1. Jackson Sues Universal Over Motown Royalties

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has filed suit against Motown Records and parent Universal Music Group (UMG) in an attempt to obtain rights to all masters of material he recorded for the label from 1969-76. The artis Michael Jackson has filed suit against Motown Records and parent Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  2. TOP ELECTRONIC ALBUMS

    May 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/electronic.jsp 1. Dance Divas , Louie DeVito 2. 30th Anniversary Collection: Ultimate Disco , Various Artists 3. Counterfeit2 , Martin L. Gore 4. Ultra. Dance 03 , Johnny Vicious 5. 100th Window , Massive Attack News Johnny Vicious …

  3. Wicked Underground

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, formerly of metal act Dokken, have reunited for 12 respectable cuts on Wicked Underground. Guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, formerly of metal act Dokken, have reunited for 12 respectable cuts on Wicked Underground. As the album&…

  4. R&B Heavyweights Join Essence Fest Lineup

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are among the latest additions to the Essence Music Festival bill. Set for July 3-5 in New Orleans, the event has also added Yolanda Adams, Musiq, and Kindred Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are among the latest additions to the Essence Music…

  5. Billboard Bits: Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Placebo

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Placebo Rap star Nelly is joining his sister, Jackie Donahue, at the forefront of a bone marrow donation awareness and recruitment campaign. Donahue, who suffers from leukemia, is also hoping to find a donor for herself through the "Jes Us 4 Jackie"…

  6. Coolio Fishes In TBS' 'Red Water'

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Coolio will star opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Kristy Swanson in the TBS Superstation original movie "Red Water." The film is set to premiere Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on the cable Rapper-turned-actor Coolio will star opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Kristy…

  7. This Day in Music

    May 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return To Sender" and "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley _ dies of a heart attack. He is 70. 2002 - Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including…

  8. Evanescence Has Faith In Live Show

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Although it took less than two months for Evanescence's Wind-Up debut, "Fallen," to reach the platinum threshold, the biggest news surrounding the band has more to do with its members' faith than its Although it took less than two months for Evanescence's Wind-Up…

  9. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Matrix Reloaded Locked And 'Loaded' New tracks from Deftones, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and P.O.D. are featured on the double-disc soundtrack to the film "Matrix Reloaded," due this week from Maverick. The highly anticipated film, starring Keanu Reeves, arrives May 15 in…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering both a heart attack and stroke. He is 70. Chavis (Wilson Anthony Chavis) scored what is considered the first zydeco hi 2001 - Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering both…

  11. Damnation

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Swedish death-metal outfit Opeth walloped fans with a blistering attack with last year's set, Deliverance, but the quartet took a 180-degree turn with Damnation, the sister project that was recorded Swedish death-metal outfit Opeth walloped fans with a blistering attack with last year&…

  12. Black Cherry

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Goldfrapp's very fine 2000 debut album, Felt Mountain, was a tantalizing mix of twisted torch song, lush cinematic orchestration, and post-Massive Attack electronic beats. Goldfrapp's very fine 2000 debut album, Felt Mountain, was a tantalizing mix of twisted torch song, lush…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses with readers: music popularity cycles, "American Idol" and singles charts, commercially released singles, and Nate Dogg. POP IDOLS Dear Fred, Although I always love reading your column, I have truly enjoyed it more in recent…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. 1999 - Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a…

  15. No Summary Judgment In RIAA Suit Vs. P2P Services

    April 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a blow to the entertainment industry, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday denied the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) motion for summary judgment in its copyright-infringemen In a blow to the entertainment industry, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday…

  16. Sinead O'Connor To Retire From Music

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a message posted in the forum on her official Web site, enigmatic Irish artist Sinead O'Connor has declared that this summer she will seek to discard her celebrity. "As of July 2003 I shall be reti In a message posted in the forum on her official Web site , enigmatic Irish artist…

  17. Beasties Question U.S., Chinese Regimes

    April 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT When the Beastie Boys traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, for an April 20 Tibetan Freedom Concert, they found themselves advocating their old cause in a unique political middle ground between the U.S. and Chi When the Beastie Boys traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, for an April 20 Tibetan Freedom Concert,…

  18. Twisted Sister Kicks Off Reunion With USO Stint

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 's pop metal act Twisted Sister will reunite next month for a brief USO tour and select U.S. and European dates over the summer. On behalf of the USO, the band will perform at one Air Force base a 1980's pop metal act Twisted Sister will reunite next month for a brief USO tour…

  19. Universal, EMI Sue Napster's Backers

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) and EMI filed a lawsuit against the venture capitalists who backed Napster Inc., claiming they contributed to the copyright violations by millions of the defunct song-swapp Universal Music Group (UMG) and EMI filed a lawsuit against the venture capitalists who…

  20. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Andrea Bocelli is honored for his outstanding contribution to music at the third Classical Brit Awards. 2002 - Andrea Bocelli is honored for his outstanding contribution to music at the third Classical Brit Awards. 1999 - Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rhett Akins,…

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