1. John Mayer Gets Heavy

    September 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When John Mayer accepted the Grammy Award for best male pop vocal performance in February, besting such veteran singer/songwriters as Sting and James Taylor, he declared, "This is very, very fast and I promise to catch up." He moves one…

  2. My Morning Jacket 'Moves' Ahead

    September 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT There's a good reason why the sweeping compositions on My Morning Jacket's ATO/RCA debut, "It Still Moves," conjure images of wide-open spaces and rolling green hills. Indeed, the quintet spent its fo There's a good reason why the sweeping compositions on My Morning…

  3. This Day in Music

    September 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Atari Teenage Riot co-founder Carl Crack dies at the age of 30. The cause of death is not announced, though Crack is understood to have undergone treatment for psychiatric problems in th 2001 - Atari Teenage Riot co-founder Carl Crack dies at the age of 30. The cause…

  4. Folk Vet Lightfoot Praises 'Beautiful' Tribute

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Canada's foremost folk troubadour of the past four decades pronounces himself "delighted" about the upcoming album release "Beautiful - A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot." "I love this tribute," Lightfoot tells…

  5. Rolling Stones To Headline SARS Festival

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones and tenor Jose Carreras are among the headliners of a four-week government-sponsored music festival that will try to restore some glitz to SARS-battered Hong Kong. The Rolling Stones and tenor Jose Carreras are among the headliners of a four-week government-sponsored music…

  6. Billboard Bits: Aerosmith, Bridge School, Guarini

    September 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Aerosmith, Bridge School, Guarini As first tipped here in July, Aerosmith will headline the National Football League kick-off event Thursday (Sept. 4) at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The veteran rock act joins previously announced performers Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and…

  7. Latin Grammys To Celebrate Celia Cruz

    September 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and Olga Tanon will lead a tribute to the late Celia Cruz during tomorrow's (Sept. 3) fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards. Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and Olga Tanon will lead a tribute to the late Celia Cruz during tomorrow's (Sept. 3) fourth annual…

  8. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Australian rocker Ted Mulry dies in a Sydney hospital, following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He is 49. 2001 - Australian rocker Ted Mulry dies in a Sydney hospital, following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He is 49. 2000 - The Doobie Brothers make 15…

  9. This Day in Music

    August 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Steve Wariner receives the 2002 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award during the Grand Ole Opry's tribute to Minnie Pearl. The previous year's winner, Kathy Mattea, presents the award to Warin 2002 - Steve Wariner receives the 2002 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award…

  10. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Rising," the Boss' first album with the E Street Band since 1987. 2002 - Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Rising," the Boss' first album with…

  11. Built To Spill Opts For Tour Over New Album

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT If Built To Spill fans attending the band's upcoming tour dates wonder why more new songs aren't being played, group leader Doug Martsch tells Billboard.com the reason comes down to the sweeter things If Built To Spill fans attending the band's upcoming tour dates wonder why…

  12. Alkaline Trio To Head Vagrant Tour

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Vagrant Records has set a 33-date label showcase tour for the fall. The outing, which will feature Alkaline Trio, From Autumn To Ashes, No Motiv and Reggie & the Full Effect, kicks off Oct. 29 at Vagrant Records has set a 33-date label showcase tour for the fall. The outing, which will…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Norwegian artists, Celia Cruz, Elton John and more with readers. IDOL, NORWEGIAN STYLE Hi Fred, I've been a fan of yours for a long time, ever since I first bought "The Billboard Book of Number One Hits" about 12 years ago. I want to tell you some chart…

  14. Ja Rule Joins Rhames' Film Gang

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ving Rhames and rapper-actor Ja Rule will star in the indie feature "Back in the Day" for writer-director James Hunter. Ving Rhames and rapper-actor Ja Rule will star in the indie feature "Back in the Day" for writer-director James Hunter. The film is slated to start…

  15. This Day in Music

    August 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Joe Thomas, co-producer of Brian Wilson's 1998 album "Imagination," countersues Melinda Wilson, the musician's wife and conservator. The suit claims that Melinda Wilson "schemed against 1999 - Joe Thomas, co-producer of Brian Wilson's…

  16. Eagles Fly High On 'Best Of'

    August 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary California rock act the Eagles will be celebrated with a two-disc retrospective, "Eagles -- The Very Best Of," due Oct. 21 from Warner Strategic Marketing. The 33-track set will include a ne Legendary California rock act the Eagles will be celebrated with a two-disc…

  17. 2003 CMA Awards Nominees

    August 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The list of final nominees for the 2003 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which will be presented Nov. 5 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and broadcast live on CBS. Below is the list of final nominees for the 2003 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which will be presented…

  18. 'Better' Watch Out: Meat Loaf Returns

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Drama-drenched rocker Meat Loaf will release a new album, "Couldn't Have Said It Better," Sept. 23 in the U.S. on Sanctuary Records. The set, which has already been released in Europe, is his first al Drama-drenched rocker Meat Loaf will release a new album, "Couldn't…

  19. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Aug. 25-31, 2003. Love 'em or hate 'em, the MTV Video Music Awards are always at least interesting. Be it the outfits on the artists of the moment, the over the top performances or, let's face it, host…

  20. Tunes On TV

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 25-31, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 25 "Today," NBC Featured Artist: LeAnn Rimes. "Charlie Rose," PBS Featured Artist: Mick Jagger. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: The…

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