1. Billboard Bits: R. Kelly, Springsteen/Scialfa, The Alarm

    October 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on R. Kelly, Springsteen/Scialfa, The Alarm R. Kelly will perform tomorrow (Oct. 24) at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton, Texas, with proceeds to benefit the families of U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq. Along with attracting personnel from nearby Fort Hood, the show will be seen…

  2. Montreal Fans Riot After Canceled Show

    October 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Angered by the cancellation of a punk concert in Montreal, dozens of people smashed windows and overturned cars, setting them ablaze last night (Oct. 14). Angered by the cancellation of a punk concert in Montreal, dozens of people smashed windows and overturned cars, setting them ablaze last…

  3. Man Ordered To Stay Away From Spears

    October 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A Santa Monica, Calif., judge ordered a Japanese businessman to stay away from Britney Spears, ruling yesterday (Oct. 7) he was "was abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears." A Santa Monica, Calif., judge ordered a Japanese businessman to stay away from Britney Spears, ruling…

  4. Peas, Dido Top U.K. Charts

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Polydor) became the first single in five years to log five weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. when the new charts were released yesterday (Oct. 5). Meanwhile, Did Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Polydor) became…

  5. Grand Champ

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT DMX is up to his old tricks on "Grand Champ." The ferocious Yonkers, N.Y., native unleashes another set (his fifth) of high-octane street anthems and soulful songs of regret. DMX is up to his old tricks on "Grand Champ." The ferocious Yonkers, N.Y., native unleashes…

  6. Coroner: Death At Spector Home A Homicide

    September 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The February shooting death of an actress at the home of record producer Phil Spector was ruled a homicide today (Sept. 22) by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The February shooting death of an actress at the home of record producer Phil Spector was ruled a homicide today (Sept.…

  7. Crunk King Lil Jon Readies CD/DVD

    September 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Part II," a Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz CD/DVD, will be released Nov. 25 via TVT. "Part II," a Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz CD/DVD, will be released Nov. 25 via TVT. The DVD is a video diary of the Dirty South rap act's rise to popularity, while the audio…

  8. Detectives Submit Findings On Spector

    September 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sheriff's detectives say they have concluded that legendary record producer Phil Spector was responsible for the shooting death of an actress and have submitted their findings to prosecutors. Sheriff's detectives say they have concluded that legendary record producer Phil Spector…

  9. Dizzee Rascal Takes U.K.'s Mercury Prize

    September 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Dizzee Rascal was awarded the U.K.'s 2003 Mercury Music Prize at a ceremony tonight (Sept. 9) in London. The 18-year-old MC/producer's debut, "Boy In Da Corner," was released in July by XL Recordings Dizzee Rascal was awarded the U.K.'s 2003 Mercury Music Prize at a…

  10. State Property Presents the Chain Gang, Volume 2

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT While most labels are satisfied with their crews and cliques, Roc-a-Fella's burgeoning roster of talent can only be described as an army. While most labels are satisfied with their crews and cliques, Roc-a-Fella's burgeoning roster of talent can only be described as an army. The…

  11. This Day in Music

    August 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Ash drummer Rick McMurray is injured as the band's tour bus driver tries to avoid a shredded tire on Oregon's Interstate 5. The bus, which is carrying the Irish band between Area2 tour g 2002 - Ash drummer Rick McMurray is injured as the band's tour…

  12. Billboard Bits: Kevin Richardson, Iron Maiden, SOAD

    July 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Kevin Richardson, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down The Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson will reprise his role as Billy Flynn in the stage production of "Chicago" when he joins the show's U.S. touring company for its Aug. 5-24 stay at San Francisco's Golden Gate…

  13. Decoration Day

    July 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After a short-lived association with Lost Highway, Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers make their move to West Coast roots indie New West. After a short-lived association with Lost Highway, Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers make their move to West Coast roots indie New West. Their label debut…

  14. Breaking And Entering

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Drive-By Truckers, Mogwai, Yonder Mountain String Band A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. KEEP ON TRUCKIN': A little-known cult act two…

  15. George Jones Celebrates Gospel

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Talk to George Jones these days and the country music icon readily admits he's a changed man. Following a near-fatal car accident in 1999, he gave up alcohol and cigarettes and rediscovered his faith in God. That spiritual renewal fuels…

  16. AOL Offers 50 Cent, Taylor, Train, Jewel First Listens

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Beginning today (March 28) AOL Music's First Listen program will debut four new songs from four different artists -- 50 Cent, James Taylor, Train, and Jewel -- over the next four days. Each of the tra Beginning today (March 28) AOL Music's First Listen program will debut four new…

  17. Tha Row Soundtrack All In The 'Family'

    February 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Suge Knight's Tha Row record label has set a March 25 release date for the soundtrack to the film "Dysfunktional Family," a biopic about comedian Eddie Griffin. The soundtrack will feature tracks by t Suge Knight's Tha Row record label has set a March 25 release date for…

  18. Police: Spector Met Woman Hours Before Death

    February 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Police think legendary rock producer Phil Spector murdered an actress in the foyer of his hilltop home just hours after meeting her at the House of Blues nightclub on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip where s Police think legendary rock producer Phil Spector murdered an actress in the foyer of…

  19. Ice Cube Defrosts Back Catalog For Reissues

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Priority/Capitol will release expanded versions of Ice Cube's first four album in coming weeks. On Feb. 25, "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" and "Death Certificate" will be issued, with "The Predator" and "L Priority/Capitol will release expanded versions…

  20. DJ Envy Comes To The 'Party'

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Mix-tape DJs have long been considered to have the ear of the streets. Many of today's top artists made names for themselves on mix tapes. And DJs like Funkmaster Flex, DJ Clue, and Tony Touch have all parlayed early mix-tape success into…

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