1. 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…

  2. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Isley Brothers 'Body' Movin' Other veteran R&B acts may be struggling for attention, but not the Isley Brothers. The act's current single, "What Would You Do?," is nestled at No. 18 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. With an…

  3. Red Star Shines On 'Def Jamaica'

    April 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The third album in the Red Star Sounds series, released through the non-profit Heineken Music Initiative in a joint venture with Island Def Jam Music Group, is due in August. The album, to be titled " The third album in the Red Star Sounds series, released through the non-profit Heineken…

  4. International Affairs V2.0

    March 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Songwriter/producer/musician/DJ Vikter Duplaix adds another musical guise to his impressive rÉsumÉ (Jill Scott, King Britt, Jaguar) with this solo debut. Songwriter/producer/musician/DJ Vikter Duplaix adds another musical guise to his impressive résumé (Jill Scott, King Britt, Jaguar) with…

  5. 'Electric' Recharges Common's Career

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Success can be fickle, especially for an artist who thrives on artistic integrity. Common hopes to balance recent commercial success with his evolving artistry on his latest set, "Electric Circus," released Dec. 10 via MCA. His MCA…

  6. BET Programs World AIDS Day Specials

    November 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST To coincide with the Dec. 1 designation as World AIDS Day, cable network BET has slated special programming across four days to provide public awareness and focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic among the Af To coincide with the Dec. 1 designation as World AIDS Day, cable network BET has slated…

  7. Common Ropes In Final 'Circus' Details

    November 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rapper Common has solidified the tracklist for his fifth album, "Electric Circus, which, as previously reported, is due Dec. 10 via MCA. First single "Come Close to Me" featuring Mary J. Blige debuted Rapper Common has solidified the tracklist for his fifth album, "…

  8. Common Invites Fans To 'Electric Circus'

    November 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST Thought-provoking rapper Common will release his fifth album, "Electric Circus," Dec. 10 via MCA. The set will feature guest performances by the likes of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Cee-Lo, an Thought-provoking rapper Common will release his fifth album, "Electric…

  9. N*E*R*D Wins Shortlist Prize

    October 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST The adventurous rock-centered hip-hop of N*E*R*D was awarded the Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music last night (Oct. 29) at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theatre. The group, fronted by ubiqu The adventurous rock-centered hip-hop of N*E*R*D was awarded the Shortlist Prize for…

  10. Floetic

    October 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music fans have already been treated to Floetry's music. The gifted songwriting pair penned Michael Jackson's "Butterflies" plus several songs for newcomers Glenn Lewis ("Lonely") and Bilal ("You Are" Music fans have already been treated to Floetry'…

  11. Billboard Bits: Shortlist, matchbox twenty & more

    October 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Shortlist, matchbox twenty & more DJ Shadow, N*E*R*D, and Cee-Lo will perform at the second Shortlist Prize ceremony, set for Oct. 29 at Los Angeles' Knitting Factory. Doors will open at 8 p.m., with music scheduled to begin about an hour later after the panel of 24 "…

  12. Brown Sugar

    October 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For those in the music business, a love For those in the music business, a love of music is often as strong as any other loves in their lives. Actors Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan explore that dichotomy in the new Fox Searchlight film Brown Sugar. Like the film, the accompanying soundtrack…

  13. 'Floetic' Duo Draws On Philly Scene

    September 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The marriage of music and poetry is not a new phenomenon. But for London natives Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius, the union serves as inspiration for their musical mission. As Floetry, the duo brings that mission to life on "Floetic,…

  14. DJ Shadow, Flaming Lips, Bjork Make Shortlist Cut

    September 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Albums by DJ Shadow, Bjork, and the Flaming Lips are among the 10 finalists for the second annual Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music, whittled down from a much longer list made by a pan Albums by DJ Shadow, Bjork, and the Flaming Lips are among the 10 finalists for the second…

  15. A Poem About Ms. Doss

    September 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT An embarrassment of riches isn't a phrase generally associated with today's music. An embarrassment of riches isn't a phrase generally associated with today's music. One exception: the next-generation R&B emanating from the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India.Arie,…

  16. Ashanti Accepts Lady Of Soul Award With Grace

    August 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B sensation Ashanti accepted entertainer of the year honors at Saturday's Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards despite complaints from some music fans that she didn't deserve the title. R&B sensation Ashanti accepted entertainer of the year honors at Saturday's Soul Train…

  17. Shortlist Prize's 'Long List' Announced

    August 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A total of 75 albums make up the "Long List" from which the finalists for the second annual Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music will be chosen. A total of 75 albums make up the "Long List" from which the finalists for the second annual Shortlist Prize for…

  18. Thousands Petition Against Ashanti Honor

    August 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT More than 20,000 signatures have been gathered on an Internet petition denouncing the decision of syndicated music show "Soul Train" to give its Lady of Soul entertainer of the year award to 21-year-o More than 20,000 signatures have been gathered on an Internet petition denouncing…

  19. Morissette, Mullen Join Shortlist Panel

    August 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Alanis Morissette and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have joined the "listmakers" panel for the second annual Shortlist Music Prize. Along with the addition of Chicago Tribune music journalist Greg Kot, Alanis Morissette and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have joined the "listmakers…

  20. Jeff Townes Makes Magnificent' Solo Debut

    August 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There has always been a touch of jazz buried deep in the musical psyche of Jeff Townes. Even while churning out rap crossover hits ("Summertime," "Parents Just Don't Understand") with Will Smith as D.J. Jazzy Jeff &…

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