1. Friends in the Can

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Longtime blues fans know this band from the days of Bob "the Bear" Hite and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. Longtime blues fans know this band from the days of Bob "the Bear" Hite and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. The only remaining member from those days is…

  2. Bonnaroo NE Festival Canceled

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Bonnaroo NE festival, which was to feature the Dead, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan over the course of Aug. 8-10 at Enterprise Park in Riverhead, N.Y., has been canceled. The Field Day festival was sche The Bonnaroo NE festival, which was to feature the Dead, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan over the…

  3. Pires Extends Global Reach

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com The rise and rise of Alexandre Pires can be seen as a case study of many things: • Breaking a new act in the U.S. Latin market. • Successfully crossing over a Brazilian, Portuguese-speaking singer into the Spanish-language Latin…

  4. Santana In No Hurry On All-Spanish Album

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The idea that Carlos Santana could mine the Spanish-language marketplace is one that his label, Arista, and sister label BMG U.S. Latin have toyed with for years. The idea that Carlos Santana could mine the Spanish-language marketplace is one that his label, Arista, and sister label BMG U.S.…

  5. Field Day Fest Slowly Moving Forward

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After dire reports that the Field Day festival, scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, N.Y., may be cancelled, the event appears to be slowly moving forward. Organizers still lack a required mass gather After dire reports that the Field Day festival, scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, N.Y.,…

  6. Plan Could Signal End Of MCA Brand

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Before the end of the year, the MCA moniker -- first used in 1924 -- may cease to exist. Sources say the current plan is to eliminate the MCA Records brand, which is home to such artists as Shaggy and Before the end of the year, the MCA moniker -- first used in 1924 -- may cease to exist.…

  7. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A. club scene in the 1980s, dies of liver failure. He is 46. James "Top Jimmy" Paul Konceck found his greatest fame in a Van Hal 2001 - Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A.…

  8. Nashville Matriarch June Carter Cash Dies

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Country singer/songwriter June Carter Cash, the wife of Johnny Cash, died in Nashville yesterday (May 15) after complications from heart surgery. She was 73. Her family, including her husband, was at Country singer/songwriter June Carter Cash, the wife of Johnny Cash, died in Nashville…

  9. Fever to Tell

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Armed with an EP, a single, a mountain of buzz, and singer Karen O's fashion sense, Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Yeah Yeah Yeahs have chosen Interscope to make their full-length debut. Armed with an EP, a single, a mountain of buzz, and singer Karen O's fashion sense, Brooklyn, N.Y.'s…

  10. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Glen Larson and Stu Phillips (thanks to Panjabi MC), Blue Man Group, Jewel, Wynonna, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, and American Idol Finalists. GOOD KNIGHT: Two names with long histories on Billboard's Hot 100 are back on the chart, thanks to a…

  11. Police Arrest Creed Guitarist Impersonator

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Police in Clearwater, Fla., have arrested a man for impersonating Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. Over the past few weeks, a man staying at beach hotels claimed to be Tremonti and even handed out autog Police in Clearwater, Fla., have arrested a man for impersonating Creed guitarist Mark…

  12. B.B. King Album 'Reflects' On Range Of Standards

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King's next album, "Reflections," will find the veteran artist exploring jazz, pop, and even country standards, as well as his trademark blues. Due June 10 via MCA, the set finds King performing B.B. King's next album, "Reflections," will find the veteran…

  13. Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band

    April 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This three-disc compilation of Duke Ellington classics supersedes a similarly titled, sometimes harsh-sounding collection released in the early CD era and adds several fine alternate takes to the boun This three-disc compilation of Duke Ellington classics supersedes a similarly titled,…

  14. R.I. Town Considers Nightclub Fire Memorial

    April 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Authorities in the Rhode Island town where a nightclub fire killed 99 people are asking the victims' survivors to decide if the site should be turned into a memorial. Authorities in the Rhode Island town where a nightclub fire killed 99 people are asking the victims' survivors to…

  15. Gallagher, Weller Aid Death In Vegas' 'Scorpio'

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Tim Holmes and Richard Fearless, aka U.K. electronica duo Death In Vegas, are set to return June 17 with the North American release of "Scorpio Rising" on Sanctuary Records. Tim Holmes and Richard Fearless, aka U.K. electronica duo Death In Vegas, are set to return June 17 with the…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken rampage on a trans-Atlantic flight a year before. 2002 - R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken…

  17. Stax Museum Opening To Feature Star Performances

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Memphis will bear witness to performances by some of soul music's all-time greats at the grand opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, set for April 29-May 1. The celebration will include c Memphis will bear witness to performances by some of soul music's all-time greats…

  18. Yol Bolsin

    March 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Sevara Nazarkhan is an Uzbek singer/ songwriter who possesses a repertoire of beautiful original songs and a voice that is nothing if not spellbinding. Sevara Nazarkhan is an Uzbek singer/ songwriter who possesses a repertoire of beautiful original songs and a voice that is nothing if not…

  19. Poll: Celebrities Welcome To Express Opinions

    March 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Celebrities should continue to express their opinions on world events, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Of 9,082 voters, 61% had no problem with musicians, actors, and other publi Celebrities should continue to express their opinions on world events, according to a…

  20. Dust

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Lawrence Muggerud, the artist better-known as DJ Muggs (or Muggs for short), staked a considerable reputation as the creator of Cypress Hill's powerhouse funky sound. Lawrence Muggerud, the artist better-known as DJ Muggs (or Muggs for short), staked a considerable reputation as the…

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