1. New Aerosmith Album Bumped To January

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Aerosmith has finished cutting the tracks for its new blues album, which will be mixed over the summer and fall and will most likely be released in January by Columbia, guitarist Joe Perry tells Billb Aerosmith has finished cutting the tracks for its new blues album, which will be mixed over…

  2. Elvis' '2nd' To Complement Hits Collection

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Having celebrated Elvis Presley's career with the 2003 release of "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits," RCA/BMG has set an Oct. 7 release date for a companion hits collection, "Elvis 2nd to None." The compilation will Having celebrated Elvis Presley's career with the 2003 release…

  3. 'Picture' This: Smash Mouth Returns

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Smash Mouth offered up the first public performance of its new single, "You Are My No. 1," and several other cuts from its upcoming Interscope album, "Get the Picture," at a concert Saturday near Char Smash Mouth offered up the first public performance of its new single, …

  4. Hot Product

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Presley 'Close' Encounters BMG Heritage has combed its vaults for "Elvis: Close Up," a four-disc box set featuring a bounty of unreleased Elvis Presley material. "Close Up" follows last year's RCA release of the box set "Elvis Today, Tomorrow, and…

  5. Trailblazing Directors Celebrate Their 'Work'

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham are arguably three of the most innovative music-video directors to come along in the past 10 years. So when the directors joined forces with Palm Pictur Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham are arguably three of the most innovative…

  6. Black Eyed Peas Get Some 'Love'

    June 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. With their diverse, hip-hop-based persona, it was unlikely that Black Eyed Peas would get their biggest break from pop star Justin Timberlake. But his uncredited vocal on the Peas' new single, "Where Is the Love?," has the quartet…

  7. Louie Devito To Mix 'Ultra Dance 04'

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT New York-based DJ Louie Devito has signed on to mix the fourth volume in Ultra Records' Ultra.Dance CD compilation series. Devito is the top-selling non-hip-hop, beat-mixed compilation DJ in the U.S. New York-based DJ Louie Devito has signed on to mix the fourth volume in Ultra Records&…

  8. 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…

  9. Blues Traveler Seeks The 'Truth'

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here last week, veteran jam band Blues Traveler has signed with Sanctuary for the Aug. 5 release of a new studio album, "Truth Be Told." The set was recorded at Sound Design Studio in Santa As tipped here last week, veteran jam band Blues Traveler has signed with Sanctuary…

  10. Neptunes Set 'Clones' In Stone

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Neptunes have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming compilation "Star Trak Presents... Clones." Due Aug. 5 from the ubiquitous production team's own Star Trak label, the disc includes The Neptunes have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming…

  11. Ask Billboard

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Madonna, Cher and Clay Aiken. COMPARING DIVAS Hello, I was wondering how Whitney Houston's "Just Whitney" album compares in sales to Mariah Carey's "Glitter." Granted the both…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Cash Plays First Show Since Wife's Death

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Cash said it was difficult to be onstage without his wife, June Carter Cash, during his first public performance since her death. Cash made a surprise appearance Saturday night during the weekl Johnny Cash said it was difficult to be onstage without his wife, June Carter Cash, during…

  15. New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop/rock supergroup-of-sorts never thought past its 2000 disc "Mass Romantic" (Mint Records). The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop…

  16. Simone Celebrated With Anthology

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A jazz legend will be remembered and celebrated with BMG Heritage's July 1 release of "Nina Simone: Anthology." The two-disc set collects material the late artist recorded for six different labels -- A jazz legend will be remembered and celebrated with BMG Heritage's July…

  17. Lavigne, Treble Charger, Our Lady Peace Top MuchMusic Awards

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Canadian rock bands Treble Charger and Our Lady Peace, and pop princess Avril Lavigne were the big winners last night (June 22), each taking home two honors from the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. Canadian rock bands Treble Charger and Our Lady Peace, and pop princess Avril Lavigne were…

  18. Evanescence Tops U.K. Singles, Album Charts

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Evanescence achieved chart domination in the U.K. yesterday (June 22). The newly published sales charts showed the band not only staying at No. 1 for a third week with the single "Bring Me To Life" fe Evanescence achieved chart domination in the U.K. yesterday (June 22). The newly…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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