1. Thousands Mourn Salsa Legend Celia Cruz

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Miami on Saturday to pay their respects to salsa legend and Cuban exile Celia Cruz, weeping at her casket but also celebrating her music and shouting Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Miami on Saturday to pay their respects…

  2. Tunes On TV

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 21-27, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 21 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Toni Braxton (also scheduled: Ethan Zohn, Gabrielle Union). "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons (Pt. 1 of 5),"…

  3. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Brooks & Dunn, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, Trapt, Thalia and the Rolling Stones. TWO FOR THE 'ROAD': Will "Red Dirt Road" (Arista) by Brooks & Dunn become the duo's 18th No. 1 hit on…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Maze, Beyoncé, Lonestar and chart methodology with readers. 'FLYING' HIGH Dear Fred, Several months ago, Larry Dhooghe asked us to "consider the phenomenon of a song spending its entire top-10 life in its peak position"…

  5. Billboard Bits: Metallica, Fire Theft, River Rocks

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Metallica, Fire Theft, River Rocks Metallica is the first act confirmed for the 2004 Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand, which will kick off Jan. 16 in Auckland. Along the way, Metallica will play three separate headlining shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Big Day…

  6. Cuban Salsa Queen Celia Cruz Dies

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Celia Cruz, who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa," died today (July 16) of a brain tumor. She was 77. Celia Cruz, who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa," died today (July 16) of a brain tumor. She was…

  7. This Day in Music

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album "Nightm 2001 - Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los…

  8. Hot Product

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boys 'Boys' Will Be Boys Sean "P. Diddy" Combs likes to think big. So when the entertainment mogul decided to relaunch his Bad Boy Records with new distributing partner Universal Records, he determined that it would be with an album that he predicts will be "the…

  9. Thalía Shoots For Mainstream U.S. Success

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In the annals of the pop pantheon, there are countless stories of soap opera actresses turned singers. But a Mexican soap opera star who becomes a successful singer in Spanish and then a purveyor of urban music in English rivals even the most…

  10. This Day in Music

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit, two police department officials, and a top city aide for alleged violation of his First Amendment rights 2000 - Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files a federal lawsuit against the city of…

  11. Simple Plan, Lillix Offer 'Freaky' Covers

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Simple Plan, the Donnas and Bowling For Soup are among the acts that have contributed songs to the "Freaky Friday" soundtrack, due July 29 on Hollywood Records. Simple Plan, the Donnas and Bowling For Soup are among the acts that have contributed songs to the "Freaky Friday…

  12. Whoa, 'Baby': Evan Dando Returns

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT He burned out, dropped out and all but disappeared. Now, more than a decade after delivering the Lemonheads' acclaimed "It's a Shame About Ray," Evan Dando has returned with "Baby I'm Bored." He burned out, dropped out and all but disappeared. Now, more than…

  13. This Day in Music

    July 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller's sensibility is found dead in his car on Chicago's southwest side. He is 71. He has a single g 2002 - Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his…

  14. Buddy Guy Conjures Intimacy On Acoustic Set

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues legend Buddy Guy. Why, record after record, was Guy chasing crossover success? He seemed to be toiling away, tryi A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues…

  15. Oak Ridge Boys Still Going Strong

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a day and age when music business success is often fleeting, the Oak Ridge Boys continue to enjoy an enviable and grounded career. In a day and age when music business success is often fleeting, the Oak Ridge Boys continue to enjoy an enviable and grounded career. The group has a new…

  16. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 30-July 6, 2003. There's more music in the air than usual this week, thanks to Friday's Fourth of July celebrations across the country. A&E will broadcast "This Is Your Country," featuring…

  17. Tunes On TV

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 30-July 6, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 30 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Blu Cantrell. "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artists: P. Diddy, Nelly. "The Late Show With David…

  18. Breaking & Entering

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Fountains Of Wayne, Mest and Grandaddy. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. WAYNE'S WORLD: The peppy power-pop of New York-based quartet…

  19. Nelly, St. Lunatics Gear Up For 'Personal' Tour

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rap superstar Nelly and his group the St. Lunatics are set to launch a 25-city Up Close & Personal tour July 10 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Venues tour will be considerably scaled down compared to th Rap superstar Nelly and his group the St. Lunatics are set to launch a 25-city Up Close &…

  20. Evanescence, Cold Rock 'Nintendo Fusion Tour'

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Evanescence, Cold and Revis will strike out together on the upcoming Nintendo Fusion Tour. The trek, which will also feature Cauterize and Finger Eleven, will boast live music as well as a host of Nin Evanescence, Cold and Revis will strike out together on the upcoming Nintendo Fusion Tour.…

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