1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Pop radio, Annie Lennox, and "American Idol." HOT STUFF, AND NOT Fred, You mentioned in a recent column that pop radio in America might be turning its back on Celine Dion. Could this be part of a…

  2. Tortoise Crawling Along On New Album

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Chicago instrumental rock outfit Tortoise is eyeing an early 2004 release for its fifth Thrill Jockey album, multi-instrumentalist John McEntire tells Billboard.com. "We have been working very sporadi Chicago instrumental rock outfit Tortoise is eyeing an early 2004 release for its fifth…

  3. James Brown Pardoned For Crimes In S.C.

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT James Brown had plenty of reasons to feel good yesterday (May 20) as South Carolina officials pardoned the soul legend for his past crimes in that state. Brown, who served a two-and-a-half-year prison James Brown had plenty of reasons to feel good yesterday (May 20) as South Carolina…

  4. Rapper Camoflauge Fatally Shot

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Camoflauge (real name: Jason Johnson), whose homespun albums made him a celebrity in Savannah, Ga., while flirting with greater fame, was fatally shot while walking with his toddler son outside Rapper Camoflauge (real name: Jason Johnson), whose homespun albums made him a celebrity in…

  5. Breaking & Entering

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Goldfrapp, New Pornographers, Prefuse 73, and Tomahawk. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. GOLD RECORD: Goldfrapp 's 2000 debut "Felt…

  6. Ricky Martin Makes Plans 'For The Children'

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. While preparing to release his first Spanish-language album in five years, Ricky Martin has launched a new initiative with the aim of fighting child pornography and prostitution worldwide. Called People for the Children, the project is part of…

  7. Steely Dan Extends Tour Into Fall

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July 23 in Costa Mesa, Calif., has announced a second leg of dates that stretch into the fall. The trek will now Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July…

  8. Live Takes Flight With 'Birds'

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Not only does Live's new Radioactive/MCA album "Birds of Pray" (due May 20) sonically hark back to the band's early days of guitar-driven power-pop, but it also shows Live performing with the same high level of energy with…

  9. The story behind the unlikely love story of a

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The story behind the unlikely love story of a multi-millionaire (Hugh Grant) and an activist lawyer (Sandra Bullock) comes to life through this disc's explanatory extras. In addition to commentary fro The story behind the unlikely love story of a multi-millionaire (Hugh Grant) and an…

  10. CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Skater boys weren't anywhere near the stateside debut of Avril Lavigne's Try to Shut Me Up tour April 15 at the CSU Convocation Center. Skater boys weren't anywhere near the stateside debut of Avril Lavigne's Try to Shut Me Up tour April 15 at the CSU Convocation Center.…

  11. Metal Mavens Schedule DVDs, Tour

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Iron Maiden and Dio have more in common than their status as veterans of the heavy metal scene. Both will release DVDs in July, shortly before hooking up with stalwart metal act Motorhead for a summer Iron Maiden and Dio have more in common than their status as veterans of the heavy metal…

  12. Santana Tour Benefits South African AIDS Fight

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Carlos Santana will donate all proceeds from his entire 2003 North American tour to Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), which raises funds to fight AIDS. Carlos Santana will donate all proceeds from his entire 2003 North American tour to Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), which raises…

  13. 2003 BET Awards Nominees

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT BET Awards nominees. The awards will be handed out at a June 24 ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Below is a list of the 2003 BET Awards nominees. The awards will be handed out at a June 24 ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Best group: B2K Clipse Floetry Mary Mary…

  14. LL Cool J, Dru Hill Plan Summer Tour

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J has confirmed 18 dates for a summer tour that will include support from Def Jam labelmate Dru Hill. The trek begins June 7 with a show at Baltimore's Camden Yards, with a number of dates sti LL Cool J has confirmed 18 dates for a summer tour that will include support from Def…

  15. Lou Rawls Won't Face Battery Charges

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A judge tossed out a charge of battery against entertainer Lou Rawls, who had been accused of shoving his girlfriend at an Albuquerque, N.M., hotel. Prosecutors then told the judge there was insuffici A judge tossed out a charge of battery against entertainer Lou Rawls, who had been accused…

  16. 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…

  17. Presley, Isaak Team For Summer Tour

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lisa Marie Presley will hook up with crooner Chris Isaak for a number of dates on his summer tour. Presley will open from a July 11 show in Boston through an Aug. 9 appearance in Minneapolis. The run Lisa Marie Presley will hook up with crooner Chris Isaak for a number of dates on his summer…

  18. Hot Product

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alkaline Trio Underground rock outfit Alkaline Trio releases its next studio album, "Good Mourning," this week via Vagrant Records. The follow up to 2001's "From Here to Infirmary" was tracked at Cello Studios in Los Angeles with producer Joe McGrath (Blink 182, R.L.…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses Joni Mitchell, Apple's iTunes, last name chart coincidences, James Ingram, and Madonna, with readers. TRAVELS WITH JONI Hi Fred, As a longtime Joni Mitchell fan (and chart junkie), I have a few Joni-related chart questions: First,…

  20. 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…

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