1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the influence of Indian music, the Dixie Chicks controversy, and songs covered by international artists with readers. SENSING A CONNECTION Fred, Sean Paul blasts his way toward the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with his Diwali-influenced "Get Busy." Diwali…

  2. Billboard Bits: Prince Paul, Sonic Youth, Howie Day

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Prince Paul, Sonic Youth, Howie Day Although details are still being finalized, acclaimed hip-hop producer Prince Paul will release his next solo album, "Politics of the Business," May 6 via Razor & Tie. The album is said to be a commentary on the state of the music…

  3. Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 2

    January 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Producers Tony Joseph and Darryl Ross again bring together the worlds of hip-hop and jazz for the second volume of Hidden Beach's Unwrapped series. Producers Tony Joseph and Darryl Ross again bring together the worlds of hip-hop and jazz for the second volume of Hidden Beach's…

  4. Ja Rule, Eve Hit The Road

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ja Rule will be hitting the road later this month for a host of dates in the eastern half of the U.S. The run will kick off Jan. 29 and is currently scheduled to last through a Feb. 20 show in Rapper Ja Rule will be hitting the road later this month for a host of dates in the eastern…

  5. Avril Skates To No. 1 In The U.K.

    January 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Avril Lavigne's debut Arista album, "Let Go," having already shipped 600,000 units in the U.K., received a major international boost yesterday (Jan. 5) when it hit No. 1 on the U.K. album chart for th Avril Lavigne's debut Arista album, "Let Go," having already…

  6. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z, Erick Sermon, R. Rock Town Fair

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST News ons Jay-Z, Erick Sermon, Rolling Rock Town Fair Rapper Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) has pacted with sportswear manufacturer Reebok to market an athletic shoe line to be called the "S. Carter Collection by Rbk." Due out in June, the initial shoe will be available in "…

  7. Eminem Tightens Grip On Billboard Charts

    November 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST Eminem's "Lose Yourself" continues to gain radio play and maintains its grip on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second-straight week. This gives the rapper control of Billboard's two major charts, after t Eminem's "Lose Yourself" continues to gain radio play and…

  8. Top Artists Flock To NYC 'Jingle Ball'

    October 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST Justin Timberlake, Ja Rule, and Ashanti are among those who will help WHTZ (Z100) New York continue a tradition as the station stages its annual Jingle Ball concert Dec. 12 at the city's Madison Squar Justin Timberlake, Ja Rule, and Ashanti are among those who will help WHTZ (Z100) New…

  9. Bon Jovi 'Bounces' To No. 2 As Elvis Still Reigns

    October 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi boundes onto The Billboard 200 as "Bounce" (Island) bows at No. 2 on first week sales of 160,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While it was enough to earn the group its highest debut Bon Jovi boundes onto The Billboard 200 as "Bounce" (Island) bows at No.…

  10. This Day in Music

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles, ""Dig In,"" by Lenny Kravitz and ""Go 2001 - For the first time ever, the Recording…

  11. R&B/Hip-Hop Heavy Hitters Lead 'Undisputed'

    December 21, 2001 12:00 AM EST Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, the Ruff Ryders featuring Swizz Beatz, and Cash Money Millionaires will be featured on the upcoming Cash Money/Universal soundtrack to the Miramax film "Undisputed. Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, the Ruff Ryders featuring Swizz Beatz, and Cash…

  12. Music

    November 10, 2001 12:00 AM EST You might call it a comeback: Building upon the success of his chart-topping single, "Music," Erick Sermon makes his triumphant return to the game with his J Records debut of the same name. You might call it a comeback: Building upon the success of his chart-topping single, "…

  13. Jackson Leads Eight Top-20 Debuts

    November 08, 2001 12:00 AM EST As anticipated, Michael Jackson scores his fifth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with the long awaited Epic album "Invincible." The set leads eight top-20 debuts on sales of 366,000 units, according to Sou As anticipated, Michael Jackson scores his fifth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with…

  14. Sermon's Label, Manager Refute Suicide Attempt

    October 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Erick Sermon's label and manager are refuting published accounts that the injuries the rapper suffered last week were the result of a suicide attempt from a third-story window. Earlier reports said th Erick Sermon's label and manager are refuting published accounts that the injuries…

  15. Police Investigating Sermon's Injuries

    October 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The extensive injuries sustained Sept. 25 by rapper Erick Sermon were apparently the result of a plunge from a third-story window, rather than a car accident on a rain-slicked road, as originally clai The extensive injuries sustained Sept. 25 by rapper Erick Sermon were apparently the result…

  16. Erick Sermon Stable After Car Accident

    September 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Erick Sermon was in critical but stable condition today (Sept. 28) after slamming his Mercedes-Benz into a cement divider on a highway. Sermon, 32, suffered broken bones and internal bleeding a Rapper Erick Sermon was in critical but stable condition today (Sept. 28) after slamming his…

  17. Cypress Hill Alters Smoke Out Schedule

    September 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Cypress Hill-organized Smoke Out festival has undergone a series of logistical changes, with a Sept. 29 date in Holmdel, N.J., postponed while producers look for another New York-area location. An The Cypress Hill-organized Smoke Out festival has undergone a series of logistical changes,…

  18. Top Stars Cover Marvin Gaye For Charity

    September 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Some of the music industry's biggest stars, including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys, are participating in sessions for a new recording Some of the music industry's biggest stars, including Britney Spears,…

  19. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A recap of late R&B star Aaliyah's chart performance, and a look at R&B acts who debuted in the 1960s who appear on the charts today, plus stories on Blu Cantrell, Jennifer Lopez, and Ja Rule. IN TRIBUTE: It was just a little over seven years ago that a young R&B singer by…

  20. Deftones, Busta Join Cypress Hill's Smoke Out

    August 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The initial slate of acts for Cypress Hill's fourth annual Smoke Out festival, which this year will play dates outside of Southern California for the first time, includes hard rock act the Deftones, r The initial slate of acts for Cypress Hill's fourth annual Smoke Out festival,…

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