1. Phil Spector Charged With Murder

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Legendary record producer Phil Spector, charged with murder in the shooting death of an actress at his California hilltop mansion, told his chauffeur that night that he thought he had "killed somebody Legendary record producer Phil Spector, charged with murder in the shooting death of an…

  2. Spooky Songs Haunt 'Mansion' Soundtrack

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tracks by the Barenaked Ladies, Suzanne Vega, Raven Simone and Oingo Boingo are among those putting the scare into Walt Disney Records' "The Haunted Mansion: Haunted Hits." Tracks by the Barenaked Ladies, Suzanne Vega, Raven Simone and Oingo Boingo are among those putting the…

  3. Harrison, Prince, Traffic Get Rock Hall Nod

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST The late George Harrison, Prince, Traffic and ZZ Top are among the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Jackson Browne, the Dells and Bob Seger round out the group. Harrison was previously induc The late George Harrison, Prince, Traffic and ZZ Top are among the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall…

  4. Billboard Bits: Suge Knight, Jerkins, Grant Lee Phillips

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Suge Knight, Jerkins, Grant Lee Phillips Riverhead Books has pushed the release of hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's autobiography to next year. Completion of the volume has been complicated by Knight's July imprisonment for assaulting a nightclub valet, but…

  5. Cobain 'Journals' Bolstered With New Material

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST The paperback edition of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's "Journals" has been bolstered with 14 pages of new material, including an extended narrative about a semi-fictional serial killer. The paperback edition of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's " Journals …

  6. Back In 'Black': Jay-Z Swan Song Bows On Top

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST "The Black Album" gives Jay-Z his sixth No. 1 release as it debuts atop The Billboard 200 this week. One of six top-10 debuts, the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set sold 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to "The Black Album" gives Jay-Z his sixth No. 1 release as it debuts atop…

  7. Wu-Tang Clan Regrouping For 2004 Tour, Book

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST After a tumultuous recent history which has seen its members incarcerated, dropped from record labels and at odds with one another, pioneering hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan will embark on what i After a tumultuous recent history which has seen its members incarcerated, dropped from…

  8. Breaking & Entering

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Soul Position, the Thrills and Dizzee Rascal. IN POSITION: "8 Million Stories," the debut album from hip-hop duo Soul Position , is framed by three tracks dubbed "Candyland." The brief,…

  9. Billboard Bits: Vibe Awards, Moby, Don Gibson

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Vibe Awards, Moby, Don Gibson R. Kelly and 50 Cent and G-Unit have been added to the performance schedule for the inaugural Vibe Awards, set for Thursday (Nov. 20) at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center. They join previously announced performers Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige featuring…

  10. Composer Michael Kamen Dies

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Oscar-nominated composer, conductor and arranger Michael Kamen died this morning (Nov. 18) after suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years, his agent said. He was 55. Further details were no Oscar-nominated composer, conductor and arranger Michael Kamen died this morning (Nov. 18)…

  11. Wilco Gets Busy On New Album

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Wilco is in a New York studio recording the follow-up to its acclaimed 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," Billboard.com has learned. Wilco is in a New York studio recording the follow-up to its acclaimed 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," Billboard.com has learned. As with…

  12. George Michael Re-Signs With Sony

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST George Michael has signed a new worldwide recording deal with the U.K. arm of Sony Music, the company he left in the '90s after a drawn-out court battle. George Michael has signed a new worldwide recording deal with the U.K. arm of Sony Music, the company he left in the '90s after a…

  13. Meat Loaf Collapses On London Stage

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Meat Loaf was hospitalized in London after collapsing during a concert last night (Nov. 17). Meat Loaf was hospitalized in London after collapsing during a concert last night (Nov. 17). The 56-year-old singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, "collapsed from exhaustion due to a…

  14. Sting Rolls Out Sacred Love Tour Plans

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST So far, only the first two months of the schedule has been confirmed, running through March 22 in Montreal. As exclusively revealed here yesterday (Nov. 17), Sting's Sacred Love tour will begin Jan. 23 at the Knight Center in Miami. So far, only the first two months of the schedule has…

  15. Billboard Bits: 'Committed,' Duff, 'King of the Hill'

    November 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on 'Committed,' Duff, 'King of the Hill' Time-Life will on Jan. 27 release "Committed 2 Rock," a compilation with tracks from a host of today's most popular modern rock, alternative and inspirational rock acts, in the style of the "NOW That's…

  16. Busted Beats Britney To U.K. No. 1

    November 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST U.K. boy band Busted achieved not only its second U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Nov. 16), but the added kudos of beating Britney Spears to the top. "Crashed the Wedding" (Universal) is Britain's new be U.K. boy band Busted achieved not only its second U.K. No. 1 single yesterday…

  17. Vandross, 50 Cent Honored With Two AMAs

    November 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Veteran soul singer Luther Vandross and ubiquitous rapper 50 Cent were the winners of two American Music Awards (AMAs) each tonight (Nov. 16). Neither was on hand at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium to Veteran soul singer Luther Vandross and ubiquitous rapper 50 Cent were the winners of…

  18. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    November 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Nov. 17-23, 2003. The Britney Spears train continues to roll this week with a slew of appearances on Monday, the day before the U.S. release of her latest Jive album "In the Zone." Things will kick off with ABC&…

  19. Britney Sexes Up The Music

    November 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. If you can believe it, Britney Spears would like people to focus on her music, not her midriff. But seeing is believing, and since the debut of her music video "I'm a Slave 4 U" two years ago, fans have seen Spears take an…

  20. Tunes On TV

    November 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 17-23, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, NOV. 17 "VH1 Classic in Concert," VH1 Classic Featured Artist: U2 (Excerpted from the DVD "U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle Ireland") "Total Request Live," MTV…

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