1. Gilmour Donates Millions To London Homeless

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour donated $5.88 million to charity today (May 20) to house hundreds of homeless people and low-wage workers in central London. The artist said he was inspired by a sim Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour donated $5.88 million to charity today (May 20) to house…

  2. Plan Could Signal End Of MCA Brand

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Before the end of the year, the MCA moniker -- first used in 1924 -- may cease to exist. Sources say the current plan is to eliminate the MCA Records brand, which is home to such artists as Shaggy and Before the end of the year, the MCA moniker -- first used in 1924 -- may cease to exist.…

  3. Roxio Rebranding Pressplay As Napster

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Roxio has acquired online music service Pressplay from Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment and plans to revive it under the Napster name before March 2004. Roxio has acquired online music service Pressplay from Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment and…

  4. White Stripes Take 'Elephant' On Tour

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The White Stripes have rolled out plans for a six-week North American summer tour, beginning June 13 in Mountain View, Calif. The Detroit duo has shows on tap through July 23 at New York's Central Par The White Stripes have rolled out plans for a six-week North American summer tour,…

  5. The Tangled Web

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Charity ticket auctions and Epitonic. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. TICKETS FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Online auction sites such as eBay and StubHub have become…

  6. THE TANGLED WEB

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Charity ticket auctions by such acts as Coldplay, and free music site Epitonic. /bb/tangledweb/index.jsp News …

  7. Ricky Martin Makes Plans 'For The Children'

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. While preparing to release his first Spanish-language album in five years, Ricky Martin has launched a new initiative with the aim of fighting child pornography and prostitution worldwide. Called People for the Children, the project is part of…

  8. This Day in Music

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Renato Carosone, a key figure in Italian music in the post-war era, dies in Rome at the age of 81. Carosone, a Neapolitan, was most famous for his 1956 hit "Tu Vuo'Fa'L'Americano" ("You 2001 - Renato Carosone, a key figure in Italian…

  9. 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,…

  10. Billboard Bits: Essence Awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mavericks

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stories on the Essence Awards, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Mavericks. Beyonce Knowles, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott are among the performers confirmed for the 16th Annual Essence Awards. Set for June 6 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, the event will also feature performances by…

  11. 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…

  12. Nugent Gig Nixed Over Alleged Racial Slurs

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Derogatory racial remarks made by veteran rocker Ted Nugent have cost him a gig at the Muskegon (Mich.) Summer Celebration. Festival officials canceled his concert following an interview last week wit Derogatory racial remarks made by veteran rocker Ted Nugent have cost him a gig at the…

  13. Staind Sets Spring/Summer Shows

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock act Staind has added a slew of appearances at radio station-sponsored festivals and a handful of headlining shows to its tour schedule. As previously reported, the band kicked off its run la Hard rock act Staind has added a slew of appearances at radio station-sponsored festivals…

  14. 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…

  15. Scott Weiland Arrested For Drugs

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has been released on $10,000 bail, following an arrest yesterday (May 18) in Burbank, Calif., for investigation of drug possession. Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has been released on $10,000 bail, following an arrest yesterday (May 18) in…

  16. Dixie Chicks Added To ACM Awards Performers

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Dixie Chicks are the latest act to join the lineup of the 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, which takes place Wednesday night (May 21) in Las Vegas. Because the group will be stag The Dixie Chicks are the latest act to join the lineup of the 38th annual Academy of Country…

  17. Barry White's Family Confirms Stroke

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Soul singer Barry White, battling kidney failure since last fall, suffered a new health setback on May 1 with a speech-impairing stroke, his daughter, Shaheara White, has revealed. Soul singer Barry White, battling kidney failure since last fall, suffered a new health setback on May 1 with a…

  18. Manzarek: 21st Century Reunion Is One-Time Thing

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 36 years after the Doors' "Light My Fire" helped fuel the summer of love and 31 years after the band's enigmatic frontman Jim Morrison died a mysterious death in Paris, keyboardist Ray Manzarek Nearly 36 years after the Doors' "Light My Fire" helped…

  19. Stars Mourn June Carter Cash

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As friends sang gospel and country music classics, June Carter Cash was mourned at funeral services yesterday (May 18) in Hendersonville, Tenn., not far from the home she shared with husband Johnny Ca As friends sang gospel and country music classics, June Carter Cash was mourned at funeral…

  20. Kelly, Timberlake Top U.K. Charts

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jive Records notched a double victory on the U.K. charts yesterday (May 18), with R. Kelly's "Ignition" starting a second week atop the singles chart and Justin Timberlake's "Justified" returning to N Jive Records notched a double victory on the U.K. charts…

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