1. Billboard Bits: Ennio Morricone, Head Automatica, Dr. John

    August 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Ennio Morricone, Head Automatica, Dr. John Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone will be celebrated with Milan's Sept. 30 release of a four-disc boxed set, "io." The package will feature a disc of "Film Music" from such movies as "Once Upon a Time in…

  2. Modern Rock Mainstays Descend Into 'Underworld'

    August 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland will resurface on the soundtrack to Sony's upcoming vampire flick "Underworld." Borland appears in a supergroup dubbed the Damning Well, which also features A Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland will resurface on the soundtrack to…

  3. Ian Is Muse For Sci-Fi Collection

    August 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fans of Janis Ian have always appreciated the storytelling aspect of her songs. Now 30 fans of the renowned singer/songwriter -- who are also top science fiction writers -- have teamed for "Stars," a collection of original sci-fi…

  4. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, CMT, Kathy Mattea

    August 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Mary J. Blige, CMT, Kathy Mattea Mary J. Blige is the latest addition to the performance lineup for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. As previously reported , the Aug. 28 event at New York's Radio City Music Hall will also feature 50 Cent, Good Charlotte, Coldplay and…

  5. This Day in Music

    August 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Guitarist Michael Houser, a founding member of the Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic, dies at his home in Athens from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He is 40. 2002 - Guitarist Michael Houser, a founding member of the Georgia-based jam band…

  6. Jamaica Honors Jimmy Cliff

    August 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reggae star Jimmy Cliff has been awarded Jamaica's Order of Merit, the Caribbean island nation's third highest honor, according to a list of national award winners published yesterday (Aug. 7). Reggae star Jimmy Cliff has been awarded Jamaica's Order of Merit, the Caribbean…

  7. Van Morrison Signs With Blue Note

    August 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blue Note Records will announce today (Aug. 7) that it has signed Van Morrison to a multi-album global deal. Blue Note Records will announce today (Aug. 7) that it has signed Van Morrison to a multi-album global deal, Billboard Bulletin reports. His self-produced album "What's Wrong…

  8. DeGraw Rides In On His 'Chariot'

    August 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "I view myself as 'everyman.' I just happen to write songs," 26-year-old Gavin DeGraw says. But any artist handpicked to be the latest protégé of RCA Music Group chairman Clive Davis is hardly ordinary. The New York-based…

  9. The Shins Slide Down The 'Chute'

    August 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Albuquerque, N.M.-based rock outfit the Shins will release their sophomore studio album, "Chutes Too Narrow," Oct. 21 via Sub Pop. A commercial single for "So Says I" will be released Sept. 23, backed Albuquerque, N.M.-based rock outfit the Shins will release their…

  10. Dead's 'Very Best' Due Next Month

    August 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rhino is prepping a set of career-spanning highlights of the Grateful Dead's three decades. Due Sept. 16, "The Very Best of the Grateful Dead" will feature songs the band recorded for Warner Bros., Ar Rhino is prepping a set of career-spanning highlights of the Grateful Dead&…

  11. Keen Peels Back The 'Onion'

    August 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen will on Oct. 7 release a new studio album, "Farm Fresh Onions." The set is his first for Audium/Koch and features 11 new tracks, as well as guest appearances f Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen will on Oct. 7 release a new studio album…

  12. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross. 2002 - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band…

  13. Pop Stars Gather At The Net For 'Kids' Day'

    July 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Monica, Smash Mouth and Daniel Bedingfield will perform as part of the 2003 U.S. Open Arthur Ashe Kids' Day event. Monica, Smash Mouth and Daniel Bedingfield will perform as part of the 2003 U.S. Open Arthur Ashe Kids' Day event. Slated for Aug. 23 at the USTA National Tennis Center…

  14. Nelson Schedules Kucinich Fundraisers

    July 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson has scheduled three fundraising concerts for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. As promised , Willie Nelson has scheduled three fundraising concerts for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. The shows are set for Sept. 1 in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 6…

  15. Ask Billboard

    July 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about CoCo Lee, Stevie Nicks and Daniel Bedingfield. YOU SHOULD COCO Keith, I know CoCo Lee is a huge star in Taiwan and sang the Oscar-nominated "Love Before Time," (from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") but I remember her…

  16. Breaking & Entering

    July 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: Rhian Benson, Year Of The Rabbit, Young Roscoe and Shadows Fall. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. FROM HARVARD TO BET…

  17. Hanson Takes To The Clubs

    July 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted the the magazine for Billboard.com. This isn't your little sister's Hanson. Three years have passed since the once-premiere kiddie pop group performed live and released an album. Next month, the Hanson brothers will embark on a tour specifically to promote that they are…

  18. This Day in Music

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins the ranks of music stars-turned-radio stars when he dons his own on-air persona on Los Angeles station KCMG (Mega 92.3) with the show "Intimate With S 2000 - Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins the ranks of music stars-turned…

  19. Tina, Phil In 'Great Spirits' On Soundtrack

    July 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Tina Turner and Phil Collins have signed on to record music for Walt Disney Pictures' "Brother Bear." Turner will perform "Great Spirits" as the opening song of the animated film's soundtrack, due Oct Tina Turner and Phil Collins have signed on to record music…

  20. Breaking & Entering

    July 23, 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: Paloalto and Scotty Emerick. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. ALTO HITS NEW HIGH: Singer/songwriter James Grundler…

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