1. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Rising," the Boss' first album with the E Street Band since 1987. 2002 - Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Rising," the Boss' first album with…

  2. Billboard Bits: Missy Elliott, Texas Music, Gibbons

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Missy Elliott, Texas Music, Gibbons Fresh off winning video of the year and best hip-hop video for "Work It" last night (Aug. 28) at the MTV Video Music Awards, Missy Elliott is continuing work on her fifth studio album. The as-yet-untitled set is due in November via The…

  3. Performance Spectacles Reign Over MTV's 20th VMAs

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With 14 of 21 awards given out during the three-hour broadcast from New York's Radio City Music Hall, performances ranging from pop to hip-hop to modern rock filled much of the show. The 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards began with a big surprise, with Britney Spears and Christina…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Norwegian artists, Celia Cruz, Elton John and more with readers. IDOL, NORWEGIAN STYLE Hi Fred, I've been a fan of yours for a long time, ever since I first bought "The Billboard Book of Number One Hits" about 12 years ago. I want to tell you some chart…

  5. Alejandro Wants Us To Believe

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. From the second-story home studio in a corner of his waterfront Miami Beach home, Alejandro Sanz pauses a moment before clicking the "play" button on his computer. The song he is sharing, still unmastered, is called "Sandy a Orilla…

  6. This Day in Music

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Rapper Cam'ron (Cameron Giles) is arrested on the outskirts of New York's Times Square. Police pull the rapper's Land Rover over on 42nd St. and 11th Avenue after the vehicle makes an il 2002 - Rapper Cam'ron (Cameron Giles) is arrested on the…

  7. Billboard Bits: John Lee Hooker, Desert Sessions & More

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on John Lee Hooker, Desert Sessions & More The estate of bluesman John Lee Hooker has sealed a worldwide licensing deal with Eagle Rock Entertainment for audio and video projects featuring the late singer/guitarist, Billboard Bulletin reports. The first release under the agreement…

  8. Ja Rule Joins Rhames' Film Gang

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ving Rhames and rapper-actor Ja Rule will star in the indie feature "Back in the Day" for writer-director James Hunter. Ving Rhames and rapper-actor Ja Rule will star in the indie feature "Back in the Day" for writer-director James Hunter. The film is slated to start…

  9. Ween Takes Indie Road To 'Quebec'

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Ween spent most of the previous decade as one of the strangest bands on a major-label roster, recording a series of unclassifiable records for Elektra that included elements of country, rock, psychedelia and classic pop. But while the duo of…

  10. This Day in Music

    August 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Joe Thomas, co-producer of Brian Wilson's 1998 album "Imagination," countersues Melinda Wilson, the musician's wife and conservator. The suit claims that Melinda Wilson "schemed against 1999 - Joe Thomas, co-producer of Brian Wilson's…

  11. Relieved Ben Lee Releases 'Hey You' In U.S.

    August 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ben Lee was championed by America's underground before he was old enough to buy cigarettes. The Australian-born artist found a cheerleader in Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, transforming the then unknow Ben Lee was championed by America's underground before he was old enough to…

  12. Helmet 'Best Of' A Go; Reunion, No

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fans of seminal New York hard rock act Helmet will have a little something to celebrate later this year, when Universal releases a retrospective of the group's three studio albums for Interscope. The Fans of seminal New York hard rock act Helmet will have a little something to celebrate…

  13. Hot Product

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Warren Zevon A Mighty 'Wind' Terminally ill singer/songwriter Warren Zevon gathered an impressive list of famous friends to contribute to what will likely be his final studio album, "The Wind." Due this week via Artemis, the album features contributions from Bruce…

  14. Tunes On TV

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 25-31, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 25 "Today," NBC Featured Artist: LeAnn Rimes. "Charlie Rose," PBS Featured Artist: Mick Jagger. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: The…

  15. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashes after takeoff in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. 2001 - R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and…

  16. This Day in Music

    August 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, dies at the age of 85. Nelson wrote several of his sons songs, including "Computer Blue," "The Ladder," "Christopher Tracy's Par 2001 - Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of…

  17. Unclassified

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Sacred steel" virtuoso-turned-jam-band guitar deity Robert Randolph makes his big-time studio bow. "Sacred steel" virtuoso-turned-jam-band guitar deity Robert Randolph makes his big-time studio bow. As ever, Randolph's phenomenal steel chops, bred in the House of God…

  18. Truth Be Told

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT That harmonica guy is back, really back. That harmonica guy is back, really back. After a number of experimental albums following 1994's mainstream breakthrough "Four," Blues Traveler—fronted by John Popper—returns with a tight set of material. Few clunkers are in the bunch. …

  19. Resonance

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Most sophomores at the University of Southern California are still trying to figure out their major fields. Most sophomores at the University of Southern California are still trying to figure out their major fields. USC sophomore/pianist Taylor Eigsti, however, is obviously majoring in…

  20. This Day in Music

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson files a suit to dissolve a 1997 joint venture with Joe Thomas, who co-produced Wilson's last album, the 1998 Giant release "Imagination." The suit is file 1999 - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson files a suit to dissolve a…

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