1. The Tangled Web

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Charity ticket auctions and Epitonic. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. TICKETS FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Online auction sites such as eBay and StubHub have become…

  2. Co-Star Ludacris Leads 'Furious' Sequel Soundtrack

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In addition to his co-starring role in "2 Fast 2 Furious," rapper-turned-actor Ludacris turns out the soundtrack's first single, "Act a Fool." The track is No. 49 in its third week on Billboard's Hot In addition to his co-starring role in "2 Fast 2 Furious,…

  3. Billboard Bits: Essence Awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mavericks

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stories on the Essence Awards, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Mavericks. Beyonce Knowles, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott are among the performers confirmed for the 16th Annual Essence Awards. Set for June 6 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, the event will also feature performances by…

  4. Steely Dan Extends Tour Into Fall

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July 23 in Costa Mesa, Calif., has announced a second leg of dates that stretch into the fall. The trek will now Legendary jazz/rock act Steely Dan, planning to embark on its first tour in three years July…

  5. Manzarek: 21st Century Reunion Is One-Time Thing

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 36 years after the Doors' "Light My Fire" helped fuel the summer of love and 31 years after the band's enigmatic frontman Jim Morrison died a mysterious death in Paris, keyboardist Ray Manzarek Nearly 36 years after the Doors' "Light My Fire" helped…

  6. Kelly, Timberlake Top U.K. Charts

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jive Records notched a double victory on the U.K. charts yesterday (May 18), with R. Kelly's "Ignition" starting a second week atop the singles chart and Justin Timberlake's "Justified" returning to N Jive Records notched a double victory on the U.K. charts…

  7. Hot Product

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Staind The 'Shades' Go Down Modern rock act Staind is taking a slow and steady approach to the rollout of its new Flip/Elektra album, "14 Shades of Grey," due this week. No singles have yet reached Billboard's airplay charts, and the group only has 12 tour dates on…

  8. Hot Product

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Phish Fresh Phish Phish has hooked the next four releases in its ongoing Live Phish series, due this week from Elektra. The shows for this batch -- 7/15/98 Portland, Ore.; 5/7/94 Dallas; 7/12/91 Keene, N.H.; and 12/29/94 Providence, R.I. -- were chosen by bassist Mike Gordon, who employed an…

  9. Live Takes Flight With 'Birds'

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Not only does Live's new Radioactive/MCA album "Birds of Pray" (due May 20) sonically hark back to the band's early days of guitar-driven power-pop, but it also shows Live performing with the same high level of energy with…

  10. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Previewing music-related television for the week of May 19-25, 2003. It's a crazy week of music events on television. There's big names on stages from New York to Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and the hardest thing will be picking which to watch. Country goes prime time on Wednesday as…

  11. This Day in Music

    May 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Wolfgang Schneiderhan, one of the 20th century's best-known violinists, dies in a Vienna hospital. He is 86. 2002 - Wolfgang Schneiderhan, one of the 20th century's best-known violinists, dies in a Vienna hospital. He is 86. 1999 - The Backstreet Boys…

  12. Birdland

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT If you're a fan of the Yardbirds' landmark work from the '60s, you just might love this album. It features rerecordings of eight of their heyday hits (including "For Your Love," "Shapes of Things," an If you're a fan of the Yardbirds' landmark work…

  13. The story behind the unlikely love story of a

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The story behind the unlikely love story of a multi-millionaire (Hugh Grant) and an activist lawyer (Sandra Bullock) comes to life through this disc's explanatory extras. In addition to commentary fro The story behind the unlikely love story of a multi-millionaire (Hugh Grant) and an…

  14. Few rock acts enjoy as mythic a reputation as the

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Few rock acts enjoy as mythic a reputation as the Clash. And when just about every soul lucky enough to see the group live remarks, "They were the best band I ever saw, no one before or after ever com Few rock acts enjoy as mythic a reputation as the Clash. And when just about every soul…

  15. Fado Curvo

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Portuguese fadista Mariza achieved immediate critical acclaim with the release of her debut record, Fado em Mim, last year. Portuguese fadista Mariza achieved immediate critical acclaim with the release of her debut record, Fado em Mim, last year. She picked up the BBC Radio3 World Music…

  16. One Word Extinguisher

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In only a few scant years, young Atlanta producer Scott Herren has become one of the favored new artists—and one of few Americans—on discerning British label Warp. In only a few scant years, young Atlanta producer Scott Herren has become one of the favored new artists—and one of few Americans…

  17. The Walk

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This talented family group has become one of the hottest tickets in the Southern gospel field. This talented family group has become one of the hottest tickets in the Southern gospel field. It attracts enthusiastic crowds in concert and dominates the airwaves on Southern gospel stations. Well…

  18. Bringing It All Together

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With this eighth release, Vickie Winans shows all the big-league chops and credentials she has earned and accumulated during her nearly 20-year career. With this eighth release, Vickie Winans shows all the big-league chops and credentials she has earned and accumulated during her nearly 20…

  19. But Beautiful

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT For the first release on his new independent Grey Cat label, Scaggs puts his skilled tunesmithing aside in order to flex his interpretative vocal muscles on 10 pop standards. For the first release on his new independent Grey Cat label, Scaggs puts his skilled tunesmithing aside in order to…

  20. Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Vol. 2

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT If the sadly defunct H.O.R.D.E. If the sadly defunct H.O.R.D.E. festival was still hitting sheds in 2000, it might have sounded something like this two-disc live set, recorded that year at Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers Band guitarist/ vocalist Warren Haynes' annual Christmas jam in…

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