1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Madonna, chart methodology and Shania Twain with readers. SOMETHING FAILS? Dear Fred, How would you rate 2003 in terms of chart success for Madonna: a failure or did she do well? Her "American Life" album is considered to be a flop, but it did reach No. 1, it…

  2. Billboard Bits: 'American Pop,' Noise Pop, Rye Coalition

    December 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on 'American Pop,' Noise Pop, Rye Coalition Al Green, James Brown, Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, the Monkees and are among the artists who will be featured in the "American Pop" series presented by the Museum of Television and Radio (MTR) in New York and Los Angeles.…

  3. Billboard Bits: Mission Of Burma, Remy Zero, Earle

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Mission Of Burma, Remy Zero, Earle Seminal Boston underground rock outfit Mission Of Burma has signed to Matador and is working on its first new studio album since 1982's "Vs." The group -- guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley and drummer Peter Prescott -- is…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses OutKast, double-sided singles, holiday albums, online album sales, vinyl singles and more with readers. SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE 'HEY' SONGS Dear Fred, If OutKast's "The Way You Move" does replace "Hey Ya!" at No. 1, it will be the first…

  5. Flea, Morello, Tankian Lead Calif. Grocery Benefit

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down, Audioslave and Slipknot will take part in a benefit concert for striking Southern California grocery store workers. Tickets for tonight's (Dec. Members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down, Audioslave and Slipknot will…

  6. Supreme Court: Parks Can Sue OutKast

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way today (Dec. 8) for civil rights icon Rosa Parks to proceed with her lawsuit against rap group OutKast over a hit song with her name as its title. The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way today (Dec. 8) for civil rights icon Rosa Parks to proceed with her…

  7. Documentary May Have Led To Jackson Case

    December 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST More than a year ago, Michael Jackson let a BBC crew into his bizarre world for a TV documentary he no doubt hoped would boost his fading career. More than a year ago, Michael Jackson let a BBC crew into his bizarre world for a TV documentary he no doubt hoped would boost his fading career.…

  8. Hot Product

    November 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Trace Adkins 'Strong' Stuff With the deep baritone of a soothing storyteller, Trace Adkins this week delivers his fifth Capitol studio effort, "Comin' on Strong." But despite the inherent gentle tone of his voice, Adkins hopes fans will take notice of what he has to…

  9. Vince Neil Faces Battery Trial

    November 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST An April 22 trial date has been set in Dayton, Nev., Justice Court for former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, who is accused of battery on a prostitute at a Nevada brothel. Neil is charged with misdeme An April 22 trial date has been set in Dayton, Nev., Justice Court for former Motley Crue…

  10. Lawyer: Jackson Secretly Taped On Jet

    November 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson has been granted a court order against XtraJet, an aircraft company that was attempting to sell a videotape made of the star as he flew from Las Vegas to California last week. Michael Jackson has been granted a court order against XtraJet, an aircraft company that was…

  11. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    November 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Nov. 24-30, 2003. Thursday is Thanksgiving, so that must mean television will be populated with several Christmas specials this week! No, really. The holiday special season gets underway in this final week of November,…

  12. Tunes On TV

    November 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 24-30, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, NOV. 24 "Today," NBC Featured Artist: Dixie Chicks (also scheduled: Bernie Mac). "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Britney Spears (also scheduled:…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. Soul Vocalist Arthur Conley Dies

    November 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Arthur Conley, known for his 1967 hit "Sweet Soul Music," died today (Nov. 17) in Ruurlo, The Netherlands, after a battle with cancer. He was 57. Arthur Conley, known for his 1967 hit "Sweet Soul Music," died today (Nov. 17) in Ruurlo, The Netherlands, after a battle with…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Clay Aiken, platinum albums, lengthy titles, singles and more with readers. SYMBOLIC Dear Mr. Bronson, I have a question regarding Clay Aiken's RIAA symbol, or lack thereof, on the Billboard Web site. Billboard.com states that the symbol is the RIAA's…

  17. 'Cmon' Down For Dual Lambchop Releases

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based collective Lambchop has readied two separate full-length albums for release in February. Nashville-based collective Lambchop has readied two separate full-length albums for release in February. "Aw Cmon" and "No You Cmon" will be released on Merge Records…

  18. Chrome Smoke & BBQ

    November 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Hot on the heels of their recent RCA release "Mescalero," the Texas triumvirate of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard get the boxed-set treatment. Hot on the heels of their recent RCA release "Mescalero," the Texas triumvirate of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank…

  19. Moby's Alter Ego Rears 'Baby Monkey'

    November 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST The 12-track set is the seven-years-in-the-making follow-up to Voodoo Child's lone full-length, 1996's "The End of Everything." As tipped here this summer, Moby has reactivated his Voodoo Child alter ego for the album "Baby Monkey," due Jan. 27 via V2. The 12…

  20. Billboard Bits: Guns N' Roses, Michael Jackson, Smash Mouth

    November 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Guns N' Roses, Michael Jackson, Smash Mouth Guns N' Roses has been confirmed to headline the Rock in Rio-Lisbon Festival in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 30, the second night of the five-day event. This is the first word of any live dates from the Axl Rose-led band since the plug…

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