1. Billboard Bits: 'Johnny English,' matchbox, Earle

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Johnny English,' matchbox, Earle U.K. pop star Robbie Williams has contributed the new song "A Man for All Seasons" to Decca's "Johnny English" soundtrack. Due July 15, the set also features several tracks by female string quartet Bond, one by…

  2. NYC's SummerStage Salutes The Blues

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT SummerStage, an annual fixture of outdoor arts and entertainment performances in New York's Central Park, will open with a weekend of blues-themed programming to coincide with the Congress-designated SummerStage, an annual fixture of outdoor arts and entertainment performances in New…

  3. American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The American Idol product machine picks up steam with this set of familiar pop tunes covered by 11 of the 12 finalists from the Fox-TV show (conspicuously absent is finalist Vanessa Olivera). The American Idol product machine picks up steam with this set of familiar pop tunes covered by 11 of…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses Joni Mitchell, Apple's iTunes, last name chart coincidences, James Ingram, and Madonna, with readers. TRAVELS WITH JONI Hi Fred, As a longtime Joni Mitchell fan (and chart junkie), I have a few Joni-related chart questions: First,…

  5. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at the 13th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, including songwriter of the year, hot Latin track of the y 2002 - Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel takes home four honors at…

  6. This Day in Music

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return To Sender" and "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley _ dies of a heart attack. He is 70. 2002 - Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including…

  7. Metallica Debuts New Song, Bassist At MTV Tribute

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Playing in public for the first time with new bassist Rob Trujillo, Metallica ran through a fast and furious medley of songs at the "mtvICON" tribute concert for the veteran metal act Saturday in Los Playing in public for the first time with new bassist Rob Trujillo, Metallica ran…

  8. QOTSA Keeping New Songs To Themselves

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Queens Of The Stone Age have approximately 25 new songs in the pipeline for their next Interscope studio album, but guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme tells Billboard.com fans shouldn't hold their breath t Queens Of The Stone Age have approximately 25 new songs in the pipeline for their next…

  9. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Other key titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- Acclaimed folk/rock artist Richard Thompson's "The Old Kit Bag" (Cooking Vinyl/spinART). -- Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson's "On and On" (Universal). -- Canadian rock outfit New Pornographers…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pa. 2002 - Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on…

  11. 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…

  12. Gilman Gives Stepanek's 'Heartsongs' A Musical Voice

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Even at age 12 when he scored with his debut single, "One Voice," Billy Gilman showed unusual maturity. Now, with "Music Through Heartsongs - Songs Based on the Poems of Mattie J.T. Stepanek," Gilman, who turns 15 May 24, has…

  13. Breaking & Entering

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. This week: Lynne Arriale, Thicke, Stagga Lee, and Hot Hot Heat. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. THE PIANIST: Lynne Arriale , a…

  14. Rapper Freaky Zeeky Stable After Shooting

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT What police are describing as a case of road rage is at the heart of a shooting involving rapper Freaky Zeeky (real name: Ezekial James) in New York. A member of the Diplomats, Zeeky was shot in the c What police are describing as a case of road rage is at the heart of a shooting involving…

  15. Ministry Of Sound Bows Download Program

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT London-based dance-music brand Ministry of Sound (MoS) has begun offering almost 100,000 tracks for legitimate download from its Web site, Billboard Bulletin reports. MoS relaunched the site yesterday London-based dance-music brand Ministry of Sound (MoS) has begun offering almost 100,000…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to devote time to his new band and family, following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. Lee's new band is called Methods of 1999 - It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to…

  17. Blur Roars Back After Four Years

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. One rumor had it that Blur was making a world-music album. Another held that the band's seventh set would be a dance record. The actual recording, "Think Tank," is neither. Instead, Blur has delivered radical modern rock that…

  18. Dylan, Dead, Petty, Matthews On Bonnaroo NE

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan, the Dead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds lead the lineup for the first Bonnaroo NE festival, Billboard.com has learned. The list of performers for t Bob Dylan, the Dead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds…

  19. 18TunesOnTV

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 28-May 4, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, APRIL 28 "Total Request Live," MTV Featured Artists: Good Charlotte, New Found Glory. "Born To Diva," VH1 Featured Artist: Gloria Estefan. "The Tonight Show With Jay…

  20. This Day in Music

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>A fire damages R&B legend James Brown's office in Augusta, Ga. It turns out to be no accident, as, a week later investigators find a fire accelerant in several locations in the build 2000 - A fire damages R&B legend James Brown's office in Augusta,…

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