1. Friends, Peers Mourn Elliott Smith

    October 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The album Elliott Smith was working on throughout the last year of his life was an extraordinarily diverse effort that ranged from "phenomenal, experimental soundscapes to the most intimate guitar voc The album Elliott Smith was working on throughout the last year of his life was an…

  2. Breaking & Entering

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Atmosphere, Jet and Pine Mountain Railroad. NEW TERRITORY: Minneapolis rap duo Atmosphere has gotten a lot of mileage out of not signing with a major label. The hip-hop act has built a strong underground…

  3. Top Indie Acts Set 'Haikus' To Music

    October 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Cat Power, Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Steve Wynn and Giant Sand's Howe Gelb are among the acts that have leant their vocals to "16 Haiku & Cat Power, Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, Alejandro Escovedo,…

  4. Collins, Turner Lead Disney Premiere

    October 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Phil Collins and Tina Turner brightened a traditionally dark Monday on Broadway last night (Oct. 20) as they performed at the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Brother Bear" in New York. The la Phil Collins and Tina Turner brightened a traditionally dark Monday on…

  5. The Tangled Web

    October 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Go-Kart Records, Jane's Addiction and Primus. REV IT UP: New York-based punk label Go-Kart Records will on Nov. 4 release an all-MP3 compilation. The two-disc set, which Go-Kart claims is one of the first of its kind…

  6. Billboard Bits: AMAs, Radiohead, Lynyrd Skynyrd

    October 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on AMAs, Radiohead, Lynyrd Skynyrd Pink, Evanescence, Sean Paul, 3 Doors Down and Rod Stewart have joined the performance lineup for the 31st annual American Music Awards. Set for Nov. 16, the event will air live from Los Angeles on ABC. As previously reported , Ashanti, Sheryl Crow,…

  7. Blink-182 Playing Clubs For Cheap

    October 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pop/punk trio Blink-182 will return to its club roots with the DollaBill tour, kicking off Nov. 6 in Boston. Tickets will be $1 and go on sale Thursday (Oct. 23 via MTV.com. Pop/punk trio Blink-182 will return to its club roots with the DollaBill tour, kicking off Nov. 6 in Boston. Tickets…

  8. Hot Product

    October 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Other titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: Pop singer Mandy Moore's "Coverage" (Epic), featuring her renditions of songs popularized by XTC, Joe Jackson, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. The sophomore album from indie rock act the Shins, "Chutes Too…

  9. Billboard Bits: Jack Black, Dub Narcotic, Milky

    October 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Jack Black, Dub Narcotic, Milky Although Jack Black is riding high on the success of his new film " School of Rock ," which was No. 1 in its first week in U.S. theaters, he says there are two roles he's really coveting. Black tells Billboard he'd love to play the…

  10. Billboard Bits: Cash, Voodoo, Minor Threat

    October 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Cash Tribute, Voodoo, Minor Threat The Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute concert set for Nov. 10 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium will be aired five days later on country-music cable station CMT. The two-hour edited broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Meanwhile, Rodney Crowell, Marty…

  11. London Venue To Host Country Series

    October 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Following the success of its country music festivals "Beyond Nashville" in 2001 and "Further Beyond Nashville" last year, London's Barbican venue is planning "Way Beyond Nashville," a series of 30 con Following the success of its country music festivals …

  12. Cyrus Explores His Gospel 'Side'

    October 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "I feel like I've gone full-circle in my life," Billy Ray Cyrus says of "The Other Side." Due Oct. 28 via Word Records/Warner Bros., is a return to his gospel heritage. It's a far cry from the days of "Achy…

  13. UMG, eBay Link For Online Store

    October 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Signed guitars and handwritten lyrics by Bon Jovi, front-row tickets to Jay-Z's upcoming Madison Square Garden show and a personal drum lesson with Nickelback drummer Ryan Vikedal are among the items Signed guitars and handwritten lyrics by Bon Jovi, front-row tickets to Jay-Z's…

  14. This Day in Music

    October 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Trace Adkins goes back to his hometown, Sarepta, La., to attend his 20-year high school reunion. 2000 - Trace Adkins goes back to his hometown, Sarepta, La., to attend his 20-year high school reunion. 1998 - B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the…

  15. Billboard Bits: Truth Hurts/Joi, Hendrix, 'Queer Eye'

    October 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Truth Hurts/Joi, Hendrix, 'Queer Eye' R&B acts Truth Hurts and Joi are the first acts that have been signed to Raphael Saadiq's Pookie Entertainment label. Each artist is working on its label debut, expected sometime next year. Truth Hurts, who will now be known…

  16. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Missy Elliott, Alice Cooper and Beyoncé. THE RAITT STUFF: There's a connection between two albums that debut on The Billboard 200 this week - a fragile connection, but a connection nevertheless. Bette Midler…

  17. This Day in Music

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>U2 kicks off the third leg of its Elevation tour in South Bend, Ind., and invites the world to join them for free. The show is Webcast via RealNetworks and European Internet communicatio 2001 - U2 kicks off the third leg of its Elevation tour in South Bend, Ind., and…

  18. Grohl Goes Metal With Probot

    October 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The self-titled debut from Dave Grohl's long-discussed heavy metal project Probot will finally see the light of day in February via Southern Lord Records. The album sports a who's-who of hard rock voc The self-titled debut from Dave Grohl's long-discussed heavy metal project…

  19. Rice Nabs Shortlist Music Prize

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice collected the third annual Shortlist Music Prize last night (Oct. 5), climaxing a four-and-a-half hour concert featuring Rice and seven of the nine other nominees a Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice collected the third annual Shortlist Music Prize last…

  20. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Uncle Kracker and Dobie Gray, Santana, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Lorrie Morgan, Hank Williams, Jr., Meat Loaf and more. THE BIG 'DRIFT' : Uncle Kracker and Dobie Gray continue to fend off all challengers, retaining pole position…

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