1. Talking to Strangers

    September 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT It's a striking commentary on her extraordinary talent that, at age 23, Shemekia Copeland is releasing her third blues album for Alligator Records. It's a striking commentary on her extraordinary talent that, at age 23, Shemekia Copeland is releasing her third blues album for…

  2. Top Artists Join Fight Against Illegal Downloads

    September 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Would you stop illegally downloading music files if Britney Spears asked? How about Brian Wilson? Eminem? Or Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Madonna, P.O.D., Marilyn Manson, 3 Doors Down? They've all signed o Would you stop illegally downloading music files if Britney Spears asked? How about…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions on Kelly Clarkson's historic jump to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Las Ketchup's "Asereje/The Ketchup Song," and Lulu. KELLY HAS LEAPT THE BUILDING Hi Fred, I have a question based on a…

  4. Rock Buzz Bands Get 'Handpicked'

    September 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT MTV2 has hooked up with Capitol for the Oct. 22 release of "MTV2 Handpicked Vol. II," a compilation featuring 14 songs and three enhanced video clips by some of the music channel's top buzz bands of t MTV2 has hooked up with Capitol for the Oct. 22 release of "MTV2…

  5. Court Rules In Yoko Ono's Favor

    September 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono reached a settlement today (Sept. 27) with a former John Lennon aide over his use of hundreds of private family photos, ending a dispute that had stretched across two decades. As part of the Yoko Ono reached a settlement today (Sept. 27) with a former John Lennon aide over his use of…

  6. Bon Jovi's 'Bounce' Steeped In Emotion

    September 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After Sept. 11, 2001, Jon Bon Jovi started keeping a diary. He wrote down all the experiences and events that kept his life in motion. He also traced the ongoing lives of his family, his friends, and his band mates. He says it was a cathartic,…

  7. Beck Goes 'Clean' And Acoustic For 'Sea Change'

    September 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Beck has taken a left turn away from the ironic funk and soul leanings of 1999's "Midnite Vultures" on his new, acoustic-tinged Geffen set, "Sea Change," released earlier this week. Beck has taken a left turn away from the ironic funk and soul leanings of 1999's …

  8. 'In Concert' Series To Benefit Women's Network

    September 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Lucinda Williams, and former Crowded House frontman Neil Finn are among the artists who will take part in a series of concerts across the country to champion women's healt Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Lucinda Williams, and former Crowded…

  9. Disturbed Takes 'Believe' Straight To No. 1

    September 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Believe," the sophomore Reprise effort from hard rock act Disturbed, rockets to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 on sales of 284,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, knocking the Dixie Chicks' "Home "Believe," the sophomore Reprise effort from hard rock act…

  10. This Day in Music

    September 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Songwriter Carl Sigman dies of natural causes. He is 91. A member of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, Sigman authored chestnuts such as ""Love Story (Where Do I Begin),"" ""Ebb Tide,"" ""I 2000 - Songwriter Carl…

  11. New Book Chronicles Pete Best's Beatles Adventures

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For 40 years, Pete Best has been known as the world's most famous sacking victim, the man dismissed by the Beatles when they were on the very cusp of becoming the most successful group of all time. Th For 40 years, Pete Best has been known as the world's most famous sacking victim,…

  12. Lennon Court Case Proceeds

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A jury hearing Yoko Ono's case against a former assistant over her late husband's personal property watched home videos yesterday (Sept. 24) showing John Lennon frolicking with his family in his final A jury hearing Yoko Ono's case against a former assistant over her late…

  13. This Day in Music

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles, ""Dig In,"" by Lenny Kravitz and ""Go 2001 - For the first time ever, the Recording…

  14. Billboard Bits: SHeDAISY, Jammys, Alejandro Escovedo

    September 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT NEws on SHeDAISY, Jammys, Alejandro Escovedo Sibling country trio SHeDAISY was on hand to perform at last night's (Sept. 23) New York premiere party for the Touchstone film "Sweet Home Alabama." While the group struggled to hold the attention of the schmoozing stars during its…

  15. Mellencamp Adds Fall U.S. Dates

    September 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp has unveiled more than three weeks' worth of U.S. tour dates, set to begin Nov. 1 in Evansville, Ind., and wrap Nov. 26 in Madison, Wisc. The trek includes Mellencamp's first official John Mellencamp has unveiled more than three weeks' worth of U.S. tour dates,…

  16. Musician Settles Suit On Silent Piece

    September 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT U.K. musician Mike Batt agreed yesterday (Sept. 23) to pay an undisclosed six-figure sum to the John Cage Trust, after publishers of the late American composer sued him for compensation, claiming he h What price silence? Six figures, as U.K. musician Mike Batt found out when he included a one…

  17. Artists On Hand For Royalties Accounting Hearing

    September 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers, artists, and record company executives will attend a hearing in downtown Los Angeles today (Sept. 24) called by California state senators Martha Escutia (D-Norwalk) and Kevin Murray (D-Culv Lawmakers, artists, and record company executives will attend a hearing in downtown Los…

  18. Aware Records Readies 'Hits' Compilation

    September 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Aware Records, an independent label that has championed grassroots bands since 1993 and kick-started the careers of such acts as Train, Hootie & the Blowfish, and matchbox twenty, has set an Oct. Aware Records, an independent label that has championed grassroots bands since 1993 and kick…

  19. Folds Solo Jaunt Yields Live Album

    September 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Highlights of the solo piano tour Ben Folds embarked on earlier this year have been assembled into "Ben Folds Live," a 17-track single disc album due Oct. 8 via Epic. The first 100,000 copies of the a Highlights of the solo piano tour Ben Folds embarked on earlier this year have…

  20. 'America' Tribute Honored With Emmys

    September 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The four major broadcast television networks received the Governors Award at last night's (Sept. 22) Emmy Awards for mounting a music-driven tribute to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks just 1 The four major broadcast television networks received the Governors Award at last night…

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