1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the influence of Indian music, the Dixie Chicks controversy, and songs covered by international artists with readers. SENSING A CONNECTION Fred, Sean Paul blasts his way toward the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with his Diwali-influenced "Get Busy." Diwali…

  2. Billboard Bits: Ashanti/Lonestar, Bravo, Dee Dee Ramone

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Ashanti/Lonestar, Bravo, Dee Dee Ramone R&B star Ashanti will give a private concert tonight (April 3) at the Huntington Townhouse in Huntington, Long Island. The audience will be made up of invited parents and spouses of U.S. military personnel in Iraq; Ashanti's Def Jam…

  3. Eclectic Artists Dig Into 'Holes' Soundtrack

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Shaggy, Moby, Fiction Plane, and Eagle-Eye Cherry are among the artists who have contributed songs to the soundtrack to Walt Disney Pictures' "Holes," based on the popular book of the same name. Due A Shaggy, Moby, Fiction Plane, and Eagle-Eye Cherry are among the artists who…

  4. Stax Museum Opening To Feature Star Performances

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Memphis will bear witness to performances by some of soul music's all-time greats at the grand opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, set for April 29-May 1. The celebration will include c Memphis will bear witness to performances by some of soul music's all-time greats…

  5. Junkie XL Dials Up A New 'Broadcast'

    April 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST Dutch DJ Junkie XL (real name: Tom Holkenberg) will release a new studio album, "Radio JXL - A Broadcast From the Computer Hell Cabin," June 2 internationally via Roadrunner. Dutch DJ Junkie XL (real name: Tom Holkenberg) will release a new studio album, "Radio JXL - A…

  6. Stars On 'Peace' Set For War Child Charity

    April 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney, Avril Lavigne, David Bowie, and Celine Dion are among the performers contributing material to a new album, "Peace Songs," that will benefit a Canadian charity for children who are vict Paul McCartney, Avril Lavigne, David Bowie, and Celine Dion are among the…

  7. Ms. Dynamite Tackles A Stateside Career

    April 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. 2003 is already shaping up to be quite the year for British MC/singer Ms. Dynamite. She recently released her debut album, "A Little Deeper" in the U.S. via Interscope, made her U.S. TV debut on "Saturday Night Live," and is…

  8. This Day in Music

    April 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Rock 'n' roll pioneer and Rhythm & Blues Hall of Famer Jesse Stone dies in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He is 97. Stone, one of the founders of Atlantic Records, helped define the rock so 1999 - Rock 'n' roll pioneer and Rhythm & Blues Hall of…

  9. New Radiohead Album Floods The Internet

    March 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST More than two months before its planned June 10 North American release by Capitol, Radiohead's upcoming album, "Hail to the Thief," began appearing online in its entirety over the weekend. More than two months before its planned June 10 North American release by Capitol,…

  10. Tunes On TV

    March 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 31-April 6, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday> / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, MARCH 31 "The View," ABC Featured Artists: Deana Carter (also scheduled: Richard Chamberlain; Queen Noor). "7 Days Left: Queen Latifah Goes To…

  11. This Day in Music

    March 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>At the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Riders in the Sky present their 21st annual benefit concert to aid Hospital Hospitality House, which offers a home away from home for family members 2000 - At the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Riders in the Sky present their…

  12. Breaking & Entering

    March 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Chart-related column profiling new artists on Billboard charts: Ms. Dynamite, Cat Power, Cody Chesnutt, and Cave In. Welcome to the first edition of Breaking & Entering, a weekly look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. Starting…

  13. Hot Product

    March 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams The Great 'Escape' Around the globe, Robbie Williams is a household name. But in the U.S., it seems more is known about his revolutionary recording contract than the man and his music. Virgin Records is hoping to change that situation with the release this week of…

  14. Diamonds on the Inside

    March 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Ben Harper's newest disc, Diamonds on the Inside, begins with the distant voices of musicians and producers bantering before the control room announces the recording process has begun. Ben Harper's newest disc, Diamonds on the Inside, begins with the distant voices of musicians and…

  15. Little Music

    March 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Dressy Bessy follows up 2002 gem Sound Go Round with this collection of old singles, unreleased songs, and material from compilations and EPs. Dressy Bessy follows up 2002 gem Sound Go Round with this collection of old singles, unreleased songs, and material from compilations and EPs. Dating…

  16. Back Again

    March 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Mr. Cheeks walks the fine line between R&B and hip-hop with sophomore solo effort Back Again. Mr. Cheeks walks the fine line between R&B and hip-hop with sophomore solo effort Back Again. The Lost Boyz frontman kicks things off with lead single "Crush on You" (featuring…

  17. Fat Possum's Black Keys Get Their 'Freak' On

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST A few days removed from the 24-hour drive back to his Akron, Ohio, homebase after playing three sets at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, it's not surprising to hear Black Keys vocalis A few days removed from the 24-hour drive back to his Akron, Ohio, homebase after…

  18. Costello, Sting Scale 'Cold Mountain'

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Elvis Costello and Sting have each written and will perform new tracks for the soundtrack to the film "Cold Mountain," due in September via producer T Bone Burnett's DMZ imprint through Columbia. Elvis Costello and Sting have each written and will perform new tracks for the…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the Dixie Chicks, drastic chart drops, freedom of speech, radio airplay, and songs with 'fool' in the title with readers. THE NIGHT THEY DROVE THE DIXIES DOWN Fred, Looks like the title "Landslide" was appropriate. The Dixie Chicks song avalanched…

  20. Oleander Gets More Aggressive, Focused

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When it comes to performance, playing live is a band's proving ground. This is becoming even more critical to an act's longevity, as groups log continuous stretches on the road to remain viable against a background of declining album…

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