1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Little Peggy March, "American Idol," Celine Dion's Adult Contemporary chart success, Jennifer Lopez, singles and Ireland's contributions to the annual Eurovision Song Contest. ASKING ABOUT MARCH IN APRIL Dear Fred, I noticed in your "Chart Beat…

  2. Aerosmith Gets The Blues

    April 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Considering Aerosmith's sizeable presence on the pop landscape and its place in rock history, it's a bit funny to hear guitarist Joe Perry relay that the group is working on a new album in his basemen Considering Aerosmith's sizeable presence on the pop landscape and its place…

  3. 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…

  4. Legacy Tells 'The Story Of The Blues'

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Columbia/Legacy will release a two-CD blues anthology on June 3 as a prelude to Martin Scorsese's seven-part PBS series on the genre. Columbia/Legacy will release a two-CD blues anthology on June 3 as a prelude to Martin Scorsese's seven-part PBS series on the genre. Titled "…

  5. Cheap Trick Offers Something 'Special'

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rock act Cheap Trick will release its first new studio album since 1997, "Special One," on July 8. The set will be issued through the band's own Cheap Trick Unlimited label in conjunction with Veteran rock act Cheap Trick will release its first new studio album since…

  6. Breaking & Entering

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard's charts. This week: The Black Keys, Kathleen Edwards, Finch, and Liam Lynch. Welcome to Breaking & Entering, a weekly column launched with the redesign of Billboard.com. Each Wednesday, we'll take a look at…

  7. Earth, Wind & Fire 'Promise' New Album, Tour

    April 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT R&B/soul veterans Earth, Wind & Fire are returning with a new album, "The Promise," due May 20 on Kalimba Records. It's the first album of new studio material in six years for the band, which R&B/soul veterans Earth, Wind & Fire are returning with a new album, …

  8. 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,…

  9. Music From the NBC Television Series Crossing Jordan

    April 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Helmed by T-Bone Burnett and Craig Street, the soundtrack to the music-intensive TV crime drama series gets ultra-hip artists to cover songs not necessarily associated with them—all with eerie Helmed by T-Bone Burnett and Craig Street, the soundtrack to the music-intensive TV crime drama…

  10. Aerosmith Looks To Standards For Blues Album

    April 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Aerosmith will likely enter the studio sometime in the next two or three weeks to begin recording its much-discussed blues album for Columbia, guitarist Joe Perry tells Billboard.com. Blind Willie McT Aerosmith will likely enter the studio sometime in the next two or three weeks to begin…

  11. This Day in Music

    April 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>James Al Hendrix, who introduced his son, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, to music, dies after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is 82. 2002 - James Al Hendrix, who introduced his son, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, to music, dies after a long battle with…

  12. Police Probe Alleged Sharon Osbourne Fight

    April 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Police are investigating an alleged fight between Sharon Osbourne and a Hollywood agent in a restaurant, a Los Angeles police department spokesperson said. The incident occurred last Thursday at Koi J Police are investigating an alleged fight between Sharon Osbourne and a Hollywood agent in a…

  13. Music Flicks Herald AFI Center Opening

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blues shouters, soul survivors, and fictional folkies were in the spotlight when the American Film Institute (AFI) opened its new Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md., over the las Blues shouters, soul survivors, and fictional folkies were in the spotlight when the…

  14. Hot Product

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- Country artist Jessica Andrews' "Now" (DreamWorks). -- A retrospective from singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, "Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection" (Mailboat/MCA). -- Reggae artist…

  15. Elephant

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The tandem of Jack and Meg White is at the top of its game on the follow-up to 2001's breakout hit, White Blood Cells. The tandem of Jack and Meg White is at the top of its game on the follow-up to 2001's breakout hit, White Blood Cells. Like its three predecessors, Elephant is…

  16. Diddy Gets The Blues In HBO Film

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will star as 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson in the HBO Films feature "Love in Vain," which Tim Blake Nelson will helm. Production begins in September in Mississippi. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will star as 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson…

  17. 2003 Music Video Production Association Awards

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music Video Production Association Awards The following are the nominees for the 2003 Music Video Production Assn. Awards, to be presented May 8 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. The awards are given to the video's director and production company, except for categories…

  18. Bone Crusher Gets 'Attenchun!'

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Atlanta MC Bone Crusher signed with So So Def/Arista, his pile-driving, electronica-edged independent hip-hop single, "Never Scared," had already made a dent at local radio. Now his debut album, "Attenchun!," is ready to…

  19. Clash Videos Rounded Up For 'Essential' DVD

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of last month's double-disc "Essential Clash" retrospective album, Epic has set a June 10 release date for "The Essential Clash DVD," Billboard.com has learned. On the heels of last month's double-disc " Essential Clash " retrospective…

  20. Avril Nabs Four Juno Awards

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With four wins, Avril Lavigne triumphed last night (April 6) at Canada's 2003 Juno Awards. The 18-year-old artist was nominated for six awards and took home trophies for best album and pop album for h With four wins, Avril Lavigne triumphed last night (April 6) at Canada's 2003 Juno…

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