1. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart achievements of George Strait, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariah Carey, and offers his top-10 songs of 2002. STRAIT TALK: Texas native George Strait scores his 38th No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, as "She'll…

  2. 'Electric' Recharges Common's Career

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Success can be fickle, especially for an artist who thrives on artistic integrity. Common hopes to balance recent commercial success with his evolving artistry on his latest set, "Electric Circus," released Dec. 10 via MCA. His MCA…

  3. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Pops Staples, (born Roebuck Staples) patriarch of R&B group the Staple Singers, dies at the age of 84. He had suffered a concussion recently in a fall near his home in Dalton, Ill. 2000 - Pops Staples, (born Roebuck Staples) patriarch of R&B group the Staple…

  4. Billboard Bits: AMAs, Rolling Stones, Reality Rock Show

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on AMAs, Rolling Stones, Reality Rock Show 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, Sheryl Crow, and Nelly are among the music artists confirmed to present trophies at the 30th annual American Music Awards. Set for Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and airing…

  5. Jon Bon Jovi To Pay Australia Fan's Fine

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Jon Bon Jovi won't let a fan who plunged into Sydney Harbor and swam to a floating stage drown in fines. Jon Bon Jovi won't let a fan who plunged into Sydney Harbor and swam to a floating stage drown in fines. The 32-year-old fan swam with two women toward the stage where Bon Jovi…

  6. A Perfect Dream

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Be Like Water" launches the odyssey that is A Perfect Dream, a sensual feast of electronic leanings and hypnotic atmospheres that is brewed with alternative-leaning gothic melodies. RELEASE DATE: Nov. 16 "Be Like Water" launches the odyssey that is A Perfect Dream, a…

  7. Hot Product

    December 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Whitney Houston, Phish, Common, Alanis Morissette, and more. 'Just' Listen Although she reigned throughout the '80s and '90s as one of the most popular vocalists in the world, Whitney Houston faces an uncertain future with the new album "…

  8. The Bootleg Series Vol. 5—Bob Dylan Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue

    December 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST Dylan's free-form musical gypsy caravan of '75—previously documented by the album and TV show Hard Rain and the catastrophic film Renaldo & Clara —receives Cadillac treatment by Lega RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26 Dylan's free-form musical gypsy caravan of '75—previously…

  9. Phrenology

    December 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST Further eschewing the two-turn-tables-and-a-microphone ethos that defines much contemporary hip-hop, Philadelphia alt-rap collective the Roots delve deeper into the use of organic instrumentation on t RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26 Further eschewing the two-turn-tables-and-a-microphone ethos that…

  10. Walk on Water Kind of Day

    December 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST This talented foursome unites youthful exuberance with time-honored tradition to create a winning sound on this sophomore album. RELEASE DATE: Oct. 29 This talented foursome unites youthful exuberance with time-honored tradition to create a winning sound on this sophomore album. Vocally, this…

  11. This Day in Music

    December 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>R&B star Sisqo takes home six trophies at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Arena, while Destiny's Child, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and 'N Sync corral four each. 2000 - R&B star Sisqo takes home six trophies at the 2000…

  12. Billboard Bits: 'Two Weeks Notice,' Pearl Jam & More

    December 03, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on 'Two Weeks Notice,' Pearl Jam & More Online music service Pressplay will be the sole distributor of music from the Sandra Bullock/Hugh Grant film "Two Weeks Notice," which opens Dec. 20, Billboard Bulletin reports. Music from the Warner Bros. movie -- including…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 03, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Bobby Brown turns himself in on an arrest warrant issued after a report that he was drunk when he surrendered earlier in the year to serve time for drunken driving. An upset judge in For 1998 - Bobby Brown turns himself in on an arrest warrant issued after a report…

  14. The Confluence

    November 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST This 11-track first volley from debutant folkster David Berkeley shows a talent in its genesis. This 11-track first volley from debutant folkster David Berkeley shows a talent in its genesis. The songs are inviting and nicely crafted, the musicianship is proficient, and all the right…

  15. O-Town Eyes A Long Haul

    November 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For most artists, fame comes as a by-product of creating music; hardly ever is music the by-product of fame. As they near the release of their sophomore outing, the five members of O-Town find themselves trying to grow out of being regarded…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Kenny Chesney ends his 2000 tour with a sold out concert in Johnson City, Tenn. During the evening, Chesney invites opening act Phil Vassar to the stage. Vassar suspects an end-of-tour p 2000 - Kenny Chesney ends his 2000 tour with a sold out concert in Johnson City,…

  17. Backstreet Boy's Boat Wins Key West Race

    November 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST A boat owned by Nick Carter -- a member of the Backstreet Boys who recently launched a solo recording career -- easily won the Super Vee class yesterday (Nov. 20) during the first of two races that co A boat owned by Nick Carter -- a member of the Backstreet Boys who recently launched a solo…

  18. Common Ropes In Final 'Circus' Details

    November 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rapper Common has solidified the tracklist for his fifth album, "Electric Circus, which, as previously reported, is due Dec. 10 via MCA. First single "Come Close to Me" featuring Mary J. Blige debuted Rapper Common has solidified the tracklist for his fifth album, "…

  19. Hot Product

    November 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Ja Rule, matchbox twenty, Audioslave, Toni Braxton, and more. Don't Tempt Me, Sir! Will Smith may be "Mr. July," but this month fellow rapper/actor Ja Rule may be dubbed "Mr. November." With the Nov. 19 release of his fourth Murder Inc./Def…

  20. This Day in Music

    November 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Havana's National Theatre debuts ""Se Seco el Arroyito"" (the Brooklet Dried Up), a musical written by Cuba's veteran ""sonero,"" Compay Segundo. 2001 - Havana's National Theatre debuts ""Se Seco el…

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