1. Amid Controversy, Ludacris Drops Michigan Gig

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris won't be performing at Michigan's Jackson County Fair in August, amid concerns over his lyrics. Ludacris won't be performing at Michigan's Jackson County Fair in August, amid concerns over his lyrics. The rapper and the fair's manager canceled his planned Aug…

  2. Breaking & Entering

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Postal Service, Lumidee, Dierks Bentley, and RA. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. GOING POSTAL: Indie-rock duo the Postal Service…

  3. Rod Stewart's Catalog Breeds Musical

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rod Stewart's greatest hits are coming to the stage in a new London musical, "Tonight's the Night," that will open on the West End in the fall. The show at the Victoria Palace Theater will feature som Rod Stewart's greatest hits are coming to the stage in a new London…

  4. Guests Abound On Zevon's 'The Wind'

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Terminally ill artist Warren Zevon has gathered an impressive list of famous friends to contribute to what will likely be his final studio album, "The Wind." Due Aug. 26 via Artemis, the album feature Terminally ill artist Warren Zevon has gathered an impressive list of famous…

  5. Fountains Of Wayne Celebrates Biz World

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. While listening to the new Fountains of Wayne album "Welcome Interstate Managers," which arrives June 10 on S-Curve/Virgin, one might think that songwriters Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger had some experience writing fiction. Not…

  6. The Tangled Web

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Request-A-Song.com and KCRW Los Angeles' "Broadband" radio show. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. ALL REQUEST, ALL THE TIME: Music fans in…

  7. Deftones Stir Up Suspense

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com After gradually building its fan base for several years, the garage-skater-band-turned-Grammy Award-decorated Deftones have returned to the upper regions of The Billboard 200 with their self-titled fourth album. To build anticipation for the music…

  8. Everybody Loves You

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kaki King is a dazzling guitarist. She's an inventive, pensive, explosive player whose technique is miles beyond her 23 years. Kaki King is a dazzling guitarist. She's an inventive, pensive, explosive player whose technique is miles beyond her 23 years. She authored every tune on…

  9. Last Call

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "We're Betty Blowtorch and we . . . don't . . . give . . . a . . . "We're Betty Blowtorch and we . . . don't . . . give . . . a . . . fuck!" That shout-out at the beginning of Last Call's opening live track "Rock My World" pretty much says it…

  10. Exploding Plastic Pleasure

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A few months ago, Blow-Up's overseas release, In Technicolor, was embraced by the global electroclash scene. Now retooled for the U.S. A few months ago, Blow-Up's overseas release, In Technicolor, was embraced by the global electroclash scene. Now retooled for the U.S., the disco…

  11. The Gorge, George, Wash.

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Located 150 miles east of Seattle in central Washington, the outdoor Gorge Amphitheatre sits high on a rocky hill overlooking the gorge with the Columbia River flowing through, wowing even the bands c Located 150 miles east of Seattle in central Washington, the outdoor Gorge Amphitheatre sits…

  12. Billboard Bits: Twain, Who, Eno, Bad Moon Music

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Shania Twain, Who, Brian Eno, Bad Moon Music Shania Twain will stage a free concert July 27 at Hutchinson Field in Chicago's Grant Park. As tipped here earlier this month, the show will be filmed for her fourth NBC special, "Shania Twain UP! Live in Chicago," due to air…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Downloads and satellite radio, Euro pop, falls from No. 1, Led Zeppelin, methodology, most No. 1 titles, 50 Cent, and arti iWILL Hi Fred, I am very interested in what is happening with Apple's iTunes…

  14. Vandross Still Hospitalized As Album Nears

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The album Luther Vandross considers the best of his career hits stores Tuesday (June 10) -- with no videos, television interviews or concerts to trumpet its arrival. With the 52-year-old singer yet to The album Luther Vandross considers the best of his career hits stores Tuesday (June 10) --…

  15. Pires Extends Global Reach

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com The rise and rise of Alexandre Pires can be seen as a case study of many things: • Breaking a new act in the U.S. Latin market. • Successfully crossing over a Brazilian, Portuguese-speaking singer into the Spanish-language Latin…

  16. 50 Cent Up For 10 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

    June 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Cent dominates the field of finalists for Billboard's third annual R&B/Hip-Hop Awards with mentions in 10 categories, including top R&B/hip-hop album, top R&B/hip-hop single, and top R& 50 Cent dominates the field of finalists for Billboard's third annual R&B…

  17. 2003 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Finalists

    June 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Finalists Here are the finalists for the 2003 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be handed out Aug. 8 at Miami's Jackie Gleason Theatre. TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'," 50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) "…

  18. Dave Gahan Makes Solo Bow

    June 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After more than two decades as Depeche Mode's lead vocalist, Dave Gahan is singing a different tune: His own. "Paper Monsters," released June 2 on Reprise Records, marks Gahan's debut as a solo artist and his first stab at…

  19. Linkin Park Vocalist Hospitalized; Euro Dates Nixed

    June 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington was hospitalized Friday in Los Angeles, for an "attack of severe back and abdominal pains," according to a post today (June 3) on the band's official <A HREF="h Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington was hospitalized Friday in…

  20. The Music Get To Work On Sophomore Album

    June 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Now that British rock act the Music has a brief break in its touring schedule, drummer Phil Jordan tells Billboard.com the group is heading back to the U.K. to begin work on its sophomore Capitol albu Now that British rock act the Music has a brief break in its touring schedule, drummer Phil…

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