1. John Hiatt Gets Tribute Treatment While Delivering New Album

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On May 6, John Hiatt arrives with "Beneath This Gruff Exterior," the first album on which he shares billing with his longstanding road band, the Goners. "The four of us do something together that we don't do apart," Hiatt…

  2. Affidavit: Drug Money Backed Murder Inc.

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rap industry insiders have told investigators that the successful Murder Inc. music label was bankrolled by a notorious drug dealer who also was involved in a shooting of hip-hop superstar 50 Cent. Rap industry insiders have told investigators that the successful Murder Inc. music label was…

  3. Breaking & Entering

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. This week: Lynne Arriale, Thicke, Stagga Lee, and Hot Hot Heat. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. THE PIANIST: Lynne Arriale , a…

  4. Hot Product

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson 'Idol' Chatter Kelly Clarkson gets a hand from a host of high-profile songwriters and producers on her debut album, "Thankful," due this week from RCA. The "American Idol" queen is joined by fellow former competitor Tamyra Gray on "You Thought…

  5. Kelly Clarkson Says Thanks On Debut Album

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson gets a hand from a host of high-profile songwriters and producers on her debut album, "Thankful," due April 15 from RCA. The "American Idol" queen is joined by fellow former competitor Kelly Clarkson gets a hand from a host of high-profile songwriters and…

  6. This Day in Music

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey dies of prostate cancer in Gary, Ind., at the age of 74. Kinsey is the patriarch of a well-known blues family: sons Donald, Kenneth, and Ralph backed t 2001 - Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey dies of prostate…

  7. This Day in Music

    March 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Robbie Williams loses his two-year court battle with Nigel Martin-Smith, the manager of his former band Take That. 1999 - Robbie Williams loses his two-year court battle with Nigel Martin-Smith, the manager of his former band Take That. 1999 - Sony Corp. unveils…

  8. Chart Beat Bonus

    March 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Chart news on Crowded House/Sixpence None The Richer, Kid Rock, and 50 Cent THEY HAVE A 'DREAM' : Sixteen years ago this week, the song "Don't Dream It's Over" took a six-point hike to No. 14 on the Hot 100. It was the first chart entry for Crowded House, an…

  9. Clay Walker Establishes MS Foundation

    February 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Country artist Clay Walker is opening up about his personal battle against multiple sclerosis (MS) to help others living with the disease and to assist in finding a cure. Walker has founded the Band A Country artist Clay Walker is opening up about his personal battle against multiple…

  10. Cops Probe Tie Between Drugs, Murder Inc.

    February 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff had checked into a luxury hotel in Miami late last year when detectives showed up at his door. They arrested McGriff, 42, on a weapons charge -- but only as a pretext. By the Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff had checked into a luxury hotel in Miami late…

  11. This Day in Music

    February 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Mick Tucker, drummer from the 1970s glam band Sweet, dies after a lengthy battle against leukemia. He is 54. 2002 - Mick Tucker, drummer from the 1970s glam band Sweet, dies after a lengthy battle against leukemia. He is 54. 2001 - Prince launches a subscription…

  12. Alf Clausen's 'Simpsons' Songs Hit The Right Note

    January 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Now in its 14th season on Fox, "The Simpsons" has yielded four full-length albums, numerous books and videos, and countless toys and related merchandise. Add to that Warner Bros. Publications' newly released folio "The…

  13. Eve Dresses Up For UPN Comedy Show

    January 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST After getting attention on the big screen with supporting roles in "Barbershop" and "XXX," Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Eve is making her first foray into television with a development deal at UPN. After getting attention on the big screen with supporting roles in "…

  14. Murder Inc. Probe Results In Arrests

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST An investigation of alleged ties between rap music label Murder Inc. and New York's violent drug trade has resulted in the arrests of two men for credit card fraud, authorities said today (Jan. 7). Th An investigation of alleged ties between rap music label Murder Inc. and New York'…

  15. Rhythmic Quest Yields 'Just Whitney...'

    December 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. While recording the first album after signing her new $100 million Arista contract, Whitney Houston says she sought to create "a positive, feel-good, very soul-oriented album, something I felt was missing. I hear a lot of things on the radio…

  16. Betsi Morrison, Mike Eldred, Marianne Cooke, Michael San Giovanni, Robert Dean; Nashville Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Schermerhorn

    November 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST Although recordings of the wonderful Symphonic Dances from West Side Story are fairly thick on the ground, versions of the classic full theatrical score are relatively few. Although recordings of the wonderful Symphonic Dances from West Side Story are fairly thick on the ground, versions of…

  17. MTV: 'Osbournes' Premiere Draws 6.6 Million

    November 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST Tuesday night's second season premiere of "The Osbournes," the reality series about heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne's unorthodox family and home life, drew 6.6 million viewers, according to MTV. Rating Tuesday night's second season premiere of "The Osbournes,"…

  18. Syleena Johnson Pens New 'Chapter'

    November 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Despite critical acclaim and grassroots support for her debut collection, 2001's "Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness," Jive Records singer/songwriter Syleena Johnson admits to being ultimately disappointed by its lack of…

  19. Hot Product

    November 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Jay-Z, TLC, Pearl Jam, Fat Joe, Phil Collins, and more. The 'Gift' That Keeps On Giving Jay-Z apparently believes in the adage "You're only as good as your last hit." For his eighth Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set, "The Blueprint 2: The Gift…

  20. Inspired By Tragedy, TLC Survivors Carry On

    November 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted for Billboard.com There was a point when Arista considered compiling a TLC greatest-hits package and adding on the new songs that the trio had recorded before the untimely death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in April. But that notion was tabled. "When Lisa passed, it was…

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