1. Ask Billboard

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' letters about "Queer As Folk," Dana Glover, and Bette Midler. 'FOLK' SALES Hi, I'm wondering how many copies the season three soundtrack to "Queer As Folk" were sold its first week, its current progress to date, and how…

  2. Essence Fest Plans Vandross Tribute

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In place of his planned appearance at the 2003 Essence Music Festival, soul balladeer Luther Vandross will be celebrated during the three-day event. Patti LaBelle, Gerald Levert, Faith Evans, Ashanti, In place of his planned appearance at the 2003 Essence Music Festival, soul balladeer Luther…

  3. Mars Volta, Rapture Sign With Strummer

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Details have emerged on Strummer Recordings, the Universal-distributed label run by former Capitol president Gary Gersh that was first announced last year. Strummer's first release, due June 24, is th Details have emerged on Strummer Recordings, the Universal-distributed label run by…

  4. Films Herald Fahl Solo Set

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The fact that Mary Fahl's songs are influenced by movies has proved to be a boon for Odyssey/Sony Classical, which released her debut solo album, "The Other Side of Time," May 6. The disc has already been heralded by "Going…

  5. Breaking & Entering

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Postal Service, Lumidee, Dierks Bentley, and RA. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. GOING POSTAL: Indie-rock duo the Postal Service…

  6. HOT LATIN TRACKS

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/latintracks.jsp 1. Tal Vez , Ricky Martin 2. Para Que La Vida , Enrique Iglesias 3. Amame , Alexandre Pires 4. Mariposa Traicionera , Mana 5. No Hace Falta Un Hombre , Jaci Velasquez Issue date: June 14, 2003 News Alexandre Pires , Ricky Martin , Tal Vez , Enrique Iglesias …

  7. Aretha Teases Album With New Single

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has released a new single, "The Only Thing Missin'," as a teaser from her upcoming album, due Sept. 16 via Arista. Aretha Franklin has released a new single, "The Only Thing Missin'," as a teaser from her upcoming album, due Sept. 16 via Arista.…

  8. Billboard Bits: Toronto, Freedom Concert, Yoakam

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Toronto, Freedom Concert, Yoakam Diana Krall and Jann Arden have been added to the Concert for Toronto, set for June 21. Krall will perform at the Air Canada Centre with Arden, Sarah McLachlan, Remy Shand, and Glenn Lewis. Performers at the Skydome include Sum 41, Avril Lavigne, Our…

  9. Tennessee Fest Vows Big Crowds, Better Traffic

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT One thing organizers hope will be smaller this time around: the traffic jams leading to the site of the event scheduled for Friday (June 13) through Sunday on a rural Tennessee farm. With the Dead, Neil Young, and Widespread Panic on the bill, the eclectic music festival Bonnaroo has sold…

  10. Gang Starr Readies First Album In Five Years

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Records has set a June 24 release date for "The Ownerz," a new studio album by veteran rap duo Gang Starr. The disc will be the first new full-length from producer/turntablist DJ Premier and ra Virgin Records has set a June 24 release date for "The Ownerz," a new…

  11. MCA Cuts Precede Expected Geffen Merger

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT MCA Records laid off up to 75 staffers yesterday (June 9) as part of its anticipated merger with Geffen Records. MCA Records laid off up to 75 staffers yesterday (June 9) as part of its anticipated merger with Geffen Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. The merger, and the long-expected…

  12. Fountains Of Wayne Celebrates Biz World

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. While listening to the new Fountains of Wayne album "Welcome Interstate Managers," which arrives June 10 on S-Curve/Virgin, one might think that songwriters Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger had some experience writing fiction. Not…

  13. Billboard Bits: Chemical Bros./Flaming Lips, Solar Fest, Chicago

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Chemical Bros./Flaming Lips, Solar Fest, Chicago The Chemical Brothers have collaborated with the Flaming Lips for a track that will appear on the former's upcoming retrospective album, "The Singles: 1993-03." According to the Lips' official Web site , "The…

  14. Stars Gather To Roast MTV's Daly

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, Britney Spears, and Nelly will join a host of artists and comedians June 28 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles for the first "MTV Bash." The event will serve as a comedy/concert roast Madonna, Britney Spears, and Nelly will join a host of artists and comedians June…

  15. Cher's 'Farewell' Tour Beats On

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With a new round of shows recently put on sale, Cher continues to extend her North American Living Proof - The Farewell Tour. The year-old trek now extends to the end of August, with more cities yet t With a new round of shows recently put on sale, Cher continues to extend her North American…

  16. Poll: Fans Split On Embellished Marley Cuts

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sentiment is nearly split on plans by Bob Marley's family to make an album based on enhanced versions of recently unearthed raw recordings of the reggae legend, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 2 Sentiment is nearly split on plans by Bob Marley's family to make an album based…

  17. Beck Recovering From Rib Injury

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Beck is recovering from a rib injury that prevented him from performing Saturday at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J. Beck is recovering from a rib injury that prevented him from performing Saturday at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J. According to the artist'…

  18. Fan Electrocuted At Chili Peppers Show

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT North Carolina officials are looking into what caused a college student to be electrocuted at a Red Hot Chili Peppers/Snoop Dogg concert Friday in Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina officials are looking into what caused a college student to be electrocuted at a Red Hot Chili Peppers/Snoop Dogg…

  19. 'Hairspray,' Joel, Simmons Win Tonys

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A musical with a gay sensibility and a play about a gay baseball player dominated the 57th annual Tony Awards, presented yesterday (June 8) at Radio City Music Hall in New York. "Hairspray," the smash A musical with a gay sensibility and a play about a gay baseball player dominated…

  20. 2003 Tony Awards Winners

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Winners of the 57th annual Tony Awards, presented June 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Here are the winners of the 57th annual Tony Awards, presented June 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Play: "Take Me Out." Musical: "Hairspray." Revival-play: "Long…

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