1. Big Beautiful Sky

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Led by the…

  2. This Day in Music

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. He is 36. Baroni had been in a coma since March 19, following a motorcycle accident in Rome. 2002 - Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome.…

  3. Top Stars Line Up For Japanese Festivals

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead, the Strokes, Travis, Puddle Of Mudd, Blur, Blink 182, and New Found Glory are scheduled to play Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, to be held Aug. 2-3 in Tokyo and Osaka. Other bands on the bil Radiohead, the Strokes, Travis, Puddle Of Mudd, Blur, Blink 182, and New Found Glory…

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses "American Idol," charity singles, No. 1 country songs on Billboard's Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, and chart coincidences with readers. AMERICAN (IDOL) LIFE Hi Fred, After reading your column for the past few years, it was really cool to see you on…

  5. This Day in Music

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Former Mrs. Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson says yes when bad-boy musician Kid Rock proposes to her in the desert outside Las Vegas. 2002 - Former Mrs. Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson says yes when bad-boy musician Kid Rock proposes to her in the desert outside Las Vegas. 2002…

  6. 2003 Music Video Production Association Awards

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music Video Production Association Awards The following are the nominees for the 2003 Music Video Production Assn. Awards, to be presented May 8 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. The awards are given to the video's director and production company, except for categories…

  7. Billboard Bits: Lou Reed, Jazz Aspen, Olatunji

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Lou Reed, Jazz Aspen, Olatunji With the help of producer 7 Aurelius (Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys), Lou Reed has reworked his classic song "Walk on the Wild Side." The new version of the song, titled "Walk on the Wild Side (Georgie Joins the Army)," is available on…

  8. Friends Wish Willie 'Happy Birthday'

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT It was nearly one o'clock this morning (April 10) when Shania Twain and Toby Keith wheeled a guitar-shaped cake onstage to lead a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" in country music legend Willie N It was nearly one o'clock this morning (April 10) when Shania Twain and…

  9. Heart Comes 'Alive' On New Disc

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A two-disc live document of the final show of Heart's 2002 Summer of Love tour, a hometown gig at Seattle's Paramount Theatre, will be released as "Live in Seattle" in CD and SACD formats June 10 via A two-disc live document of the final show of Heart's 2002 Summer of…

  10. 15ask

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Cher, "Verve//Remixed," and Queen Latifah. CHER AND CHER ALIKE Hi Keith, Cher's latest single, "When The Money's Gone," is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart. Are there plans for a commercial…

  11. This Day in Music

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Musician, composer and instrument maker Juno Lewis dies at the age of 70 of complications from a stroke. Lewis was best known for his "Kulu Se Mama" composition on one of jazz saxophonis 2002 - Musician, composer and instrument maker Juno Lewis dies at the…

  12. This Day in Music

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at a concert with Buena Vista Social Club bassist Cachaito Lopez in Basel, Switzerland. Gonzalez collapses shortly after perf 2001 - Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at a concert…

  13. Bill Anderson Protection Order Dismissed

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A Nashville judge has dismissed a protection order sought against country music singer Bill Anderson but let an assault charge stand. Deborah Marlin, 40, filed both the order and the criminal complain A Nashville judge has dismissed a protection order sought against country music singer Bill…

  14. Hot Product

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lucinda Williams/Jayhawks A pair of roots rock veterans, Lucinda Williams and the Jayhawks, release new albums this week for Lost Highway. Williams' "World Without Tears" is the follow-up to 2001's "Essence," which debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200. The set…

  15. This Day in Music

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Carlos Vega, a Los Angeles drummer best known for his work with James Taylor, dies of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. 1998 - Carlos Vega, a Los Angeles drummer best known for his work with James Taylor, dies of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Sarah McLachlan's audience grows by one when the Canadian musician gives birth to daughter India Ann Sushil Sood, her and drummer-husband, Ashwin Sood's first child. 2002 - Sarah McLachlan's audience grows by one when the Canadian musician gives birth…

  17. Live at 12th & Porter

    April 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based country rockers Trent Summar and company cranked it up at this hometown popular music room last December, and the results are predictably raucous. Nashville-based country rockers Trent Summar and company cranked it up at this hometown popular music room last December, and the…

  18. Billboard Bits: Cold, Ron Sexsmith, Reach454

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Cold, Ron Sexsmith, Reach454 Modern rock outfit Cold has been added to this summer's rejuvenated Lollapalooza festival . The band will headline the second stage over 11 dates from July 23-Aug. 10, and join the performers on the main stage -- including Jane's Addiction,…

  19. Update: QOTSA Members Ready Side Projects

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Amid Queens Of The Stone Age's upcoming stints opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and appearing on the mainstage of Lollapalooza, the group's members are readying several side projects. Amid Queens Of The Stone Age's upcoming stints opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the influence of Indian music, the Dixie Chicks controversy, and songs covered by international artists with readers. SENSING A CONNECTION Fred, Sean Paul blasts his way toward the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with his Diwali-influenced "Get Busy." Diwali…

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