1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: "American Idol" second season finalists, artists named "Hill," Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Yoko Ono, women on Billboar IDOLS SHATTER TWO MORE RECORDS Dear Fred, Here are a couple of…

  2. Billboard Bits: Coldplay, Joe Jackson, Burning Spear

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Coldplay, Joe Jackson, Burning Spear Coldplay's May 31 show at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl will be broadcast live across the U.S. by Westwood One. The two-hour special is set to air on more than 150 stations, including WXRK New York and KROQ Los Angeles. The U.K. act will…

  3. 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…

  4. This Day in Music

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>The Artist Formerly Known As Prince announces that he will start using his name again. The singer says the reason for switching back is because his publishing contract with Warner/Chappe 2000 - The Artist Formerly Known As Prince announces that he will start using…

  5. Snoop, Method Man Come Aboard 'Soul Plane'

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT MGM urban comedy "Soul Plane" has been cleared for takeoff, with rappers-turned-actors Snoop Dogg and Method Man on board to star for director Jessy Terrero. The MGM urban comedy "Soul Plane" has been cleared for takeoff, with rappers-turned-actors Snoop Dogg and Method…

  6. The Matrix Gets Entangled With Bowie, Phair

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Matrix, co-writers and producers of much of Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" album, will be doing some production work on David Bowie's upcoming album. Matrix member Lauren Christy tells Billboard.com tha The Matrix, co-writers and producers of much of Avril Lavigne's …

  7. Billboard Bits: 'Johnny English,' matchbox, Earle

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Johnny English,' matchbox, Earle U.K. pop star Robbie Williams has contributed the new song "A Man for All Seasons" to Decca's "Johnny English" soundtrack. Due July 15, the set also features several tracks by female string quartet Bond, one by…

  8. Hendrix Bassist Noel Redding Dead At 57

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rock musician Noel Redding, best known for his stint as the bassist of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead yesterday (May 11) at his home in Ireland of unknown causes, his manager Ian Grant ha Rock musician Noel Redding, best known for his stint as the bassist of the Jimi Hendrix…

  9. Appeals Court Revives Parks/Outkast Suit

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court in Detroit today (May 12) revived a lawsuit by civil rights icon Rosa Parks against the rap group Outkast over a song that uses her name for its title. A federal judge in Detro A federal appeals court in Detroit today (May 12) revived a lawsuit by civil rights icon…

  10. R.E.M. Begins Rehearsals With New Drummer

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M. is in the midst of preparations for its upcoming world tour, and according to a post by frontman Michael Stipe on the group's official Web site, the band has already rehearsed 70 songs. The tou R.E.M. is in the midst of preparations for its upcoming world tour , and according to a…

  11. The Complex

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blue Man Group is a wildly popular performance collective whose showmanship can be seen everywhere, from off-off-Broadway to Intel Pentium Microprocessor commercials. Blue Man Group is a wildly popular performance collective whose showmanship can be seen everywhere, from off-off-Broadway to…

  12. Priceless

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT No doubt about it: Kelly Price possesses a voice that makes you want to holler because it sounds soooo good. No doubt about it: Kelly Price possesses a voice that makes you want to holler because it sounds soooo good. Since stepping out from backup singer to front-and-center R&B chanteuse…

  13. House of Blues, Chicago

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "We take it back to the days of yes y'allin,' " Jurassic 5 rhymed to the sold-out House of Blues, effectively drawing out the blueprint for the Cali-based hip-hop collective's success: old-school hip- "We take it back to the days of yes y'allin,' "…

  14. Apollo Theater, New York

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT New York's Apollo Theater was the perfect setting for a stop on Billboard Century Award honoree Annie Lennox's first solo tour. Bare, the singer's forthcoming J Records album, delves deeper into the b New York's Apollo Theater was the perfect setting for a stop on…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Darryl Worley and Burt Bacharach. SEVENTH FRAME: Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" (DreamWorks) continues its run atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks, making it the longest-running No. 1 of 2003, and one of the…

  16. Former Stone Bill Wyman Rolls On

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bill Wyman may no longer be a Rolling Stone but he still keeps himself busy. Apart from recording and touring with his band the Rhythm Kings, the former Stones bassist is now a documentary maker and p Bill Wyman may no longer be a Rolling Stone but he still keeps himself busy. Apart from…

  17. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at the 13th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, including songwriter of the year, hot Latin track of the y 2002 - Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at…

  18. Wyclef Wings It To J Records

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop jack-of-all-trades Wyclef Jean has signed with J Records as a recording artist and is working on a new studio album. Jean, who was formerly signed to Columbia, had inked an imprint deal with J Hip-hop jack-of-all-trades Wyclef Jean has signed with J Records as a recording artist and…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Husband and wife team Vince Gill and Amy Grant help raise approximately $300,000 at the 9th Annual Vinny pro-celebrity golf tournament at Legends Club of Tennessee in Franklin, Tenn. 2001 - Husband and wife team Vince Gill and Amy Grant help raise approximately $300…

  20. Top Stars Sign On For MTV's Rap Battle Finale

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris, Joe Budden, Method Man, Cam'ron, Noreaga, Keith Murray, and others will be on hand May 17 for the finals of MTV's "MC Battle," set to air live that afternoon from the network's New York stud Ludacris, Joe Budden, Method Man, Cam'ron, Noreaga, Keith…

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