1. Make Me Better

    September 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The former Sounds of Blackness frontwoman draws primarily on her inspirational roots here. The former Sounds of Blackness frontwoman draws primarily on her inspirational roots here. But in true Nesby fashion, she flavors the proceedings accordingly. Stirring in liberal dollops of R&B, hip…

  2. The Big Zane Theory

    September 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Zane, formerly known as Lil' Zane, attempts to enter the major leagues on his sophomore set for Priority. Zane, formerly known as Lil' Zane, attempts to enter the major leagues on his sophomore set for Priority. Taking his cue from LL Cool J and Jay-Z, Zane refashions himself as an…

  3. Sincero

    September 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It is hard to be a heartthrob for more than a minute. It is hard to be a heartthrob for more than a minute. But Puerto Rican crooner Chayanne has managed to stay on top of the game for more than 10 years—thanks to a mix of extraordinary performance skills and good A&R. Yes, his new studio…

  4. The Wind

    September 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Warren Zevon is dying of cancer, and everyone knows it. Warren Zevon is dying of cancer, and everyone knows it. "The Wind" is an intimate insight into that most personal of experiences and an Andy Kaufman-like jab at the Grim Reaper. Would you expect anything less from a guy who has…

  5. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Warren Zevon, Roxette, "Chart Beat" criteria and his busy professional schedule with readers. FINAL RELEASE Hi Fred, Being a longtime Warren Zevon fan, it's pleasing to see him back on the charts with his great new album, "The Wind." [It is] No.…

  6. Pop Stars, Rain Kick Off NFL Season

    September 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears kicked off the National Football League's 2003 season last night (Sept. 5) with a glitzy, muddy concert on Washington's National Mall. Britney Spears kicked off the National Football League's 2003 season last night (Sept. 5) with a glitzy, muddy concert on…

  7. Peaches Seeks Sexual Equality On New Disc

    September 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. With only one album under her faux-leather white belt -- "The Teaches of Peaches" -- novel performer Peaches has given new meaning to the phrase "women in rock." Salacious tracks like "F*** the Pain Away" and "…

  8. Juanes Tops Latin Grammys With Five Wins

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes fulfilled predictions of a stellar night and swept five awards at the fourth-annual Latin Grammy Awards, held last night (Sept. 3) at the AmericanAirlines Arena in M Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes fulfilled predictions of a stellar night and swept five…

  9. Bassist Tobias Exits Guided By Voices

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT On the eve of beginning an extensive touring schedule tonight (Sept. 3) in Boston, Guided By Voices Tim Tobias has left the band for unexplained reasons. On the eve of beginning an extensive touring schedule tonight (Sept. 3) in Boston, Guided By Voices Tim Tobias has left the band for…

  10. Vandross Live Album Due Next Month

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As R&B star Luther Vandross continues to recover from a debilitating April stroke, J Records will on Oct. 14 release "Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003," chronicling a Feb. 14 performance at the As R&B star Luther Vandross continues to recover from a debilitating April…

  11. Bobby Brown Released From Jail

    September 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After spending a week in a DeKalb, Ga., jail, singer Bobby Brown was released Friday on good behavior. Brown pleaded no contest Friday to charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speedin After spending a week in a DeKalb, Ga., jail, singer Bobby Brown was released Friday on good…

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

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Sept. 1-7, 2003. The fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards are the week's big story, Wednesday night on CBS, live from Miami. The show will be hosted by actor/comedian George Lopez and feature a ton of performances. Look…

  13. Tunes On TV

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 1-7, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 1 "MTV2 Presents: 22 Greatest Bands," MTV2 Featured Artists: Aerosmith, Alice In Chains, the Cure, Green Day, Guns N' Roses, Korn, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, Nine Inch…

  14. HOT COUNTRY SINGLES & TRACKS

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/country.jsp 1. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere , Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett 2. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems , Kenny Chesney 3. What Was I Thinkin' , Dierks Bentley 4. Forever And For Always , Shania Twain 5. Real Good Man , Tim McGraw Issue date: Sept 6,…

  15. Youth & Young Manhood

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It just may be time to stomp your feet and yell out loud. It just may be time to stomp your feet and yell out loud. The first full-length from Kings of Leon, fronted by three sons of a Pentecostal preacher, is a new Southern twist on the catch-all genre of garage rock. Gloriously embracing…

  16. It's Just the Night

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It is good to be the king. And that is precisely what Del McCoury—backed by arguably the most formidable bluegrass outfit in existence—remains. It is good to be the king. And that is precisely what Del McCoury—backed by arguably the most formidable bluegrass outfit in existence—remains. These…

  17. Built To Spill Opts For Tour Over New Album

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT If Built To Spill fans attending the band's upcoming tour dates wonder why more new songs aren't being played, group leader Doug Martsch tells Billboard.com the reason comes down to the sweeter things If Built To Spill fans attending the band's upcoming tour dates wonder why…

  18. Hendrix Berkeley Show Headed To CD, DVD

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Jimi Hendrix clearing house continues as Experience Hendrix/UME has set an Oct. 14 release date for the CD and limited-edition double-LP "The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- Live At Berkeley (The Secon The Jimi Hendrix clearing house continues as Experience Hendrix/UME has set an Oct. 14…

  19. Alkaline Trio To Head Vagrant Tour

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Vagrant Records has set a 33-date label showcase tour for the fall. The outing, which will feature Alkaline Trio, From Autumn To Ashes, No Motiv and Reggie & the Full Effect, kicks off Oct. 29 at Vagrant Records has set a 33-date label showcase tour for the fall. The outing, which will…

  20. Widespread Panic To Grip U.S.

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hard touring jam band Widespread Panic will travel the U.S. again this fall, with dates kicking off Sept. 24 in Bozeman, Mont. From its Northwest beginnings, the 21-city arena tour will travel across Hard touring jam band Widespread Panic will travel the U.S. again this fall, with dates…

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