1. 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…

  2. This Day in Music

    August 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Chicago bluesman and APO Records artist Jimmie Lee Robinson starts a "hunger fast" in an effort to stop the University Of Illinois At Chicago's (UIC) south campus expansion plans in the 2000 - Chicago bluesman and APO Records artist Jimmie Lee Robinson…

  3. Soul Deep

    August 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Divadom has come upon hard times in America. But Curb is pulling out all stops for its silky new sophisticated lady, Laura Turner. Divadom has come upon hard times in America. But Curb is pulling out all stops for its silky new sophisticated lady, Laura Turner. "Soul Deep" showcases…

  4. Jewel Catches 'Wave' For New Film

    August 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After making her feature film acting debut in Ang Lee's "Ride With the Devil," singer/songwriter Jewel is now readying a follow-up. The artist will star in "Wave," an independent film project she is d After making her feature film acting debut in Ang Lee's "…

  5. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, CMT, Kathy Mattea

    August 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Mary J. Blige, CMT, Kathy Mattea Mary J. Blige is the latest addition to the performance lineup for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. As previously reported , the Aug. 28 event at New York's Radio City Music Hall will also feature 50 Cent, Good Charlotte, Coldplay and…

  6. Man in the Air

    August 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kurt Elling is one of the truly innovative vocalists in mainstream jazz today. Kurt Elling is one of the truly innovative vocalists in mainstream jazz today. "Man in the Air" showcases one of Elling's most distinctive talents, that of setting lyrics to jazz instrumental solos.…

  7. Exclusive: Frehley's Fine Without Kiss

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With Kiss nearing the launch of its co-headlining trek with Aerosmith, the band's former guitarist, Ace Frehley, wants to make certain that fans know he won't be a part of the tour, and that he's hard With Kiss nearing the launch of its co-headlining trek with Aerosmith , the…

  8. Courtney Love Signs With Virgin

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here last month, Courtney Love has signed a three-record deal with Virgin. The first fruit of the deal will be the Oct. 28 release of the album "America's Sweetheart," Billboard exclus As first tipped here last month, Courtney Love has signed a three-record deal…

  9. Billboard Bits: Family Reunion, Pearl Jam, Freedom Concert

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Family Reunion, Pearl Jam, Freedom Concert Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Lil' Romeo and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will all perform as part of the Tom Joyner Family Reunion, to be held Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at Walt…

  10. Fannypack Hopes Novelty Song Fosters Legit Success

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Summer always seems to be the season for fun and frivolous singles. This summer is no exception. Tommy Boy recording act Fannypack is off to an early start with its tongue-in-cheek single "Cameltoe." Summer always seems to be the season for fun and frivolous singles. This summer is…

  11. 2003 Pearl Awards Winners

    June 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Awards Winners Here are the winners for the 2003 Pearl Awards, handed out June 20 at Cottonwood Auditorium in Salt Lake City, Utah. SACRED RECORDING: "Hear My Praise" (Album: "Hear My Praise") Artist: Kenneth Cope Songwriter: Kenneth Cope Producer: Kenneth Cope …

  12. New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop/rock supergroup-of-sorts never thought past its 2000 disc "Mass Romantic" (Mint Records). The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop…

  13. Tunes On TV

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 23-29, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 23 CMT News Special: "Natalie vs. Toby: Both Sides of the War," CMT Featured Artists: Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith. "An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre," ABC…

  14. Mariah Confirms 'Intimate' Summer Tour

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey has confirmed the dates for her scaled back summer tour, which has been moved from arenas to theaters. The Charmbracelet Tour 2003 - An Intimate Evening will begin July 26 in Las Vegas an Mariah Carey has confirmed the dates for her scaled back summer tour, which has been moved…

  15. This Day in Music

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the mos 2002 - Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time…

  16. Courtney Love Near Deal With Virgin

    June 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Courtney Love's search for a new label is almost over. The rocker is in advanced negotiations to sign with Virgin Records, sources said. If the deal is closed, Virgin will release "America's Sweethear Courtney Love's search for a new label is almost over. The rocker is in…

  17. Year of the Spider

    May 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT From the aggressive, angst-ridden tone of opener "Remedy," it's clear that Year of the Spider will be a dark, hard-rock journey. From the aggressive, angst-ridden tone of opener "Remedy," it's clear that Year of the Spider will be a dark, hard-rock journey. Much…

  18. Cold's World Heats Up

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. To cop a simple but appropriate pun, things are steadily heating up for the band Cold. Its latest single, "Stupid Girl," is No. 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and has sold 13,000 copies in the U.S., according to…

  19. The Golden Age of Grotesque

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT On the surface, The Golden Age of Grotesque delivers all of the noise and aggression that one expects from Manson. On the surface, The Golden Age of Grotesque delivers all of the noise and aggression that one expects from Manson. Deeper investigation, however, reveals far more. For example,…

  20. Springsteen Covers Set To Fight Parkinson's, Sarcoma

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello, Joe Ely, Graham Parker, Pete Yorn, and Billy Bragg are among the artists who have contributed tracks to "Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen." The two-disc covers collection w Elvis Costello, Joe Ely, Graham Parker, Pete Yorn, and Billy Bragg are among the…

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