1. Cracker Preps Two New Albums

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Veteran modern rock act Cracker will release a new studio album, "Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou?," on May 6 through Pitch-A-Tent Records. The follow up to 2002's "Forever" is the first of two new records Veteran modern rock act Cracker will release a new studio album, …

  2. Soul 'Survives' On Documentary Soundtrack

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Koch Entertainment will on May 6 release the soundtrack to "Only the Strong Survive," a "musical celebration of soul" from documentary filmmakers DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. The 13-track collecti Koch Entertainment will on May 6 release the soundtrack to "Only…

  3. Hot Product

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Ringo Starr 'Rama' Lama Ding Dong For his latest solo album, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has recorded with a slew of guest artists, including Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Willie Nelson, and Eagles/Poco principal Timothy B. Schmit. Due this week from Koch, …

  4. Hot Product

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Brian McKnight 'Turn' Me Loose R&B artist Brian McKnight collaborates with such guest vocalists as Nelly, Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Tyrese, and Kirk Franklin on "U-Turn," due this week from Universal/Motown. The first single from the new set, "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda…

  5. White Stripes Stay Pure On 'Elephant'

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There is something comforting in the fact that Jack and Meg White recorded their fourth set, "Elephant" (due April 1 via Third Man/V2), in 10 short days at London's lo-fi Toe Rag Studios. While other major bands scramble to find…

  6. R&B Luminaries Sign On For Essence Festival

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nelly, P. Diddy, Maze, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robinson, Jaheim, and Anita Baker lead the lineup for the fifth edition of the Essence Music Festival, set for July 3-5 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Nelly, P. Diddy, Maze, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robinson, Jaheim, and Anita Baker lead the lineup…

  7. Gates, Jones Retain Hold On U.K. Charts

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Gareth Gates and Norah Jones retained the No. 1 slots on the new U.K. singles and album charts respectively, published yesterday (March 22). Gates' "Spirit in the Sky" charity single for Comic Relief Gareth Gates and Norah Jones retained the No. 1 slots on the new U.K. singles…

  8. Tunes On TV

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 24-30, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, MARCH 24 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Ringo Starr (also scheduled: Jon Stewart co-hosts). "VH1 All Access: Rock Bodies II,…

  9. This Day in Music

    March 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past decade, actress Charleen "Chuck" McCrory, finally tie the knot. The pair exchanges vows at Tony's Ballroom in Houston before 200 2002 - ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past…

  10. Hootie & the Blowfish

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST With the release of their first set of fresh material in four years, it would not be unreasonable to hope that Hootie & the Blowfish would burst onto the scene with a good amount of pent-up creati With the release of their first set of fresh material in four years, it would not be…

  11. Antenna

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Cave In's weird blend of progressive rock, hardcore, and metal has made it something of an underground sensation in recent years. Cave In's weird blend of progressive rock, hardcore, and metal has made it something of an underground sensation in recent years. But on Antenna, its RCA…

  12. Thalía's Hits Remixed

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Remix packages like this one can be hit or miss. Fortunately, Thalía's Hits Remixed falls into the former category. Remix packages like this one can be hit or miss. Fortunately, Thalía's Hits Remixed falls into the former category. In fact, it finds the Mexican soap-opera star and…

  13. No Holding Back

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST The current love affair between dancehall reggae and hip-hop/ rap/ pop gets an added boost with this project by Jamaican hitmaker Wayne Wonder (neÉ Von Wayne Charles). The current love affair between dancehall reggae and hip-hop/ rap/ pop gets an added boost with this project by Jamaican…

  14. Tribalistas

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Are three voices better than one? In Tribalistas, the joint album by independently successful Brazilian artists Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, and Marisa Monte, the answer would have to be yes&#x20 Are three voices better than one? In Tribalistas, the joint album by independently…

  15. . . . again

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Following 2001's nearly 2 million-selling Live in London and More, Donnie McClurkin's latest arrives with great expectations—all of which it meets splendidly. Following 2001's nearly 2 million-selling Live in London and More, Donnie McClurkin's latest arrives with great…

  16. A Little Deeper

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST In the wake of 50 Cent, Interscope hopes to mine the same mainstream vein with another underground act—courtesy of North London. In the wake of 50 Cent, Interscope hopes to mine the same mainstream vein with another underground act—courtesy of North London. Having won Britain's…

  17. This Day in Music

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Police claim to find three envelopes of rock cocaine in rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard's Range Rover when they stop him in Brooklyn for driving without license plates. 1999 - Police claim to find three envelopes of rock cocaine in rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard&…

  18. Billboard Bits: Prince Paul, Sonic Youth, Howie Day

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Prince Paul, Sonic Youth, Howie Day Although details are still being finalized, acclaimed hip-hop producer Prince Paul will release his next solo album, "Politics of the Business," May 6 via Razor & Tie. The album is said to be a commentary on the state of the music…

  19. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomoplishments of Fleetwood Mac, the Clash, Nas, Swedish Eurovision hopefuls, and 50 Cent. RETURN OF THE MAC: The chart history of Fleetwood Mac stretches to a fourth decade, as the band returns to the Hot 100 with the paid download track "…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the mixing of classical and pop music, one-hit wonders vs. "non-hit wonders," remakes of hit songs, and women on top of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED Dear Fred, Recently, Kevin Martin of New York asked if other classically…

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