1. Billboard Bits: Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil Melee Entertainment, a new firm founded by former Priority Records head Bryan Turner, has entered into a joint venture deal with DreamWorks Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Based in DreamWorks' Beverly Hills headquarters, Melee will initially focus on…

  2. Yardbirds: 'Birdland' And Before

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja …

  3. 4TunesOnTV

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 27 "VH1 All Access: Skin Deep," VH1 Featured Artists: Cher, Michael Jackson. "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artist: DMX. "The…

  4. This Day in Music

    January 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>During the Big Day Out tour stop in Sydney, a 15-year-old girl from nearby Dee Why dies from a heart attack after being caught in the surge of the 55,000-strong crowd as Limp Bizkit take 2001 - During the Big Day Out tour stop in Sydney, a 15-year-old girl from…

  5. A Night at the Tables

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST U.K. trio Dirty Vegas had quite a year in 2002. U.K. trio Dirty Vegas had quite a year in 2002. The act's debut single, "Days Go By," started out innocently enough as the backing music for the clever Mitsubishi Eclipse TV ad, before going top 20. By year's end, the song&…

  6. CHART BEAT BONUS

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the chart accomplishments of Eminem, B2K and P. Diddy, "Chicago," and R.Kelly. 8 MILES DOWN: After a 12-week reign atop Billboard's Hot 100, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Shady/Interscope) makes a dramatic drop, down to No. 9. It's the…

  7. Johnny Marr Q&A: Past, Present, Future

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Q&A with Johnny Marr about his reputation for spending days on end in the studio, his varied collaborations with such artists as Neil Finn and New Order's Bernard Sumner, and his thoughts on the l As the Feb. 4 release date of Johnny Marr and the Healers' iMusic debut, "…

  8. Johnny Marr Steps Out Front With 'Boomslang'

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Expanded from the magazine piece for Billboard.com. After leaving the Smiths in 1987, guitarist Johnny Marr spent the next decade-plus drifting from a host of intriguing, but largely under-the-radar projects. He provided a jolt of fresh creative energy to the The and Pet Shop Boys. He wrote…

  9. This Day in Music

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz Library, dies of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif. He is 68. In the late '50s, Givens' indie imprint was among the first 1999 - Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz…

  10. Billboard Bits: Anastacia, Lisa Marie Presley & More

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Anastacia, Lisa Marie Presley & More Vocalist Anastacia was diagnosed last week with breast cancer after a biopsy in New York. "My doctor was insistent that I have a mammogram (during a routine check-up last week) even though it was not required," the singer said in a…

  11. 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards, to be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Below are the nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The honors will be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Blues entertainer of the…

  12. Tunes On TV

    January 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 20-26, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JAN. 20 "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artists: Mariah Carey, Cam'Ron ("Boy (I Need You)"). "One On One," UPN Featured Artist…

  13. This Day in Music

    January 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Travis Tritt performs at the Republican Texas Senators Ball in Washington, D.C., part of the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush. Tritt supported B 2001 - Travis Tritt performs at the Republican Texas Senators Ball in Washington…

  14. Youth Oriented

    January 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST This is Happy Apple's fifth release. This is Happy Apple's fifth release. A relatively young, Minneapolis-based, jazz trio that has garnered a notable following in Europe, Happy Apple is reminiscent of the more widely celebrated Medeski, Martin, and Wood in their free-form approach…

  15. DiFranco, Franti Proclaim 'Not In Our Name'

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST DiFranco, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ozomatli, Chuck D & the Fine Arts Militia, and spoken word artist Saul Williams have signed for the Not In Our Name benefit concert, to be held Jan. 31 at Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ozomatli, Chuck D & the Fine Arts Militia,…

  16. Will Smith Eyeing DreamWorks Deal?

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Will Smith, who is not renewing his contract with Columbia, has received a "multi-platform offer" from DreamWorks SKG, a source tells Billboard Bulletin. Will Smith, who is not renewing his contract with Columbia, has received a "multi-platform offer" from DreamWorks SKG,…

  17. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses with readers Eminem's Oscar chances, the lenght of singles reigns at No. 1, collections of Billboard magazines, Russian artists on Billboard charts, songs that have stalled at N WILL OSCAR GO HOME WITH MARSHALL? Hi Fred! Eminem's "Lose Yourself,"…

  18. NBA Drafts Music Stars For Jam Session

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST The days leading up to the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 52nd annual All-Star game Feb. 9 in Atlanta will be packed with entertainment under the umbrella of the NBA All-Star Jam Session. Jus The days leading up to the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 52nd annual All…

  19. Hundreds Attend Maurice Gibb's Funeral

    January 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST During a private funeral service yesterday (Jan. 15) in Miami Beach that mixed humor and emotion, Bee Gees member Maurice Gibb was remembered as a man who celebrated life. About 200 friends and family During a private funeral service yesterday (Jan. 15) in Miami Beach that mixed humor and…

  20. Billboard Bits: Ramones, Elliott Smith, Royksopp

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Ramones, Elliott Smith, Royksopp "We're a Happy Family -- A Tribute to the Ramones" will finally see release Feb. 11 via DV8/Columbia. As previously reported , the oft-delayed set will feature the New York punk band's songs covered by the likes of Pearl Jam's…

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