1. Bright Black

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT After a successful, albeit short run with the Digable Planets, Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler steps out on his own under the guise of Cherrywine. After a successful, albeit short run with the Digable Planets, Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler steps out on his own under the guise of…

  2. Rounds

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Four Tet mastermind Kieran Hebden has staked out a unique cranny in electronic music. Four Tet mastermind Kieran Hebden has staked out a unique cranny in electronic music. In Hebden's world, elegantly plucked stringed instruments nestle up against sampled rhythms and homespun sound…

  3. Near Truths and Hotel Rooms

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT For artists with a loyal following and a wealth of much-loved material—but few, if any, "hits" in the traditional sense of the word—a live album is the perfect device to take stock of a For artists with a loyal following and a wealth of much-loved material—but few, if any, "…

  4. Out of the Vein

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT At a time when even the biggest superstars aren't guaranteed a welcome return to the charts, taking a four-year break between recordings is a bold, risky move. At a time when even the biggest superstars aren't guaranteed a welcome return to the charts, taking a four-year break…

  5. Birds of Pray

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With Birds of Pray, Live attempts to mine a territory very close to its nearly 10-year-old career-maker, Throwing Copper. With Birds of Pray, Live attempts to mine a territory very close to its nearly 10-year-old career-maker, Throwing Copper. But the group does not strike the same sort of…

  6. 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Sets Summer Lineup

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The 25th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced its slate of shows for the next few months, with artists such as Joan Armatrading, Mos Def, Stephen Malkmus; Rufus Wainwright, K The 25th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced its slate of shows…

  7. Led Zeppelin Comes To Life On CD, DVD

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Largely without the benefit of mass media exposure, Led Zeppelin built its reputation as one of the greatest bands in rock history through a decade-plus of groundbreaking albums and transcendent live performances. But as far as live documents…

  8. 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners Here are the 2003 winners of the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, handed out May 22 in Memphis. Blues Entertainer of the Year: B.B. King Blues Band of the Year : Magic Slim & The Teardrops Blues Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers"…

  9. Blue Man Group Expands Touring Plans

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The inimitable Blue Man Group will kick off a U.S. summer tour July 7 in Columbia, Md. Currently dates run through Aug. 30, although more are expected. The inimitable Blue Man Group will kick off a U.S. summer tour July 7 in Columbia, Md. Currently dates run through Aug. 30, although more are…

  10. Tracy Chapman Plans U.S. Tour

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman will kick off a U.S. tour June 7 in Seattle. The itinerary currently consists of 31 dates through an Aug. 2 show in Austin, Texas; more are expected. The first half of Singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman will kick off a U.S. tour June 7 in Seattle. The itinerary…

  11. Tortoise Crawling Along On New Album

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Chicago instrumental rock outfit Tortoise is eyeing an early 2004 release for its fifth Thrill Jockey album, multi-instrumentalist John McEntire tells Billboard.com. "We have been working very sporadi Chicago instrumental rock outfit Tortoise is eyeing an early 2004 release for its fifth…

  12. Train Stokes Engine For Summer Tour

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pop/rock act Train has set an itinerary for a North American tour in support of its forthcoming album "My Private Nation," due June 3 from Columbia. Pop/rock act Train has set an itinerary for a North American tour in support of its forthcoming album "My Private Nation,"…

  13. Jackson, Chesney, Rascal Flatts Take Home Two ACM Awards

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, and Rascal Flatts won multiple awards at last night's (May 21) 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Las Vegas. Jackson took the album of the year award for Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, and Rascal Flatts won multiple awards at last night's…

  14. Studdard Wins Second 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol." The aspiring artist learned he was the victor of a public vote at the end of last night's (May 21) two-hour season finale of Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol.…

  15. Billboard Bits: 'Divas Duets,' Jane's Addiction, Spiritualized

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Divas Duets,' Jane's, Spiritualized Shania Twain is the latest artist to be added to the lineup of tomorrow's (May 22) " VH1 Divas Duets ." Airing live from Las Vegas at 9 p.m. ET, the event will also feature reality TV star Sharon Osbourne and actress…

  16. Costello Defends Outspoken Artists

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Elvis Costello defended musicians who speak their minds in these "fairly dangerous times" and warned Americans to guard against "any attempts by people who swindle their way British singer/songwriter Elvis Costello defended musicians who speak their…

  17. Scorsese Plans Film About Bob Dylan

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Director Martin Scorsese is working on a documentary film titled "Bob Dylan Anthology Project," a biography about the iconic folk rocker. The film, planned for release in 2005, will chronicle Dylan's Director Martin Scorsese is working on a documentary film titled "Bob…

  18. Radiohead Video Gets Big Premiere

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The video for the new Radiohead single "There There" is being screened throughout the day today (May 20) on the Jumbotron video screen in New York's Times Square. In addition, the clip is being shown The video for the new Radiohead single "There There" is being…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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,…

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