1. Billboard Bits: Brand New, Vida Blue, Kristofferson

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Brand New, Vida Blue, Kristofferson Following a bidding war, Brand New has signed to DreamWorks, Billboard Bulletin reports. The rock group's "Deja Entendu," issued in June on Triple Crown/Razor & Tie, has sold 104,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen…

  2. Timberlake, Aguilera Notch Triple Platinum

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Summer touring partners Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera each saw their latest solo albums reach the triple-platinum plateau in August. Summer touring partners Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera each saw their latest solo albums reach the triple-platinum plateau in August. The…

  3. Breaking & Entering

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Michael Franti and Kings Of Leon. FOR THE PEOPLE: When the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy emerged on the hip-hop scene in the early 1990s, there was talk that leader Michael Franti would grow into a sort of…

  4. Hot Product

    September 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Underworld 'Under' The Influence Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland resurfaces on this week on Lakeshore's soundtrack to Sony's upcoming vampire flick "Underworld." Borland appears in a supergroup dubbed the Damning Well, which also features A Perfect…

  5. RIAA: U.S. Music Shipments Down 15.8%

    September 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), total shipments during the first half of 2003 fell 15.8% from the same period last year to 398.5 million units. The decline in U.S. music shipments is accelerating, Billboard Bulletin reports. According to the Recording…

  6. Elton, Darkness Lead U.K. Charts

    September 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Elton John has achieved only the third solo No. 1 of his 32-year U.K. chart career, with a song recorded 26 years ago. Elton John has achieved only the third solo No. 1 of his 32-year U.K. chart career, with a song recorded 26 years ago. "Are You Ready for Love," released on the…

  7. Tunes On TV

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 1-7, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 1 "MTV2 Presents: 22 Greatest Bands," MTV2 Featured Artists: Aerosmith, Alice In Chains, the Cure, Green Day, Guns N' Roses, Korn, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, Nine Inch…

  8. 'Whistle Test' DVD Showcases Vintage Performances

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s legendary '70s and '80s live rock-performance TV series "The Old Grey Whistle Test" (BBC Video) arrives on DVD Sept. 16. The disc contains 28 performance clips from such varied talents as J The U.K.'s legendary '70s and '80s live rock…

  9. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Australian rocker Ted Mulry dies in a Sydney hospital, following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He is 49. 2001 - Australian rocker Ted Mulry dies in a Sydney hospital, following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He is 49. 2000 - The Doobie Brothers make 15…

  10. Javier

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Already riding high on the hip-hop charts with Chingy's "Right Thurr," Capitol strides into R&B territory with Javier. Already riding high on the hip-hop charts with Chingy's "Right Thurr," Capitol strides into R&B territory with Javier. On this strong…

  11. Morning Light

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Organic house music may not be the flavor du jour on most dancefloors, but that does not prevent Atlanta-based producer/composer Chris Brann from pressing on. Organic house music may not be the flavor du jour on most dancefloors, but that does not prevent Atlanta-based producer/composer Chris…

  12. . . . Till Then

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This elegant, small-ensemble jazz album is Panamanian keyboardist Danilo Perez's first CD as leader in three years. This elegant, small-ensemble jazz album is Panamanian keyboardist Danilo Perez's first CD as leader in three years. He has chosen to go with a pair of trios—John…

  13. A Little Moonlight

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After releasing an ambitious big band album—"The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan" in 2001—Reeves revels in a more intimate setting with "A Little Moonlight." Working with her touring After releasing an ambitious big band album—"The Calling: Celebrating Sarah…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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