1. Breaking & Entering

    December 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Jaylib and Death Cab for Cutie. IT TAKES TWO: Madlib and Jay Dee are no strangers to Billboard's charts. Jay Dee is better known as a member of Detroit-based Slum Village , and Madlib's Blue Note…

  2. Honorees React To Rock Hall Induction

    November 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST "It's just very cool," ZZ Top bassist tells Billboard.com of his band's pending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I'm very excited about it and very honored. It's great company we're kee "It's just very cool," ZZ Top bassist…

  3. Streetcore

    November 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Quite a testament. Singer/guitarist Strummer finished this moving, exciting album before his sudden death in late 2002. Quite a testament. Singer/guitarist Strummer finished this moving, exciting album before his sudden death in late 2002. It may be the most satisfying and powerful of the…

  4. No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion

    November 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Looking back on the punk explosion of the 1970s, it is remarkable just how many great bands there were. Looking back on the punk explosion of the 1970s, it is remarkable just how many great bands there were. But perhaps more impressive is the enormous range of styles played by the dozens of…

  5. Billboard Bits: Daft Punk, Ant Acid, Homestar Runner

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Daft Punk, Ant Acid, Homestar Runner Virgin will on Dec. 2 release a DVD of the animated film "Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem," which was scored by Parisian electronic duo Daft Punk. Each "movement" of the film, overseen by Japanese animation…

  6. Clint Dives Into Scoring For 'Mystic River'

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Clint Eastwood regularly has a hand in composing or assembling his movie soundtracks. And he was recently recognized for his efforts by the Henry Mancini Institute. But his highly praised new film, the intense crime drama "Mystic River,"…

  7. Billboard Bits: Harris/Matthews, Outkast, McDonalds

    November 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Harris/Matthews, Outkast, McDonalds The latest episode of CMT's "Crossroads" was taped Friday in New York, pairing upcoming tourmates Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews. Those in the audience also got a sneak peek at the all-star band for the outing: Phish guitarist Trey…

  8. Manson, Reznor Score With Video Games

    November 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST A track from Marilyn Manson's recent Nothing/Interscope album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque," will be featured on the new "Spawn Armageddon" videogame, Billboard has exclusively learned. "Use Your Fis A track from Marilyn Manson's recent Nothing/Interscope…

  9. Mescaleros Piece Together Strummer's Swan Song

    November 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When an undiagnosed congenital heart defect claimed Joe Strummer's life last December, legions of music fans were left not only stunned but feeling as though the life had been suckerpunched out of them as well. To these people, Strummer was…

  10. Old Fatman Scoop Track Tops U.K. Chart

    October 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST A four-and-a-half year-old track by a New York hip-hop DJ became the U.K.'s new No. 1 single yesterday (Oct. 27). "Be Faithful" by Fatman Scoop, a rapper and broadcaster on radio station WQHT (Hot 97) A four-and-a-half year-old track by a New York hip-hop DJ became the U.K.&…

  11. For Pavarotti, Time To Go 'Pop'

    October 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti has been a superstar for decades. He is a household name around the world -- whether his fans first encountered him on the stage of Milan's La Scala, the Hollywood Bowl or at London's Wembley Stadium. But now…

  12. Measure of a Man

    October 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Clay Aiken's "Measure of a Man" is the best pop album of 2003. Every song, every note is brimming with ambition and glory. Clay Aiken's "Measure of a Man" is the best pop album of 2003. Every song, every note is brimming with ambition and glory. Thanks to the…

  13. Virgin Preps Boatload Of Bowie Reissues

    October 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Records will this winter reissue a number of David Bowie releases, including "Black Tie White Noise," the 1989 box set "Sound + Vision" and remastered versions of "Scary Monsters," "Ziggy Stard Virgin Records will this winter reissue a number of David…

  14. With retail bins overflowing with releases

    October 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With retail bins overflowing with releases directly and indirectly associated with the Martin Scorsese-produced "The Blues" series of films on PBS, some attention should be reserved for this fall's ot With retail bins overflowing with releases directly and indirectly associated…

  15. Gary Allan Couldn't 'Care' Less About Chart Success

    October 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Although he's from Orange County, Gary Allan isn't your typical blue-eyed surfer from Southern California. This wave rider has a top-5 single on the country charts, and instead of sunglasses, his eyes are frequently shaded by a well…

  16. 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…

  17. Billboard Bits: Chemical Brothers, Streets, Anti-Piracy

    September 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Chemical Brothers, Streets, Anti-Piracy The Chemical Brothers will play spin at DJ dates next month in conjunction with the CD/DVD retrospective "Singles 93-03," due Sept. 30 from Astralwerks. The group will play Oct. 18 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Oct. 21 at…

  18. Artists, Industry React To Cash's Death

    September 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As the news spread of Johnny Cash's death today (Sept. 12) at age 71, fellow artists and members of the music industry expressed deep sadness. As the news spread of Johnny Cash's death today (Sept. 12) at age 71, fellow artists and members of the music industry expressed deep…

  19. Breaking & Entering

    September 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Los Lonely Boys & The Weakerthans. NOT LONELY ANY MORE: Texas-based threesome Los Lonely Boys have released only one album, but the soulful guitar handiwork of Henry Garza displays a relaxed confidence…

  20. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Mary J. Blige, the "Bad Boys II" soundtrack, Alan Jackson, Uncle Kracker, Aaron Neville and Clay Aiken. AT LONG LAST, 'LOVE': The Geffen label issued its first album in 1980. Now, 23 years later, the imprint claims the No.…

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