1. Erykah Badu Cuts 'Underground' Distinctly Her Way

    September 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. One thing hasn't changed since Erykah Badu first grooved into crossover success in 1997: The singer/songwriter does things her way. And that includes musical messages pulsating throughout her fourth project, the EP "Worldwide…

  2. BRAND NEW

    September 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Currently out on the road with emo poster boy Chris Carrabba's band Dashboard Confessional, it's easy to lump Brand New in with that scene. And while it can't be a bad thing to be identified within su Currently out on the road with emo poster band Dashboard Confessional, it&…

  3. Collections Testify To Act's Chemistry

    September 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. DJs/producers Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands have been friends for nearly 15 years. They have recorded together as the Chemical Brothers for a decade. To celebrate, the Brothers' label, Astralwerks, is releasing separately a greatest hits CD (…

  4. Amazing Grace

    September 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Brit experimentalists Spiritualized—Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) and friends—are back with their latest aural adventure. Brit experimentalists Spiritualized—Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) and friends—are back with their latest aural adventure. No 100-piece orchestra this time ("Let It…

  5. Unwrapped

    September 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With the majority of the lyrics penned by the artist herself, Estefan's first English-language studio album in five years is easily her most intimate and passionate recording to date. With the majority of the lyrics penned by the artist herself, Estefan's first English-language…

  6. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of a host of veteran artists, as well as Beyoncé & Sean Paul, Erykah Badu and Patty Loveless. LIVING IN THE PAST: After taking a look at this week's Billboard charts, I wouldn't blame you if you ran to the calendar to see what…

  7. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Elvis Presley's "Rubberneckin'," Clay Aiken, radio airplay, "Greatest Gainers" and his book series "Hottest Hot 100 Hits." DON'T FORGET ELVIS Dear Fred, How come you didn't mention anything in "Chart Beat"…

  8. Michigan Officials Fine Aretha Franklin

    September 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bloomfield Township, Mich., officials have fined Aretha Franklin for not removing a tennis court at the site of her Detroit-area home, which burned down in October 2002. The $225 fine issued Wednesday Bloomfield Township, Mich., officials have fined Aretha Franklin for not removing a tennis…

  9. 'Baby' Kicks 'Tailfeather' From Chart Roost

    September 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With a 2-1 move, Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul finally unseats "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from the top of Billboard's Hot 100 this week. The chart's fastest-growing track at radio for the With a 2-1 move, Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" featuring…

  10. Beth Hart Looks To The 'Light'

    September 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Beth Hart feels like she has returned from the dead. "I've been in some dark, dark places, man. I was so terrified of becoming successful -- that people would see who I thought I was, as not good enough or strong enough," she says.…

  11. Billboard Bits: Grammys, moe., Ray Charles

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Grammys, moe., Ray Charles The 46th annual Grammy Awards ceremony has been scheduled for Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The event will be broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET (tape delayed on the West Coast). Nominees will be announced Dec. 4. The scheduling…

  12. DMX Proves 'Grand Champ' On Album Chart

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With what is being hyped as his last release, DMX has become the only artist in the history of The Billboard 200 to reach No. 1 with his first five albums. The rapper's latest Def Jam set, "Grand Cham With what is being hyped as his last release, DMX has become the only artist in…

  13. Westside Connection Preps New 'Threat'

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Westside Connection, the west-coast rap supergroup featuring Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC, will drop its first album in seven years later this year. The set, "Terrorist Threats," will arrive Dec. 9 via Pr Westside Connection, the west-coast rap supergroup featuring Ice Cube, Mack 10 and…

  14. The Who 'Hearing' New Music

    September 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Years of discussion about a new studio album from the surviving members of the Who appears to be finally giving way to action. A post on guitarist Pete Townshend's official Web site reveals that he an Years of discussion about a new studio album from the surviving members of the Who…

  15. The Tangled Web

    September 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: JXL, the Honey Palace and the Streets. BEAT JUNKIE: Dutch producer/remixer/DJ artist Junkie XL (real name: Tom Holkenberg) gained global attention last year when his remix, under the name JXL, of Elvis Presley's "…

  16. Coroner: Death At Spector Home A Homicide

    September 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The February shooting death of an actress at the home of record producer Phil Spector was ruled a homicide today (Sept. 22) by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The February shooting death of an actress at the home of record producer Phil Spector was ruled a homicide today (Sept.…

  17. QOTSA, Distillers Head Down Under

    September 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The shows will mark QOTSA's second trip down under in less than a year, following the group's January 2003 appearances at the annual Big Day Out festival. As tipped here in July, Queens Of The Stone Age will tour Australia early next year with the Distillers in tow. The trek begins…

  18. Cash Takes Top Americana Honors

    September 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash was bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards Friday at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash was bestowed with artist, song and…

  19. Darkness, Black Eyed Peas Lead U.K. Charts

    September 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a week of many high-profile new entries on the U.K. singles and album charts, Black Eyed Peas and the Darkness nevertheless maintained their No. 1 spots. The Peas' "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Merc In a week of many high-profile new entries on the U.K. singles and album…

  20. R. Kelly: 'I Wish People Could Just Know Me As A Person'

    September 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. R. Kelly's biggest hit was the inspirational, Grammy Award-winning "I Believe I Can Fly." But for his life outside music, the Chicago-based singer/songwriter/producer may be grounded for good. Kelly, whose given name is Robert…

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