1. Bowie Gets Back To 'Reality'

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Having scored numerous hits, reinvented himself several times and amassed truckloads of credibility, David Bowie was already an icon of rock music and pop culture by the time the '80s were half over. Having scored numerous hits, reinvented himself several times and amassed truckloads of…

  2. Clay Aiken 'Measures' Up On RCA Debut

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In June, Aiken sat down with Billboard's Fred Bronson for a lengthy interview about his experiences on "American Idol." Last week they met up again, to discuss Aiken's debut CD track-by-track in a con It would be difficult to find anyone in the U.S. who has not heard of…

  3. Stumble Into Grace

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Emmylou Harris continues to mine the sedate, enticing vibe that animated her last two studio albums, "Wrecking Ball" and "Red Dirt Girl." Malcolm Burn, who produced the latter set, again lends his lig Emmylou Harris continues to mine the sedate, enticing vibe that animated…

  4. Me & My Brother

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After years of thriving in the South, crunk music is now everywhere. After years of thriving in the South, crunk music is now everywhere. Crunk veterans Ying Yang Twins look to take full advantage of the sub-genre's newfound fame with their TVT debut, "Me & My Brother." The…

  5. The Jealous Kind

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Chris Knight's follow-up to "Pretty Good Guy" (2001) is a return to country music's dark side, with spare, unobtrusive instrumentation. Chris Knight's follow-up to "Pretty Good Guy" (2001) is a return to country music's dark side, with spare,…

  6. I Just Want You

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With six previous minor-label albums to her credit during the past decade, blue-eyed gospel/soul songstress Vicki Yohe makes a long overdue jump to the big leagues. With six previous minor-label albums to her credit during the past decade, blue-eyed gospel/soul songstress Vicki Yohe makes a…

  7. This Day in Music

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Rhonda Vincent and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack are big winners at the 12th annual International Bluegrass Music Assn. Awards. 2001 - Rhonda Vincent and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack are big winners at the 12th annual…

  8. Britney Marks AOL's 100th 'First Listen'

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The single will serve as a milestone for the "First Listen" program, as it is the 100th track streamed in its 21-month existence. A stream of Britney Spears' new single , "Me Against the Music" featuring Madonna, is available today (Oct. 3) to AOL members as part of…

  9. Queen Latifah Inks Multi-Faceted Deal

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Queen Latifah has signed a multimedia deal with production company Creative Battery, promoter AEG Live and Vector Recordings, Billboard reports exclusively in the Oct. 11, 2003, issue. The one-off dea Queen Latifah has signed a multimedia deal with production company Creative Battery,…

  10. Plant Travels To 'Timbuktu' And Back

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hoping to capitalize further on the summer success of Led Zeppelin's "How the West Was Won" CD and the accompanying DVD "Led Zeppelin," Atlantic Records is releasing "Sixty Six to Timbuktu," a two-CD Hoping to capitalize further on the summer success of Led…

  11. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Uncle Kracker and Dobie Gray, Santana, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Lorrie Morgan, Hank Williams, Jr., Meat Loaf and more. THE BIG 'DRIFT' : Uncle Kracker and Dobie Gray continue to fend off all challengers, retaining pole position…

  12. Chart Beat Chat

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Metallica, Clay Aiken, Erykah Badu, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley. METALLICA'S METAL (AND CLAY AIKEN, TOO) Dear Mr. Bronson, My husband and I have a debate going. He says that Metallica's "black" album went double-platinum in 12 days and I am…

  13. Original Primus Lineup Readies Theater Tour

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Primus last toured four years ago. If you count how long it has been since the San Francisco band hit the road with its original band members, it's seven. But fans have not forgotten the avant-garde a Primus last toured four years ago. If you count how long it has been since the San…

  14. Dannii Minogue Ponders The 'X-Factor'

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It is not easy growing up in the shadow of a more famous sibling, but Dannii Minogue is doing just fine. Released earlier this year, her fourth international album, "Neon Nights," has been certified g It is not easy growing up in the shadow of a more famous sibling, but Dannii…

  15. Best Buy Gets Exclusive On Stones DVD

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones have struck an exclusive deal with Minneapolis-based retailer Best Buy to carry the band's new "Four Flicks" DVD set, containing more than 50 songs and previously unreleased footage The Rolling Stones have struck an exclusive deal with Minneapolis-based…

  16. Peter, Paul & Mary 'Carry' Out New Box Set

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rhino Records will celebrate the career of legendary folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary Nov. 11 with two new releases -- a four-disc box set including previously unreleased tracks and an all-new studio Rhino Records will celebrate the career of legendary folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary Nov. 11…

  17. Jackson's 'Number Ones' Compiled For CD, DVD

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's biggest hits have been collected for Epic's Nov. 18 release of "Number Ones," an 18-track CD or 15-track DVD, Billboard.com has learned. The album will include a brand new single, "O Michael Jackson's biggest hits have been collected for Epic&…

  18. 'Baby Boy' Holds Down Singles Chart Lead

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Baby Boy" from Beyonce and Sean Paul maintains its grip on Billboard's Hot 100 for a second-straight week. The cut also leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for the third "Baby Boy" from Beyonce and Sean Paul maintains its grip on…

  19. Diddy-Guided Da Band Faces Make-Or-Break

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT When MTV televised the Sept. 10 finale of "Making the Band 2," it was a ratings smash, pulling in a 2.1 rating (which equals 3 million viewers), according to Nielsen Media Research. When MTV televised the Sept. 10 finale of "Making the Band 2," it was a ratings smash,…

  20. Billboard Bits: Crown Royal, Microsoft, Memphis Bleek

    October 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Crown Royal, Microsoft, Memphis Bleek The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire will provide the musical muscle for the upcoming Crown Royal Comedy Soul Festival, which will hit 20 U.S. markets beginning Nov. 13 in Atlanta. The shows will be hosted by comedian Bruce Bruce and will…

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