1. Ask Billboard

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about gold-certified singles, Toni Braxton, and Patty Loveless. THE GOLD STANDARD Hi, When I was looking this week's singles charts, I noticed some newly awarded gold singles. I understand how the American Idol Finalists single ("God…

  2. This Day in Music

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Rock bands Powderfinger and Killing Heidi are big winners at the Australian Performing Right Assn. music awards, presented at Sydney's Randwick Pavillion. 2001 - Rock bands Powderfinger and Killing Heidi are big winners at the Australian Performing Right Assn.…

  3. Billboard Bits: Staind, Goo Goo Dolls, Some Girls

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Staind, Goo Goo Dolls, Some Girls Staind has canceled its Toronto itinerary due to a "health concern," namely the re-emergence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in the region. According to a statement, the band canceled an autograph session set for today (May 27)…

  4. Financial Advisers Sue Michael Jackson

    May 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson, who amassed a half-billion-dollar fortune over the past 20 years, is saddled with debt and teetering near bankruptcy, his former financial advisers say in a lawsuit. The suit, set for Michael Jackson, who amassed a half-billion-dollar fortune over the past 20 years, is…

  5. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Previewing music-related television for the week of May 26-June 1, 2003. Close out your U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend celebrating Willie Nelson 's 70th birthday with an amazing cast of his pals on the USA Network. A two-hour version of a marathon concert taped in April at New York&…

  6. Cold's World Heats Up

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 26-June 1, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 26 "The View," ABC Featured Artist: The Sounds (also scheduled: guest co-host Melissa Rivers, Carson Daly). "Driven: Nelly," VH1 Featured Artists: Nelly, Mase, St.…

  7. TOP INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/indie_albums.jsp 1. Good Mourning , Alkaline Trio 2. The War On Errorism , NOFX 3. Kings Of Crunk , Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 4. Free Agents: The Murda Mix Tape , Mobb Deep 5. Beneath This Gruff Exterior , John Hiatt & The Goners News John Hiatt , Lil Jon …

  8. Hot Product

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lillix 'Up' And Down All-female Canadian teen rock act Lillix got its career off to a quick start earlier this year with its cover of the Romantics' "What I Like About You," which serves as the theme to the WB TV series of the same name. The group -- formerly known as…

  9. Near Truths and Hotel Rooms

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT For artists with a loyal following and a wealth of much-loved material—but few, if any, "hits" in the traditional sense of the word—a live album is the perfect device to take stock of a For artists with a loyal following and a wealth of much-loved material—but few, if any, "…

  10. Birds of Pray

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With Birds of Pray, Live attempts to mine a territory very close to its nearly 10-year-old career-maker, Throwing Copper. With Birds of Pray, Live attempts to mine a territory very close to its nearly 10-year-old career-maker, Throwing Copper. But the group does not strike the same sort of…

  11. The Old Kit Bag

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Veteran singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Richard Thompson does a lot of things better than most specialists: His Anglo-folk laments move as if he were channeling Celtic ghosts, and he can wail Veteran singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Richard Thompson does a lot of things…

  12. Based on the 1963 film 81/2 by Federico Fellini,

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Based on the 1963 film 81/2 by Federico Fellini, the current revival of Nine at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre is neither black nor white, but rather a seamless blending of shades that creates a ri Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston Book by Arthur Kopit Adaptation from Italian by…

  13. This Day in Music

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>The first Native American Music Awards take place at the Fox Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The show is hosted by Wayne Newton, and presenters include Joe W 1998 - The first Native American Music Awards take place at the Fox Theater at…

  14. Billboard Bits: NBC, Justin Timberlake, TMBG

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on NBC, Justin Timberlake, TMBG NBC's 2003-2004 season schedule will include new concert specials from Elton John, Shania Twain, and Harry Connick Jr., Billboard reports in the May 31 issue. The telecasts are still untitled; dates and times are to be determined. John's one-hour…

  15. Springsteen Covers Set To Fight Parkinson's, Sarcoma

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello, Joe Ely, Graham Parker, Pete Yorn, and Billy Bragg are among the artists who have contributed tracks to "Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen." The two-disc covers collection w Elvis Costello, Joe Ely, Graham Parker, Pete Yorn, and Billy Bragg are among the…

  16. Mariah Ditching 'Bells And Whistles' On Tour

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Although Mariah Carey is downsizing her North American tour plans from arenas to theaters, her agent tells Billboard the move had nothing to do with lower-than-expected ticket sales. Although Mariah Carey is downsizing her North American tour plans from arenas to theaters, her agent tells…

  17. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Willie Nelson, Trapt, Ricky Martin, 50 Cent & Nate Dogg, and Eros Ramazzotti. FULL NELSON : Willie Nelson is in the top-40 of Billboard's Hot 100 for the first time since 1984. Nelson's duet with Julio Iglesias, "To All the Girls I…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Pop radio, Annie Lennox, and "American Idol." HOT STUFF, AND NOT Fred, You mentioned in a recent column that pop radio in America might be turning its back on Celine Dion. Could this be part of a…

  19. Led Zeppelin Comes To Life On CD, DVD

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Largely without the benefit of mass media exposure, Led Zeppelin built its reputation as one of the greatest bands in rock history through a decade-plus of groundbreaking albums and transcendent live performances. But as far as live documents…

  20. 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners Here are the 2003 winners of the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, handed out May 22 in Memphis. Blues Entertainer of the Year: B.B. King Blues Band of the Year : Magic Slim & The Teardrops Blues Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers"…

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