1. RIAA Wants Small Shops To Clean House

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Dozens of small stores have been given two weeks to clear their racks of pirated CDs, tell where they got them, and pay damages to the five largest record labels, the Recording Industry Association of Dozens of small stores have been given two weeks to clear their racks of pirated CDs, tell…

  2. Further R. Kelly Album Details Surface

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Further details have surfaced regarding R. Kelly's upcoming Jive album "Chocolate Factory," which has been moved to Jan. 28 from its original Jan. 14 release date. The 14-track set will come bundled w Further details have surfaced regarding R. Kelly's upcoming Jive album …

  3. Joseph Arthur Shining From Under The Radar

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For those who know Joseph Arthur's music well, it can sometimes be baffling how his work -- like that of so many acclaimed singer/songwriters -- seems to hover just under the radar. But for Arthur himself, it's not really a big deal. …

  4. This Day in Music

    December 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>German opera singer Martha Moedl, who rose to international fame with her performances of Wagner in the 1950s and 1960s, dies at a hospital in Stuttgart, Germany, after a long illness. S 2001 - German opera singer Martha Moedl, who rose to international fame with her…

  5. Billboard Bits: Phish, Brad Paisley, Autechre

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Phish, Brad Paisley, Autechre The Mimi Fishman Foundation, the charitable organization started by the late mother of Phish drummer Jon Fishman, is auctioning a pair of tickets and aftershow passes to a February show by the newly reunited band. The auction, which can be bid on at the…

  6. Weir's Other Plans Include Ratdog, Collaborations

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST While the future of the Grateful Dead offshoot the Other Ones (featuring all four living founders) is unclear beyond a New Year's show in Oakland, Calif., vocalist/guitarist Bob Weir says he plans to While the future of the Grateful Dead offshoot the Other Ones (featuring all four living…

  7. Jane's Addiction Go 'Hypersonic'

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Jane's Addiction is finishing up work on a new studio album, "Hypersonic," and plans to release it early next summer via Warner Bros. The disc is the band's first proper studio set since 1990's "Ritua Jane's Addiction is finishing up work on a new studio…

  8. Slipknot Tides Fans Over With 'Disasterpieces'

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST While Slipknot likely won't release a new album until late 2003 or early 2004, the alt-metal act is tiding fans over with its first-ever DVD, "Disasterpieces." The Roadrunner release features a full-l While Slipknot likely won't release a new album until late 2003 or early…

  9. Hot Product

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Lil' Romeo, Dashboard Confessional, Tyrese, and more. Name 'Game' Lil' Romeo is only 13-years-old, but he's already a music veteran after conquering the Billboard charts last year with his debut single "My Baby." Romeo, the son of…

  10. 51TunesOnTV

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 16-22, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 16 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artists: Coldplay (also scheduled: Catherine Zeta-Jones, the latest evictee from "Survivor:…

  11. Original Joe Jackson Band Sets North American Tour

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST The reunited Joe Jackson Band will venture to North America in the spring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jackson's first album, "Look Sharp" (A&M). Kicking off March 14 in New Orleans, the 1 The reunited Joe Jackson Band will venture to North America in the spring to…

  12. Blue Gets Help From Elton For U.K. No. 1

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST One of the best-loved ballads from Elton John's mid-1970s period provided male pop-R&B quartet Blue with its third U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Dec. 15). "Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word" (Inno One of the best-loved ballads from Elton John's mid-1970s period…

  13. Lovin' Spoonful's Yanovsky Dead At 57

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky died of a heart attack Friday at his farm home outside Kingston, Ontario. He was 57. After busking in Toronto during his teens, Yanovsky's first break cam Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky died of a heart attack Friday…

  14. This Day in Music

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big Country, is found dead in a Hawaii hotel room. He is 43. Adamson, who fought a long battle with alcoholism, had b 2001 - Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big…

  15. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 2001 - R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 1999 - Country singer Bryan White and Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson…

  16. It Ain't Safe No More . . .

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST A rather subdued affair by Busta Rhymes standards, It Ain't Safe No More . . . RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26 A rather subdued affair by Busta Rhymes standards, It Ain't Safe No More . . . sees the idiosyncratic rapper largely keeping the beats and his trademark spitfire delivery restrained…

  17. The Greatest Hits

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST R&B history books are full of stories about artists who died before their time. RELEASE DATE: Oct. 22 R&B history books are full of stories about artists who died before their time. One such chapter belongs to Linda Jones, who succumbed in 1972 at 28 owing to complications from…

  18. Grupo Fiesta

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST This rock crew calls New York its barrio. This rock crew calls New York its barrio. Core members Cecilia Villar (lead guitar), Cindy Padilla (lead vocals), Jimmy Connolly (keyboards), and Brian "Bajo Man" Moore (bass)—backed by timbales, congas, and drums—work a sound that…

  19. UB40 Presents the Fathers of Reggae

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST This is not only one of the best reggae albums of the year; it's also one of the best recording concepts of the year. The members of long-lived U.K. RELEASE DATE: Nov. 19 This is not only one of the best reggae albums of the year; it's also one of the best recording concepts of the…

  20. In the Pocket

    December 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST David Cullen is a ferocious finger-style guitarist who has been the guitar tech and accompanist for Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman for years. David Cullen is a ferocious finger-style guitarist who has been the guitar tech and accompanist for Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman for years.…

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