1. Friends in the Can

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Longtime blues fans know this band from the days of Bob "the Bear" Hite and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. Longtime blues fans know this band from the days of Bob "the Bear" Hite and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. The only remaining member from those days is…

  2. Live at the Door

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Recorded in March at the Door in Dallas, this album captures the intimate, confessional quality of Nichole Nordeman, who took home seven trophies at this year's Dove Awards. Recorded in March at the Door in Dallas, this album captures the intimate, confessional quality of Nichole…

  3. Shootenanny!

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A love song for all that is offbeat, Shootenanny! wonderfully captures the quirks of life without getting too bogged down by the depressing stuff. A love song for all that is offbeat, Shootenanny! wonderfully captures the quirks of life without getting too bogged down by the depressing stuff.…

  4. RDS Arena, Dublin

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The last time Paul McCartney played Dublin, it was 1963 and Beatlemania was in full swing. Legend has it that after the gig, John, Paul, George, and Ringo had to be transported out of the now-defunct The last time Paul McCartney played Dublin, it was 1963 and Beatlemania was in full swing.…

  5. Sony Music Nashville Slashes Artist Roster

    June 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT New Sony Music Nashville president John Grady has cut in half the artist roster for the company's four imprints -- Columbia, Epic, Monument, and Lucky Dog. New Sony Music Nashville president John Grady has cut in half the artist roster for the company's four imprints -- Columbia,…

  6. Chart Beat Chat

    June 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: The singles market, chart performance of "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken, and the Eurovisio SINGLES MARKET Hello Fred, I am writing to you from Australia. I am an…

  7. This Day in Music

    June 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>As part of Barry Manilow's induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Trisha Yearwood sings Manilow's hit "Could It Be Magic." 2002 - As part of Barry Manilow's induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Trisha Yearwood sings Manilow'…

  8. Sly's A No Show In Family Stone Reunion

    June 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Family Stone, the California band that paved the way for modern funk, is back in the recording studio for the first time in 32 years. But missing is Sly Stone -- the heart and soul of a band that The Family Stone, the California band that paved the way for modern funk, is back in the…

  9. Flecktones Prep Ambitious Triple 'Worlds'

    June 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bela Fleck & the Flecktones are preparing to release "Little Worlds," a three-disc studio set due Aug. 12 from Columbia. Produced by banjo virtuoso Fleck at his Nashville home studio, the 27-track Bela Fleck & the Flecktones are preparing to release "Little Worlds,"…

  10. P. Diddy Rolls Out Sean John Designer SUV

    June 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has partnered with Lincoln to design a Limited Edition Sean John Navigator. He was seen showcasing the $85,000 luxury ride at last week's MTV Movie Awards and his private after-p Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has partnered with Lincoln to design a…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Georgia honors native son Travis Tritt by renaming a three-mile section of Highway 92 "Travis Tritt Highway." The ceremony takes place in Hiram , Ga., just outside Atlanta. 2001 - Georgia honors native son Travis Tritt by renaming a three-mile section of…

  12. Metallica Rages With Chart-Topping 'Anger'

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's "St. Anger" explodes out of the gate, debuting at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Elektra album sold nearly 418,000 copies in the U.S. since its release last Thursday, according Metallica's "St. Anger" explodes out of the gate, debuting at…

  13. Ask Billboard

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' letters about "Queer As Folk," Dana Glover, and Bette Midler. 'FOLK' SALES Hi, I'm wondering how many copies the season three soundtrack to "Queer As Folk" were sold its first week, its current progress to date, and how…

  14. Earle Documentary Heading To DVD

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT More than a quarter century after making "The Blank Generation" with Ivan Kral, a film which featured New York's emerging punk scene, director Amos Poe has returned to music for his latest project. More than a quarter century after making "The Blank Generation" with…

  15. Aretha Teases Album With New Single

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has released a new single, "The Only Thing Missin'," as a teaser from her upcoming album, due Sept. 16 via Arista. Aretha Franklin has released a new single, "The Only Thing Missin'," as a teaser from her upcoming album, due Sept. 16 via Arista.…

  16. Rod Stewart's Catalog Breeds Musical

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rod Stewart's greatest hits are coming to the stage in a new London musical, "Tonight's the Night," that will open on the West End in the fall. The show at the Victoria Palace Theater will feature som Rod Stewart's greatest hits are coming to the stage in a new London…

  17. Guests Abound On Zevon's 'The Wind'

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Terminally ill artist Warren Zevon has gathered an impressive list of famous friends to contribute to what will likely be his final studio album, "The Wind." Due Aug. 26 via Artemis, the album feature Terminally ill artist Warren Zevon has gathered an impressive list of famous…

  18. Simmons Taps Dylan, Zappa Songs For Solo Set

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob Dylan and the late Frank Zappa, Billboard.com has learned. The as-yet-untitled disc will be among the first albums rele Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Flooding in the Houston area forces the cancellation of a concert by Journey with Peter Frampton and John Waite. 2001 - Flooding in the Houston area forces the cancellation of a concert by Journey with Peter Frampton and John Waite. 1999 - Country singer John Berry…

  20. Billboard Bits: Chemical Bros./Flaming Lips, Solar Fest, Chicago

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Chemical Bros./Flaming Lips, Solar Fest, Chicago The Chemical Brothers have collaborated with the Flaming Lips for a track that will appear on the former's upcoming retrospective album, "The Singles: 1993-03." According to the Lips' official Web site , "The…

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