1. This Day in Music

    July 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>R&B vocalist Ernie K-Doe dies of liver failure in New Orleans. He is 65. Born Ernest Kador Jr., he scored a No. 1 pop and R&B hit in 1961 with the Allen Toussaint-penned single " 2001 - R&B vocalist Ernie K-Doe dies of liver failure in New Orleans.…

  2. Almost Famous

    July 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With R&B/hip-hop debutantes arriving fast and furious these days, it can be difficult for one to make her mark. Enter Lumidee. With R&B/hip-hop debutantes arriving fast and furious these days, it can be difficult for one to make her mark. Enter Lumidee. Her debut set "Almost…

  3. Hanapepe Dream

    July 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT One of the things that makes Taj Mahal such a remarkable artist is the absolute ease with which he blends blues, rock and Caribbean and African influences. One of the things that makes Taj Mahal such a remarkable artist is the absolute ease with which he blends blues, rock and Caribbean and…

  4. Exclusive: Townshend On Revisiting 'Who's Next'

    July 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "I was really proud if it," Pete Townshend says of "Who's Next." "Proud of the way it sounded and also proud of the fact that although it was being perceived as a very straightforward album, I knew th The exposure Pete Townshend recently received over the police…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Sir Elton John, 52, collapses. Tests show that he has an irregular heartbeat. John soon has a pacemaker fitted at a London hospital. 1999 - Sir Elton John, 52, collapses. Tests show that he has an irregular heartbeat. John soon has a pacemaker fitted at a London…

  6. Chart Beat Bonus

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. THE DEBATE CONTINUES Hi Fred, Two weeks ago, singles from Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 & No. 2, respectively, with sales of 393…

  7. Billboard Bits: Gaye, 'Gentlemen,' Death Cab

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Marvin Gaye, 'Gentlemen,' Death Cab Marvin Gaye's 1976 album "I Want You" is following in the footsteps of his other classic discs "What's Going On" and "Let's Get It On" by getting the full reissue treatment. The two-disc "I…

  8. Folds Preps Three EPs, Teams With Shatner

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Having tired of the big publicity machine that is the major record label world, Ben Folds tells Billboard.com the recent downturn in the record industry is allowing him to release three five-song EPs Having tired of the big publicity machine that is the major record label world, Ben Folds…

  9. This Day in Music

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell dies of complications relating to diabetes in a hospital outside Nashville. He is 61. 2001 - Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell dies of complications relating to diabetes in a…

  10. Buddy Guy Conjures Intimacy On Acoustic Set

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues legend Buddy Guy. Why, record after record, was Guy chasing crossover success? He seemed to be toiling away, tryi A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues…

  11. Ask Billboard

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions on R.E.M., Madonna and Rancid TIME'S UP Hello Keith, I would like to know the track listing for R.E.M.'s greatest hits cd(s) that will be released later this year. I was startled to find out the period of hits covered begins in 1988! I…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half 2002 - Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie…

  13. This Day in Music

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Reggae star Dennis Brown dies at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, of a collapsed lung. He is 43. 1999 - Reggae star Dennis Brown dies at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, of a collapsed lung. He is 43. 1998 - A track from metal-funk band White Zombie…

  14. Former Business Partner Suing 'P. Diddy'

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A former business partner is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, claiming the rapper threatened him with a baseball bat in 1996 and cheated him out of $25 million. A former business partner is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, claiming the rapper threatened him with a baseball bat in…

  15. Exclusive: Pete Townshend Speaks Out

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Who's Pete Townshend says his life is getting back to normal after a traumatic six months. The artist was accused of using his credit card to access a Web site containing child pornography and dow The Who's Pete Townshend says his life is getting back to normal after a traumatic…

  16. Aimster Injunction Upheld

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago yesterday (June 30) affirmed a preliminary injunction against the peer-to-peer service Aimster and its owner, John Deep. The U.S. District The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago yesterday (June 30) affirmed a…

  17. Billboard Bits: Farm Aid, Bonnaroo, Summit On The Sound

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Farm Aid, Bonnaroo, Summit On The Sound Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn and Trick Pony have been added to the lineup for 2003 edition of Farm Aid, to be held Sept. 7 at the Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio. As previously reported , Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John…

  18. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 30-July 6, 2003. There's more music in the air than usual this week, thanks to Friday's Fourth of July celebrations across the country. A&E will broadcast "This Is Your Country," featuring…

  19. Tunes On TV

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 30-July 6, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 30 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Blu Cantrell. "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artists: P. Diddy, Nelly. "The Late Show With David…

  20. Deacon John's Jump Blues: Music From the Film

    June 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This CD is being released in tandem with a concert DVD of the same title. This CD is being released in tandem with a concert DVD of the same title. The operative idea came from producer Cyril Vetter, who is interested in preserving the New Orleans jump-blues sound of the 1950s and early 1960s…

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