1. Diddy Relaunches Label With 'Bad Boys II'

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will reactivate his Bad Boy Records label with the soundtrack to the film "Bad Boys II." Due July 15, the set is led by the Jay-Z single "La-La-La," and will boast cuts by 50 Cen Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will reactivate his Bad Boy…

  2. Billboard Bits: Treach; Deana Carter, Quetzal

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Treach; Deana Carter, Quetzal Naughty By Nature frontman Treach is at work on his solo debut, "Ogogly." According to a spokesperson, the artist is mulling major label offers but may release the set on Naughty By Nature's Nature Records imprint. Guests include Naughty By…

  3. Metal Mavens Schedule DVDs, Tour

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Iron Maiden and Dio have more in common than their status as veterans of the heavy metal scene. Both will release DVDs in July, shortly before hooking up with stalwart metal act Motorhead for a summer Iron Maiden and Dio have more in common than their status as veterans of the heavy metal…

  4. Farrar Gets The 'Blues' On New Album

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alt-country veteran Jay Farrar will release a new, 23-track studio album, "Terroir Blues" on June 24. Marking the debut release through his own Act/Resist imprint via Artemis, the former Uncle Tupelo/ Alt-country veteran Jay Farrar will release a new, 23-track studio album, "…

  5. Hot Product

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alkaline Trio Underground rock outfit Alkaline Trio releases its next studio album, "Good Mourning," this week via Vagrant Records. The follow up to 2001's "From Here to Infirmary" was tracked at Cello Studios in Los Angeles with producer Joe McGrath (Blink 182, R.L.…

  6. Wicked Underground

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, formerly of metal act Dokken, have reunited for 12 respectable cuts on Wicked Underground. Guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, formerly of metal act Dokken, have reunited for 12 respectable cuts on Wicked Underground. As the album&…

  7. Blues on Blonde on Blonde

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The concept at work here is Bob Dylan's songs interpreted by blues musicians. The concept at work here is Bob Dylan's songs interpreted by blues musicians. It's a solid idea—even an obvious one—and it's carried off in convincing fashion. Producer Randy Labbe put together a…

  8. 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,…

  9. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Darryl Worley and Burt Bacharach. SEVENTH FRAME: Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" (DreamWorks) continues its run atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks, making it the longest-running No. 1 of 2003, and one of the…

  10. Montreux Packs Schedule For 37th Jazz Fest

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The jazz of Diane Schuur and George Benson, the pop of Craig David and Jamiroquai, the modern rock of Radiohead and the Flaming Lips, and the classic rock of Van Morrison and Jethro Tull will be on di The jazz of Diane Schuur and George Benson, the pop of Craig David and Jamiroquai, the…

  11. Top Stars Sign On For MTV's Rap Battle Finale

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris, Joe Budden, Method Man, Cam'ron, Noreaga, Keith Murray, and others will be on hand May 17 for the finals of MTV's "MC Battle," set to air live that afternoon from the network's New York stud Ludacris, Joe Budden, Method Man, Cam'ron, Noreaga, Keith…

  12. Breaking & Entering

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: RJD2, Opeth, Craig Morgan, and Forty Foot Echo. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. CUT-AND-PASTE MONSTER: Ohio-native RJ Krohn, who goes by the…

  13. Reggae, Mainstream Acts To Play Sumfests

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural U.S. version of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, as well as the 11th annual Sumfest in Jamaica. The U.S. even Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural…

  14. Billboard Bits: 'Grease,' Joe Henry, Magic Johnson

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Grease,' Joe Henry, Magic Johnson Hoping "Grease" lightning can strike a third time, Paramount Pictures is drawing up plans for "Grease 3," a continuation of the hit musical franchise. The plan is to set the latest version of the musical in the late…

  15. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Taking a closer look at what music is on TV for the week of May 5-11, 2003. Far be it from me to toot the Billboard horn, but it's easy to see that the "2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards" is one of the biggest Latin music events of the year. The star-studded event…

  16. 'American Fleadh' Marks Irish Invasion

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A group of Irish acts will hit the U.S. next month for a series of American Fleadh tour dates. Performing under the banner at various dates will be the Saw Doctors, Black 47, Eileen Ivers, Hothouse Fl A group of Irish acts will hit the U.S. next month for a series of American Fleadh tour…

  17. Punks Prevail In 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!'

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Members of Green Day, Rancid, X, Blink 182, A.F.I., and more lend their voices and likeness to the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!" The Hellcat Pictures film was written a Members of Green Day, Rancid, X, Blink 182, A.F.I., and more lend their voices and…

  18. This Day in Music

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Hundreds of admirers line up outside a large suburban Atlanta church to attend the funeral of TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash the week before. 2002 - Hundreds of admirers line up outside a large suburban Atlanta church to attend…

  19. Billboard Bits: Metallica, SARS, Amy Grant

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Metallica, SARS, Amy Grant Members of Aerosmith, Blink-182, Linkin Park, and Staind have been added to the festivities of MTV's Metallica "mtvICON" special. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Travis Barker from Blink-182, Lisa Marie Presley, Aaron Lewis and Mike…

  20. Rosanne Cash Returns After With 'Rules Of Travel'

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "I know big labels are dinosaurs and everything's changing," Rosanne Cash says, "but at the risk of sounding retro, I'm glad to be with Capitol." She's particularly grateful for the label's forbearance…

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