1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Pop radio, Annie Lennox, and "American Idol." HOT STUFF, AND NOT Fred, You mentioned in a recent column that pop radio in America might be turning its back on Celine Dion. Could this be part of a…

  2. Co-Star Ludacris Leads 'Furious' Sequel Soundtrack

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In addition to his co-starring role in "2 Fast 2 Furious," rapper-turned-actor Ludacris turns out the soundtrack's first single, "Act a Fool." The track is No. 49 in its third week on Billboard's Hot In addition to his co-starring role in "2 Fast 2 Furious,…

  3. N.J. To Ask Springsteen, Bon Jovi For Help

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi have performed at many benefit concerts over the years. Now their home state of New Jersey has its hand out. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi have performed at many benefit concerts over the years. Now their home state of New Jersey has its hand out. State…

  4. Steely Dan Extends Tour Into Fall

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July 23 in Costa Mesa, Calif., has announced a second leg of dates that stretch into the fall. The trek will now Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July…

  5. TOP INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/indie_albums.jsp 1. The War On Errorism , NOFX 2. Free Agents: The Murda Mix Tape , Mobb Deep 3. Beneath This Gruff Exterior , John Hiatt & The Goners 4. Kings Of Crunk , Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 5. The Old Kit Bag , Richard Thompson News Lil Jon , John Hiatt , Richard…

  6. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A. club scene in the 1980s, dies of liver failure. He is 46. James "Top Jimmy" Paul Konceck found his greatest fame in a Van Hal 2001 - Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A.…

  7. Breaking & Entering

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Gotan Project, Garage A Trois, and Howie Day. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. SAY YEAH: Art-punk trio the Yeah Yeah…

  8. TOP INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/indie_albums.jsp 1. Free Agents: The Murda Mix Tape , Mobb Deep 2. Kings Of Crunk , Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 3. The Blessed Hellride , Black Label Society 4. I Love It , Craig Morgan 5. Livin' Legend , B.G. News Craig Morgan , Lil Jon …

  9. Farrar Gets The 'Blues' On New Album

    May 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alt-country veteran Jay Farrar will release a new, 23-track studio album, "Terroir Blues" on June 24. Marking the debut release through his own Act/Resist imprint via Artemis, the former Uncle Tupelo/ Alt-country veteran Jay Farrar will release a new, 23-track studio album, "…

  10. TunesOnTV

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 12-18, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 12 "VH1 All Access: Hot Sexy Now," VH1 Featured Artists: Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Avril Lavigne. "Boston Public," Fox Featured Artists: Whitney Houston, Joey…

  11. Wicked Underground

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, formerly of metal act Dokken, have reunited for 12 respectable cuts on Wicked Underground. Guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, formerly of metal act Dokken, have reunited for 12 respectable cuts on Wicked Underground. As the album&…

  12. Weird Al Parodies Eminem, Avril On New Album

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop stars on his latest album, "Poodle Hat," due May 20 via Way Moby/Volcano. On the 12-track set, the musical parody veteran reworks well-know "Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop…

  13. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blur You Better 'Think' One rumor had it that Blur was making a world-music album. Another held that the band's seventh set would be a dance record. The actual recording, "Think Tank," is neither. Instead, Blur has delivered radical modern rock that juxtaposes sonic…

  14. AttenCHUN!

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bone Crusher grabs hip-hop by the throat with his So So Def/Arista debut, AttenCHUN! The aggressive Atlanta native is one of many new Southern MCs who are making a name for themselves in the hip-hop g Bone Crusher grabs hip-hop by the throat with his So So Def/Arista debut, AttenCHUN! The…

  15. Musiq To Headline Grey Goose Trek

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Musiq, Jaguar Wright, and Vivian Green are confirmed for the Grey Goose Music Tour, which kicks off May 22 in Washington, D.C., and bows June 22 in Orlando, Fla. Last year's Grey Goose tour featured B Musiq, Jaguar Wright, and Vivian Green are confirmed for the Grey Goose Music Tour,…

  16. TOP INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/indie_albums.jsp 1. Kings Of Crunk , Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 2. Rewind: The Hip-Hop DVD Magazine Issue 1 , Various Artists 3. Livin' Legend , B.G. 4. Atticus: Dragging The Lake II , Various Artists 5. Evolve , Ani DiFranco News Lil Jon , Ani DiFranco …

  17. The Tangled Web

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. This week: Wilco's free EP, Norah Jones' online music archive, and Blur's early listen to "Think Tank." STREAMS UNDER THE BRIDGE: Wilco fans who purchased the band'…

  18. Blur Roars Back After Four Years

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. One rumor had it that Blur was making a world-music album. Another held that the band's seventh set would be a dance record. The actual recording, "Think Tank," is neither. Instead, Blur has delivered radical modern rock that…

  19. U.K. Pop Outfit S Club To Disband

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT British pop group S Club ended months of speculation yesterday (April 21) with the announcement that it will officially call it a day at end of May. The six remaining members of the band -- Rachel Ste British pop group S Club ended months of speculation yesterday (April 21) with the…

  20. Fiona Apple At Work On New Album

    April 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple is at work on her third Epic studio album. While a July 22 release date has been circulating online, a spokesperson says it will most likely arrive closer to September. Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple is at work on her third Epic studio album. While a July 22…

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