

  19. Essence Fest Plans Vandross Tribute

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In place of his planned appearance at the 2003 Essence Music Festival, soul balladeer Luther Vandross will be celebrated during the three-day event. Patti LaBelle, Gerald Levert, Faith Evans, Ashanti, In place of his planned appearance at the 2003 Essence Music Festival, soul balladeer Luther…

  20. Simmons Taps Dylan, Zappa Songs For Solo Set

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob Dylan and the late Frank Zappa, Billboard.com has learned. The as-yet-untitled disc will be among the first albums rele Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob…

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