1. Exclusive: Townshend On Revisiting 'Who's Next'

    July 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "I was really proud if it," Pete Townshend says of "Who's Next." "Proud of the way it sounded and also proud of the fact that although it was being perceived as a very straightforward album, I knew th The exposure Pete Townshend recently received over the police…

  2. Chart Beat Bonus

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. THE DEBATE CONTINUES Hi Fred, Two weeks ago, singles from Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 & No. 2, respectively, with sales of 393…

  3. Twisted Sister Cleans It Up For Kids

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT the '80s, Al and Tipper Gore accused them of endangering the morals of America's youth and undermining parental authority. Two decades later, the reunited Twisted Sister is playing New Jersey's two mo In the '80s, Al and Tipper Gore accused them of endangering the morals…

  4. Folds Preps Three EPs, Teams With Shatner

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Having tired of the big publicity machine that is the major record label world, Ben Folds tells Billboard.com the recent downturn in the record industry is allowing him to release three five-song EPs Having tired of the big publicity machine that is the major record label world, Ben Folds…

  5. Buddy Guy Conjures Intimacy On Acoustic Set

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues legend Buddy Guy. Why, record after record, was Guy chasing crossover success? He seemed to be toiling away, tryi A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues…

  6. Rachel's Emerging From 'Layers'

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Louisville-based symphonic rock outfit Rachel's is eyeing an October release via Quarterstick/Touch & Go for its next studio album, "systems/layers." Principal member Jason Noble tells Billboard.c Louisville-based symphonic rock outfit Rachel's is eyeing an October…

  7. Ask Billboard

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions on R.E.M., Madonna and Rancid TIME'S UP Hello Keith, I would like to know the track listing for R.E.M.'s greatest hits cd(s) that will be released later this year. I was startled to find out the period of hits covered begins in 1988! I…

  8. This Day in Music

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half 2002 - Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie…

  9. Breaking And Entering

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Drive-By Truckers, Mogwai, Yonder Mountain String Band A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. KEEP ON TRUCKIN': A little-known cult act two…

  10. Owner To Sell Stone Pony Nightclub

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The owner of a legendary Asbury Park, N.J., nightclub that was once a haunt of Bruce Springsteen has agreed to sell to developers, who say they'll keep the building where it is and fix it up. The owner of a legendary Asbury Park, N.J., nightclub that was once a haunt of Bruce Springsteen…

  11. Exclusive: Pete Townshend Speaks Out

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Who's Pete Townshend says his life is getting back to normal after a traumatic six months. The artist was accused of using his credit card to access a Web site containing child pornography and dow The Who's Pete Townshend says his life is getting back to normal after a traumatic…

  12. Suge Knight May Face Year In Prison

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight could face up to a year in prison if state officials revoke his parole after his recent arrest for allegedly assaulting a parking lot attendant outside a Hollywood night Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight could face up to a year in prison if…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. '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, …

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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&…

  20. 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…

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