1. Blige: In Love With Life

    August 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Mary J. Blige is jubilant. And it is evident on her sunny new album, "Love & Life." "This album is a celebration of life," says the R&B singer, whose previous sets often have been steeped in pain and heartbreak. "…

  2. The Soul of John Black

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Soul of John Black is the collaboration of John Bigham and Christopher Thomas, multi-instrumentalists who have worked with an impressive array of acts, including Miles Davis, Betty Carter, Eminem, The Soul of John Black is the collaboration of John Bigham and Christopher Thomas, multi…

  3. Lovett Preps New 'Baby' For New Label

    July 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lyle Lovett will release "My Baby Don't Tolerate," Sept. 30 as his first album for Lost Highway Records. The singer/songwriter co-produced the set with frequent collaborator Billy Williams and recorde Lyle Lovett will release "My Baby Don't Tolerate," Sept. 30 as…

  4. This Day in Music

    July 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>It is declared Solomon Burke Day in the artists hometown of Philadelphia, Pa. 2002 - It is declared Solomon Burke Day in the artists hometown of Philadelphia, Pa. 2002 - Blues singer/guitarist "Little" Jimmy King dies at his Memphis home of undetermined…

  5. Rakim Parts Ways With Dre's Label

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rakim has left Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, for which he was recording a long-awaited new album, tentatively titled "Oh My God." The artist is currently searching for a new label on which to rele Rapper Rakim has left Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, for which he was…

  6. This Day in Music

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit, two police department officials, and a top city aide for alleged violation of his First Amendment rights 2000 - Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files a federal lawsuit against the city of…

  7. Tunes On TV

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 7-13, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 7 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd (also scheduled: Sean Connery, Regina King). "The Wayne Brady Show," Syndicated Featured Artist:…

  8. Scorpio Rising

    July 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Four years after the release of its dark and haunting second album, "The Contino Sessions," England's Death in Vegas remains visionary. Four years after the release of its dark and haunting second album, "The Contino Sessions," England's Death in Vegas remains…

  9. Lookout! Throws Anniversary Party

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Longstanding West Coast punk label Lookout! Records is planning a July 25-27 celebration to mark its 15th anniversary with a trifecta of concerts and a commemorative re-release. The label, which forme Longstanding West Coast punk label Lookout! Records is planning a July 25-27 celebration to…

  10. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 30-July 6, 2003. There's more music in the air than usual this week, thanks to Friday's Fourth of July celebrations across the country. A&E will broadcast "This Is Your Country," featuring…

  11. Deacon John's Jump Blues: Music From the Film

    June 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This CD is being released in tandem with a concert DVD of the same title. This CD is being released in tandem with a concert DVD of the same title. The operative idea came from producer Cyril Vetter, who is interested in preserving the New Orleans jump-blues sound of the 1950s and early 1960s…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opry.com or www.wsmonline.com. 2000 - The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opry.com or www.wsmonline.com. 1999 - Geri…

  15. Tunes On TV

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 16-22, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 16 "VH1 All Access: Fleetwood Mac," VH1 Featured Artists: Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks. "100 Greatest Songs of the Last 25…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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) "…

  19. Cold's World Heats Up

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 26-June 1, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 26 "The View," ABC Featured Artist: The Sounds (also scheduled: guest co-host Melissa Rivers, Carson Daly). "Driven: Nelly," VH1 Featured Artists: Nelly, Mase, St.…

  20. Nashville Matriarch June Carter Cash Dies

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Country singer/songwriter June Carter Cash, the wife of Johnny Cash, died in Nashville yesterday (May 15) after complications from heart surgery. She was 73. Her family, including her husband, was at Country singer/songwriter June Carter Cash, the wife of Johnny Cash, died in Nashville…

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