1. Billboard Bits: Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil Melee Entertainment, a new firm founded by former Priority Records head Bryan Turner, has entered into a joint venture deal with DreamWorks Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Based in DreamWorks' Beverly Hills headquarters, Melee will initially focus on…

  2. Billboard Bits: 'Chicago,' Edwards, VH1 'Diva' Search

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on 'Chicago,' Kathleen Edwards, VH1 'Diva' Search The big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago" continues to collect accolades, the latest being a leading five nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. The film will compete for the…

  3. Eclectic Rockers Drafted For Pearl Jam Tour Support

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam has drafted Sleater-Kinney, Sparta, Idlewild, and the Buzzcocks as the support acts for its 2003 North American tour. Sleater-Kinney will support beginning with the April 1 Denver tour opene Pearl Jam has drafted Sleater-Kinney, Sparta, Idlewild, and the Buzzcocks as the support…

  4. Yardbirds: 'Birdland' And Before

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja …

  5. 4TunesOnTV

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 27 "VH1 All Access: Skin Deep," VH1 Featured Artists: Cher, Michael Jackson. "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artist: DMX. "The…

  6. Body & Soul: Absolute

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST For those lamenting the paucity of good songs on CDs these days, stop right here. For those lamenting the paucity of good songs on CDs these days, stop right here. Every track on this latest installment in Time-Life Music's Body & Soul series—which includes the Love Serenade and…

  7. 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards, to be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Below are the nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The honors will be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Blues entertainer of the…

  8. Dismemberment Plan Announces Split

    January 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Washington, D.C.-based rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan will split up later this year, frontman Travis Morrison tells Billboard.com. The group will honor plans for a handful of previously announced Washington, D.C.-based rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan will split up later this year,…

  9. Production Issues Kill Mandela's AIDS Benefit

    January 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST An all-star South African AIDS awareness concert packed that Nelson Mandela had planned to host next month has been canceled because of problems over broadcast rights and sponsorship, his spokesperson An all-star South African AIDS awareness concert packed that Nelson Mandela had planned to…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses with readers Eminem's Oscar chances, the lenght of singles reigns at No. 1, collections of Billboard magazines, Russian artists on Billboard charts, songs that have stalled at N WILL OSCAR GO HOME WITH MARSHALL? Hi Fred! Eminem's "Lose Yourself,"…

  11. Buju Banton Enlists 'Friends' For New LP

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton is set to release "Friends for Life," his first album in almost three years, March 11 on VP/WEA/Atlantic and March 3 in Europe via Anti/Epitaph. Written and co-prod Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton is set to release "Friends for Life,"…

  12. Billboard Bits: Air, NJ Skate & Surf, Peter Green

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Air, NJ Skate & Surf, Peter Green Although Air's next Source/Astralwerks studio album isn't expected until late 2003 at the earliest, the French duo has teamed with Italian writer Alessandro Baricco for "City Reading (Tre Storie Western)," due March 25. Baricco…

  13. NBA Drafts Music Stars For Jam Session

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST The days leading up to the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 52nd annual All-Star game Feb. 9 in Atlanta will be packed with entertainment under the umbrella of the NBA All-Star Jam Session. Jus The days leading up to the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 52nd annual All…

  14. Eminem Fends Off The 'Bump,' Remains No. 1

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Eminem's "Lose Yourself" leads Billboard's Hot 100 for a 12th-straight week, but B2K's "Bump, Bump, Bump" featuring P. Diddy is making it a tight race. The latter is up 4-2 and gaining spins at radio, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" leads Billboard&…

  15. Ja Rule, Eve Hit The Road

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ja Rule will be hitting the road later this month for a host of dates in the eastern half of the U.S. The run will kick off Jan. 29 and is currently scheduled to last through a Feb. 20 show in Rapper Ja Rule will be hitting the road later this month for a host of dates in the eastern…

  16. Epic Readies Clash Essentials

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST As first reported here yesterday, Epic/Legacy will on March 11 release a two-disc collection chronicling the legendary career of the Clash. As first reported here yesterday, Epic/Legacy will on March 11 release a two-disc collection chronicling the legendary career of the Clash. The 40 songs…

  17. Posthumous Strummer Album Targeted For May

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST The material Joe Strummer was working on before his sudden death last month is being compiled for an album that may be ready for release by Hellcat/Epitaph as early as May, according to a spokesperson The material Joe Strummer was working on before his sudden death last month is being…

  18. 3TunesOnTV

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 13-19, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 13 "The 30th Annual American Music Awards," ABC Featured Artists: Paula Abdul, Alabama, Erykah Badu, Pat Boone, Bobby Brown, Busta Rhymes, Tisha Campbell…

  19. Billboard Bits: Jagermeister Tour, Jackson/Folds, Lillix

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Jagermeister Tour, Jackson/Folds, Lillix The second annual Jagermeister Music Tour will begin March 6 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, featuring co-headliners Saliva and (hed)pe, with Breaking Benjamin, Systematic, and Stereomud, Billboard Bulletin reports. The tour will run…

  20. Indie Icon Watt Births Lyrical Tome

    January 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Former Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt's lyrical oeuvre is the subject of a new book to be released Saturday (Jan. 11) by Canadian publishing house L'Oie de Cravan. Former Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt's lyrical oeuvre is the subject of a new book to be…

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