1. This Day in Music

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering both a heart attack and stroke. He is 70. Chavis (Wilson Anthony Chavis) scored what is considered the first zydeco hi 2001 - Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering both…

  2. Damnation

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Swedish death-metal outfit Opeth walloped fans with a blistering attack with last year's set, Deliverance, but the quartet took a 180-degree turn with Damnation, the sister project that was recorded Swedish death-metal outfit Opeth walloped fans with a blistering attack with last year&…

  3. Chris Cagle

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Chris Cagle's follow-up to the 2000 set Play It Loud offers up a more confident, seasoned version of the party outlaw that first caught country listeners' ears and expands on that image to include mor Chris Cagle's follow-up to the 2000 set Play It Loud offers up a more…

  4. Milagro

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jaci Velásquez's continued expansion is evident in an album that traverses styles, from unadulterated pop to more urban tracks. Jaci Velásquez's continued expansion is evident in an album that traverses styles, from unadulterated pop to more urban tracks. The choice of material…

  5. So Many Rivers

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pianist/vocalist Marcia Ball's last album, Presumed Innocent (2001), won the W.C. Handy Award for blues album of the year. Pianist/vocalist Marcia Ball's last album, Presumed Innocent (2001), won the W.C. Handy Award for blues album of the year. Such success is bound to produce…

  6. Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic/John Storgards, conductor and violin

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Born in 1946 in Latvia, composer Peteris Vasks counts as kindred spirits such Eastern contemporaries as Arvo PÄrt, Giya Kancheli, and Henryk GorÉcki, as well as forebears Schnittke, Luto Born in 1946 in Latvia, composer Peteris Vasks counts as kindred spirits such Eastern contemporaries as…

  7. Have You Forgotten?

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Regardless of one's politics, few could doubt the sincerity and passion of Darryl Worley's now-signature hit and title cut—and the magnitude of the single's connection with country listeners sp Regardless of one's politics, few could doubt the sincerity and passion of…

  8. Fever to Tell

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Armed with an EP, a single, a mountain of buzz, and singer Karen O's fashion sense, Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Yeah Yeah Yeahs have chosen Interscope to make their full-length debut. Armed with an EP, a single, a mountain of buzz, and singer Karen O's fashion sense, Brooklyn, N.Y.'s…

  9. House of Blues, West Hollywood, Calif.

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Despite on-air support from local NPR station KCRW, Canadian singer/ songwriter Kathleen Edwards faced a sparse house at the House of Blues for her Los Angeles debut. Maybe it was attrition because of Despite on-air support from local NPR station KCRW, Canadian singer/ songwriter Kathleen…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Sean Paul 'Busy' Ousting 50 Cent Single

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to a major boost in airplay, Sean Paul's "Get Busy" ends the nine-week reign of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" on Billboard's Hot 100. In making the 2-1 jump, Paul earns his first No. 1 on the main sin Thanks to a major boost in airplay, Sean Paul's …

  13. Country Acts Celebrate Southern Baseball Tradition

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Trace Adkins, Andy Griggs, the Charlie Daniels Band, and John Michael Montgomery will celebrate minor league baseball and the 100th anniversary of the South Atlantic League (SAL) by taking part in the Trace Adkins, Andy Griggs, the Charlie Daniels Band, and John Michael Montgomery will…

  14. Edwin McCain Returns To Stripped Down Sound

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. If Edwin McCain happens to perform a song from his new album, "The Austin Sessions," at next year's Grammy Awards, don't expect a stage filled with candles, exotic dancers, and the New York Philharmonic. Don't look for…

  15. This Day in Music

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. 1999 - Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a…

  16. Billboard Bits: Skynyrd/Hagar, McCulloch, 'Finding Nemo'

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sammy Hagar plan summer tour, Ian McCulloch to tour behind third solo album, and Thomas Newman marks his first animation score with 'Finding Nemo.' Southern rock act Lynyrd Skynyrd and veteran rocker Sammy Hagar will team up for a summer tour kicking off July 19…

  17. UPDATE: SARS Scare Causes Branch Cancellation

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Citing concerns over the incidence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Toronto, singer Michelle Branch has canceled an upcoming tour date in Toronto. According to House of Blues Canada, Bra Citing concerns over the incidence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Toronto,…

  18. 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…

  19. No Summary Judgment In RIAA Suit Vs. P2P Services

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a blow to the entertainment industry, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday denied the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) motion for summary judgment in its copyright-infringemen In a blow to the entertainment industry, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday…

  20. Blur Roars Back After Four Years

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. One rumor had it that Blur was making a world-music album. Another held that the band's seventh set would be a dance record. The actual recording, "Think Tank," is neither. Instead, Blur has delivered radical modern rock that…

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