1. P. Diddy Slates Broadway Debut

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will make his Broadway debut in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," Lorraine Hansbury's landmark drama about a black family moving into an all-white Chicago neighborhood. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will make his Broadway debut in a revival…

  2. Billboard Bits: Timberlake, Frames, Raitt/Hinojosa

    December 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Stories on Justin Timberlake, the Frames, and Bonnie Raitt and Tish Hinojosa. A Justin Timberlake club show slated for Sunday night (Dec. 20) at Dublin's intimate Vicar St. sold out in record time yesterday (Dec. 15). According to Aiken Promotions, the show at the 1,000-capacity venue…

  3. Galactic Goes 'Freezestyle'

    December 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jazz funk jam band Galactic will launch its third annual Freezestyle tour Jan. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale. The trek will include two hometown shows at New Orleans' Tipitina's during Mardi Gras, as well as t Jazz funk jam band Galactic will launch its third annual Freezestyle tour Jan. 15…

  4. Iraqi Pop Stars Plot Comeback

    December 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Iraqi pop stars, tainted by association with Saddam Hussein's rule, are slowly making a comeback, but, as in politics, it's the exiles who are hogging the limelight. Iraqi pop stars, tainted by association with Saddam Hussein's rule, are slowly making a comeback, but, as in…

  5. More From Backstage At The BMAs

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST x Fans of Sting will see the artist in a new light when his sold-out "Sacred Love" tour starts in January ... literally. "This tour will be a little more theatrical than usual," the Century Award honoree told Billboard. "I normally just concentrate on musicians and a…

  6. Billboard Bits: Strummer, Sugarcult, Polyphonic Spree

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Stories on Joe Strummer tributes, a new Sugarcult album and Polyphonic Spree holiday shows. A pair of Joe Strummer tribute shows will be staged in the coming weeks, one in the Windy City and one in the Big Apple. The Dec. 16 Chicago event at Schubas Tavern will feature former Wilco member Jay…

  7. Simple Plan, MxPx Power Punk Package

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Modern punk acts Simple Plan and MxPx will co-headline a winter tour that will feature a total of four bands on all dates. Sugarcult is on board for the entire trek, which kicks off Jan. 26 in Kansas Modern punk acts Simple Plan and MxPx will co-headline a winter tour that will feature a…

  8. Bobby Brown Charged With Battery

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Singer Bobby Brown was charged with battery yesterday (Dec. 10) in Atlanta, three days after he allegedly struck his wife, singer and actress Whitney Houston. Fulton County police spokesman Kurtis You Singer Bobby Brown was charged with battery yesterday (Dec. 10) in Atlanta, three days after…

  9. Memo: No Basis for Jackson Allegations

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST The boy who accuses Michael Jackson of molesting him denied it months ago to child welfare investigators who cleared the pop star of misconduct, according to a confidential memo. The boy and his brother told investigators that Jackson never sexually abused them. Their mother said Jackson…

  10. Houston Says Brown Struck Her

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Alpharetta, Ga., police were considering yesterday (Dec. 9) whether to pursue charges against singer Bobby Brown, after officers responded to a domestic abuse call by his wife Whitney Houston at their Alpharetta, Ga., police were considering yesterday (Dec. 9) whether to pursue charges…

  11. Billboard Bits: Chili Peppers, McBride, Rob Zombie

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Chili Peppers, McBride, Rob Zombie The Red Hot Chili Peppers have begun lining up summer appearances in Europe, kicking off June 5-6 at the Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park festivals in Germany. The group will also play June 10 at the Aerodrome04 in Vienna, June 15 in Paris and June 16 in…

  12. Indictments Issued In Rhode Island Club Fire

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST A Rhode Island grand jury issued criminal indictments today (Dec. 9) as a result of the Feb. 20 fire ignited by a pyrotechnics display at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., during a performa After a nearly 10-month investigation, a Rhode Island grand jury issued criminal indictments…

  13. Funk Pioneer George Clinton Arrested

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST George Clinton was arrested and charged with drug possession in Tallahassee, Fla., after allegedly telling an officer he had cocaine in his pocket. The funk music pioneer was arrested Saturday and bon George Clinton was arrested and charged with drug possession in Tallahassee, Fla., after…

  14. 'Girls Gone Wild' Inks CD Deal

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Mantra Entertainment, the company behind the successful "Girls Gone Wild" video series has teamed with Jive Records for an upcoming series of compilation CDs. Mantra Entertainment, the company behind the successful "Girls Gone Wild" video series has teamed with Jive…

  15. Will Young Overtakes U.K. Charts

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Twenty-one months after his initial, record-breaking U.K. success with "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible," former "Pop Idol" winner Will Young has the No. 1 position on both the singles and album char Twenty-one months after his initial, record-breaking U.K.…

  16. Train of Thought

    December 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST It is hardly shocking that "Train of Thought" has just seven cuts, as Dream Theater's progressive metal songs are usually epics. It is hardly shocking that "Train of Thought" has just seven cuts, as Dream Theater's progressive metal songs are usually epics. But…

  17. Indigo Girls 'Let In' New Album

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Indigo Girls will release their ninth studio album, "All That We Let In," Feb. 17 via Sony's Epic Records. The Indigo Girls will release their ninth studio album, "All That We Let In," Feb. 17 via Sony's Epic Records. For the set, the Atlanta-based duo of Amy…

  18. New Zero 7 Album 'Falls' In March

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Eclectic U.K. act Zero 7 will return March 9 with "When It Falls," its sophomore album for Quango/Palm. The Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns-led group is once again joined on the set by vocalists Sia Furl Eclectic U.K. act Zero 7 will return March 9 with "When It Falls," its…

  19. Keb' Mo' Keeps New Album 'Simple'

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Bluesman Keb' Mo' will release "Keep It Simple" on Feb. 10, his sixth recording for Sony's Epic Records. Bluesman Keb' Mo' will release "Keep It Simple" on Feb. 10, his sixth recording for Sony's Epic Records. Recorded in Los Angeles and…

  20. The Bad Plus 'Give' Again

    December 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jazz trio the Bad Plus will release its sophomore album, "Give," March 9 via Columbia. Jazz trio the Bad Plus will release its sophomore album, "Give," March 9 via Columbia. As was the group's 2003 debut, "These Are the Vistas," the new set was produced by…

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